Mutual Funds Weekly: Stocks are almost halfway through ‘Octoberphobia’ — but investors have reasons to be spooked

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Stories getting attention from MarketWatch readers this past week include reports about the questionable health of U.S. stocks as investors confront “Octoberphobia” — their not-exaggerated fear of big share-price drops in the month of October. Plus, check out an exchange-traded fund striving to produce a little extra yield for its shareholders, read primers on factor investing and ETFs, and see why financial advisers are encouraging clients to appreciate art — particularly the impressive way that fine art can appreciate.

— Jonathan Burton

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Stock splits have dried up — why that’s not good for the market

This key support for stock prices has fallen away, writes Mark Hulbert.
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Why Oct. 9 is a day that lives in infamy among stock investors

Two major stock market trend changes have occurred on this day since 2000, Mark Hulbert writes.
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Don’t call it a comeback for value

The Value rotation in the U.S. stock market didn’t have staying power in September, according to data from FTSE Russell, though October and onward may be another story,
Don’t call it a comeback for value

Wealth manager Ken Fisher apologizes after backlash for off-color comments

Several conference attendees spoke out on Twitter after sexist comments at an event that was supposed to be kept private.
Wealth manager Ken Fisher apologizes after backlash for off-color comments

Here’s what you likely have in common with Harvard’s endowment managers

Even the best and brightest analysts fail to beat the stock market consistently, writes Mark Hulbert.
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This ETF offers a little yield in a falling-rate world

The success of a short-term fixed-income fund suggests investors are looking for a little extra yield wherever they can find it.
This ETF offers a little yield in a falling-rate world

What is factor investing?

Factor investing isn’t new but it might seem strange or exotic to individual investors. Here’s a broad overview.
What is factor investing?

What is an ETF?

Exchange-traded funds are a great tool for investors, but there are some basics to understand about their benefits, like lower costs, and a few drawbacks.
What is an ETF?

Why investors shouldn’t overestimate U.S.-China partial trade deal

U.S. and China agreed to a partial trade deal. But Heard on the Street’s Aaron Back explains why investors may want to hold off on getting too excited.
Why investors shouldn’t overestimate U.S.-China partial trade deal

What you need to know to invest in art

Works by Warhol, Basquiat, and many others have been setting record prices for years. So it’s no surprise that 88% of wealth managers think art should be part of their services. Here’s what you need to know.
What you need to know to invest in art

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