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Pension giant CalSTRS ponders dumping $20B in stocks and bonds in favor of alt strategies

September 3, 2015

In the ultimate defensive move, the country's second-largest pension fund considers moving $20 billion out of traditional investments and into alternatives. Should smaller investors be following suit? 'We're not going to shoot for the moon for...

The biggest market risk right now might be trying to time this market

September 2, 2015

The stock market is clearly shaky, but trying to time it is a fool's game. This could be over just as fast as it began Wearing your social beliefs in your portfolio can be a big drag on your ability to save for retirement. Giving up a lot for...

Go-anywhere bond funds have failed to go anywhere positive over the past year

September 1, 2015

Nontraditional bond funds that sounded too good to be true are looking like a bust, so far. Taking on a lot of credit and emerging market risk Oil prices ride high on slower production data. In the wake of a 12% jump last week With China on...

That awkward moment when the Fed realizes it can't raise interest rates

August 28, 2015

The only thing missing from the big gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole is inflation. Delaying a rate hike until 2016 'will be awkward' As a consumer of gasoline and other forms of energy, it is hard to get real excited about a spike...

Market tumult pushes Federal Reserve rate hike expectations out

August 25, 2015

A long-anticipated move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month would be “very strange,” given the volatility rocking financial markets, according to the top bond strategist for Charles Schwab & Co.'s retail research unit....

Advisers hold steady on equities despite seeing more drops ahead

August 25, 2015

The bulk of financial advisers are not changing their clients' exposure to equities in light of recent volatility, even though most believe further dips in stock prices are likely in the coming weeks. About 71% of advisers are keeping client...

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...

Global financial turmoil brings the Fed's plan into focus

August 24, 2015

China could be triggering a worst-case scenario for the global financial markets. But it will only really matter if the Fed stays on course with its September rate hike. What the current market turmoil is foreshadowing. Take a deep breath and...

At least one timing signal is already saying it is time to sell stocks

August 21, 2015

The stock market's oldest timing system started flashing a 'sell' signal at Thursday's close. The dreaded Dow Theory. Who and what you can blame for falling oil prices. Iran, OPEC, frackers, China, the Fed Speaking of the black stuff, Mexico...

Unwinding the Fed's giant bond portfolio might not hurt much

August 17, 2015

Through the magic of bond math, and a whole lot of imagination, we shouldn't worry about how the Fed might unwind its unprecedented $2.46 trillion Treasury portfolio. This won't hurt a bit. Gold's sudden spike in response to China looks like...

How to not get gobbled up when the next bear market arrives

August 14, 2015

Bear markets are an inevitable part of investing. We aren't there yet, but when the next bear rumbles through, here are a few tips for not losing your head. Avoid these investing missteps All eyes are on the growing oil surplus, as the price...

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...

Facebook stock-fraud venture lands fund manager in hot water

August 11, 2015

A Tampa-based fund manager is scheduled to plead guilty this week to investment fraud in relation to $9 million worth of Facebook Inc. stock that he purchased on behalf of investors, then sold and was caught short when the stock price rebounded....

Falling commodity prices draw speculators and speculation

August 10, 2015

The beauty of falling commodity prices is in the eye of the beholder as investors wrestle with whether to invest into the slide or invest in some kind of defensive strategy. Even with crude oil now hovering around $45 a barrel, there is debate...

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...

Crashing commodity prices will give the Fed one more reason to not raise rates

August 5, 2015

The crashing commodity prices are real and the real result might be a further delayed Fed rate hike. Playing right into Janet Yellen's hands JPMorgan is in the hot seat for hedge fund sales. 'The firm is responding and cooperating with relevant...

Is it time to jump into energy stocks?

August 4, 2015

If 13 weeks of falling energy-stock prices has you looking for an entry point, hold your fire. By most measures, the energy sector is still expensive As Curian Capital prepares to close up shop, competitors are swooping in to recruit advisers...

Climate change could impact client portfolios

July 31, 2015

Advisers might want to begin talking to their clients about the investment risk of climate change before the international conference on climate in Paris in December starts generating headlines. Large institutional investors overwhelmingly incorporate...

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...

Advisers say China drop isn't done yet, but calm clients on the downslide

July 27, 2015

The greatest one-day drop in Chinese stocks in eight years on Monday is not a signal that markets have bottomed out in China, according to financial advisers. “It would be best to stay away from Chinese stocks for now,” said David Kudla,...

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