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That first interest rate hike might feel like a doozy

January 5, 2015

There's good reason to believe the next Fed interest-rate tightening cycle will be nothing like anything investors have seen in the past. Current bond yields are not sustainable in a normalized economy If you're not exposed to the energy sector,...

Why the financial markets get so excited by revised growth numbers

December 24, 2014

What it means when economic growth is better than people expected. Mohamed El-Erian breaks it down. Underscoring the global divergence in growth. It has been a good year for Warren Buffett, bad bets and all. Don't bet against the U.S. Gold investors,...

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...

The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

October 21, 2014

Cheap oil threatens the U.S. energy boom and the fallout is not optimal. In the shale business it's not as easy as just reducing production. Paying less for foreign goods and services Making the case for investing in bond funds gets tougher...

Markets are poised to ride the Fed doves even higher today

October 9, 2014

The Fed-minutes rally could have legs. The market is loving the dovish tone related to the stronger dollar and the weaker global economic outlook. More economic data out today, and more earnings Putting the strength of the dollar in perspective....

Yellen to the markets: Don't say you weren't warned

September 24, 2014

The market gets a friendly heads-up from Janet Yellen as the Fed Chair warns rates could rise sooner rather than later. Hmmm, another twist on Fedspeak. Let's see how the market reacts to the buzz. The relative nature of a 'considerable time'...

Bill Gross rides derivatives around Fed policy

September 17, 2014

Bill Gross adopts a derivatives strategy to navigate Fed policy. The Bond King's new normal boils down to levering up the Pimco Total Return Fund. Still trailing 57% of his peers year-to-date The Fed's tightening cycle looks to be a bumpy ride...

Schorsch REIT board member recommends 30% alts exposure for retirees

August 27, 2014

The retail financial advice industry is late to the alternatives game. Instead of asking the crucial question “how to implement alternatives,” advisers are asking whether to do so in the first place. That's the view of Robert J. Froehlich....

Warren Buffett's tax fairness doublespeak

August 26, 2014

Warren Buffett, Mr. “I pay lower taxes than my secretary,” is helping to finance Burger King's takeover of Tim Horton's. Not putting his money where his mouth is Canada shows Congress and the White House how business gets done. The only...

Barclays rains on the equity market parade

August 19, 2014

Barclays puts the breaks on the S&P by calling for a 1% gain for the rest of the year. And that's the good news. Equity price gains will weaken to 3% over the next decade Gold gains momentum as a safe-haven play just as stocks turn on the jets...

Investing lessons from Lebron James

August 5, 2014

What bond investors can learn from LeBron James' career moves. Focusing on higher payouts ahead The latest case for gold means the Fed is getting it all wrong, and that isn't good. The Fed might be dangerously behind the curve The outlook for...

Market slide gains momentum

August 1, 2014

The market selloff goes global and today's equity market futures don't look much better as the jobs report could paint stocks into a corner. The MSCI All-Country World Index down 0.6% High-yield bond funds relish the new level of volatility...

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...

Buffett is ready to double down on his wind and solar energy bet

June 10, 2014

Warren Buffett sees his $15 billion wind and solar energy investment as just the beginning. It's chump change to the world's fifth-largest company. ”We're going to keep doing that as far as the eye can see." The European Central Bank's stimulus...

European stocks hit six-year high on fifth day of rally

May 27, 2014

European stocks extend a six-year high on the fifth day of a rally. U.S. durable goods data out this morning could put a damper on the Euro equity run. 'Markets are looking for the next news' Investors be warned, China's problems are your problems....

Next on Janet Yellen's to-do list: Winding down a $4.5T balance sheet

May 9, 2014

As the Fed winds down its bond-buying program, Janet Yellen confronts the awkward issue of overseeing a $4.5 trillion balance sheet, which was at $800 billion before the financial crisis. It's on her to-do list. Waiting for the policy-normalizing...

Global markets start to realize the risks of Russia's move into Ukraine

April 25, 2014

As the unrest in Ukraine gets more real by the day, the financial markets start to show signs of caution. In macroeconomic parlance, there are early signs of a persistent momentum move unfolding, and you might want to get ahead of it. Investors...

Consumers left in the loan lurch as big banks still hold off

April 18, 2014

As the big banks rolled out earnings reports over the past week it has become increasingly obvious that consumers are still not getting clean and clear access to credit. Corporate lending is up 7% Brinker Capital jumps on the liquid alts bandwagon...

KKR ducks away from the retail market

February 11, 2014

Private equity giant KKR shutters two funds aimed at retail investors, highlighting the challenging of expanding beyond high-dollar investors. Retail market realities Gold hit a three-month high leading up to Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's first...

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