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Oil-related companies prove stock market winners

March 11, 2016

Oil-related companies with little debt are outperforming the S&P 500 Index. One company's total return has risen 29% in recent months. BlackRock is looking to 25-year-olds for help with electronic trading. A new program pairs the firm's tech...

New IRA targets socially conscious millennial savers

March 9, 2016

Digital investment firm Aspiration has launched a new IRA with a $500 account minimum that's targeted to millennials who want their money invested in companies dedicated to sustainability. "This has historically been only available to the wealthiest...

The top-performing socially conscious funds

March 6, 2016

Investing in socially-friendly funds is expanding rapidly. In the United States, at least $7 trillion is invested in strategies focused on environmental, social and corporate governance causes, so-called ESG strategies, an 89% increase since...

Socially responsible investing is coming of age

March 6, 2016

Fueled by younger investors, women, and growing political support, investing based on social and environmental ideals is gaining momentum. Even if it doesn't quite feel like a mainstream concept yet, it's here and it's expanding rapidly. In...

Searching for the perfect investment is counterproductive for clients

February 25, 2016

Have you ever had a client who's really used to being in control? I had a client like that once. He was a great guy and a friend who also happened to be a super-successful entrepreneur. For him, when he wanted something to happen, he made it...

The best strategy for this stock market is to own what hedge funds don't

February 24, 2016

Turns out the key to navigating the current market environment is to do whatever hedge funds are not doing. It's that simple. Crushing the S&P 500 this year. The Natixis CGM Focus Fund is calling it quits after 48 years. One of the oldest mutual...

Aequitas Capital alts platform implodes, while investors and advisers are kept in the dark

February 22, 2016

The sudden and stunning collapse of Aequitas Capital Management continues to unfold. The obscure alternative investments platform is under investigation by both the SEC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Nearly $600 million was bet on...

Owner of Westminster's winning dog to see cash back

February 17, 2016

The owners of German shorthaired pointer California Journey, winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, can expect to cash in on their investment in the coming years. Puppies of the three-year-old male will bring up to...

Small B-D's clients overly concentrated in illiquid alts: Finra

February 16, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. last week filed a complaint against a small broker-dealer that allegedly generated almost 95% of its revenue from the sale of nontraded real estate investment trusts and other illiquid investments....

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

Tumultuous stock market puts spotlight on liquid alternative mutual funds

February 7, 2016

The pitch most advisers get for liquid alternative funds is that they provide superior returns when adjusted for risk. That's a powerful lure in volatile markets when traditional diversification plays, such as international investments, haven't...

Putting negative interest rates in perspective

February 1, 2016

Even if they have to resort to negative interest rates, central banks never really run out of ammo. Whatever it takes. Venture capital investing has grown up and well beyond its origins as a Silicon Valley tech play. It's everywhere you want...

ETF launches test the limits of creativity and logic

January 27, 2016

If you're the type of person who constantly ponders new ways to invest in just about anything, you might have a promising future in the world of exchange-traded funds. But you'd better hurry, because many of the more creative ideas are already...

Smart beta continues to confound advisers

January 25, 2016

Still trying to figure out what smart beta means? You're not alone. “Today's biggest trend is not smart beta, it's wishing we had a better name for it than smart beta,” said Jim King, managing director in ETF portfolio management at Guggenheim...

Will Franklin Square start a nontraded product price war with its cheaper BDC?

January 22, 2016

Is Franklin Square Capital Partners, the sponsor of a series of nontraded business development companies, starting a price war in the nontraded investment industry? Franklin Square, with $17 billion in assets under management, may have lobbed...

The time for emerging markets is now — if you can stand it

January 21, 2016

If your clients have an emerging markets fund in their portfolio, they probably have a few questions for you. They might, for example, be wondering why you hate them, or whether you're still sniffing glue. As well they might: The average emerging...

Twitter and Snapchat shape up as potential robo-advice players

January 15, 2016

Are Snapchat and Twitter the next players to enter the robo-advice game? Way to go after those techy millennial investors. With 100 million daily users to tap into, Snapchat leads the way among tech firms developing robo-advice offerings. Ted...

Amidst the market carnage, liquid alt funds lived up to their promise

January 11, 2016

While most investors and financial advisers might still be trying to shake off the shock of the stock market's historically-bad opening week, the true-believers in alternative investments are almost gloating. “We've been using managed futures...

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...

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...

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