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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...

Third Avenue fund collapse may be 'much bigger problem' for bond ETFs

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's abrupt freezing of investor redemptions from its high-yield bond fund may be an early warning signal for bond exchange-traded funds. Investment strategists say that Third Avenue's troubles may be the latest test for...

Spreading the blame for oil's freefall

December 11, 2015

The oil price free fall is getting uglier and OPEC isn't the only culprit. Don't overlook the impact of the strong U.S. dollar, and the determination of U.S. production efforts. The 'drop dead price' is $25 to $30 a barrel. What next week's...

Why investing in exclusive alternatives can be an expensive waste of time

December 11, 2015

If financial markets were a nightclub, the VIP room upstairs would be where exotic investments such as hedge funds, art and fine wine, changed hands. To join them, you would need money, connections or both. High-quality collectibles are expensive,...

Oil drops sharply as glut fears take hold

December 8, 2015

Oil drops to levels not seen in more than six years amid speculation the global glut will not end soon. Don't look to oil to spark inflation. For some of us, however, the slide in the price of oil is not all bad news. Lowest gasoline prices...

SEC taking deep dive into role of ETFs in Aug. 24 market drop

November 24, 2015

The role of exchange-traded funds in the market chaos that erupted on Aug. 24 remains a big focus at the SEC. Good or bad? Chairwoman Mary Jo White: 'You'll see us boring into that.' Inflation, inflation, inflation. It's in the headlines but...

Gold goes on a safe-haven rally in the wake of Paris attacks

November 17, 2015

Gold jumps on a safe-haven rally, even as riskier assets like stocks find their own reason to rally. Gold futures rose more than 1% Hillary's big Wall Street backers come to her rescue after the Democratic candidate channels 9/11 to score political...

Financial markets brace for fallout from the Paris terror attacks

November 16, 2015

The financial markets are likely to be swept up in the immediate unrest following Friday's terror attacks in Paris. Pushing the markets in a direction they are already heading, toward reduced risk The Paris terror attacks could rock global financial...

The Fed's monetary policy is making income inequality even worse

November 3, 2015

The numbers are in, and it turns out the $12.4 trillion worth of central bank asset purchases (otherwise known as quantitative easing) have only worsened the reality of income inequality. But at least the stock market is doing well, right? For...

A 60-40 portfolio can no longer deliver growth and inflation protection, investment strategist warns

October 27, 2015

The standard setup of an investment portfolio has too many risks, not the least of which is an expected annual return of 2.2% for a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, according to Bob Rice, chief investment strategist at Tangent Capital....

Sounding the secular stagnation alarm bells

October 26, 2015

Larry Summers is sounding the alarm for secular stagnation. 'I would suggest it is a dangerous world' Buckle in for a big earnings week, as more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 Index are slated to report. The fourth week of October is seasonally...

Carl Icahn campaigns against corporate inversions and for himself

October 22, 2015

Carl Icahn's smooth move to try and halt corporate inversions in the name of tax patriotism is, naturally, also pretty good for his own portfolio. Super PAC spending plan tackles the hottest topic in corporate taxation What's left in the Fed's...

Gold rises from the dead

October 15, 2015

Gold shines bright above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months. For that, and the rosier outlook for the precious metal, you can thank the lackluster U.S. economy. A dead asset no longer As trading continues to replace...

Banks take center stage in earnings season

October 12, 2015

All eyes will be on banks this week and earnings season welcomes the reports from the financial sector. 8.4% expected growth Deep inside the Fed's minutes it becomes clear nobody really thinks the U.S. economy is doing very well. The failure...

An extreme tale of two liquid alt funds in the same category

October 9, 2015

The late-summer bout of stock market volatility has shed fresh light on alternative-strategy mutual funds and, once again, has reminded investors and financial advisers that these funds are very different from traditional long-only funds. Seasoned...

It's not too early to start preparing for mutual fund capital gains taxes

September 24, 2015

If you thought 2014 was a rough year for mutual fund capital gains taxes, you might want to start adjusting those portfolios to avoid a repeat this year. Solid funds, but far from tax friendly Don't be fooled by the recent IPO dry spell. The...

The rise and fall of commodities puts some advanced economies on the ropes

September 22, 2015

The atrophy of the manufacturing sector as commodity prices wane is wreaking havoc on a number of advanced economies. More currency depreciation needed ASAP Gold investors can thank the Fed's dovish stance. The natural inverse relationship between...

What markets to watch when the Fed hands down its rate decision

September 16, 2015

What to watch with or without a rate hike. 'The decision' for Fed on interest rates could rock these 6 markets One reason some economists think the Fed will hold off on raising interest rates is 'financial conditions" that have become shaky....

The futures market still isn't buying into a Fed rate hike

September 11, 2015

The futures markets and economists are already butting heads over what could be the Fed's first rate hike in nearly a decade. Economists lean toward a hike, but the futures markets beg to differ Focus on the Fed brings new luster to gold. The...

The next REIT privatization wave is underway

September 8, 2015

The swelling gap between public and private valuations is making REITs a sweet target. A treasure trove of properties Taking a swipe at liquid alternative investments is always fair. But blaming the current market environment on the category...

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