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New tools provide real estate hedging

May 8, 2016

When it comes to financial markets, one of the most common strategies investors use to mitigate risk and make returns more predictable is the hedge. Hedging is essentially making a modest investment in an asset or position that runs counter...

Making a case for impact investing

April 24, 2016

Sometimes a movement, whether social, political, economic, or even investment-focused, proceeds at a measured pace for years before key forces converge, propelling it to dramatically new levels of focus and attention. For example, the climate...

How to prepare clients for changes to their BDC and nontraded REIT investments

April 20, 2016

While the Department of Labor's newly unveiled fiduciary rule has dominated industry headlines in recent months, another fresh regulatory shift also has the potential to cause significant upheaval for countless advisers. The Financial Industry...

Investors should look beyond REITs to gain real estate exposure: Jeffrey Kolitch

April 19, 2016

The real estate market, in general, still has plenty of potential for growth, but investors should start thinking beyond just real estate investment trusts to gain exposure. “Given where we are right now in the cycle, we advocate a broader...

Analyst sees gold hitting $3,000 an ounce over next three years

April 19, 2016

Gold just finished its best quarter in 30 years to become the best-performing asset class among commodities. Is the yellow metal entering a new bull market? A precious metals analyst predicts gold could reach $3,000 an ounce over the next three...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Taking a cue from insiders on strategic-beta ETFs

April 17, 2016

It's no secret that strategic-beta exchange-traded products have become a pervasive part of the marketplace, rewarding investors with innovative tools to diversify and fine-tune portfolios in ways traditional market-capitalization-weighted indexes...

Steven Cohen gets back to managing money

April 15, 2016

The dust around SAC Capital has apparently settled enough to allow Steven Cohen a new entry point into the asset management business. “To see him getting active again, that is what the deal was.” JPMorgan Chase's asset management arm is...

Post-DOL fiduciary rule, Wall Street gives the nod to low-cost fund companies

April 12, 2016

As mutual fund companies continue to ponder the effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, Wall Street is weighing in as well. The early results aren't favoring broker-sold fund companies. Even though there have only been four full...

Smoking out the right way to invest in the marijuana movement

April 11, 2016

A public filing on Monday by cannabis social-networking company MassRoots Inc., which hopes to sell $6.5 million worth of shares and warrants, could move cannabis investing another step toward the mainstream. But, so far, most financial advisers...

ValueLine joins other asset managers by embracing liquid alternatives

April 8, 2016

ValueLine Funds is looking to be among the latest asset management shops to jump into liquid alternatives arena with a proposed acquisition of the Alpha Defensive Alternatives Fund (ACDEX) from Alpha Capital Management. If the acquisition is...

Seeing renewable energy through rose-colored glasses

April 7, 2016

A blindingly bullish outlook for wind and solar energy will get pinched in a hurry when oil prices start to recover. Meanwhile, SunEdison shares are trading at 34 cents, which is a point worth pondering. Shaping the power markets. Goldman's...

Low energy prices taking a toll on MLPs

April 6, 2016

Investors in master limited partnerships should be paying close attention to the restructuring attempts by Linn Energy MLP, because they could mark the start of an ugly precedent for the MLP space. As originally designed, master limited partnerships...

SunEdison's hard lesson for renewable-energy investors

March 31, 2016

The spiraling collapse of the once high-flying renewable-energy giant SunEdison (SUNE) is mostly a story about an overly-aggressive growth strategy that saddled the company with more debt than it could handle. But it is also a story about the...

SEC derivatives rule could limit investors' ability to diversify portfolios, critics say

March 28, 2016

A Securities and Exchange Commission proposal to curb the use of derivatives in investment funds would crimp investors' ability to diversify their portfolios, according to critics of the regulation. Under the SEC rule, mutual funds, exchange...

Liquid alt funds are beating hedge funds

March 24, 2016

When liquid alternative mutual funds start beating the hedge funds they're designed to mimic, it begs the question of why we even need hedge funds anymore? The retail-oriented funds are also cheaper than hedge funds. Using the tricky math of...

Low expenses the biggest trend in the fund industry, experts say

March 22, 2016

Smart beta may be the most popular new strategy for mutual fund companies, but the real trend is towards funds with lower expenses. Speaking at the 2016 Thomson Reuters Lipper Alpha Forum Tuesday in New York, a panel of three industry experts...

Smart-beta strategies can help today's investors, but they're not all created equal

March 16, 2016

This is hardly news to a financial adviser audience, but investor needs are diverging. Large demographic shifts toward retirement are creating increased demand for secure income while future obligations are skyrocketing for the young (college...

Advisers take heed: Investment crowdfunding coming soon to a client near you

March 16, 2016

The investment crowdfunding space is virtually falling over itself in celebration of Legion M, a startup entertainment company that plans to sell private equity stakes to retail investors for a little as $100. Financial advisers should be paying...

Will anybody ever be prosecuted for the 2008 financial crisis?

March 15, 2016

So far, nobody was prosecuted for contributing to the 2008 financial crisis. Why is that? “This gags me,” said Elizabeth Warren. The U.S. government's unintentional role in launching the ETF industry. An unexpected present from the SEC....

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