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In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense

“To keep your footing and stay centered, reverse that old adage about sports and war: In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense” reports marketwatch.com. A bear market, when it comes, will feel like an attack on your financial security.The bullish case for Facebook is about to get even better Momentum-based investing strategies are coming off a 10-year cycle of poor performance, writes Mark Hulbert.Investors working with investment advisers ought to make time to talk about bear markets — when stocks drop at least 20% from their…

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These tools can prepare investors for threats lurking in the market

“A growing number of tools prepare you for the threats lurking around the market, from a trade war to climate change, by letting you test them out on your investments before they ever happen” writes Executive Director Of for cnbc.com. For example, a user can now see how a second government shutdown would rattle their investments. Source: cnbc.com

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The CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management says there’s a challenge facing ETFs for buzzy do-good funds, and it’s stopped the firm from entering the market

“It’s not for lack of investor interest: In the businesses’ weekly sales reports, Chandoha always hears demand for a fund” writes Meghan Morris for businessinsider.com. However, many of Schwab’s mass affluent clients don’t have the investment sizes to meet the thresholds for that kind of strategy.High net worth and institutional investors can design portfolios based on their preferred ESG factors, from climate change to diversity. For that group, Chandoha said the business is still working on a product.Sign up here for our weekly newsletter Wall Street Insider, a behind-the-scenes look…

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Survey: 41% of Institutional Investors to Invest in ICOs Within Five Years

“The survey was conducted in December 2018 and January 2019 by market research company PollRight, and included responses from 71 global institutional investors, including private equity, hedge funds and pension funds” writes Max Yakubowski for cointelegraph.com. According to a survey of institutional investors conducted by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), 19 percent believe that digital assets will be regularly invested in and traded by 2021. Recently, cryptocurrency assets management fund Grayscale Investments presented their Q4 2018 report, noting that institutional investors were responsible for the majority of digital assets…

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Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

“Wall Street has been encouraged by the signals that Chinese and U.S. officials have sent in the latest round of trade talks that began Monday” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Two days of trade talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing.(AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood.Economists said this week’s two days of talks were too brief to resolve the sprawling dispute that extends to cyber-spying and China’s trade surplus. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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After strong 2019 start for U.S. stocks, trade verdict looms

“Investors are increasingly hopeful about a positive resolution as a March 1 deadline for trade talks nears” reports businessinsider.com. “Risk assets across the spectrum would see severe selling pressure if trade talks completely collapsed and tariff rates rose,” Saglimbene said.But a trade deal that avoids more severe tariffs could help, since many companies prepared investors for the worst.And if the United States and China reach a deal, market professionals say clarity after the lengthy dispute should continue to push shares higher. Source: businessinsider.com

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Investors may have already missed out on the bulk of the market’s gains this year

“Investors expecting the stock market to build on the robust start it’s seen in 2019 don’t have history on their side” writes Brendan Mcdermid for cnbc.com. A lot will have to go right to continue the best market start in 32 years.Recent years in this bull market, though, have shown that outsized gains are possible.In 2017, the market jumped 19.4 percent, 2013 saw a 29.6 percent surge and 2009, the year that saw the crisis bottom, ended with the S&P 500 up 23.4 percent. Source: cnbc.com

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Americans value a free gas fill-up over a cash giveaway — but that’s no comfort to risk-averse investors

“Still, gas is subject to the whims of prices for crude oil, from which it is derived, and spikes in prices can become burdensome for consumers and investors” writes Markets Commodities Reporter for marketwatch.com. Regular unleaded gasoline prices on Friday morning averaged $2.302 a gallon at the pump — about 10% below the year-ago level, according to GasBuddy.MPC, +1.48% And, looking at the bigger picture for gasoline prices, they may end up being a bit cheaper at the retail level this year than last.Volatile prices make gasoline a particularly risky…

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Get used to wild swings for this stock market, and thank the Fed for that, says analyst

“Our call of the day, from Seema Shah, global investment strategist at Principal Global Investors, is less sanguine” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. A big data dump awaits, on the heels of that dismal retail sales data.Or, if the Fed was simply propping up markets, renewed fears of inflation and rising interest rates are likely.Shah worries that the market has swung from “excessively pessimistic to excessively optimistic,” and may be underestimating coming headwinds from a global slowdown.Investors have been haunted by three big themes this week: trade talks, U.S. politics…

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Italian investors get a preview of what to expect ahead of EU elections in May

“10-year bond yields are up by 8.8 bps on the day currently after Lega lawmaker, Claudio Borghi, provided a glimpse of what to expect ahead of the European Parliament elections in May” reports forexlive.com. If you’re wondering what’s dragging down the euro today, let’s just say that headlines like that won’t help as it only puts more focus on the risks the single currency is set to face in the coming months. As for other reasons, the fact that markets are growing more bearish about the ECB and its inflation…

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