Investing

Bullish signs vs. bearish signs

How can investors know if the market is in for a longer-term bounce back, or positioned for a prolonged pullback? Dominic Chu tells us what to watch out for.

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Investors—however smart, seasoned or wealthy—are only human. Faced with dramatic market fluctuations like those seen over the last few days, many otherwise even-tempered investors might be tempted to act rashly—and irrationally. Certified financial planner Geri Eisenman Pell, CEO of Pell Wealth Partners, notes that the study of behavioral finance—how and why people make the financial …

Time to buy dividend-paying stocks?

Market volatility can make dividend stocks look more appealing to long-term investors, but there are risks you should know before you buy.

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After China’s dramatic Black Monday stock market collapse, Chinese investors spoke to CNBC in Beijing about how they see the government’s attempts to prop up equities, the opportunities in mainland markets, and the economic outlook for their country. Max Liu “There is nothing to worry about since I’m used to this stock market drama. It’s …

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On Monday, the CBOE Volatility Index, otherwise known as the VIX, closed at its highest level since October 2011. Earlier in the day, volatility surged to hit a high not seen in more than six years. According to one options expert, the spike could indicate that a bottom for the S&P 500 is right around …

Wall Street impacts Main Street

Eamon Javers finds out how Main Street feels about what’s happening on Wall Street.

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The standard advice from financial advisors to 20-somethings is to invest as much as they can in stocks—regardless of periodic market swings, however wild, like those seen over the past few days—and watch long-term compounding do its magic for the next 40-plus years. But millennials, the 80-million-strong generation born between 1980 and 2000, don’t seem …

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Fund managers cut their exposure to both commodities and emerging market equities to record lows this month, as oil and metals seem unable to shrug off price weakness and China recession fears mount, new research shows.

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Are millennials risk-averse? Well, yes and no. “Yes, absolutely,” said Marguerita Cheng, certified financial planner and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth. “I don’t like to generalize, but I have witnessed this firsthand. “Some younger investors … are extremely risk averse because they have seen their parents lose their jobs, lose equity in their homes …

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Jittery investors should look to eastern Europe—and Romania in particular—for a sanctuary from Chinese market volatility and Greek debt wrangling, analysts told CNBC. “Central Europe and Romania are all looking a little bit pretty,” Charles Robertson, chief economist at emerging market-focused investment bank Renaissance Capital, told CNBC. He said that the region was “one of …

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It’s been a tough year for semiconductor stocks. The industry group has fallen 12.4 percent in 2015, making it the third-worst performing sector in the S&P 500, trailing only transportation and energy. But according to one trader, it is set to stage a comeback. Read More Stocks are suffering a ‘time correction': Technician “From a valuation …

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The “envelope system” is a well-known money-saving strategy. The idea is to save for your goals—a down payment for a home, a new car, a vacation—using a series of envelopes. Every payday, you peel off a little cash and deposit it in your envelopes, slowly chipping away at your goals. Things have gotten a little …

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The titans of tech buybacks have not been cutting it this earnings season. Apple and Microsoft fell on their earnings reports, while more growth-oriented tech companies that don’t lean on share repurchases, like Google and Netflix, have surged. To some, that divergence serves as yet another sign that investor predilections are changing. “I think growth …

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Energy stocks had another tough start Monday, falling more than 1 percent even after the sector concluded its 13th straight losing week. But the real bad news is that even after such a plunge, the sector’s valuation suggests energy stocks continue to be overvalued—leading some traders to see even more downside ahead. Based on the …

Are energy dividends safe?

Big oil’s profits get slammed, but are their dividends safe?