• An Early Take on 2015 and the S&P 500

    A recent note published by Goldman Sachs (GS) called for the S&P 500 to rally to 2,050 by year-end — a 2.8% move higher from last night’s close.

  • Former Fed Chairman Greenspan Makes Startling Admission

    I had lunch with former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan during the New Orleans Investment Conference.

  • Real Estate Fund Rides Recent Recovery

    With $43.1 billion in assets under management, VNQ is Vanguard’s fourth-largest ETF. Its competitive 0.1% expense ratio is 93% lower, according to Morningstar, than the average for similar funds.

  • The Fed Says Bye Bye to QE

    As was widely anticipated, today the Federal Reserve announced the end of its massive bond-buying program.

  • Warren Buffett Stumbles

    Several of Berkshire Hathaway’s higher-profile public investments have fallen out of bed recently. And the “Oracle of Omaha” has endured several billion dollars in paper losses as a result.

  • Is Bill to Tax Online Purchases Fair or Foul?

    Revenue-seeking local officials who favor the passage of legislation to tax online purchases are running short of time for Congress to enact such a law before it adjourns in December.

  • Fed Jawboning Rides to Rescue the Market… Again

    During the past month, the S&P 500 fell more than 198 points from its peak, and it appears to have hit a potential bottom around 1,820. What helped pacify the market this past week?

  • Krugman Alert: Should the United States Adopt the European Model?

    I recently saw Paul Krugman speak at Westchester Community College, where he made several controversial statements.

  • Vanguard Takes on Developed Markets

    VEA is Vanguard’s third-largest fund by assets under management at $44.46 billion, and its 0.09% expense ratio is less than a quarter of the average ratio for similarly allocated funds.

  • Snap Back: Is the Correction Over?

    Since last week’s severe drubbing in stocks, the market has made a notable comeback, but does this mean that the correction is over? I dare say not.

  • Why I Expect the Stock Market to Rally in Q4

    With the S&P 500 nudging the mighty 200-day moving average from below, the “doom-and-gloom” crowd is out in full force, proclaiming that “the End is Nigh.”

  • Pondering the Ebola Virus’ Ripple Effects

    A recent World Bank study estimated that if the epidemic is not contained quickly, by the end of 2015 it could cost Liberia 12% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and Sierra Leone 8.9% of its GDP.

  • The Forbes 400: Is the American Dream Still Alive?

    Next year, our theme at FreedomFest is “Can We Restore the American Dream?” We’ve already received a strong response.

  • This Bargain ETF Covers the Entire Market

    Following last week’s introduction to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard and its low-expense-ratio funds, we turn our attention today to an offering with a 0.05% expense ratio.

  • The Easiest Way to Get to the Exits

    With everyone seemingly packing up and rushing to get out of equity positions, things are getting rather crowded at the exits.

  • Staying Afloat in a Global Sea of Red

    If you’ve been invested in a stock market anywhere in the world over the past month, then I feel your pain.

  • Maligned Rust-Belt City Shows Economic Life with Pharmaceutical IPO

    Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy (NYSE: DPLO) gained the spotlight when it completed a successful public stock offering (IPO) on Oct. 10 to raise funds to expand its operations, despite its home base in a place that naysayers have characterized as something akin to a hell hole.

  • Early Holiday Sales Projections Vary Widely

    Instead, it is the time for the official 2014 Holiday Shopping forecast by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

  • The Greatest Triumph in Austrian Economics Since Hayek Won the Nobel Prize

    I attended a celebration last week at George Mason University, where more than 300 economists and political thinkers gathered to celebrate Friedrich Hayek’s winning of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1974.

  • Low-Cost Vanguard Attracts Billions in Assets

    Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, also has carved out a strong niche as a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that fit the investment firm’s focus on keeping its management expenses low.