RMB Hits a Speed Bump—for Now

Hayden Briscoe

The notion that China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB), is on a long-term path of appreciation appears in question after its sharp decline since February. We think that the setback is only temporary—and that the currency will resume its climb in a few months.

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Don’t Skip the Homework: High Yield’s Overlooked Risks

Gershon Distenfeld

Posted by Gershon Distenfeld (pictured) and Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky of AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB)

Many investors have taken on more risk in their quest for higher returns—especially as signs have pointed to interest rates staying stable until next year. But two key elements are often overlooked: default risk and underwriting standards.

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Can Japanese Stocks Defy Sluggish Exports?

Katsuaki Ogata

As Japanese equities struggle to make headway this year after an explosive 2013, new questions are being asked about the economy’s direction. From an investor’s perspective, we think the sluggish export trend may be masking a more positive environment for stocks.

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How Low Can the 30-Year Treasury Yield Go?

Michael DePalma

Posted by Michael DePalma (pictured) and Philip Chasparis of AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB)

Even as the US Federal Reserve has continued to taper bond purchases and hint at eventually tightening monetary policy, long-term US Treasury yields have not only continued to fall, but outperformed all other maturities from two-year to 10-year bonds. Investors shouldn’t bank on them falling much further.

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How Tax Savings from a College Savings Plan Could Pay for a Year of College

Tara Thompson Popernik

The option to front-load funding makes a tax-deferred college savings plan is a great way to avoid taxes on the future growth of funds earmarked for higher-education expenses. We project that the taxes avoided over a 10-year savings horizon could pay for a full year of college.

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The Future’s Still Bright for College Grads

Christopher Thompson

Is college worth it? It’s not an uncommon question these days, especially with soaring college costs, ballooning student debt levels and higher unemployment. But research shows that pursuing a college degree can result in far more than just a diploma.

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Six Principles for Smart Tax Management

Tara Thompson Popernik

It is well known that taxes began to take a bigger bite out of income for the well-off in 2013. Top marginal tax rates rose, and some exemptions and deductions were phased out. What is less well known is that investors spending from their portfolios—even those investors whose tax rates didn’t rise—may be facing higher tax bills, too.

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Start Saving for College Now, or Pay Much More Later

Christopher Thompson

The price tag for attending college 18 years from now is projected to be considerably higher than it is today—up to hundreds of thousands of dollars higher for a four-year degree. But using a tax-favored strategy to save for college can help make the costs of future educational expenses less daunting.

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Security Check for Equity Declines

Sharon Fay

Sharon Fay (pictured) and Kent Hargis

Protecting against stock-market declines is a top priority for many investors. But with lower-volatility stocks looking expensive today, will they get the job done if equities fall from new peaks?

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Sovereigns Look Seductive in Europe’s Periphery

Jørgen Kjærsgaard

Jorgen Kjaersgaard (pictured) and John Taylor

Investment-grade bonds issued by nonfinancial firms in Europe’s peripheral countries have had a great run but now look expensive. In our view, government bonds from the likes of Spain and Italy offer better value for investors who want peripheral exposure.

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