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Some funds are just plain contrary

February 16, 2016

You may think you're a contrarian — a fearless thinker who goes against the herd on the Street. But it's much harder being one than you might think. At least, that's the message from the few stock funds that carry the word “contrarian”...

U.S. stocks join global slide as financials lead selloff

February 11, 2016

U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index remaining near a 22-month low, as investors shunned risk worldwide amid concern that central-bank efforts to support growth are losing their potency. Banks led the early retreat, with Citigroup...

U.S. stocks rise amid dovish Yellen

February 10, 2016

U.S. stocks rose in choppy trading, while Treasuries and the dollar were little changed as Janet Yellen indicated the Federal Reserve won't be in a rush to tighten monetary policy amid heightened financial-market turmoil. Strength in the yen...

Top fund managers can't catch a break

February 10, 2016

Some very well-known mutual fund managers are having years they probably would rather forget. Consider Bill Miller, co-manager of Legg Mason Opportunity fund (LGOAX). Mr. Miller, one of the top managers before the financial crisis, lost his...

What is keeping fund investors surprisingly calm?

February 9, 2016

The Standard and Poor's 500 stock index is down 9.15% this year, but mutual fund investors aren't fleeing — and that may be because of financial advisers. Investors have yanked an estimated $18.7 billion from domestic stock funds through Jan....

Bank stocks bounce hard

February 5, 2016

Financial stocks were the one of the hottest areas in late 2015, and most advisers believed the trend would carry well into the new year. Advisers were told that the economy would boom in 2016 on top of raising interest rates, a double whammy...

UBS U.S. wealth management: more advisers, less earnings

February 2, 2016

UBS Group AG's wealth management group for the Americas increased financial-adviser headcount last year, attracting $16.8 billion of net new money in the fourth-quarter even as the unit's earnings fell. The U.S. unit had “strong growth”...

Corporate earnings season expected to be the worst since 2009

January 14, 2016

As the fourth-quarter earnings season kicks off this week, results for S&P 500 companies are expected to show a decline in profits for a third quarter in a row, confirming that corporate America has slipped into an earnings recession. Profits...

Guggenheim plays the value card with new Dow dividend-focused ETF

December 17, 2015

With the Fed's first rate hike in nearly a decade behind us and the uncertainty now wrapped around what comes next, the equity markets are expected to face fresh challenges until monetary policy becomes clearer. Such a scenario could pave the...

Hedge funds are waking up to redemptions

December 3, 2015

The trend of hedge fund redemptions could mark a turning point for pricey strategies that sometimes underperform. 'The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative.' Not that we're expecting anything too dramatic in the way of Fed activity,...

Robert McCann named UBS Americas' new chairman

November 3, 2015

Robert McCann will be bumped up from the leadership of UBS Group AG's advisers in America to a new role, chairman of UBS Americas, where he will focus on clients and strategic priorities in the region, the company announced Tuesday morning....

Brace for a wet blanket of energy-sector earnings

November 2, 2015

Like a big wet blanket, energy-sector earnings reports are coming out in bunches this week and the expectations are not great. Energy companies are likely to be spoilers Charles Munger doubles down on his distaste for besieged drug maker Valeant....

The flip side of a strong October for stocks is usually a weak finish for the year

October 27, 2015

The October stock market curse can cut both ways. When it's bad it's usually historically so. But when October is a good month for stocks, the rest of the year is usually a real stinker. Let history be your guide, but not your gospel The sad...

Sounding the secular stagnation alarm bells

October 26, 2015

Larry Summers is sounding the alarm for secular stagnation. 'I would suggest it is a dangerous world' Buckle in for a big earnings week, as more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 Index are slated to report. The fourth week of October is seasonally...

Results not guaranteed

October 20, 2015

As an adviser, you can't guarantee results. Adviser Rick Kahler knows of only two kinds of managers who never lose money and you don't want to be one of them. Just like we said, there was no repeat of Black Monday 1987. But was the market too...

Yellen, yuan and yields: Global economies are more closely linked than ever

October 20, 2015

We've recently been reminded that, for better or worse, the world is more connected than ever. A steep correction in China's stock market last quarter, touched off by concerns over the country's slowing economy, rattled global commodity prices,...

Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit sputters in global slowdown

October 19, 2015

Morgan Stanley's wealth management business stalled in the third quarter, with revenue from transactions decreasing 28.5% as skittish investors stayed away from the market. For the three months ended in Sept. 30, revenues in the wealth management...

Charles Schwab sees 7% boost in fee-based assets

October 16, 2015

The Charles Schwab Corp.'s efforts to expand its fee-based advisory business to retail clients is bearing fruit. For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the company reported $190.3 billion of client assets under its “total advice solution”...

Banks take center stage in earnings season

October 12, 2015

All eyes will be on banks this week and earnings season welcomes the reports from the financial sector. 8.4% expected growth Deep inside the Fed's minutes it becomes clear nobody really thinks the U.S. economy is doing very well. The failure...

Bank of America isn't banking on a 4Q stock market rally

October 6, 2015

A lack of corporate outlooks this earnings season could be a bad sign for stocks over the next few months. The risk vs. reward for stocks The odds of a Fed rate hike this month are getting slimmer by the day. Meanwhile, some folks are still...

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