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Advisers punished for diversifying globally

January 8, 2015

As mutual fund investors have warmed up to investing outside the United States, financial markets have punished them for doing so. After 2013 paid those investors a handsome gain (“foreign large blend” funds as tracked by Morningstar Inc....

Time to strap in for the downsides of cheap oil, higher interest rates

December 22, 2014

From higher interest rates to collapsing oil prices, and everything in between, financial analysts say the markets are laced with risks, many of which are being ignored by investors and financial advisers. On the sinking price of crude oil,...

Stocks and bonds catch a ride on the surging dollar

December 2, 2014

The surging strength of the U.S. dollar is laying the foundation for an investment strategy that is likely to play out over the next several years. In addition to the trickle-down consumer-related benefits of cheaper commodity prices and more...

Troubled SAC Capital hedge fund becomes a family office

January 2, 2014

SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund is transforming into a family office after gaining 20% last year. Two decades of impressive returns Gold and silver prices jump as new buyers start looking for bargains. In the wake of a lousy year for the precious...

Frothy markets have investors turning to short-term bets

June 23, 2014

As the equity market gets increasingly frothy and the Fed sits on its hands, investors are turning to special situation alternative strategies to secure short-term gains. 'You have to go for factors which are direction-agnostic.' Yes, the Fed...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

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...

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

December 2, 2014

U.S. corporations are signaling that they think interest rates are going higher, eventually. Bond sales top $1.5 trillion for a new record. Bond sales driven by record-low interest rates The stage is being set for another global currency war,...

Hedge funds jumping into Puerto Rico muni bonds

August 14, 2014

When your palm reader and your financial adviser give the same advice, it is time to fire one of them. Field testing a cartoonist's jab at financial pros Hedge funds are buying up Puerto Rico muni bonds as mutual fund managers back away. Hedge...

Why REITs are looking like the year's hottest market sector

May 30, 2014

REITs look like the year's hottest stock market sector, thanks in large part to dividend yields as high as 19%. Propelled by a low-rate environment Emerging market equities are on a tear, recording their best one-month gain since 2009. It's...

Financial adviser sentenced to 51 months for ripping off elderly clients

January 6, 2015

Stealing from more than two dozen elderly clients gets a Bellingham, Wash.-based financial adviser a 51-month prison sentence. Being barred from working with clients in 2005 didn't stop Jeffrey Knutsen from ripping off his clients Don't miss...

Dynasty hires Scott D. Welch to be chief investment officer

May 14, 2015

Dynasty Financial Partners, a company that sells advisers services and tools to run their businesses, has hired Scott D. Welch for its new position as chief investment officer. In his new role, Mr. Welch will oversee investment research, choose...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

Gundlach says 'sinister side' of cheap oil will dampen economic growth, markets

January 14, 2015

What the U.S. energy boom has given, the U.S. energy boom is about to take away if oil prices stay at or below current levels, according to DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach. “All the job growth from 2007 until today can really be attributed...

From big rallies to fallen (bond) kings, we saw it all in 2014

December 29, 2014

Of all the twists, turns and surprises of 2014, cheap oil has to be among the most pleasant. While there is plenty of risk facing the global energy industry and capital markets, it is hard to think about that when you're filling your tank for...

Goldman calls stock market lofty by most measures

January 13, 2014

Goldman finally calls the stock market expensive. Bulls should take heed Global markets jump, dollar skids as Fed policy gets a closer look. Weakest jobs data in three years Bank lobby pushing back on the Volcker rule with legal mumbo jumbo....

The Fed should raise rates, but it won't

August 25, 2014

When the Fed is likely to raise rates and when the Fed should raise rates are necessarily the same. Don't hold your breath for higher rates anytime soon The thirst for diversification is driving more financial advisers to options investing....

Carl Icahn advises caution in the equity markets

July 11, 2014

Carl Icahn used yesterday's market reaction to Portugal's banking crisis to remind investors that stocks are in risky territory. When the billionaires get nervous, take notice. 'I'm very selective about companies I purchase' Low-volatility and...

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