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Questions burn for shareholders after RCAP's demise

January 10, 2016

Nicholas Schorsch and his partners a year and a half ago grossed nearly $100 million by selling shares of RCS Capital Corp., the soon-to-be defunct brokerage holding company he founded and that announced last Monday it would file a pre-arranged...

Legg Mason joins the smart-beta ETF space, without calling it that

January 5, 2016

Legg Mason won't be referring to its new suite of exchange-traded funds as smart beta, but that doesn't mean the financial services industry will be following its lead. “The funds use a smart-beta method, combining elements of both passive...

No point in comparing Bill Gross' performance at Janus to what he did at Pimco

January 5, 2016

Comparing Bill Gross' past and present performance is like comparing apples and oranges. While it might be tempting to pit the Bond King's new Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund (JUCAX) against the Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTRX), they are...

Economic forecasters predict market volatility in 2016

December 29, 2015

What do all the really smart economic forecasters see for 2016? Volatility, baby. Take advantage of stock price swings. The Fed's tiny little rate hike isn't likely to be enough to derail corporate America's borrowing binge. Next year is expected...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

DOJ's 'cease fire' on state marijuana laws sparks fresh investment buzz

December 28, 2015

It is still way too early to put any serious money behind the fast-growing marijuana industries, but the potential is certainly there, and worth watching. “Right now it's a basically a penny-stock industry in its infancy, but it will grow...

The power of infrastructure investing in uncertain markets

December 23, 2015

A lot of us feared this: After years of boom, global financial markets are becoming tumultuous and uncertain, just as large cohorts of older investors want increased income and greater certainty from their investments. “The usual suspects”...

Making the case for market-timing with humility

December 23, 2015

After recently referring to market-timers as “circus clowns minus the funny suits,” Morningstar's John Rekenthaler is backtracking and/or clarifying just a bit. Sometimes, today isn't the best day to invest. Those closely-watched Apple shares...

The SEC has reduced the charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen

December 22, 2015

The SEC is backing away from part of its charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen. This moves Mr. Cohen a step closer to potentially being able to once again manage outside capital. He is no longer being charged with failing to supervise SAC...

Cheap oil presents new investment opportunities

December 21, 2015

Even as the price of oil falls to an 11-year low, market watchers advise against trying to time the bottom, and instead encourage either buckling in for the long-term or avoiding the commodity altogether. “If you're trying to trade in the...

'Smart beta' tops the list of 2015 financial-term searches

December 21, 2015

The curiously interesting notion of smart beta was the top financial search term on Investopedia in 2015, and for good reason. 'Not new, not beta, still awesome.' An ETF that concentrates on drone-technology investments? Why not? Being the first...

Raising the bar for nontraded REITs

December 20, 2015

Nontraded real estate investment trusts, the oft-criticized high-commission alternative investments sold primarily by independent broker-dealers, are under siege. After reaching record sales of nearly $20 billion in 2013, nontraded REITs may...

6 ways the rate hike could be bad for markets

December 18, 2015

The Fed's rate hike could hit the markets in a half dozen, mostly bad, ways. There is no free lunch. If history has taught us anything, it is that the financial services industry is fertile soil for producing the Martin Shkreli's of the world....

Rough week doesn't derail the outlook for ETFs

December 18, 2015

Nagging market disruptions in the form of an historic Fed rate hike, plunging commodity prices, and the sudden collapse of the Third Avenue junk bond fund might require some portfolio rejiggering, but not enough to derail the positive momentum...

Guggenheim plays the value card with new Dow dividend-focused ETF

December 17, 2015

With the Fed's first rate hike in nearly a decade behind us and the uncertainty now wrapped around what comes next, the equity markets are expected to face fresh challenges until monetary policy becomes clearer. Such a scenario could pave the...

Third Avenue fund's meltdown sheds new light on the value of prospectus reading

December 16, 2015

The sudden liquidation of the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund last week has raised new questions about the value of reading mutual fund prospectuses, as well as what can actually be gleaned from such documents. While some financial advisers...

The bond market selloff has sparked fears that the Fed might not hike rates today

December 16, 2015

Say it ain't so. After seven years at zero, and a full 18 months of teasing about a hike, there's now a real possibility that the Fed might not be able to pull the trigger this afternoon. This is exhausting. Three scenarios replace what was...

Managed futures funds capitalizing on junk-bond fallout

December 15, 2015

The carnage unfolding in the high-yield bond market has paved the way for a serious rally among managed futures strategies that are designed to take advantage of precisely these kinds of trends. As usual with alternative-strategy funds, the...

Third Avenue rattles the junk bond market

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's unprecedented move last week of blocking investor redemptions from its junk-bond fund has clearly rattled the bond markets, but it doesn't mean this is the end of days for fixed income investors. Try not to freak out...

Third Avenue fund collapse may be 'much bigger problem' for bond ETFs

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's abrupt freezing of investor redemptions from its high-yield bond fund may be an early warning signal for bond exchange-traded funds. Investment strategists say that Third Avenue's troubles may be the latest test for...

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