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Once unheard of, negative interest rates emerge as a viable Fed tool

February 11, 2016

With Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen confirming before Congress this week that a negative-interest-rate monetary policy is a plausible option, financial advisers might already be weighing the investment alternatives in such an unprecedented...

China widely misunderstood, Rothman says

February 2, 2016

China's a tough sell these days, says Andy Rothman, investment strategist for Matthews Asia. “Trying to convince clients to have money anywhere within 1,000 miles [of China] is difficult,” he told attendees at the Investment Management Consultants...

The world is increasing its focus on China's currency devaluation

January 22, 2016

The weakening of China's currency is starting to take center stage. Keeping the yuan in perspective. Just because oil is cheap doesn't mean you can't make some money off that fall. Morgan Stanley CEO tells you how to make a killing in oil. The...

U.S. stocks close lower after late-day rally

January 20, 2016

U.S. stocks surged back to pare the biggest one-day selloff in five months, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average cutting a loss of 550 points by two-thirds as investors speculated the rout that's wiped more than $15 trillion from global equities...

Amidst the market carnage, liquid alt funds lived up to their promise

January 11, 2016

While most investors and financial advisers might still be trying to shake off the shock of the stock market's historically-bad opening week, the true-believers in alternative investments are almost gloating. “We've been using managed futures...

What early stock market volatility means for the year ahead

January 8, 2016

There's no particular reason the start of a new calendar year should represent the start of a new mood in the financial markets — but that's sort of what's happening. On two of the first four trading days of 2016, U.S. equity markets suffered...

The bullish outlook for 2016

December 27, 2015

Forget about all that cheap-oil, rising-rates, strong-dollar business, because there are still plenty of arguments for a strong stock market in the year ahead. The bullishness requires a long-term perspective. There's a bit of optimism in the...

Rough week doesn't derail the outlook for ETFs

December 18, 2015

Nagging market disruptions in the form of an historic Fed rate hike, plunging commodity prices, and the sudden collapse of the Third Avenue junk bond fund might require some portfolio rejiggering, but not enough to derail the positive momentum...

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...

Sallie Krawcheck dishes on being downsized

November 30, 2015

Sallie Krawcheck says the economy is evolving at such a rapid pace that producing great results isn't doesn't equal job security. She knows a thing or two about job security. That point when you realize the company is going in a different direction....

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...

Don't let currencies bite you when investing in international equities

November 11, 2015

For U.S. investors, the case for international equity investing remains compelling in spite of all the market turmoil of the last few years. The reasons are well-rehearsed: about two-thirds of the global equity market by capitalization is outside...

Goldman Sachs benches its BRIC strategy

November 9, 2015

Goldman's BRIC strategy hits the bricks as the once-popular acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China loses 21% in five years. The assets are down 88% since the 2010 peak Don't make the mistake of ignoring the significance of a strong dollar...

Ex-Ameriprise adviser gets 7 years in the slammer for bilking clients

November 5, 2015

Ex-Ameriprise adviser Susan Elizabeth Walker has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for taking more than $1 million from client accounts. Many of her victims were seniors. The fraud first came to light in October 2012, and Ms....

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...

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...

Cash rises above stocks and bonds

September 28, 2015

A flat return for cash this year is turning out to be the best bet out there these days, which should send a message to both the Fed and the markets. Watching the liquidity story Despite Fed claims that there isn't enough inflation to justify...

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....

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