James Picerno

About the Author James Picerno

James Picerno is a financial journalist who has been writing about finance and investment theory for more than twenty years. He writes for trade magazines read by financial professionals and financial advisers. Over the years, he’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg Markets, Mutual Funds, Modern Maturity, Investment Advisor, Reuters, and his popular finance blog, The CapitalSpectator.

Facebook (FB): Is This the End of Social Media’s Wild West Period?

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg endured five hours of questions in the US Senate on Tuesday, at one point conceding what’s probably inevitable: …

From Pyongyang to Wall Street: Should Investors Be Worried About Recent Missile Tests?

North Korea on Wednesday announced that it had launched another missile to test its nuclear-strike capability, which reportedly can now reach the United States. Should …

The Energy Sector Shows a Favorable Price Trend

It took a year, but the late-2015 recommendations by some analysts for overweighting energy stocks — at a time when the sector’s trend …

Chicago Fed’s Report Implies That Delaying a New Round of Monetary Tightening Remains a Reasonable Path

US economic output remained steady at a below-trend rate in August, based on this morning’s update of the three-month average of the Chicago …

Fed Rate Hike Odds Fall Following Weak U.S. Economic News

Softer-than-expected data continues to weigh on the August economic profile for the US. Retail sales slumped last month as did industrial output; translating …

iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (IWM): The Mid-Cap Equity Premium Is Still King

Mid-cap stocks are often called the “sweet spot” in the market-capitalization spectrum for equity investing. History agrees.

A Rate Hike Next Month? The Treasury Market Has a Fair Amount of Skepticism

Yesterday’s upbeat report on consumer spending and income in the US provides fresh support for last week’s moderately hawkish comments from Fed officials, …

Are Utility Stocks Overvalued?

Utility stocks remain the top performer among US sectors for the trailing one-year return window, based on a set of proxy ETFs, but …

Market Outlook: Refining Mr. Market’s Forecasts With Macro Filter

In late-August 2015, the US stock market tumbled sharply, unleashing a year of heightened volatility that seemed to anticipate the worst for the …

Brexit Outcome: Reignites A New Phase Of Risk-Off Sentiment

The shocking news that the UK voted to leave the European Union has triggered a new phase of risk-off sentiment around the world. …