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Jeffrey Gundlach says the stock market pullback is just getting started

August 25, 2015

DoubleLine's Gundlach says the worst is yet to come for stocks. As painful as it has been over the past week, the markets still need a thorough housecleaning. 'You don't correct all this in three days' Something else to watch, and maybe worry...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says $40 oil is something to worry about

August 12, 2015

Jeffrey Gundlach calls $40 oil 'terrifying' even as oil heads toward $40. In other words, be scared. 'If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is going to 1%.' China's currency devaluation surprise...

Muni bonds are poised to shine as rates move higher

August 12, 2015

As the Federal Reserve inches toward its first interest-rate hike in nearly a decade, some market watchers see the municipal bond market as uniquely poised to outshine the taxable fixed-income space. Thanks largely to a guilt-by-association...

The Fed's rate-hike plan now sees an obstacle in the form of China

August 10, 2015

China's flagging economy stands out as the only thing standing in the way of a Fed rate hike. It's always something. The new risk is tightening into a slowing global economy The freefall of commodities is not an exaggeration, but it is being...

It's time to take a close look at your bond portfolio

July 30, 2015

The Fed dished out another predictable postponement of an interest rate hike yesterday, but we all know a rate hike is coming, and ignoring it is not a plan. The time is now to start evaluating your allocations to fixed income Gold bugs better...

MLPs yield headaches for advisers who bought them for income

July 22, 2015

Energy-infrastructure partnerships, which had been a successful approach for advisers to deliver rich yields to income-starved clients with fewer tax consequences, have decidedly fallen into what some call a bear market. Despite yields often...

The bond markets are mysteriously losing liquidity

June 9, 2015

The worst part about the bond market selloffs in the U.S. and Europe is the not knowing why. Markets do not like uncertainty. The mysteriously shrinking market liquidity When the behemoth California Public Employees' Retirement System can't...

The riddle and the dilemma of global bonds

April 17, 2015

If not even negative yields can bring a bond bull to their knees, what will? The riddle and the dilemma of global bonds Making the case for emerging markets, where bargains are still plentiful. 'There isn't any reason to become positive, just...

Liquidity restrictions haunt money-market funds

April 7, 2015

Some investors demand nothing less than unfettered access to their cash at a stable price. To deliver that, asset managers are increasingly going to be offering them money-market funds that invest almost exclusively in cash and very low-interest,...

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....

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

Is OPEC about to flinch and cut oil production?

February 24, 2015

After five months of playing it cool, OPEC is starting to sweat over low oil prices. An emergency meeting is now being considered, which means they might be rethinking their strategy of flooding the market with oil to crush the fracking industry....

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...

Citigroup says oil is going from cheap to dirt cheap

February 10, 2015

Could $20 oil really happen, or is Citigroup just pushing worst-case scenarios to the limit? Claiming it is not possible to call a price floor and then calling one, doesn't exactly sound like confidence. 'It's impossible to call a bottom point'...

After Bill Gross, Pimco Total Return performance is back at the top

February 9, 2015

When it comes to performance, at least one influential third party says Pimco is back on top. At the end of January, Morningstar Inc. raised its star rating on Pimco Total Return's institutional share class, PTTRX, to the highest-possible mark,...

What Obama's attempt to tax 529 plans says about the safety of Roth IRA assets

January 28, 2015

President Barack Obama's brief attempt to tax 529 college savings plans has inadvertently reminded some financial advisers that government promises can often be temporary, and planning should be approached accordingly. While Mr. Obama dropped...

Global markets fixate on China's currency play

January 20, 2015

Is the Chinese Yuan the next shoe to drop? The Swiss currency move has turned up the head. A currency peg that is becoming difficult to maintain Money managers around the globe are fixated on a Chinese property management company, which could...

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...

Fed confidence in the U.S. economy starts to wane

January 15, 2015

The Fed's general and persistent optimism about the U.S. economy lets in a hint of concern over oil prices and consumer spending. Rate hikes? They'll keep us guessing. Optimism that the economy could shift to a somewhat higher gear Hats off...

Managed futures funds shine anew, but mystery remains

January 14, 2015

As market volatility spikes and correlation between various asset classes breaks down, managed futures strategies are enjoying their day in the sun once again. But whether financial advisers and investors will bite is an open question. The category...

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