Last week, the S&P 500 endured its worst one-day selloff since the immediate aftermath of Britain's surprise vote to exit the EU last summer. Although the S&P 500 gave up only 1.25 percent of its value yesterday, the decline felt more serious because the market has exhibited low volatility and traded within a tight range over the past 12 months.
The Dow Jones Utility Average has returned more than 10 percent since early December 2016, outperforming the S&P 500 by a few percentage points. It’s now reached valuations where the risk-reward balance skews to the downside. In this environment, investors should evaluate the macro forces that could bat these stocks about in coming months.
The final five Lifelong Income Portfolio members released their numbers, allowing us to gauge their health and dividend stability. Given the difficulty of revenue growth for many companies, it’s more important than ever to examine how costs and operations are being managed.
Overseas investors must pay attention to the way proposed US trade policies will affect emerging markets. And within the ones best protected, Indian small caps are our favorite, especially as domestic reform turbulence subsides.
Many investors ask themselves the most questions when their portfolio is performing solidly mixed. First written in Conrad's Utility Investor, here are three strategies and considerations for when your investment next steps aren't clear. We also include thoughts on what's happening in the high yield space, given investor enthusiasm for such names in recent weeks.
With a few days left for tax selling in 2016, it’s fair to ask if the other underperforming stocks in the Lifelong Income Portfolio are worth unloading. Here’s why we’re sticking with each and what makes them likely to go from dogs to darlings in 2017.
A return to a more traditional US economic cycle would be good news for stocks as stronger growth and inflation drive pricing power, revenue growth and higher valuations. But watch these three signals to see if the economy backtracks.
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