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Morningstar brings smart beta into the active-passive debate

July 6, 2016

Morningstar has just reshuffled the deck in the active-versus-passive debate. The passive-active duo becomes the passive/strategic beta/active trio. The expanded framework folds in strategic beta. With the stock and bond markets showing an unusual...

Trouble ahead? Stock and bond markets sending divergent signals

July 5, 2016

The bond market is screaming “halt,” while the stock market is scratching its head wondering what all the fuss is about. For financial advisers, the challenge will be to figure out whether it makes more sense to trust the bond market's signals...

Bond market is signaling it's time to sell stocks

July 5, 2016

The direction of bond yields does not bode well for the equity markets. This looks like a dangerous disconnect. All the reasons you need to stay bullish on the U.S. economy. Home to the world's top brands. Making the case for not abandoning...

Despite congressional relief, impending Puerto Rico debt default could trip up municipal bond investors

June 30, 2016

As Puerto Rico inches ever closer to defaulting on its next debt payment, Congress has stepped up to try to help the island find a way out of its suffocating financial woes, which includes $70 billion worth of debt on top of $40 billion in underfunded...

The markets brace for Puerto Rico's default

June 30, 2016

The markets are bracing for the next shoe to drop in the form of a default by Puerto Rico. The plan to default on $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds. With GE Capital now off the list of financial institutions the government considers...

Stocks rebound from the Brexit vote in a show of resilience that should be alarming

June 29, 2016

What does it say about the U.S. equity markets when stocks react so violently to a Brexit vote that had a 50/50 chance of happening, and then just puff right back up again three trading days later? No offense to dead cats, but this is not a...

SEC going after advisers for reverse churning

June 27, 2016

The SEC is homing in on advisers trying to 'reverse churn' client accounts. Some clues of the broader enforcement agenda.The commission is specifically looking at why some clients are in advisory accounts versus brokerage accounts. As Britain...

The high risks facing a low-yield world

June 23, 2016

The low-yield world has turned what used to be the most conservative investments into the riskiest part of a portfolio. There is now $10 trillion worth of government debt 'paying' negative yields. What are investors actually getting from those...

Pimco issues urgent warning about state of commercial real estate market

June 21, 2016

Pimco see rough seas ahead for the $3 trillion commercial real estate market. Increased volatility, including a 5% price drop in the year ahead. The cannabis industry in the U.S. continues to grow like a weed, but Wall Street remains cautious...

Bond bears licking their wounds as stock funds lag amid low-interest rates

June 21, 2016

For those expecting the great bond meltdown, 2016 has been a really rotten year. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note has dropped from 2.27% on December 31, 2015 to 1.68% Monday. Bond prices rise when interest rates fall, meaning that this...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says Donald Trump would be huge for stocks, not so much for bonds

June 20, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach says a Trump presidency would be bad for bonds, but good for stocks. This could be huuuuge for stock-market bulls. Sen. Liz Warren is the GOP's least favorite financial adviser. The potential Democrat veep choice charged...

Allianz's El-Erian says the Fed is putting the U.S. economy at risk

June 17, 2016

The critics of the Fed's monetary policy are getting louder. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to march to the beat of its own drummer. Mohamed El-Erian calls out the Fed's clueless strategy. The housing-market bottom line: Rents are likely to keep...

Layoffs hit Pimco, GMO as assets shrink amid flight from active management

June 17, 2016

Layoffs have been scarce in the mutual fund industry, but they have hit two complexes recently: GMO and Pimco, which are suffering from declining assets as investors flee active management in favor of passive strategies. Boston-based Grantham,...

AQR's Asness, Research Affiliates' Arnott agree that a little market timing is okay

June 14, 2016

What was billed as a kind of battle royal between Cliff Asness of AQR and Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates to kickoff day two of the Morningstar conference in Chicago, somehow evolved into a wonky deep dive into how much research each had written...

Bill Gross highlights the dirty downside of negative interest rates

June 13, 2016

Bill Gross lays out the explosive implications of negative interest rates. Just because it feels good doesn't mean it's a good thing. The lowest yields in 500 years of recorded history. Investors are increasingly taking the quiet, calm path...

Today's jobs report might disappoint, but it won't likely move the Fed

June 3, 2016

There are plenty of reasons why Friday's jobs report might be a letdown for the markets. Don't sweat it too much because these aren't the only numbers the Fed is watching. Probably the worst way to buy a closed-end fund is through the IPO, but...

Pimco's new catchphrase to sum up the global economy: stable, but not secure

June 2, 2016

PIMCO has a new investment catchphrase: Stable, but not secure. The Newport Beach, Calif. investment giant's most recent outlook calls for growing and heightened uncertainty, thanks in part because governmental policies have reached the point...

American Funds' platform puts target-date funds under a microscope

June 1, 2016

American Funds is offering financial advisers a tool for evaluating target-date funds that adheres to the guidance from the Department of Labor. The Target Date ProView platform uses Morningstar data to evaluate all 57 target-date fund series....

Passive funds see big inflows in April

May 26, 2016

Assets in exchange-traded funds grew 1.7% in April to $2.2 trillion, but investors continue to hate stocks: April's big winners were bonds. Cerulli Associates estimates that investors poured $3.1 billion to bond ETFs in April and yanked a net...

Don't let the fickle Fed hamstring your bond portfolio

May 26, 2016

There are ways to protect your bond holdings from the whims of the Federal Reserve. Think stocks instead of bonds, and invest in other parts of the world. Venture capital investors poured in a record $63 billion last year. Where did it all go?...

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