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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....

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...

As volatility continues, more mutual funds go to cash

August 31, 2015

As stock market volatility continues, some financial advisers are warming to the idea of mutual fund managers taking cover behind growing piles of cash. “I think cash is a significant strength right now, and we're screening for it, and funds...

In hindsight, China's market meltdown wasn't really that bad

August 27, 2015

Now that the dust has started to settle, China's stock market meltdown doesn't seem all that awful. Other major market selloffs have seen higher volatility Not sure if history can be counted on to be a reliable guide in these unprecedented times,...

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...

Fear and greed swamp stocks as volatility spikes

August 24, 2015

Taking a lead from global markets, U.S. stocks opened Monday under the influence of classic fear-and-greed forces that should only matter if you don't have a plan. That said, additional losses as the week unfolds should come as no surprise....

Oil needs to keep falling to find its supply balance

August 18, 2015

Even if oil falls to around $30 a barrel it might not be enough to bring global supply back into balance. The case for less production Obamacare's infamous 40% Cadillac Tax is giving the IRS fits, and it hasn't even started collecting the tax...

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...

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...

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...

As gold comes under attack, advisers show their mettle

July 21, 2015

Advisers who believe in long-term commitment to commodities, and especially to gold, are having their mettle tested. The SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) is off more than 16% over the last year, while the average gold and precious metals mining funds...

Greece offers prime example of how to get in front of clients to counteract scary headlines

July 13, 2015

Even with another bailout in the works for Greece, the country's fiscal woes will remain in the headlines for months, perhaps longer, and financial advisers are reaching out to clients to make sure they keep this melodrama in perspective. “Now...

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