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Twitter and Snapchat shape up as potential robo-advice players

January 15, 2016

Are Snapchat and Twitter the next players to enter the robo-advice game? Way to go after those techy millennial investors. With 100 million daily users to tap into, Snapchat leads the way among tech firms developing robo-advice offerings. Ted...

Hillary Clinton ups the ante with new plans to tax the rich

January 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton ups the ante on rival Bernie Sanders with a new “Fair Share Surcharge” to tax the wealthiest Americans. The 4% surcharge would raise $150 billion over 10 years. Pinning the plight of cheap oil not on a worldwide glut of the...

Amidst the market carnage, liquid alt funds lived up to their promise

January 11, 2016

While most investors and financial advisers might still be trying to shake off the shock of the stock market's historically-bad opening week, the true-believers in alternative investments are almost gloating. “We've been using managed futures...

Economic forecasters predict market volatility in 2016

December 29, 2015

What do all the really smart economic forecasters see for 2016? Volatility, baby. Take advantage of stock price swings. The Fed's tiny little rate hike isn't likely to be enough to derail corporate America's borrowing binge. Next year is expected...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

The SEC has reduced the charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen

December 22, 2015

The SEC is backing away from part of its charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen. This moves Mr. Cohen a step closer to potentially being able to once again manage outside capital. He is no longer being charged with failing to supervise SAC...

6 ways the rate hike could be bad for markets

December 18, 2015

The Fed's rate hike could hit the markets in a half dozen, mostly bad, ways. There is no free lunch. If history has taught us anything, it is that the financial services industry is fertile soil for producing the Martin Shkreli's of the world....

Managed futures funds capitalizing on junk-bond fallout

December 15, 2015

The carnage unfolding in the high-yield bond market has paved the way for a serious rally among managed futures strategies that are designed to take advantage of precisely these kinds of trends. As usual with alternative-strategy funds, the...

The challenge of keeping clients away from shiny new investing trends

December 9, 2015

Over the last decade, we've heard a lot about "alternative" investments. From hedge funds to startups, investors often wonder if they need something different in their portfolio. Plus, it looks like easy money. A billion-dollar startup? A zero-risk...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

High-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster

December 4, 2015

It looks like the high-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster in a rising-rate cycle. More than a third of the outstanding U.S. high yield and leveraged loan universe is at risk. Don't bank on the Friday jobs report to move...

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,...

$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...

December looking more likely for Fed rate hike

November 19, 2015

Ground Control to Major Yellen. Commencing countdown, engines on. October Fed minutes stress potential for December liftoff. Speaking of rising rates, have you checked out your bond fund lineup recently? Now's not a bad time to see what you're...

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...

Jobs report has the bond market on edge

November 6, 2015

All eyes will be on the October jobs report this morning because it represents a major component of what the Federal Reserve will use to decide if December is the month for the first interest rate hike in more than nine years. This is a real...

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...

Like it or not, the U.S. economy does better with a Democrat in the White House

October 28, 2015

The economy has historically done better under a Democrat president. Why that is remains a mystery. Dumb luck, or just regular luck? If you're a follower of offbeat economic indicators, you should start worrying about a recession. It's not good...

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....

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...

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