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Challenges abound

January 29, 2012

The following is an edited transcript of a Dec. 13 webcast, “Outlook 2012.” Deputy editor Evan Cooper and senior editor Jeff Benjamin moderated. InvestmentNews: James, please give us your overview of 2012. Mr. Swanson: My conclusion is that...

Historic dividend yields have this fund manager singing equities' praises

January 11, 2012

Dividend yields represent the current sweet spot in the financial markets, according to Scott Schermerhorn, chief investment officer at Granite Investment Advisors, which manages $500 million mostly in separate accounts. He is so enamored with...

Benefits of diversification are fading: Study

January 6, 2012

Advisers and investors looking for diversification from large-cap U.S. stocks need to look further afield than other classes of equities. “The diversification benefits of investing in other equity asset classes has decreased substantially...

Rising dividends will see investors bail from bonds: Henderson Global manager

January 5, 2012

Income-seeking investors should take solace in a trend toward rising dividend payouts in 2012, according to Alex Crooke, manager of the $1.2 billion Henderson Global Equity Income Fund Ticker:(HFQAX). “I think dividend growth this year will...

Goldman: BRICs are hitting the wall

January 1, 2012

In the past decade, mutual funds poured almost $70 billion into Brazil, Russia, India and China, stocks more than quadrupled gains in the S&P 500 and the economies grew four times faster than America's. Now The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. contends...

Berkowitz loses again as Sears slumps

December 27, 2011

Bruce Berkowitz, whose $8 billion Fairholme Fund is suffering its second-worst year on record because of wrong-way bets on financial firms, may have lost about $190 million today on Sears Holdings Corp., the third- largest investment of his...

Buying bonds for safety is a losing strategy: Ave Maria manager

December 21, 2011

Buying bonds for safety, when so many stocks are yielding such attractive dividends, is a losing strategy, according to George Schwartz, president of Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc., a $1 billion asset management firm. “You've got a lot of...

Ex-NFL star Willie Gault accused of stock-pumping fraud

December 20, 2011

Willie Gault, the former professional football player and Olympic sprinter, was accused by U.S. regulators of taking part in a scheme to artificially inflate the stock of a medical-device company that he managed. J. Rowland Perkins, who was...

Tom Forester: Finding value in playing defense

December 14, 2011

The uncertainty in Europe has pushed the Forester Value Fund Ticker:(FVALX) into a defensive mode, but that's far from sitting on the sidelines, according to Tom Forester. “If you just stay in money markets, you might miss out when the market...

Goldman fills gap with key fund purchase

December 14, 2011

Goldman Sachs Asset Management got its Christmas shopping done early this year. The firm announced that it has purchased the $153 million Rising Dividend Growth Fund from Dividend Growth Advisors LLC. It did not disclose the cost. Dividend Growth...

Packers' ‘share sale' is anything but

December 12, 2011

The Green Bay Packers have proven once again that devoted sports fans will do almost anything if it makes them feel more devoted. In the most recent example of investors not reading the fine print, the professional football franchise is selling...

Laszlo Birinyi: Stick with marquee stocks

December 11, 2011

Laszlo Birinyi said that he knew in October that it would be hard to make predictions for 2012 when he saw a headline suggesting that markets would rise or fall depending on whether the tiny nation of Slovakia approved a bailout plan for Europe....

Barton Biggs sees little reason to be bearish

December 11, 2011

Barton Biggs, who trimmed bullish bets in September before U.S. stocks posted the biggest monthly gain since 1991, said that though he doesn't want to be fully invested in equities, “it's hard to get really bearish.” “Except for Europe,...

Lawmakers pile on insider-trading ban bandwagon

December 7, 2011

Bipartisan support is growing in the U.S. Congress for new rules banning insider trading by lawmakers amid concerns about waning trust among the public. The number of co-sponsors for a measure explicitly banning such trading has grown from 9...

Will year-end be naughty or nice for investors?

December 6, 2011

History is on the side of a Santa Claus rally by the stock market at the end of the year, but the bigger issue is what it means for stocks next year if that year-end rally doesn't pan out. Over the past 41 years, a measurement of the last five...

Dividend stocks 'the name of the game' for retirees

December 4, 2011

Financial advisers increasingly are looking to dividend income as a means to provide cash flow to retired clients — despite some obvious risks in doing so. Interest income has disappeared for investors as rates stay near zero, with no indication...

MetLife removed from Citigroup's top stock picks

November 28, 2011

MetLife Inc., the biggest U.S. life insurer, was removed from Citigroup Inc.'s list of top stock picks as new Chief Executive Officer Steven Kandarian reshuffles management and plans his strategy. Kandarian, promoted to the top job in May, is...

Genworth stock worth more on upgrade

November 28, 2011

Genworth Financial Inc. posted the biggest gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index after Citigroup Inc. upgraded the insurer for the second time this month on the prospect that the company can withstand mortgage-related losses. The insurer advanced...

This Fidelity fund is way in the money on sale of pharma firm

November 21, 2011

Steven Wymer's Fidelity Growth Company Fund stands to reap $478.4 million on its stake in Pharmasset Inc. after Gilead Sciences Inc. agreed to buy the drug company at an 89 percent premium. The $38.5 billion Fidelity Growth fund held 7.44 million...

Buffett's buying binge: 'He sees something, and it's big'

November 13, 2011

Warren E. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. invested $23.9 billion in the third quarter, the most in at least 15 years, as he accelerated stock purchases and broadened the portfolio beyond holdings in consumer and financial companies. Berkshire...

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