James Picerno


US small cap stocks continue to outperform big caps this year

The rally in shares of small-capitalization shares relative to large caps has accelerated in recent weeks. A month ago, the Russell 2000 (a widely followed gauge of small companies) ... Read More
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Real Estate Stocks Continue To Rebound

Foreign and US real estate stocks extended March’s rally into the first week of April, generating the top performances among the major asset classes last week, based on a ... Read More

The Fed Lifts Interest Rates On Outlook For Firmer Growth

The Federal Reserve announced an increase in interest rates yesterday, nudging its target rate up by 25 basis points to a 0.50%-to-0.75% range. The central bank’s revised economic projections ... Read More

Most Markets Tumbled Last Week, But US Stocks Surged

Last week’s election of Donald Trump triggered widespread selling in global markets, based on ETF proxies representing the major asset classes. US equities bucked the trend with a strong ... Read More

Emerging-Market Stocks Edge Higher As REITs Tumble

The major asset classes dispensed a wide range of performances last week, based on a set of proxy ETFs. Although losses dominated the five trading days through Oct. 7, ... Read More
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Is Recession-Risk Monitoring Useful For Investing?

There’s a myth going around that tracking the business cycle is a waste of time for investors. On the surface, the reasoning sounds logical. By the time it’s clear ... Read More

Emerging-Market Stocks Post First Weekly Gain Since Early April

Emerging-market equities rebounded last week, posting the first weekly gain since early April. The 2.8% total return for the Vanguard Emerging Market ETF (VWO) for the five trading days ... Read More
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Foreign Developed-Market Stocks In The Lead Last Week

Stock markets in the developed world outside the US led the major asset classes higher last week, based on a set of proxy ETFs. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA) ... Read More
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Is The 9-Year Drought For Value Investing History?

The notion that value outperforms in the long run is a staple in the financial literature, and for an obvious reason: the historical record tells us so. But the ... Read More
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The Crystal-Ball Business For 2016: A Brief Sampling

It’s a new year and that means that it’s time to roll out a new round of predictions. There’s no reason to think that turning the calendar to January ... Read More
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