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The Takeaway: Advisers in the spotlight

August 30, 2013

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you all know that today is my final edition of the daily Takeaways - although I will continue to contribute here at Investment News. Thank you all for the emails, and retweets and comments and encouragement....

MLPs in mutual funds pose hazards

April 14, 2013

As yield-generating investments, master limited partnerships have plenty of appeal, but it would be difficult to find another asset class with more ways to unintentionally trip up investors. The latest challenge is weighing the pros and cons...

More bad news for savers where unemployment is high

January 25, 2013

In the category of more proof that life is not fair, it turns out that bank deposit interest rates are closely tied to state-level unemployment rates. While yields on deposits are low and trending lower all over the country, depositors in states...

Presidential election definitely a dead heat — or a landslide

November 5, 2012

In the category of scary possibilities, some of the more creative political analysts have begun floating the notion of an electoral-college vote deadlock that leaves us with Republican Mitt Romney as president and Democrat Joe Biden as his No....

Don't look down: Ignore cliff, buy now

September 23, 2012

Make no mistake — the fiscal cliff is serious. But financial advisers should recognize that the looming threat doesn't necessarily mean that investors should reduce their market exposure. In fact, some strategists are making the case for increasing...

High dividend yields: Reward is worth the risk

March 17, 2013

Dividend investing probably has never been so fashionable and so rewarding, particularly against the backdrop of record-low interest rates. For many income-seeking investors, the stock dividend has emerged over the past few years as the new...

After the cliff, what's next for investors?

January 27, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of the Jan. 8 webcast, “Beyond the Fiscal Cliff: What's Next for Stocks and Bonds,” moderated by InvestmentNews deputy editor Greg Crawford and senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: As we all...

Beware the dividend yield trap

January 18, 2013

Just beyond the glorious celebration of dividends as a reliable source of income in a low-interest-rate environment, there is the caveat that too much yield isn't always a good thing for every investor. As dividend-paying stocks continue to...

Don't look down: Ignore the fiscal cliff, buy now

September 30, 2012

Make no mistake — the fiscal cliff is serious. But financial advisers should recognize that the looming threat doesn't necessarily mean that investors should reduce their market exposure. In fact, some strategists are making the case for increasing...

IPO activity bodes well for stock market and the economy

July 17, 2011

Judging by the health of the IPO market, it may be time for investors to get their risk on. Indeed, the recent pickup in initial public offerings suggests that we are entering a period of “risk on” trading, in which investors display a willingness...

M&A wave starts with ripples

January 9, 2011

Investors hoping to ride on the impending M&A wave should think small. With corporate boards and managers of private-equity-funds sitting on piles of cash and the economy finally on the mend, mergers and acquisitions are on the rise. But forget...

MLP funds aren't all they are cracked up to be

October 24, 2010

In this yield-starved and tax-sensitive environment, it is no wonder that master limited partnerships are being touted as the next hot investment solution. After all, the sales pitch promises long-term tax deferrals on annual distributions,...

VC is another way to invest in small, high-growth companies

January 31, 2010

Taking a chance on venture capital investments could seem daunting to some, but it is worth considering as a viable alternative to small- and micro-cap stock allocations. Although some of the nuances of private VC investing will require extra...

In the active-passive debate, a fusion yields best results

November 15, 2009

Most of the debate over active versus passive investing strategies has reached the level of white noise as both sides continue to stack up claims and examples to make their cases. But that shouldn't diminish the value of reasonable and straightforward...

Strategy aims to limit effects of rising interest rates

October 4, 2009

After two decades of downward-trending interest rates and generally decreasing inflation, the idea of runaway inflation and double-digit interest rates might be difficult to imagine. But as the federal government continues to test the limits...

Correlation found between top-exec behavior and stock price

June 28, 2009

There is nothing quite like hard numbers when it comes to holding a corporate executive's feet to the fire. And short-term aberrations notwithstanding, there are apparently some direct and measurable correlations between the actions of top-level...

Fund seeks 'undervalued industries'

September 8, 2008

Finding cheap stocks isn't a problem for Bob Strauss, manager of the $97 million Icon Income Opportunity Fund (IOCIX). From his perspective, almost everything is cheap. In fact, his general quantitative analysis finds that the overall U.S. equity...

Long-short fund favors global companies

August 25, 2008

The flexibility to invest in companies of any size, anywhere in the world, and to go both long or short on those positions, presents a tremendous opportunity for Paul Sutherland, chief investment officer of Financial and Investment Management...

New fund targets aggressive investors

July 14, 2008

Halfway through its third year in business, Arrow Investment Advisors LLC has taken its most aggressive step yet with the launch of the Arrow DWA Tactical Fund (DWTFX). The fund, which was launched May 30, is the fledgling management firm's...

Tech manager sees reason for optimism

May 12, 2008

There are signs of life in the technology sector and reasons to be optimistic, according to Craig Chodash, senior vice president at Columbus Circle Investors, a Stamford, Conn.-based firm that manages $15 billion in assets. "As we get through...

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