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Real estate valuations likely to cap REIT returns

August 19, 2016

For years, brokers have been selling high commission, nontraded real estate investment trusts with the promise of high dividend yields of 6% and 7% annually. That eye-popping dividend rate was the key element to advisers' successful marketing...

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....

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones makes a costly big short on the market

August 17, 2016

Hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones continues to double down on his big short of the U.S. stock market. He now owns puts on 8.34 million shares of SPDR S&P 500 (SPY). Meanwhile, as the stock market chugs along, seemingly defying gravity and logic,...

All three stock indexes hit record highs in 1999 redux, minus the investor euphoria

August 12, 2016

Seeing three major U.S. stock markets indexes all hit record highs for the first time since 1999 has given pundits and market watchers plenty to analyze, but fear is not yet part of the equation. “Valuations are getting high, but they can...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Rob Arnott says cheesy copy cats are hurting smart beta investing

August 11, 2016

Rob Arnott, a pioneer of smart-beta investing, says the growing popularity of the investing style has gotten out of hand. Perhaps he longs for the good old days when almost nobody believed in smart beta. “There are a lot of dumb ideas masquerading...

Blackstone jumps into nontraded REIT market

August 10, 2016

Wall Street alternative investment giant The Blackstone Group, with $356 billion in assets, is diving into the beleaguered nontraded real estate investment trust marketplace, registering its first nontraded REIT with the Securities and Exchange...

Precious metals funds ride gold trade to 120% rally

August 5, 2016

If you have been a gold investor this year, you can be pleased with the 26% gain for the precious metal. But if you had the foresight to leverage that gold play with an allocation to gold mining companies, you will be riding high on gains in...

Finra launches exam sweep of business development companies

August 4, 2016

Finra has launched an examination sweep of nontraded business development companies, the latest alternative investment product to receive increased scrutiny from the broker-dealer regulator. In an exam letter posted on its website Thursday,...

Bond-fund correlations increase interest-rate risk

August 4, 2016

If the direction of asset flows out of stock funds and into bond funds this year is any kind of guide, investors are seeking shelter and yield in fixed income. But they could be getting neither. Through the end of June, U.S. equity mutual funds...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach favors gold, and little else

August 1, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is raining on the stock market parade with a serious nod toward gold and gold miners, and a bleak outlook for virtually everything else. ”Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.” Who knew there was an actual...

Active ETFs produce few stars and even fewer fans

July 28, 2016

Actively managed exchange-traded funds continue to represent one of the unsolved mysteries of the asset management industry. It is an incarnation that is less than a decade old that includes some glowing success stories, a general reluctance...

Catching a ride on the next oil-market rebound

July 27, 2016

In case you didn't believe the last oil market rebound, here's another opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. The chance to get in is coming up for long-term investors. The Fed is taking action against Goldman Sachs that could include a hefty...

Liquid alt imposters fall to the wayside

July 25, 2016

Multi-alternative-strategy mutual funds have been quietly fading into the background, reflecting the challenges facing alternative strategy mutual funds. Of the 31 funds shut down this year across eight liquid alt fund categories tracked by...

Nontraded REIT sales fall off a cliff as industry struggles to adapt

July 24, 2016

Sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts, the high-commission alternative investments sold primarily by independent broker-dealers, have fallen off a cliff. Heading into 2016 facing a number of hurdles, namely a flurry of legal and regulatory...

REIT ETFs trouncing stocks thanks to low interest rates and flight to passive investing

July 21, 2016

Record-low interest rates, combined with growing turmoil across the global financial markets, has played right into the hands of exchange-traded funds that invest in REITs. Real estate investment trust ETFs picked up $4.9 billion year-to-date...

Advisory group recommends SEC expand pool of accredited investors

July 19, 2016

The SEC's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies wants the commission to expand the number of investors eligible to buy unregistered securities. The advisory committee approved by voice vote Tuesday a recommendation that would broaden...

REIT with a twist — and a high commission — is new darling of independent brokers-dealers

July 14, 2016

There's a new kind of REIT in town and it's the brainchild of John Williams, the former chairman and CEO of Post Properties Inc., a multi-family real estate company he founded in 1971 that evolved into a nontraded real estate investment trust....

ETF liquidity a growing point of financial industry contention

July 10, 2016

For a lot of financial advisers, the primary appeal of exchange-traded funds boils down to low fees and liquidity. There is no disputing the low fees, which provide investors with varied and broad market exposure for mere basis points, in most...

A hedge fund manager's view of liquid alternative funds

July 1, 2016

Liquid alternative strategies are growing up, and that means some growing pains. There's asset allocation and there's chasing returns. It's finally good to be an investor in commodities. A turnaround for the asset class. With history as a guide,...

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