Tag: Markets

The Business Cycle, Geopolitics and Retirement Investing

Trade tensions between the U.S. and China have dominated financial news headlines, but investors have a lot more to think about, including “Brexit,” an aging workforce and a new normal for interest rates.
Art by Suharu Ogawa

How Home Equity Can Fuel Retirement Income

The illiquidity of home equity can make retirement income planning difficult for those with much of their wealth concentrated in residential real estate.

U.S.-China Trade War Fears, Volatility Spark 401(k) Trading Spike

“We just had an asset-allocation meeting and we spent probably half of it talking about global trade tensions and the China-U.S. relationship,” says Bob Brown, CIO at Northern Trust. “This is a big deal for the markets. The two largest economies in the world have changed the nature of their relationship.”

All Age Groups Display Economic Irrationality

A new academic paper published by the TIAA Institute shows little difference in behavior among undergraduate students, young adults, middle-aged people and older subjects when it comes to rationally navigating uncertain conditions.  

Art by Dalbert B. Vilarino

Gen Xers Should Consider Sequence of Returns Risk

The recent bouts of equity market volatility highlight the importance of balancing portfolio growth aspirations with the need to protect what has already been accumulated; Generation X faces a difficult task in balancing short- and long-term financial priorities.

Former SEC Enforcer Reviews Regulator’s 2019 Agenda

During a webcast hosted by ACA Compliance Group, Allison Charley, a former SEC examinations office leader, explained the regulator’s internal process for picking audit targets; other speakers noted the SEC’s increased focus on suitability issues and cybersecurity.