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Saudi Arabia lays out the welcome mat for global investors

June 15, 2015

The richest and most powerful Arab nation opens its stock market to the world. Foreigners can own as much as 49% of a single stock Don't look now but silver is starting to look like the new gold. Net trade balance The euro is starting to skid...

Inflation report boosts odds of September rate hike

May 22, 2015

Financial markets' reaction Friday to the unexpected uptick in April Consumer Price Index data underscores the wild and crazy world of quantitative easing, according to Bob Rice, managing partner at Tangent Capital. “This shows us the fascinating...

Gold bulls celebrate the strongest run since January

May 18, 2015

Gold bulls have their day in the sun as the dollar's run takes a breather. Gold sees its best run since January The bond market is still queasy from the recent selloff, but analysts are at least forecasting that the worst is over. 'There is...

Dynasty hires Scott D. Welch to be chief investment officer

May 14, 2015

Dynasty Financial Partners, a company that sells advisers services and tools to run their businesses, has hired Scott D. Welch for its new position as chief investment officer. In his new role, Mr. Welch will oversee investment research, choose...

Global bond market selloff is now described as 'violent'

May 13, 2015

The global bond market selloff is starting to make the equity markets nervous. Risk reduction at work With interest rates still nailed to the floor, currency traders are the newest super heroes. More than $1 trillion worth of sovereign bonds...

Advisers, investors reopen rate hike debate, send stocks higher after so-so jobs report

May 8, 2015

An employment report that had something for optimists and pessimists indicated to some advisers and investors that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates until at least September and maybe later, setting the stage for a sharp...

Lessons to learn from the last Nasdaq bubble

April 28, 2015

What we learned from the Nasdaq bubble. The last Nasdaq bubble, that is. Stop chasing crazy performance How high can the S&P fly before catching a 10% correction? It has already been more than three years without any such pullback. In the 'middle...

Bracing for the Greek exit

April 21, 2015

Now might be a good time to start bracing for a Greek default, aka Grexit. The probability has never been this high Solving China's gold stash riddle for fun and profit. The world's largest producer and second-largest consumer of the precious...

With one quarter down, Bob Doll still likes his 2015 outlook

April 17, 2015

In a first-quarter checkup on his 2015 economic predictions, Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, is giving himself a passing grade, while betting on a lot of help from consumers to carry through the rest of the year....

Rethinking how you build clients' equity portfolios

April 15, 2015

Advisers have traditionally relied on size and style to build domestic equity portfolios, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify this approach. In fact, the widespread adoption of the size and style approach may be a key factor...

Bill Gross' contrarian bet against the dollar helps him regain footing

April 8, 2015

After a shaky first five months, Bill Gross is regaining his footing at Janus Capital Group Inc., helped by a contrarian bet that the dollar's rally won't continue. Mr. Gross's $1.5 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund has returned about...

Investors jump into European stocks hoping for another QE ride

April 7, 2015

The launch of the Eurozone's quantitative easing program has not been lost on investors who are now pouring money into the European equity markets, as measured by record inflows in March. TrimTabs Investment Research calculated a record $7.8...

NYSE and Nasdaq embracing bitcoin

March 25, 2015

The biggest U.S. stock exchange operators are taking steps to embrace bitcoin, spurring speculation the digital currency is coming up from underground. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. revealed Tuesday that New York-based Noble Markets, a platform for...

Can the REIT run weather a rate hike?

March 25, 2015

Will higher interest rates crush the real estate market, or is it supposed to be different this time? Temporarily derailing REIT returns Those curiously annoying bitcoins are back, and some stock exchanges are starting to take them seriously....

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

Where to invest during the run-up to the presidential election

March 24, 2015

There are 20 months between now and the next Presidential election, and it is officially on. As the dollars get thrown around the mud starts flying, you might as well invest along for the ride. CBS, CCO, CMCSA, FB, P, TWX, FOXA, TWTR, DIS Believe...

The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

March 23, 2015

The scary downside of a really strong U.S. dollar. This is the biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis. Cheap oil and the strong dollar will be expose sector weakness in the S&P. Companies with more than half their sales in the U.S. will...

HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

March 20, 2015

British bank, HSBC, says the U.S. dollar's run of strength is about to lose steam. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on their part. Staying too long at the party can lead to trouble. Female portfolio manager gets no respect in Pakistan,...

Oil-price slide is starting to get scary

March 17, 2015

Oil has dropped to a six-year low and the dollar continues to ride the rocket higher. Talk about an oil comeback is starting to fade. Look out below The basic economic principle that 'bad money drives out good' could be good news for gold. Applying...

Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

March 12, 2015

Stressing over the Fed's stress test. Two big failures in Europe, Citi makes the grade, while BofA is still cramming. The bar will keep rising for banks How the strongest dollar in a decade translates to consumer spending. Seven straight months...

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