Jeff Benjamin

Investment Insights: The Blogblog

Jeff Benjamin breaks down the game for advisers and clients.

The markets are set to open with frayed nerves

Plus: Spiking demand for U.S. Treasuries, dodging corporate taxes, the A,B,C's of liquid alts, risk-adjusted sector performance, and boning up on your Cinco De Mayo history

May 5, 2014 @ 8:00 am

  • Buckle in for a bumpy Monday as global equity markets shake off the weekend with a grumpy reaction to the latest Chinese manufacturing data and whatever else can justify a move toward the exits. U.S. markets poised to open lower

  • Increased demand for long-term U.S. Treasuries has little to do with yield and little to do with a flight to safety. You can blame it on new rules to address pension fund shortfalls. Downward pressure on yields

  • As U.S. companies continue to reincorporate abroad we might want to start taking a closer look at the real driving force: a punishing corporate tax code. Why tax reform is so important

  • You can try and ignore it, but liquid alternatives are not going away any time soon. With that in mind, here's a basic primer on how to guide your clients through the space. Where to focus

  • Taking a gander at this year's sector performance on a risk-adjusted basis. Spoiler alert, utilities rule the day. What has and has not worked so far this year

  • A novice's guide to Cinco De Mayo. It's not just an excuse to line up tequila shots

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