Are Stocks in Sync with Bitcoin, or a Safe Haven In a Bear Market?

The Dow is now more than 2,000 points off its Jan. 26 all-time high. Meanwhile, Bitcoin is down dramatically form its mid-December peak. Correlation, but causation? A sustained selloff in the stock market certainly would clarify the correlation between the prices of equities and cryptocurrencies, analysts predict. Despite the apparent synchrony between crypto and stocks […]

Goldman Sachs Computer Screams ‘Stock Selloff,’ but Analysts say ‘Hold Tight’

Is it time for that long-predicted bear market to finally begin? A Goldman Sachs computer model says yes! One model created by the Wall Street giant shows a dangerous bear market — more than a blip or correction but outright stock selling sustained for a long period — is right around the corner. The Goldman […]

Big Investors Hunt Alternatives Amid Fear Stocks Could Go Negative for Years

Eight in 10 large investors will renew their focus on alternative assets — less liquid investments such as private equity and absolute return funds — as stocks and bond returns increasingly fall short of expectations. Many big investment first project inflation adjusted returns for stocks in the low single digits or even negative in the […]

Demand Grows for Easier, More Secure Ways to Trade Cryptocurrencies

Cboe Global Markets, the first exchange to launch Bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs), broadly also known as exchange-traded products (ETPs). An ETF composed of cryptocurrencies would greatly simplify investing in the newfound asset class and would likely also greatly increase the market cap of […]

Passive Investing Reigns, but Active Often Means Better Returns

Equity investors increasingly invest in funds with passive strategies. Instead of using an active strategy of picking certain stocks, passive funds park money in assets with returns based on stock indexes reflecting the whole market, the good, the bad and everything in between. But active strategies can outperform passive ones, not only in stock trades […]

As Oil Trading Lags, Banks Make Bigger Gains in Gold, Silver

Global revenues derived from precious metals-related investments surpassed oil-based revenues for the bottom lines of over 50 investment banks in 2017. This was the first time since 2014 that this happened in the commodities sector. According to statistics compiled by Coalition, a financial industry analysis company, the 50 largest investment banks and financial institutions in […]

Analysis: Consumer Staples Stocks are Not Safe

Typically, consumer staples stocks are seen as a defensive sector, something to own when stocks are challenged. Companies in this sector tend to have boring business models, selling things like cleaning supplies, soap, or toothpaste. Basically, stuff where there will be demand regardless of economic conditions. Since the bull market began in 2009, these stocks have […]

‘Alexa, How’s My Retirement Portfolio Doing Today?’

Retail giant Amazon might be gearing up to provide wealth management services, according to industry observers. And that could drive down investing costs to nothing at all. It makes sense. Financial advice has become increasingly commoditized in order to reach out to even the smallest of investors. Now the company that pioneered online retail is […]