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Volatility gives boomers bad case of market jitters

June 20, 2010

Dr. Loretta Mueller, 46, a family physician in New Jersey, was so unnerved by the Greek debt crisis and its effect on the stock market that she cashed out some of the funds in her retirement account and bought gold bullion. Her husband, Dr....

Experts debate the merits of private equity, public stocks

June 6, 2010

Apollo Global Management LLC founder Leon Black and others are touting private equity's consistent outsized returns, but some insiders — including investors — aren't so sure. So, if private-equity returns aren't expected to be stellar and...

Why we'll skip a double-dip

May 23, 2010

Last week's market sell-off has investment strategists and financial advisers hunkering down in anticipation of continued market volatility, but they aren't ready to say that it marks the beginning of a double-dip recession. On Thursday, the...

Waddell & Reed: Don't blame us for market tailspin

May 14, 2010

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., the mutual-fund manager started in 1937, said it didn't intend to disrupt markets on May 6 when the plunge in stocks temporarily erased more than $1 trillion of value. Waddell & Reed traded index futures contracts...

Barton Biggs is betting on the tech sector — and a 20% rally

May 11, 2010

U.S. stocks could jump as much as 20 percent, led by technology companies, as the global economy rebounds from Europe's debt crisis, said Barton Biggs. “I'm betting the next move in the U.S. market is going to be up 15 to 20 percent,” Biggs,...

Health stocks earn good prognosis from analysts

March 28, 2010

Investment opportunities in the health care sector have begun to take shape following the passage of the sweeping reform legislation last week. Hospital operators and pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device companies stand out as likely...

S&P: Two sectors (and three fund picks) for a rising-interest-rate environment

March 26, 2010

Whenever the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System decides to start raising interest rates, investors should look to the technology and health care sectors as the biggest likely beneficiaries, according to new research from Standard...

Will health insurance reform and unemployment weigh on the markets?

March 19, 2010

Kevin Mahn, chief investment officer with Hennion & Walsh Asset Management Inc., talks about the importance of global diversification and how that can be achieved through emerging market ETFs. (Download the podcast here.) Mr. Mahn, whose firm...

Playing both long and short opportunities in the markets: Podcast

March 17, 2010

Harry Rady, chief executive and portfolio manager at Rady Asset Management LLC, shared some insights on how the stock market is uniquely poised to present both short and long investment opportunities in what he calls a “tale of two markets.'...

Consider a new approach to emerging-markets investing

March 7, 2010

To tap into the potential of some of the world's fastest-growing economies, investors need to look beyond the broad emerging-markets categories and start paying attention to the specific sectors and industries that actually drive performance....

S&P indexes to change after acquisitions

March 4, 2010

Standard & Poor's said Wednesday it is changing the makeup of its indices after a number of acquisitions. Denbury Resources Inc. is acquiring Encore Acquisition Co., a constituent of the S&P MidCap 400 index. Encore will be replaced by Transatlantic...

Keith Goddard: Look for a ‘smart' rally in tech

March 1, 2010

The growth of mobile Internet usage via smart phones and tablet computers is poised to drive the next major technology cycle, according to Keith Goddard, president and chief investment officer of Capital Advisors Inc. Mr. Goddard, who manages...

MSCI to buy RiskMetrics for about $1.55B

March 1, 2010

MSCI Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy RiskMetrics Group Inc. for about $1.55 billion in cash and stock in a deal between companies that provide support services to financial companies. MSCI sells tools to help portfolio managers make...

Harry Rady: Short-sale targets like 'shooting fish in a barrel'

January 24, 2010

Finding stocks to sell short is like “shooting fish in a barrel,” according to Harry Rady, chief executive and portfolio manager at Rady Asset Management LLC. Mr. Rady, who manages $250 million in long-short strategies in both mutual funds...

To keep riding the rally, follow the smart money

January 24, 2010

Catching a ride on the next leg of this historic 10-month stock market rally will mean following the smart money, mostly represented by institutional-class investors, toward a new concentration on quality and calculated risk. While last year...

Second year of a rebound usually worth waiting for, S&P says

January 17, 2010

Don't bail out of the stock market just yet. If history is any guide, 2010 could be kind to investors, though perhaps not as much as last year, Sam Stovall, Standard & Poor's chief investment strategist, said during a conference call last week....

More bounce for U.S. stocks, predicts Marketfield's Aronstein

January 13, 2010

Strong domestic company earnings over the next few quarters will add more fuel to the charging U.S. equity market, says Michael Aronstein, manager of the Marketfield Fund (MFLDX). “I think the big surprise to people will be corporate earnings...

Equity traders worried dark pools could dry up under new regs

November 20, 2009

Unintended consequences of capital markets regulation or legislation are the biggest fears harbored by equity traders at money management firms, a new report from consulting firm TABB Group says. Buy-side traders are worried about “regulatory...

Advisers discount CIT's troubles

November 8, 2009

Although CIT Group Inc.'s impending Chapter 11 bankruptcy is unlikely to halt the renewed popularity of financial sector stocks, advisers remain leery of investing in banks and other lenders. “We're going to see more difficulty in the regional...

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...

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