Mutual Funds Weekly: Why now’s the time to spend your money around the world — plus more top investing tips

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Money makes the world go around, but most Americans aren’t keen on investing their money around the world. That’s a bit short-sighted, given that the U.S. economy is growing at a slower pace, and U.S. stocks currently look expensive relative to that growth.

So, if you’re inclined to spend money abroad without actually going there, check out a timely story on where in the world to put your money now, and why. Also, don’t miss MarketWatch’s coverage of the mutual-fund success story that is Vanguard Group, why negative-yielding bonds might appeal to retirees, and an interview with economist Robert Shiller about catalysts that could drive U.S. stocks “substantially” higher.

— Jonathan Burton

U.S. stocks look fully priced — where to put your money now may surprise you

These stocks and ETFs expose you to world markets that are growing faster than the U.S., writes Michael Brush.
U.S. stocks look fully priced — where to put your money now may surprise you

Here’s why the biggest wealth managers have an advantage

The biggest and best-known wealth management firms have a built-in edge that keeps smaller players from competing, according to a report out Wednesday.
Here’s why the biggest wealth managers have an advantage

This fund manager consistently beats the stock market by exploiting your foibles

Brian Yacktman like CBRE, Moody’s and Wells Fargo, among others.
This fund manager consistently beats the stock market by exploiting your foibles

This chart shows how Vanguard’s explosive growth has ‘taken on a life of its own’

Vanguard commands an outsize portion of U.S. assets under management, and also dominates flows of incoming money, making it hard to beat.
This chart shows how Vanguard’s explosive growth has ‘taken on a life of its own’

2 powerful reasons to pass on investing in a combined Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade

Margins at discount brokers keep shrinking, so where will profits come from?
2 powerful reasons to pass on investing in a combined Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade

Why retirees might want to invest in negative-yielding bonds

Under the right circumstances, they can actually make you decent money
Why retirees might want to invest in negative-yielding bonds

How to avoid 5 common retirement money mistakes

You could end up over-diversified, or trapped in your own home. A financial planner offers advice.
How to avoid 5 common retirement money mistakes

Stocks are likely to slide in coming weeks because market-timers are too bullish

Investors’ ‘wall of worry’ to climb is giving way to a downward ‘slope of hope,’ writes Mark Hulbert.
Stocks are likely to slide in coming weeks because market-timers are too bullish

Investors have already priced in a U.S. – China trade deal, according to these indicators

‘Markets think this pie is baked, cooled and ready to serve,’ Colas said. ‘If you aren’t as sanguine, ‘you need to be lightening up on risk exposure right now.’
Investors have already priced in a U.S. – China trade deal, according to these indicators

The odds don’t favor KKR if it does a leveraged buyout of Walgreens

There’s no evidence that public companies perform better after being taken private, writes Mark Hulbert.
The odds don’t favor KKR if it does a leveraged buyout of Walgreens

What is a ‘non-transparent’ ETF, and why would anyone want to own one?

A new wave of exchange-traded funds that mask their investing strategies will start to become more widely available thanks to recent SEC approvals.
What is a ‘non-transparent’ ETF, and why would anyone want to own one?

Tesla might be the next Apple and Elon Musk the heir to Steve Jobs

Tesla’s Model 3 could become the iPhone of electric vehicles, writes Vitaliy Katsenelson.
Tesla might be the next Apple and Elon Musk the heir to Steve Jobs

A fresh approach to playing volatility

Quadratic Capital’s Nancy Davis explains how her IVOL ETF enables investors to gain exposure to interest rate changes and fixed income volatility.

A fresh approach to playing volatility

Nobel laureate Robert Shiller on trade wars and the U.S. economy

Yale professor Robert Shiller, author of the new book “Narrative Economics,” speaks with Caroline Woods about what factors will drive U.S. stocks “substantially” higher.
Nobel laureate Robert Shiller on trade wars and the U.S. economy

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