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$25B institutional money manager takes a leap into retail

November 30, 2015

Pzena Investment Management, a relatively obscure $25 billion institutional money manager, is hoping to tap into the potentially lucrative retail investor market by creating a distribution team to promote three fledgling mutual funds. Even though...

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...

Chinese stocks go from a sell to a buy just like that

November 4, 2015

Emerging-markets fund manager who darted out of Chinese stocks at the best possible time is now moving back in. 'We see two Chinas' Tough luck for the more than two million Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months. Not only...

If clients are fed up with the U.S., consider a second citizenship

November 2, 2015

In today's evolving financial landscape, investors are looking to their financial advisers for advice on investment opportunities to help preserve capital — and citizenship by investment is one avenue high-net-worth investors can pursue to...

How to work infrastructure funds into clients' portfolios

October 28, 2015

Worldwide, infrastructure spending is expected to grow to over $9 trillion per year by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2012. Overall, global spending on transportation, power generation, telecommunications networks, public facilities and other...

A 60-40 portfolio can no longer deliver growth and inflation protection, investment strategist warns

October 27, 2015

The standard setup of an investment portfolio has too many risks, not the least of which is an expected annual return of 2.2% for a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, according to Bob Rice, chief investment strategist at Tangent Capital....

The best- and worst-performing liquid alternatives funds

October 25, 2015

Funds that employ alternative strategies — even those in the same general category — can perform drastically differently. Below are rankings for six liquid alternative categories based on year-to-date returns. In two cases, alternative global...

Rising rates not expected to have a huge impact on stocks

October 19, 2015

Just because interest rates are going to be rising doesn't mean there won't be opportunities. Stock-pickers can find opportunity among beaten-down utilities and REITs. Emerging markets, however, might not be the place to be. Another few weeks...

Emerging-market investors ran to the exits in the third quarter

September 30, 2015

Investors gave no love to emerging market economies in the third quarter. Stocks and bonds both take hits. The biggest quarterly outflows since 2008 Until the Fed finally moves, we are stuck with the tug-o-war between the economists and the...

DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach plans new global bond fund

September 17, 2015

DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey E. Gundlach plans to start a new global bond fund, according to a filing that regulators received on Wednesday, extending the star fixed income manager's reach in foreign markets. The DoubleLine Global Bond Fund...

Franklin Templeton posts worst fund outflows in decades

September 11, 2015

Investors in Franklin Templeton Investments mutual funds withdrew more money in August than in any month in more than 20 years as its best-known funds were punished for soured bets. Once a contender for top sales among all mutual fund firms...

Go-anywhere bond funds have failed to go anywhere positive over the past year

September 1, 2015

Nontraditional bond funds that sounded too good to be true are looking like a bust, so far. Taking on a lot of credit and emerging market risk Oil prices ride high on slower production data. In the wake of a 12% jump last week With China on...

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,...

Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

August 26, 2015

The mood on Wall Street is getting downright gloomy. The worst declines since 2011. Meanwhile, there are some economists who still believe the Fed will be able to raise interest rates next month. The SEC has jumped on the pay-ratio bandwagon....

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...

Global financial turmoil brings the Fed's plan into focus

August 24, 2015

China could be triggering a worst-case scenario for the global financial markets. But it will only really matter if the Fed stays on course with its September rate hike. What the current market turmoil is foreshadowing. Take a deep breath and...

How much China is in your fund?

August 17, 2015

While the Chinese economy grew 7.0% in the second quarter, signs of slower growth in July and actions by the Chinese government to devalue the yuan have caused investor concerns. Many investors obtain direct exposure to China through diversified...

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...

The Fed's rate-hike plan now sees an obstacle in the form of China

August 10, 2015

China's flagging economy stands out as the only thing standing in the way of a Fed rate hike. It's always something. The new risk is tightening into a slowing global economy The freefall of commodities is not an exaggeration, but it is being...

China in the bull shop

August 9, 2015

Sometimes you know exactly what you're getting yourself — or your clients — into. Sometimes it's not so evident. Even when advisers perform sound due diligence on investments to ensure they are appropriate for clients' goals and risk tolerance,...

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