What other key factors are affecting oil prices, after the attack on Saudi Aramco?

Iran had been a supportive factor A change in the Trump administration signals a policy pivot Bullish and bearish factors change places- Until the attack on Saudi Aramco on Saturday Sometimes the most bullish and bearish factors in a market change places, and that is what we started to see last week. The price of WTI crude oil that trades on the NYMEX division of the CME has traded in a range between $50 and $60 since late May. Meanwhile, Brent crude oil futures that trade on the Intercontinental Exchange…

Data Shows Growth Against Value Stocks May Be Shifting

After a week of green for U.S. markets, stocks opened lower Monday, selling off during early trading. As a result, the S&P 500 is in the red, but value stocks, which typically have low multiples and stable fundamentals, have been outperforming their growth counterparts. One major concern for investors is that momentum stocks, with generally large growth expectations relative to the broader market, have outperformed value names in recent years. Thus, a shift away from momentum could signify in a downturn for the broader market. Value stocks usually trade at…

Looking for Growth in All the “Right” Places

By RiverFront Investment Management We believe a nuanced approach to “growth” investing is appropriate Last week in our Strategic View, we described the US economy as simmering in a ‘low and slow’ phase. We think this aids the durability of our current economic recovery, and believe it has implications on security selection as well. Growth stocks (as defined by the S&P 500 Growth Index) in general have been long-term outperformers relative to Value (as defined by the S&P 500 Value Index) in the US (see chart), but we think a nuanced…

Being Awarded to Play Defense Outside For Global Stock

International dividend stocks and the related ETFs can play pivotal roles in income-generating portfolios, but how investors access ex-US dividends is an important part of the equation. The FlexShares International Quality Dividend Index Fund (IQDF A-) takes a quality approach to ex-US payouts. Low-interest rates in the U.S. have sent investors flocking to dividend stocks and ETFs in recent years. With central banks throughout the developed world paring rates and engaging in monetary easing, government bond yields are falling, giving investors good reason to consider international dividend ETFs. Stocks in…

Warren Buffett Addresses Competition With China

During an interview for Yahoo Finance, billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, discussed the current struggles the US is having with China. He also explained what lessons about competition should be learned to avoid escalating conflict. While staying away from any political comments in regards to the President or current US-China trade conflicts, Buffett does speak on the potential for improving on current relations between the two. “I think that China and the United States absolutely are destined to be the superpowers you know beyond my great-grandchildren’s lives,” Buffett…