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Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

More Than a Trickle: Investment Implications of the Cape Town Water Shortage

April 4, 2018

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, has been making the news in recent weeks with headlines like “Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world's first big metropolis to go dry”1 leaving many stunned. As Cape Town approaches...

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

Energy funds rally sharply

January 12, 2018

As the Standard & Poor's 500 soars higher, there's another bull market bubbling up: Crude oil. Black gold. Texas tea. But before you sell the shack and move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind there's a whole lot of oil still in the ground and offshore,...

Gundlach says S&P 500 will post negative return in 2018

January 10, 2018

Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, says the S&P 500 Index will end the year with a negative return and is dubious of the long-term value of bitcoin. "All recession indicators are flashing no recession, which means it's priced in,"...

Timber ETFs get bump from natural disasters

October 27, 2017

Clients who want to branch out into commodities might consider timber ETFs. Commodities funds have produced lackluster returns this year, losing 0.08% vs. a 16.22% gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. The top-performing commodities...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

Commodity funds a tough sell, while managed futures hold out some hope

June 6, 2017

Commodities are an asset class that, at least in theory, can help diversify a portfolio over the long term. Unfortunately, investors have received little benefit from the theory: Commodity funds have lost an average 8.7% a year over the past...

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Gold's price drop puts traders and investors at odds

October 18, 2016

The flat-lining price of gold in October reflects a unique split between traders and investors in the precious metal. While the price of gold, at around $1,260 an ounce, is up nearly 24% from the start of the year, it has fallen by nearly 8%...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

Gold prices send a scary message to the markets

October 7, 2016

The price of gold fell below its 200-day moving average for the first time since February, and that has the technical analysts calculating some bad scenarios. The precedent for a protracted bear market for the precious metal. The Wells Fargo...

Old school fund companies Goldman, JPMorgan wade deeper into ETF market

September 16, 2016

Old-line asset management shops are continuing to wade deeper into the ETF market, seemingly embracing the notion that 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' Over the past few weeks, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, JPMorgan Asset Management, and...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Precious metals funds ride gold trade to 120% rally

August 5, 2016

If you have been a gold investor this year, you can be pleased with the 26% gain for the precious metal. But if you had the foresight to leverage that gold play with an allocation to gold mining companies, you will be riding high on gains in...

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...

Catching a ride on the next oil-market rebound

July 27, 2016

In case you didn't believe the last oil market rebound, here's another opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. The chance to get in is coming up for long-term investors. The Fed is taking action against Goldman Sachs that could include a hefty...

The safe-haven utilities sector has become extremely overextended

July 11, 2016

There is something amiss when safe-haven investments move into bubble territory. The utilities sector is up 21% so far this year. The category is being described as extremely overextended and valuations look dangerously high. Seems like we've...

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....

Equity precious metals funds are riding higher on Brexit wave

June 27, 2016

The pullback of global financial markets following last week's historic vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union proved to be more good news for investors in equity precious metals funds. The category, which is up an average of...

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