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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...

A DOL fiduciary rule everyone can live with

April 10, 2016

For months, the Labor Department has been assuring members of the financial advice industry and other interested parties that it was listening to them and carefully considering the thousands of comment letters it received about its proposed...

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....

Time for advisers to brush up on ESG investing

March 13, 2016

Any financial adviser who has not been asked about socially responsible investing by a client likely will be in the near future, and he or she needs to be well-informed. As reported in last week's issue of InvestmentNews, investments based on...

Commodity, energy investment funds on a comeback

March 11, 2016

If your clients have been asking you to get out of the market during this turbulent year, you might point them to the big gains they've enjoyed in just the past 30 days. Large blend funds — your basic large-company, growth-at-a-reasonable-price...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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