Institutional buyers are snapping up houses at a feverish pace and keeping some potential homeowners out of the market. Rising mortgage rates could be to blame.
Forget Syria, the debt ceiling, oil prices, and the rest. The biggest threat to the stock market for September is the effect of higher interest rates on the US housing market.
In many other endeavors outside of investing, getting a forecast half-right isn't quite the end of the world. In asset allocation, however, half-right can be a killer.
In 1965, CEOs of large American corporations earned 20 times as much as their typical employee. Today, it's 270 times. Brown argues this income inequality to be the economy's greatest obstacle to recovery.
President Obama is expected to nominate Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve this Wednesday. Should Yellen be approved by Senate and accept the position, she will come to the post amidst a huge fiscal debate and unemployment disappointments. It's her show now.
George Soros and Warren Buffett are two of the richest men in the world, but certain circumstances have helped Buffett come out on top.
Stock markets are closing lower and lower as the government remains shutdown. Brown argues that a greater fall in stock prices may be the wake-up call Washington needs. The market needs to scare congress straight before Washington will get serious about finalizing a budget plan and re-open the government.
In a recent interview, one expert worries that investors in one market sector – hedge funds – are increasingly moving into similar positions, which could lead to crowded trading. That could be a problem.
A surprisingly high number of Americans don't understand the impact of interest rates on their retirement accounts and investment portfolios, according to a recent survey. But the level of comprehension increased with age, to a point.
Although the beleaguered Bill Ackman received negative publicity after he took a spat between him and J.C. Penney's directors public, Brown says his bets are on Ackman. Leaving J.C. Penney was the smartest thing Ackman has done in a while, Brown says.
The proportion of 18 to 34-year-olds living with their parents has steadily risen since the recession hit in 2007, according to Fortune magazine. Is the trend about to change?
President Barack Obama is making a push to bolster spending on infrastructure and R&D, but is it too late for him to combat austerity? Brown says it may be.
Facebook has been growing since its IPO last year, and advertising revenue for the company increased 61 percent from last year. Facebook is making a lot of money now and starting to deliver on the promise of its IPO.
Investors should not race to dump their stocks every time Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks, Brown says.
Asset reflation has allowed the US to slowly pull out from the recession, while spending cuts across Europe have crushed recovery, Brown says. Depending on the outcomes of elections in Germany, Europe may begin pursuing much looser monetary policies.
What distinguishes one investor from another is his or her ability to predict what the crowd is about to do next, Brown says.