Economy

June Markets: A Tale of Solid Economic Data & Trade Fears June 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

After a relatively calm start to the month, investor jitters returned in the second half of June over rising concerns about a possible trade war with China.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Do They Really Matter for Retailers? November 29, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales broke records again this year. Learn more about the history of these shopping days and what they could mean for retailers.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy? November 14, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?

3 min read  |  Economic Trends
Let’s Clear the Air: What Is Inflation, Anyway? August 29, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the different types of inflation, whether higher inflation may be coming, and how it might affect you.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Three Clicks From Data to Trade: Economic Indicators July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some economic indicators create more noise than others—learn to create trading strategies based on how markets might react to economic data.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup July 5, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking ahead to the second half, it’s possible that politics in Washington and Q2 earnings could help set the tone. Can strength seen in the first half conti

5 min read  |  Market Insights
The Role of Market Cycles in Sector Investing April 14, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Sector investing is one approach to aligning investments to support specific investing objectives such as generating income and preserving capital.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Strategies and Seasonality in Sector Investing April 12, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Sector investing can help align investments to specific objectives. For investors with many years before retirement, focus on traditional growth sectors.

8 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
The Mighty Greenback: Key Rising Dollar Drivers In 2017 January 4, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how a rising dollar could impact economies, portfolios, and even your finances in 2017 and beyond.

5 min read  |  Forex
Do Markets Care Who Controls the White House, Congress? October 31, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Does the prevailing political party, Democratic or Republican, really make a difference to the stock market?

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator? October 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

While no single indicator can provide a full, guaranteed snapshot of an economy, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) covers a lot of ground.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas October 17, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Halloween spending looks to be on the rise, and that could give investors a hint about the key Christmas shopping season and how it might affect retailers’ bo

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Approaching Retirement? Why You May Want to Consider Growth Stocks September 22, 2016 5:58 AM   |  

Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Stock Market History 101: Lore Behind the Best Six Months September 19, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Like the changing leaves outdoors, fall signals a change in the historical patterns of the stock market. Learn what the “best six months” has in store.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking August 16, 2016 1:50 PM   |  

Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending August 16, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment August 8, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Each month more than 500 American households are polled via telephone for the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. Find out how traders use it.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
U.S. Dollar Bulls Are Back: What It Might Mean For Stocks July 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The U.S. dollar index (/DX) is strong. Since early May, the /DX has climbed 5.30. What might this mean for stocks?

3 min read  |  Forex
Negative Interest Rates? Unlikely. Still, Investors Can Prepare May 2, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Negative interest rate policy is a fact in the eurozone and Japan. How has it affected those economies, and what might investors expect if such policy ever ar

6 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done? March 8, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

ETFs have matured but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their research.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Are Some Stocks Stuck in the Economy's Secular Stagnation? September 30, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Economists and investors toss around the term “secular stagnation” to describe the below-trend slow-growth economy.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic X-Ray: Off-the-Grid Indicators Fill Research Gaps July 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Use a blend of off-the-grid economic data—from search-engine trends to a real-time GDP figure—to help inform investing hunches.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Economic X-Ray: Unskilled or Skilled Labor Shortage? Try Both June 21, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

How companies fix skilled and unskilled labor shortages impacts the health of their bottom lines and share value. On-the-job training needs a new look.

8 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic X-Ray: Maturing Cloud Demands Data Security June 17, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Monitor maturing cloud technology as consolidation dominates a sector occupied by tech powerhouses and as providers look for what’s next in security and data.

6 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Deconstructing the Dow August 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

The Dow has long been viewed as a proxy for the U.S. market and economy, but investors should be mindful of its limitations.

6 min read  |  Investing Basics
Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation April 30, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Inflation-proofing a portfolio is about allowing growth investments to take advantage of an economy that tips toward inflation while buffering income-generating portions from inflation’s bite.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Three Must-See Reports for Futures Traders March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

If you're new to trading futures, keep your eye on three critical reports: Petroleum Status Report, U.S. Treasury Auctions, and USDA Crop Reports. Here's why.

2 min read  |  Futures
How to Trade the Government: The Big Five Economic Indicators October 1, 2011 6:04 PM   |  

Traders and investors watch for market signals to time their entries and exits. Which government economic reports are the most relevant to the stock market?

10 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
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