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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...

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...

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...

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...

Short sales are stacking up and the bears are starting to show some teeth

July 10, 2015

The market bears are getting bolder as they start to come out from a long hibernation, which doesn't really bode well for the bulls. Short sales have hit a post-financial crisis peak Putting Puerto Rico's debt load in perspective. On a per capita...

Jeffrey Gundlach is riding out the Greek storm in Treasuries

June 30, 2015

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach has been bracing for trouble in Greece and Puerto Rico by loading up on Treasuries and Ginnie Maes. 'The risk-reward set-up was favorable' Gold shapes up as a bright spot in the wake of Greek woes. When the going...

Greek capital controls send ripples across global financial markets

June 29, 2015

Greece locks down its banks in a desperate attempt to prevent a public panic. Not sure what would make anybody think blocking access to an entire country's savings would be the best anti-panic strategy. The European Central Bank is providing...

The Fed has painted itself into a corner, and is only trying to manage expectations

June 22, 2015

Citigroup economist William Lee calls the Fed too 'chicken' to raise rates, but at the same time the FOMC is trying to reassure the markets that when rates do rise, it will be slow and deliberate. The Fed is stuck trying to manage expectations...

Why male advisers are still not connecting with female clients

June 19, 2015

C'mon, dudes, you can do better. Male financial advisers still can't find a way to fully communicate with the female half of client couples. Both spouses should be equally involved in family financial matters The stock market looks scary from...

Bob Doll is betting consumer spending will fuel the economy through December

June 18, 2015

Nuveen's Bob Doll banks on consumers stepping up to the counter and spending in the second half of the year. Thanks to energy savings and at least some signs of wage increases It is long past time to rethink the traditional allocations to bonds...

Why this is an exceptional time to be investing in Europe

June 16, 2015

As Europe slowly emerges from the global financial crisis, we believe favorable macroeconomic conditions and a dramatic shift in the fundamentals of how businesses are managed is underway. There is a focus on unlocking shareholder value with...

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