Investing Ideas

The latest on stocks, bonds and funds, plus strategies to help manage your portfolio.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

  • Dividend shares for volatile times

    When market are in turmoil, shares of companies with solid and growing dividends can have two advantages: less volatility and steady income during times of uncertainty.
  • Preferred shares for income investors

    If you're looking for yield, preferred stocks currently offer a number of advantages: higher payouts than those from treasuries, a fully liquid investment and priority dividends.
  • Small caps could start playing catch-up

    Large-cap stocks have rebounded from last year’s rout, but their small-cap peers have trailed. Now smaller shares are showing signs of life, and a turnaround could be in store.
  • Small caps could start playing catch-up

    Large-cap stocks have rebounded from last year’s rout, but their small-cap peers have trailed. Now smaller shares are showing signs of life, and a turnaround could be in store.

Stocks

  • Nervous investors may be a good thing

    Even before the latest worries over U.S.-China trade negotiations, investors have been fairly pessimistic, which could mean markets are still not ready to hit their peak.
  • Recession may be investors’ greatest concern

    If investors are worried about a major downturn, Geraldine Sundstrom, head of asset allocation at Pimco, recommends they ‘go up the quality ladder’ in their portfolios.
  • Dividend shares for volatile times

    When market are in turmoil, shares of companies with solid and growing dividends can have two advantages: less volatility and steady income during times of uncertainty.
  • 9 'Dividend Aristocrats' for income investors

    A select group of stocks has delivered dividend growth for a quarter-century, earning them the title of 'Aristocrats.' These nine members of that club may be worth a look.

Bonds

  • 33 strategies to generate income

    Income investors are getting better returns, but with interest rates still at historically low levels, they may need to get more creative. Here are 33 ways to try and get higher yield.
  • Assets in bond ETFs could hit $1 trillion

    Investors look like they’re taking to ETFs as a low-cost way to get exposure to the fixed-income market. According to one estimate, total assets could hit $1 trillion by the end of 2019.
  • 7 strategies that can shield your portfolio

    Stocks may be hitting record highs, but the markets can still surprise you. These seven investments with a more conservative bent could help you weather a tumble.
  • Muni bond funds that deliver tax-free income

    If you're not familiar with the tax-free advantages of municipal bonds, you may be missing out. These nine funds can deliver steady income that won't get tapped by the IRS.

Investing Strategies

  • Nervous investors may be a good thing

    Even before the latest worries over U.S.-China trade negotiations, investors have been fairly pessimistic, which could mean markets are still not ready to hit their peak.
  • Services vs. goods for the long-term

    David Kostin, chief U.S. equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, says investors should focus more on companies that provide services over goods, based on inflationary pressures.
  • What trade trouble means for investors

    Hopes for an end to the trade skirmish between the U.S. and China have waned with the latest round of tariffs. Here's what we might expect until a settlement is reached.
  • The case for investing in Chinese stocks

    Long-term economic growth should pay off for patient investors who can withstand market swings.