Investing Ideas

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

Mutual Funds & ETFs

  • 5 'mega trends' to consider trading on

    It may feel like investors have plenty to worry about now, but there are a number of companies looking ahead to the future. Here are five big trends and nearly two dozen stocks that are riding them.
  • The safety factor on income for life

    For anyone investing in annuities, a huge concern is whether the benefits will last a lifetime. And while there is always risk that a provider will fail, most of them have a rock-solid record of reliability.
  • Small-cap funds that may have room to rise

    Small-cap stocks are on a roll, and many experts say they have the potential to keep climbing. If you're thinking about adding them to your portfolio, you may want to consider these three funds.
  • Homebuilder stocks may still have room to run

    As housing prices search for a peak, concerns for the prospects of homebuilders are rising. But while you may want to keep an eye on the sector, the stocks could have some more climbing to do.

Stocks

  • How the Fed could react to a trade battle

    Investors who believe the Federal Reserve could step in as trade tensions escalate may be mistaken. The economy is strong and the job market is tight, giving the central bank bigger issues to consider.
  • Playing defense with your investments

    The effects of a trade war remain to be seen, but one can't ignore the implications for the market. One strategist doesn't like what he sees and thinks it's time to start playing more defense than offense.
  • Why cash may have an edge over dividend yields

    The yield on three-month Treasuries recently crossed 2%, which puts the cash-like investment at a higher rate of return than the yields provided by dividend-bearing stocks on the S&P 500.
  • Investors eye bright spots in the REIT sector

    While investors say they are wary of the broader real estate industry in a rising interest rate environment, some are still bullish on sectors such as self storage and manufactured homes.

Bonds

  • Why cash may have an edge over dividend yields

    The yield on three-month Treasuries recently crossed 2%, which puts the cash-like investment at a higher rate of return than the yields provided by dividend-bearing stocks on the S&P 500.
  • A strategy for taming bond-market bears

    In today's high-risk and low-return world, it's hard for bond investors to get excited, but not impossible. These dozen options can help generate respectable returns for your fixed-income portfolio.
  • Unconstrained bond funds with flexibility

    With the broad bond market down so far this year, so-called unconstrained bond funds offer some alternatives for investors looking to withstand market volatility. Here are four worth a closer look.
  • Why corporate bonds are getting a second look

    After a rough first half of the year, investment-grade debt may be looking like a bargain. It's the latest example of how rising interest rates are making out-of-favor assets look attractive once again.

Investing Strategies

  • How the Fed could react to a trade battle

    Investors who believe the Federal Reserve could step in as trade tensions escalate may be mistaken. The economy is strong and the job market is tight, giving the central bank bigger issues to consider.
  • Playing defense with your investments

    The effects of a trade war remain to be seen, but one can't ignore the implications for the market. One strategist doesn't like what he sees and thinks it's time to start playing more defense than offense.
  • Why cash may have an edge over dividend yields

    The yield on three-month Treasuries recently crossed 2%, which puts the cash-like investment at a higher rate of return than the yields provided by dividend-bearing stocks on the S&P 500.
  • Adjusting your portfolio for inflation

    Many market watchers believe inflation pressures are more likely to grow than shrink. While you may not need to make big changes immediately, you may want to start easing into the new environment.