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  • Investors still favoring bonds over stocks

    The summer may be over, but investors continued to pull money from the stock market in the latest week, as they waited on central banks to take steps to stimulate the global economy.

    During the week ended Sept. 5, U.S. stock mutual funds bled another $2.9 billion, according to the Investment Company Institute, bringing the 2012 outflow total to more than $79 billion.  By comparison, those funds lost in the neighborhood of MORE

    - Sep 13, 2012 1:54 PM ET
  • Fed acted because Congress is lame

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, and Abbott Laboratories, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    In a move that will forever be known as QE3 because it's the Federal Reserve's third round of asset purchases, the central bank pledged Thursday to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month.

    Now let's be MORE

    - Sep 13, 2012 12:59 PM ET
  • Hedging QE3 bets, 52% say Fed won't act after all

    This week's Federal Reserve meeting is front and center, with many still on the fence about whether or not the central bank will announce any new stimulus measures.

    More specifically, investors have remained divided about a third round of bond buying, or quantitative easing, by the central bank.

    A little more than half (52%) of the 13,000 respondents to a CNNMoney poll say they don't think the Fed will announce so-called QE3 MORE

    - Sep 11, 2012 11:24 AM ET
  • The not-so-great and powerful Ben Bernanke

    For the past few weeks, the market has been off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of the Fed. But traders who've been following the yellow brick road in the hopes of more stimulus came away disappointed Tuesday.

    Click your heels three times and repeat after me: "There's no need for QE3. There's no need for QE3. There's no need for QE3."

    Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, aka the man behind the MORE

    - Jul 17, 2012 12:51 PM ET
  • 10-year yield slumps to record low

    Investors who are on the hunt for yield may want to avert their eyes from long-term Treasuries.

    The yield on the 10-year note slid to a record low of 1.44% Monday morning, as ongoing signs of weak global growth kept the flight to safety alive and well. Investors tend to snap up Treasuries during times of uncertainty because they're backed by the U.S. government.

    It's not exactly a new story that the MORE

    - Jul 16, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • Hedge funds lost $5.1 in outflows in April

    After six months of losing to the broader market, hedge funds finally beat the S&P 500's performance in April, slipping only 0.6% compared to the index's 0.8% decline. But that wasn't enough to lure in investors.

    Hedge funds, which have an estimated $1.7 trillion in assets combined, saw investors sell off an estimated $5.1 billion worth in April, reversing two consecutive months of inflows, according to a monthly report from investment research MORE

    - Jun 12, 2012 4:59 PM ET
  • Does the Fed have any bullets left?

    QE3? Operation Twist 2? There will certainly be more pressure on the Federal Reserve to announce yet another round of stimulus ASAP following Friday's bloody-awful jobs report.

    Stocks plunged. The 10-year Treasury yield hit another record low, with rates dipping below 1.5%. That is a Princess Bride level.  A 10-year yield this low was considered "absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable" just a few years ago.

    Investors are panicking and MORE

    - Jun 1, 2012 12:48 PM ET
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