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When it comes to asset management, look for experience

August 3, 2016

In the midst of this heated and unorthodox presidential election year, the issue of experience is front and center. But, it turns out, experience is also a factor that should be considered when it comes to financial advice and asset management....

Hillary Clinton's economic proposals trump Donald Trump's: Moody's

August 2, 2016

In a comparison of the economic policies proposed so far by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Moody's Analytics has given the nod to the former Secretary of State. “Evident from her proposals is the belief that the...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach favors gold, and little else

August 1, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is raining on the stock market parade with a serious nod toward gold and gold miners, and a bleak outlook for virtually everything else. ”Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.” Who knew there was an actual...

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus can't save us

July 29, 2016

Deutsche Bank says fiscal stimulus is not helping and will not save us. Look no further than Japan and Europe for real-life examples of failed policies. In need of a new direction for fiscal policy. Gold investors hunker down on the reality...

The Fed sits on its hands

July 28, 2016

The Fed kicks the can further down the road, but keeps the crowd interested by teasing about a September rate hike. Pro tip: Don't hold your breath. The market remains skeptical of the Fed. Okay, so maybe buying low isn't all the important....

Active ETFs produce few stars and even fewer fans

July 28, 2016

Actively managed exchange-traded funds continue to represent one of the unsolved mysteries of the asset management industry. It is an incarnation that is less than a decade old that includes some glowing success stories, a general reluctance...

Bond investors should be sweating a looming Treasury glut

July 26, 2016

Brace yourself for the next big Treasury sale as deficits swell. Net issuance seen rising. Time to take a closer look at the real costs of socially responsible investing. Some controversial issues can be financially more attractive than others....

Don't discount fixed-income assets

July 24, 2016

While global growth is undoubtedly slowing, financial markets have recovered most of their 2016 loses. This seems like a disconnect. However, the extraordinary accommodation being provided by central banks is, in aggregate, staving off the next...

REIT ETFs trouncing stocks thanks to low interest rates and flight to passive investing

July 21, 2016

Record-low interest rates, combined with growing turmoil across the global financial markets, has played right into the hands of exchange-traded funds that invest in REITs. Real estate investment trust ETFs picked up $4.9 billion year-to-date...

The fiduciary conundrum of charging lower fees for bond allocations

July 20, 2016

Can charging lower fees for bond investments be both the right thing to do and a violation of your fiduciary duty as a financial adviser? The answer is, yep. As bond returns grind lower, the focus on cost has grown. Turns out, the Federal Reserve...

Investors pour into junk bond ETFs, signaling more upside for stocks

July 19, 2016

Investors are flocking to junk bond ETFs, showing another leg of risk-on investing. This is looking a lot like early 2012. If income is your goal, dividend stocks represent one of the few remaining choices. Time to get some REIT exposure. Allocation...

Don't lump all younger high-net-worth clients together

July 19, 2016

It's not wise for advisers to lump all high-net-worth individuals under age 50 into one group, according to a new survey. Advisers should recognize and capitalize on the different needs and priorities of Gen X versus millennials. A report released...

Jeffrey Gundlach's 'Bond King' crown comes into question

July 18, 2016

The new “Bond King,” DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach, might have the assets, but his performance has been lagging. The flagship fund, DBLTX, is 2.1 percentage points behind the benchmark and is among the bottom tier of comparable funds this...

Building bond ladders for a low-interest-rate world

July 18, 2016

The bond ladder, once considered the bedrock of safe and predictable retirement income, has become a tougher sell for some advisers in this era of rock-bottom bond yields. While bond-ladder purists still believe a portfolio of bonds set to mature...

Why it does and doesn't matter if fund managers invest in their own funds

July 13, 2016

Should you care if a portfolio manager is investing in a fund he or she is managing? It depends. Color me neutral. The lowdown on REIT returns and dividend yields. Dividend yields are beating total returns so far this year. It is to a financial...

Beaten down financial-sector stocks trigger debate over when to jump in

July 8, 2016

Financial-sector stocks, in general, have gotten so cheap that some market-watchers are suggesting it's time to jump in at these low levels. Bill Nygren, manager of the $4.85 billion Oakmark Select Fund (OAKLX), recently described the banking...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says gold is the place to be

July 7, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is embracing the safe haven of gold. “Things are shaky and feeling dangerous.” Seven years into an economic “recovery,” the U.S. economy is more fragile than it was during the financial crisis. Wonderful....

DOL fiduciary rule gets it half right on the municipal bond market

July 7, 2016

While some modifications have been made, municipal-bond investors are still left in a potentially tight spot with regard to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. To its credit, the DOL seems to be listening to feedback with an open mind,...

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...

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...

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