Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Loans to companies with low credit ratings swelled by 15% last year to $1.3 trillion, prompting warnings from the Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund. Yet Wall Street firms that are deeply immersed in the market, from banks including JPMorgan Chase to private-equity firms like Blackstone, say they don't see what the problem is.

Equities are Paramount for Your Portfolio in 2019

Equities are Paramount for Your Portfolio in 2019

Risk is still returning for 2019.

Chart of the Day: Citi's Stabilization Comments Buoy Banking Sector Sentiment

Chart of the Day: Citi's Stabilization Comments Buoy Banking Sector Sentiment

If one is betting on a sustained surge from Citi, bigger banks could be bullish bets.

Mexico Closed-End Fund Outperforms in Dismal December

Mexico Closed-End Fund Outperforms in Dismal December

Municipal debt closed-end funds managed to eke out gains in an otherwise horrible month for investors.

2019 Will Be a Good Year for Income Investors

2019 Will Be a Good Year for Income Investors

For the first time in years we don't have to sacrifice quality to maintain income.

Trump-Era Budget Deficits Turn Treasury Bonds Into Unsafe Haven

Trump-Era Budget Deficits Turn Treasury Bonds Into Unsafe Haven

President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion of tax cuts, designed to stimulate growth, have decimated government revenue, ballooning the federal budget deficit and forcing Treasury Department officials to cover the gap by borrowing money in ever-growing amounts. Investors face losses in 2019 as yields on Treasury bonds necessarily rise -- to attract enough buyers for the debt.

Inflation, the Fed and How to Position Your Portfolio Around the Latest Numbers

Inflation, the Fed and How to Position Your Portfolio Around the Latest Numbers

The evidence that inflation Is slowing Is mostly circumstantial.

December's Climate Forecast: Stormy Winter Markets

December's Climate Forecast: Stormy Winter Markets

Rob Isbitts, chief investment officer of Sungarden Fund Management, says the investing climate is "stormy," and investors still need to moderate their return expectations from stocks.

Retirement Questions About Closed-End Funds? Ask Your Fund Manager

Retirement Questions About Closed-End Funds? Ask Your Fund Manager

Hearing from your fund manager during turbulent times is critical to investors. And the managers of closed-end funds try to do just that. Watch now.

Why These Countries Are Dumping U.S. Treasuries and What It Means for the Dollar

Why These Countries Are Dumping U.S. Treasuries and What It Means for the Dollar

Data has been decent, but is showing signs of softness as the demand collapse in the rest of the world feeds into U.S. data.