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Separate data from Pension Partners’ Charlie Bilello shows that over the last 70 years, readings of 47.8 or lower have usually been followed by recessions within two years. Photograph: iStock

Major US brokerages have for years resisted following in the footsteps of Robinhood, the Silicon Valley start-up which offered free stock trading in 2(...)

“Improved transparency and advances in technology are all helpful when it comes to managing finances but I don’t think you can take the human out of it.” Photograph: iStock

In the US, the robots aren’t just coming, they’re here. The charge is led by players such as Vanguard, Schwab, Wealthfront and Betterment, with banks (...)

Canada is to legalise medicinal cannabis next month. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Like volatility? Then forget cryptocurrencies and get into cannabis stocks. Canada is to legalise medicinal cannabis next month, a move that has trigg(...)

A monitor displays Apple Inc stock information at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on August 2nd. Apple Inc. became the first US-based company with a market value of $1 trillion, four decades after it was co-founded by Steve Jobs in a Silicon Valley garage and later revolutionized the worlds of computing, music and mobile communications. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Apple last week became the first US company to hit a $1 trillion market capitalisation, sparking the usual warnings about excessive sentiment and high(...)

BAML’s Bull & Bear Indicator  is now on the verge of giving a trading buy signal. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A bear market is coming, but keep buying stocks for now. So says Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), which is keeping a close eye on 19 bear market(...)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he would short bitcoin if there was an easy way to do it. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Bill Gates last week said he would short bitcoin if he could, prompting early bitcoin investor Tyler Winklevoss to point out that anyone who wants to (...)

Bullish sentiment, as measured by the weekly American Association of Individual Investor polls, has averaged less than 37 per cent since the rally began in 2009. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Market bears insist this ageing bull market, now the second-longest in history after celebrating its ninth birthday this month, is past its sell-by (...)

Amid the ongoing agonising about US inflation and the interest rate outlook,  stocks are enjoying a very fine earnings season. Photograph: Getty Images

The herd instinct is alive and well, judging by the latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey. In recent months, the percentage of fund manager(...)

December has traditionally been the strongest month for stocks and money managers will be eyeing another Santa Claus rally. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Never mind the five American FAANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) – wherever you look, technology stocks are soaring. Last week, Chine(...)

Wealth managers agree that robo advisors are a positive addition for younger investors
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The growth of robo-advisors such as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios and Personal Capital in the US has been spurred on by people seeking low-cost invest(...)

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