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Alternatives are earning their keep in 2015

February 10, 2015

The U.S. equity markets have calmed down since the rocky start to 2015, but as hedge fund indexes start rolling out January performance data, the numbers are showing how using alternatives to diversify makes sense. In a month that saw the S&P...

A new entry point for gold investors takes on GLD

February 9, 2015

Just as gold is regaining its luster with investors, Bank of Montreal's new gold deposit receipt program offers a new way to tap into the market for the precious metal. The Bank of Montreal's gold deposit receipt program, GOLDRs, which is aimed...

Giddy markets continue to look blissfully past mounting geopolitical unrest

July 23, 2014

Financial markets continue to shrug off geopolitical unrest. But for how long? Global violence and turmoil becomes old hat As U.S. markets get frothy, more Americans invest overseas. Better late than never. Portfolios coming in line with professional...

Europe and Asia may be a mess, but long-term investors can find opportunities there

January 16, 2015

The U.S. economy and equity markets might currently be considered among the strongest in the world, which could represent the perfect opportunity to zig when so many other investors are zagging. As contrarian moves go, there's nothing quite...

Markets brace for the Fed's big talk about normalization

July 14, 2014

Bracing for a Yellen-focussed week ahead. Fed chair is slated for two days of testimony to chart a path toward normalization, whatever that is. Testing the health of the U.S. economy Like clockwork, individual investors charge into the equity...

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....

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

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,...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Cheap oil is drawing bargain hunters to energy ETFs

December 30, 2014

Bargain hunters pour into energy sectors, betting big that oil prices will bounce back up. 'The picture is not as bleak as it may seem.' Hedge funds might be closing in on a sixth straight year of lagging the S&P 500, but that doesn't mean they...

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...

Markets wait on the Fed's next move

September 15, 2014

The market waits for the Fed to pull the trigger on rates, which appears to be the only thing investors care about these days. Reading into the phrase 'considerable time' Try the ETF route for a piece of the celebrated Alibaba IPO. Biggest public...

Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes

August 20, 2014

The Dollar's shining moment ahead of the latest Fed minutes. Reading the Fed's tea leaves The Fed's annual Jackson Hole meeting and the markets. Past performance is no indication of future returns, but that doesn't mean we can't hold out hope....

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...

Volatility looks cheap and risky

July 10, 2014

Volatility looks like the last cheap asset class. This could be a really good opportunity, or a really bad sign, or both. Its lowest level since 2007 Barclays bets on women with an index and exchange-traded note that offers concentrated exposure...

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...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

Gold rises from the dead

October 15, 2015

Gold shines bright above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months. For that, and the rosier outlook for the precious metal, you can thank the lackluster U.S. economy. A dead asset no longer As trading continues to replace...

Active target date managers make tweaks ahead of Fed rate hike

October 9, 2015

Target date providers have been bracing for an eventual hike in interest rates through small tweaks in allocations and underlying funds in their portfolios. Changes have been most pronounced in funds closer to their retirement target date, which...

Financial advisers get more tools for navigating the liquid alts space

September 24, 2015

As stock market volatility continues to tick higher, another player is emerging to help financial advisers navigate the alternative investments space for portfolio diversification. Launched eight months ago and recently upgraded to make it more...

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