Bill Gates Warns: No Escaping Economic Crisis to Come

Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates (net worth $91 billion!) thinks it’s guaranteed that the world there will face another major financial crisis, maybe even one worse than 2008. He just can’t say when. The tech titan, philanthropist and Warren Buffett confidant offered this alarming assessment during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session last week […]

Bank That Fueled 2008 Housing Crash Calls Bitcoin ‘Greatest Bubble in History’

Bank of America investment strategists are now calling the rise and fall of Bitcoin in late 2017 and early 2018 “one of the greatest asset price bubbles in history.” After nearing $20,000 in mid-December, the virtual currency fell to $6,598 in mid-April. It trades this morning at around $8,050. Merrill chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett […]

First Three Months of Stock Market Ends with a Whimper. Where to Now?

After a decade of uninterrupted rising share prices, investors were in for a rude awakening — the S&P 500 has posted its first quarterly loss since 2015 and the bond markets did not fare much better. Investor apprehension is rooted in the onset of an entirely new and dramatically different investment climate. Many investors are […]

How Big Private Equity Funds Find Elusive Double-Digit Returns

Private equity investors are increasingly inclined to put some of their funds in long-term investment vehicles — and they achieve better returns for the longer commitment, according to a new report. The report, “Global Private Equity Report 2018,” reveals that longer holding periods in private equity present an opportunity for superior returns on committed capital in […]

Analysis: Junk Bond Investors On High Alert As Risks Mount On Fed Rate Decision

Thanks to a long-running stable interest rate climate, holders of low-grade corporate debt — so-called “junk bonds” — enjoyed higher returns while assuming relatively minimal additional risk. Now that the Federal Reserve has announced its intention to raise rates, though, the good times for high-yield bonds may be over. Recently, investors have become increasingly leery […]

JP Morgan Chief Jamie Dimon Warns of Bloodbath If Indexers Bail On Stocks

Jamie Dimon, the CEO of banking giant JP Morgan, is warning shareholders of the potential for a massive exodus from stocks driven by supposedly “passive” index fund investors. Index funds own the entire stock market rather than selecting specific stocks. The slow and steady rise in stock market valuations has led many investors to choose […]

Bitcoin in Your IRA? Consider First the Risks, and the Fees

Financial experts are worried that Bitcoin mania and the overestimation of the safety of Bitcoin IRAs will normalize the idea of using cryptocurrencies as a viable investment option in retirement planning. It is a retirement savings strategy that is fraught with risk, they say, as well as hidden fees and unpredictability. Auctus, a retirement planning firm, […]

Nervous Billionaires Again Consider Gold as Risks, Global Debt Pile Higher

The world’s elite billionaire investors are feeling jittery about the current fragile state of the stock and bond markets. These very smart wealth creators have learned from decades of experience that when paper assets are ballooning in value it is time to hedge the risks with hard assets, including gold. The precious metal last spiked […]