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Alan Greenspan is committed to ending Dodd-Frank

September 23, 2016

Former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan is not letting up on his distaste for the Dodd-Frank Act that was created in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. “I don't think this bill is working at all and would like to see it repealed.” Oilman T....

Smart beta complexity is hurting investors

September 19, 2016

The biggest risk of smart-beta investing might be that the strategies are becoming too complex for their own good. Timing smart-beta investing. The SEC's fuzzy rules on dodgy accounting violations. From a slap on the wrist to jail time. Does...

Why you should still be worried about big-bank failures

September 16, 2016

The risks of big banks failing might be greater now than it was leading into the financial crisis. That should get Elizabeth Warren's attention. A “nontrivial probability.” To all the index junkies out there, here are some arguments in support...

The gloves come off in the legal fight between Pimco and Bill Gross

September 15, 2016

Things are getting ugly in the court battle between Pimco and Bill Gross. The latest claim is the that renowned Bond King may have destroyed documents relevant to the lawsuit. “The only party trying to play 'hide the ball' is Pimco.” Meb...

Hedge funder calls the bond market the mother of all bubbles

September 14, 2016

Hedge funder Paul Singer is describing the bond market as the “biggest bubble in the world.” Leaning hard on gold. Goldman Sachs dials down the chances of a September interest rate hike. Now pegging the chances of a hike at 25%. The falling...

Donald Trump tries to shame the Fed into raising rates

September 13, 2016

In his campaign to become the next president of the United States, Donald Trump is pushing the envelope in his attempted influence over monetary policy. Trying to shame Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Too much Fed speak is now rattling the bond market....

Time to embrace the idea of a nasty market correction

September 12, 2016

The upside of a serious market correction. It might be exactly what we need right now. A quick and nasty correction is best for bulls. The general sense is that the stock market volatility is just getting started. Buckling in for a bumpy ride....

Time to start navigating that minefield of mutual fund capital gains

September 9, 2016

Heading into capital gains distribution season for mutual funds, there are some potential pitfalls worth noting for financial advisers. Don't assume a fund will always be tax friendly. The muni-bond lovefest continues. Investors are pouring...

Fed finds more reasons to keep sitting on its hands

September 8, 2016

The Fed's latest reason for not raising interest rates is that only highly-skilled workers are getting raises. Also, U.S. job openings surged to a record high in July. There might be times when you want to curse during communications with clients,...

Investors gobbled up risk assets in August

September 2, 2016

Investors showed a voracious appetite for risk in August. Last month's net flows into U.S.-listed ETFs topped $28 billion. The Fed's next big idea: Renaming zero interest rates as moderately low. That should do the trick. A genuine conundrum...

The markets are tilting toward Hillary Clinton for president

September 1, 2016

Forget all the debates and the actual voting, because the stock market has already decided Hillary Clinton will be our next President. If the research is sound, investors might be expecting another Democrat in the White House. The not-so mind-boggling...

Bond bubble? CFAs say yes

August 29, 2016

Are we in a bond market bubble? Apparently, 30% of CFAs think so. But only 3% say that applies to high-grade corporate bonds. Third-quarter GDP growth should be just below 1%, according to Markit's chief economist. And that's somewhere between...

Blaming the 401(k) for lack of retirement savings

August 26, 2016

The case for how 401(k) plans have put retirement income further out of reach for some Americans. Pensions used to work, then pensions went away. The typical 401(k) is anything but automatic. Don't make the mistake of overlooking U.S. oil production...

Presidential candidates should focus on ETFs in 401(k) plans

August 25, 2016

It's time to push the conversation about including ETFs in 401(k) plans. If costs really matter — and they do — how can anyone overlook ETFs? The ETF as a political weapon. Active management might cost more and generally perform worse than...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

BlackRock chops 10 ETFs with solid returns but limited investor appeal

August 24, 2016

BlackRock must have some pretty high standards. The asset management giant is sending iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America ETF (EEML) to the scrap heap despite a gain of more than 30% this year. The investors are just not that into these...

Fed officials feel the heat heading into Jackson Hole meeting

August 23, 2016

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve's meeting this Friday in Jackson Hole. There is hope the Fed will step up and fix this mess they are calling the new normal. The pressure is mounting. Follow Michael Kitces’ advice on navigating inherited...

A case for cash when stock prices are off the charts

August 22, 2016

Sometimes the best investment move is toward the sidelines, especially when stocks and bonds are both teetering near record highs. The case for cash. Former hedge funder, Steve Eisman, who is now with Neuberger Berman, says hedge fund fees are...

Morningstar demystifies 401(k) loans

August 19, 2016

Morningstar's Christine Benz cracks to code on those perplexing 401(k) loans. Dissecting the pros, cons and myths of borrowing from a retirement account. The Department of Justice moves to phase out the use of private prisons for federal inmates....

Smart beta finds fixed income

August 18, 2016

Fixed income shapes up as the next frontier for smart-beta strategies. A small but strong showing. The haters are gonna hate this, but things might be shaping up for the start of a bear market for bonds. The momentum is just getting started....

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