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Successful go-anywhere bond funds kept bets in check – but was performance due to skill or luck?

September 10, 2015

A new analysis of a popular group of funds designed for rising interest rates reveals clues as to why those funds haven't kept up with the broader bond market. So-called go-anywhere bond funds with the weakest performance over the last two years...

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

Blackstone and BlackRock are starting to cross over into each other's bread and butter

June 30, 2015

To understand how Steve Schwarzman and Larry Fink, one-time partners who had an ugly breakup two decades ago, today compete for attention among the most powerful people in business and finance, consider the events of a few days in mid-April....

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...

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...

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...

Vanguard, Goldman Sachs agree that advisers face tall order in picking alts fund managers

April 29, 2015

There may be no two investment firms more different than Vanguard and Goldman Sachs. But the two have found a note of harmony. In separate presentations to financial advisers — and potential clients — at a conference in Las Vegas, investment...

Advisers preach calm, buckle in as markets bounce

January 8, 2015

Financial advisers aren't exactly shrugging off the recent bout of stock market volatility that has ushered in the New Year, but they're also not ready to call it the start of a much larger pullback that should be addressed with portfolio adjustments....

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...

Barclays in the hot seat over charges it courted high-frequency traders

June 26, 2014

Barclays discovers the dark side of dark pools. Investors react to charges that the international banking conglomerate favored high-frequency traders. Disclosing details to ensure aggressive trading strategies were effective The looming 401(k)...

The Fed views inflation through rose-colored glasses

June 25, 2014

As the cost of everything goes up the Fed dons its rose-colored glasses and looks the other way. Inflation? We don't see no stinking inflation Junk bond yields continue to fall, shrinking the spread between Treasury yields to the lowest point...

Iraq's instability spreads to the world's weaker currencies

June 24, 2014

The fighting in Iraq might not be hurting stocks, but it is putting pressure on some of the most fragile global currencies. This could be the tipping point that can no longer be ignored. The oil-price influence Gold's June rally is still not...

Advisers embrace liquid alts to navigate Fed policy

June 19, 2014

Financial advisers are turning to alternative-strategy mutual funds to navigate the Fed's squishy monetary policy. And who can blame them? Hedge funds now pushing liquid alternative products Global equity markets are loving the Fed's latest...

Obama unleashes secret economic weapon on Russia

May 6, 2014

Twenty-nine of the 30 Dow Jones companies have supported the Clintons in some way, shape or form. The holdout: UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH). The multiple routes to the Clintons Live from Boston, I talk alternative investments with John Nersesian,...

The markets are set to open with frayed nerves

May 5, 2014

Buckle in for a bumpy Monday as global equity markets shake off the weekend with a grumpy reaction to the latest Chinese manufacturing data and whatever else can justify a move toward the exits. U.S. markets poised to open lower Increased demand...

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...

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...

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