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Legislation causes boom in health care tech market

November 1, 2009

In whatever way Congress and the Obama administration eventually change the national health care system, there is one segment of the health care market where reform has already begun and is gaining momentum. The category, known as health care...

Bond giant Pimco plans to build up its active-equity capability

October 25, 2009

Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC is planning to build active-equity-management capability, possibly by lifting an existing team from a rival firm, according to sources familiar with the company. For a money manager so entrenched in bonds,...

S&P gives low marks to active domestic equity funds

August 20, 2009

Actively managed domestic equity mutual funds underperformed their benchmarks for the past five years, according to Standard & Poor's Index vs. Active Fund Scorecard released today. For the five-year period ended June 30, the S&P 500 index outperformed...

All-bond allocation unwise despite equity jitters, says Ibbotson

July 22, 2009

Despite the superior performance of fixed-income assets recently, an all-bond asset allocation is unlikely to deliver investors the returns they need in the future, according to analysis released by Ibbotson Associates, the research division...

Battered equity boutiques broaden focus to bonds

June 28, 2009

Some well-known equity boutiques have begun offering bond strategies this year, diversifying their portfolios after the market collapse focused attention on the ability of money management companies to cope with severe downturns. In the past...

What if stocks are not for the long run?

May 24, 2009

Lubos Pastor may upend the world of equity investing. In his recent academic paper “Are stocks really less volatile in the long run?” the professor at the college's Booth School of Business argues that stocks are riskier than generally perceived....

Painful ride for equities last year

May 24, 2009

Fidelity Investments had the most internally managed active-domestic-equity assets for U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets clients last year. But don't expect a lot of celebration at its Boston headquarters; Fidelity's assets had plummeted...

Taking heart, fund managers worldwide to turn toward equities, survey says

May 20, 2009

Most fund managers expect the world economy to improve in the next 12 months, according to a survey released today by Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Research, a New York-based unit of Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp. The...

Low-quality market rally ripe for a reversal, observers say

May 17, 2009

The market's recent rally is likely to be short-lived. Since the closing low on March 9, the markets have been led higher by lower-quality stocks and riskier asset classes, such as financial stocks and emerging-market equities. “I don't think...

Non-traditional strategies dominate in equity funds

May 10, 2009

Equity managers overall got a boost at the end of the first quarter, thanks to the March rally, but the firms at the top of the performance charts for the 12-month period ended March 31 were those that followed non-traditional strategies, according...

Spike in financial stocks stirs hopes for big banks

April 19, 2009

Financial stocks have made a remarkable comeback in the past month, leaving advisers to make a hard call: Are banks regaining their health after the yearlong shellacking that they have endured? Financial-sector mutual funds, which track the...

Stocks fall as retail sales, price data disappoint

April 14, 2009

Stocks fell Tuesday after an unexpected drop in retail sales and producer prices tested a notion that the economy is starting to find its footing. The poor showing for retail sales in March and a sharp drop in wholesale prices overshadowed better-than-expected...

Timers take big leap into the stock market

April 12, 2009

Market timers are jumping in. Financial advisers who are members of the National Association of Active Investment Managers Inc. of Littleton, Colo., made a record leap into the stock market late last month. NAAIM surveys its members each Wednesday...

Managers become bullish on bonds

March 25, 2009

A sign of the times: Portfolio managers are more bullish about bonds than equities for the first time in years, according to a Russell Investments survey. Specifically, of the 228 investment managers polled, 67% said they were bullish on corporate...

Blue chips still not cheap: Report

February 23, 2009

Blue-chip equities are less attractive than bonds thanks to plunging dividends, according to analysis published today by Bloomberg. U.S. stocks have returned an average of 6% a year since 1900, reported the London Business School and Zurich,...

BlackRock's Doll bullish on domestic equity

September 26, 2008

Domestic equities are a good investment, a money manager told attendees at the Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Investment Management Consultants Association’s conference yesterday in Denver. “I overweight U.S. domestic equity,” Robert Doll,...

BRIC countries look like long-term play

June 26, 2008

The emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China are expected to generate long-term growth. “Emerging markets are the creditors to the world,” which bodes well for the sector as a long-term investment, said Derek Young, co-portfolio...

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