Category Added in a WPeMatico Campaign

Investing

Idea generation in the investing world

A frequent topic of discussion in the investing world is idea generation — how do you best come across great investing opportunities? Among the typical avenues that institutional investors explore are conferences, management roadshows (where a broker brings a management team to see investors in a city), screening tools, and their own professional networks. All […]

Investing

Senate hearing focuses on retirement challenges

On May 14, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled “Challenges in the Retirement System.” The hearing focused on a variety of issues relating to retirement security, such as increasing workplace retirement plan coverage and participation and increasing participant savings. Financial industry executives, along with experts from state agencies and trade groups, offered […]

Investing

Fed ahead: Communication is key

In May, we wrote about the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) evolving policymaking framework as it considers a shift to average inflation targeting. This new framework would allow the Fed to focus on urging average inflation toward its mandated target of 2%. The market set out to test the Fed as inflation trended lower in early […]

Investing

The Old Black Dog

Today I want to tell you a story about the dog that’s on the cover of my books. (If you’ve read my latest book, you might think you know how this story ends … but trust me, you don’t.) Her name is Betty, and she’s an old sheep dog from the Mallee. Betty was kindly […]

Investing

Four reasons to consider dividend growth stocks today

In the decade following the Global Financial Crisis, global fixed income yields have remained low by historical standards —and many investors have turned to dividend growth stocks for their combination of yield and capital appreciation potential. At Invesco Unit Trusts, we don’t see this trend abating anytime soon. In fact, we believe the current environment […]

Investing

The Great Australian Finance Experiment

My five-year-old son is obsessed with maths. The other night he worked out that the maths app game we play each night is charging us a recurring fee. He was ropeable: “You need to delete this game off the iPad, or we’ll keep getting billed. Do you understand, Dad?” I nodded. Chip off the old […]

Investing

Introducing … Zuckbucks?

Facebook is set to launch its own crypto-currency next year, the BBC reported this week. (The article referred to the new currency as ‘GlobalCoin’ … though I much prefer ‘Zuckbucks’.) So, will this be yet another crazy crypto coin? Not a chance! My bet is that ‘Zuckbucks’ will be as boring as your Aunt Betty’s […]

Investing

Tight Labor Market Constrains Job Creation

  I I EMPLOYMENT JUNE 2019 I Research Brief Tight Labor Market Constrains Job Creation I Hiring softens, unemployment rate unchanged in May. Employers added 75,000 jobs last month, maintaining a historically low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. Downward revisions to March and April’s figures offset May’s gains, taking the average number of new hires […]

Investing

Growing Distribution Webs Boost Retailers’ Competitive Advantages

  I I RETAIL SALES JUNE 2019 I Research Brief Growing Distribution Webs Boost Retailers’ Competitive Advantages I Consumption underpinned by elevated consumer optimism. Retail sales remained steady in May, increasing 3.2 percent over the past year. Though this is slightly lower than the previous two months, spending appears to have further stabilized following heightened […]

Investing

Why Do We Need Inflation?

A reader asks: What’s the deal with inflation? It’s bad for our individual spending power. It erodes the value of our money. Yet, the economists want 2% inflation per year every year. Why do we need inflation for a healthy economy? Why can’t we have a 0% inflation goal? I get the idea behind being […]