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Jim Cramer's stock picks miss the mark

October 23, 2015

TV stock barker Jim Cramer received a failing grade from a finance professor for a dismal 28% success rate. Only 14 of the 49 stocks Mr. Cramer recommended finished higher after six months. When a 'buy list' becomes a 'watch list' In the category...

Carl Icahn campaigns against corporate inversions and for himself

October 22, 2015

Carl Icahn's smooth move to try and halt corporate inversions in the name of tax patriotism is, naturally, also pretty good for his own portfolio. Super PAC spending plan tackles the hottest topic in corporate taxation What's left in the Fed's...

Gold rises from the dead

October 15, 2015

Gold shines bright above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months. For that, and the rosier outlook for the precious metal, you can thank the lackluster U.S. economy. A dead asset no longer As trading continues to replace...

Warren Buffett doesn't have time to fiddle with activist investing

October 14, 2015

Warren Buffett's distaste for activist investing boils down to simple math. The bulk of activist investing is just looking for a quick hit The SEC is fleshing out those hidden mutual fund fees, such as sales and marketing expenses being charged...

Fallout at Fortress Investment Group

October 13, 2015

The dust is being kicked up at Fortress Investment Group, including the departure of a top hedge fund manager and the closing of a flagship fund in the wake of a really bad run. Michael Novogratz hits the bricks When it comes to retirement saving,...

An extreme tale of two liquid alt funds in the same category

October 9, 2015

The late-summer bout of stock market volatility has shed fresh light on alternative-strategy mutual funds and, once again, has reminded investors and financial advisers that these funds are very different from traditional long-only funds. Seasoned...

Bank of America isn't banking on a 4Q stock market rally

October 6, 2015

A lack of corporate outlooks this earnings season could be a bad sign for stocks over the next few months. The risk vs. reward for stocks The odds of a Fed rate hike this month are getting slimmer by the day. Meanwhile, some folks are still...

A weak outlook for earnings doesn't bode well for stocks

October 5, 2015

The stock market hunkers down for a rough earnings season. The market's worst quarter in four years shows no sign of reversing course. Corporate earnings are expected to decline 4.1% What to really expect from a 60/40 allocation to stocks and...

Hedge fund marketers have independent advisers in their sights

October 1, 2015

Now that hedge funds have the green light to market their wares, they are zeroing in on independent financial advisers. It might be a good time for advisers to bone up on their hedge-speak. An opportunity for hedge funds to reach “tens or...

The Fed tosses out another teaser that rates could still be hiked this year

September 25, 2015

If you can believe it, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is still teasing the markets with the idea of rate hike this year. Yeah, right. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me again and again and again, shame on me. State pension funds are starting to learn...

Financial advisers get more tools for navigating the liquid alts space

September 24, 2015

As stock market volatility continues to tick higher, another player is emerging to help financial advisers navigate the alternative investments space for portfolio diversification. Launched eight months ago and recently upgraded to make it more...

Papal visits have become precursors to stock market pullbacks

September 23, 2015

Brace yourself for the latest stock market indicator as the Papal visit gets under way. Turns out, those rare trips to the U.S. by a Pope have not always been good for stocks. The three most recent trips were ominous signs for the markets Sen....

When interest rates rise, alternative strategies have chance to shine for income, diversification

September 22, 2015

Just when the Greatest Generation is clamoring for investment income to ease their golden years, interest rates at 30-year lows in the U.S. — and in negative territory in Europe — are making many traditional generators of retirement income...

Why the upward trend for stocks is no more

September 21, 2015

Following the Occam's razor principle, which suggests the simplest explanation tends to be the right one, the trend for stocks is no longer your friend. The uptrend is no more Goldman's Abby Cohen advises against chasing high-yielding stocks....

The next REIT privatization wave is underway

September 8, 2015

The swelling gap between public and private valuations is making REITs a sweet target. A treasure trove of properties Taking a swipe at liquid alternative investments is always fair. But blaming the current market environment on the category...

Pension giants out of sync with alternative investments

September 3, 2015

When multi-billion-dollar pension funds start darting in and out of alternative-investment strategies, it should raise some questions about what really represents so-called smart money. Regarding the report this week that the board of the $191...

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....

Unwinding the Fed's giant bond portfolio might not hurt much

August 17, 2015

Through the magic of bond math, and a whole lot of imagination, we shouldn't worry about how the Fed might unwind its unprecedented $2.46 trillion Treasury portfolio. This won't hurt a bit. Gold's sudden spike in response to China looks like...

Citi to pay $180 million for hedge fund sales linked to Smith Barney

August 17, 2015

Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $180 million to settle charges tied to two hedge funds that the SEC said were improperly marketed and sold by private bankers and Smith Barney brokers in the run-up to the financial crisis. Citigroup's alternative...

Facebook stock-fraud venture lands fund manager in hot water

August 11, 2015

A Tampa-based fund manager is scheduled to plead guilty this week to investment fraud in relation to $9 million worth of Facebook Inc. stock that he purchased on behalf of investors, then sold and was caught short when the stock price rebounded....

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