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Strong dollar is keeping the markets on edge

March 11, 2015

The wicked-fast pace of the dollar's rise has the markets on edge, and there's little reason to expect the greenback will slow down any time soon. Other currencies are not able to adapt fast enough An ominous outlook for the bond bubble. When...

DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

March 11, 2015

With the equity markets apparently running away from the surging U.S. dollar and global monetary policies pushing some bond yields into negative territory, DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach can't understand why the Federal Reserve Board...

Nasdaq Index: Then & Now

March 6, 2015

For starters, there were far fewer people using the Internet Source: Internet World Stats Also, Mark Zuckerberg was still in high school! Source: Forbes Cell phones have changed a lot too The best-selling cell phone Source: ZDNet The people...

Hospital stocks ride a wave of potential insurance subsidies

March 5, 2015

Hospital stocks rallied on word the Supremes would be hearing arguments related to Obamacare subsidies. HCA, THC, CYH The dollar has hit an 11-year high against the euro. 'A continuation in the selling we've seen all week' An easy road map to...

Cash-heavy mutual funds take downside protection to the extreme

March 4, 2015

For investors who truly cannot sleep at night out of fear that this roaring equity market is too risky, here are some mutual funds that are taking the slow lane by sitting on lots of cash. Downside protection to the max A Virginia financial...

Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

March 3, 2015

The leading indicator of corporate earnings says stocks are getting scary expensive, and it might be time to follow the so-called smart money to the sidelines. A similar story across the blue chip universe Bill Gross, 70, says he's in no big...

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?

February 20, 2015

Merrill Lynch's record signing bonus to recruit a veteran team from rival Morgan Stanley might have pushed the limits of what's actually in the bank. A hiring bonus equal to 400% of the team's yearly revenue European stocks blow right past U.S....

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

Alternatives are earning their keep in 2015

February 10, 2015

The U.S. equity markets have calmed down since the rocky start to 2015, but as hedge fund indexes start rolling out January performance data, the numbers are showing how using alternatives to diversify makes sense. In a month that saw the S&P...

A new entry point for gold investors takes on GLD

February 9, 2015

Just as gold is regaining its luster with investors, Bank of Montreal's new gold deposit receipt program offers a new way to tap into the market for the precious metal. The Bank of Montreal's gold deposit receipt program, GOLDRs, which is aimed...

Low mutual fund cash levels not telling the whole story

February 6, 2015

Headline numbers blasting that equity mutual fund cash levels are low and have dropped over the last year could be misleading advisers into thinking that the managers they're paying to invest client money are working hard on their behalf. One...

From stocks to bonds, the strong dollar hits global markets

February 6, 2015

For insight into the current state of financial markets, look no further than the strengthening U.S. currency. That's what Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Societe Generale SA, has been telling clients. What she calls the “dollar...

Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

February 4, 2015

Pimco Total Return Fund notches 21 straight months of redemptions, including $11.6 billion in January. Meanwhile, since the September departure of Bill Gross, the $134.6 billion fund has beaten 94% of its peers. The fund is up 2.45% so far this...

REITs not to the rescue this year

February 2, 2015

If you'rethinking about real estate as an asset class to deliver some alpha this year, what with a tepid stock market and the specter of rising interest rates, maybe you should think again. REITs poised to fall as estimate outperformance says...

Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner

January 26, 2015

Global easing by central bankers makes it harder for the U.S. Fed to stick with its promise of hiking rates this year. Caught between a rock and a hard place and a strong dollar and falling commodity prices Greece makes a move toward ending...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Will European easing sideline a Fed rate hike?

January 21, 2015

As European Central Bankers lay out plans for a $50-billion-per-month quantitative easing program to try and boost economic growth, some financial advisers view the move as the latest reason to believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise...

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Currency-hedged ETFs giving investors new option for improving international returns

January 21, 2015

Currency hedging is one of the key emerging trends in exchange-traded funds, one that has seen an explosion over the past year and can help provide clients with a new, flexible option to manage risk in their portfolio. While a small number of...

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