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Where are the next big opportunities in today's market?

September 30, 2014

Five years after the end of the financial crisis, asset managers, financial advisers and clients are trying to discern how they should be positioned to avoid many of the pitfalls that may lie ahead, but still take advantage of the opportunities...

SEC assessment of mutual fund risk could lead to more disclosure

September 8, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has started to work on rules that could require more transparency about mutual fund portfolio holdings and limit their use of alternative investment strategies, according to a story in today's Wall Street...

Bond gurus say the rally is over

September 5, 2014

Bond gurus speculate on the end of the bond rally. Tepper says it's over; Gundlach says it's range bound Hackers access Obamacare site and find nothing to steal. At least that's what the government is reporting. Someone 'accidently connected...

Morgan Stanley bets big on stocks

September 2, 2014

Morgan Stanley gets ultra-bullish, says the S&P's 200% climb off the bottom is just the beginning. S&P at 3,000 is possible Millennials are losing ground in retirement planning by living in the moment. Financial advisers have their work cut...

Ignore the bond bubble at your own risk

August 29, 2014

The case for reducing fixed income exposure gets more vivid by the day. Ignore the bond bubble at your own risk. Debt hits 250% of GDP The financial markets have not yet fully digested President Obama's admission yesterday that he has “no...

Smart beta, by any other name, is still smart

August 28, 2014

Smart beta, the marketing gimmick that is sweeping across the ETF space. And for good reason. Unable to kill smart beta, critics love to hate it When it comes to active portfolio management, most investors are giving up gains to fees. A bad...

Barclays rains on the equity market parade

August 19, 2014

Barclays puts the breaks on the S&P by calling for a 1% gain for the rest of the year. And that's the good news. Equity price gains will weaken to 3% over the next decade Gold gains momentum as a safe-haven play just as stocks turn on the jets...

Dilbert creator cracks wise on financial advisers

August 7, 2014

Goldman forecasts a divergence for stocks and bonds, assuming the Fed starts to do its job, hopefully sometime next year. Stocks will see 4% annualized gains, bonds see 1% annualized losses Dilbert creator, Scott Adams, calls out financial advisers,...

S&P might drop some Russian stocks from indexes

August 7, 2014

Index funds might have to divest Russian securities under new sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control under a directive of President Obama to tighten pressure on the country in connection with separatist...

Market slide gains momentum

August 1, 2014

The market selloff goes global and today's equity market futures don't look much better as the jobs report could paint stocks into a corner. The MSCI All-Country World Index down 0.6% High-yield bond funds relish the new level of volatility...

Successful alt strategies could give Pimco a needed boost

July 25, 2014

Rising interest in alternative investments could give Pimco a needed boost as investors flee its core bond funds. Over the last year, the firm's absolute-return strategies took in nearly $4.7 billion, according to Morningstar Inc. And from 2011...

Retirement savers' fund fees move lower: ICI

July 15, 2014

Retirement savers are paying consistently lower fees for their stock and bond funds than in past years. They're also paying far lower fees than investors outside of retirement plans, according to a study released Monday. Despite an average annual...

Markets climb in stride with pessimism

July 15, 2014

When stocks and pessimism rise as one it is time to start applying the dreaded 'bubble' word. Bizarro market Get used to an extremely accommodative Fed policy from a chairwoman who believes 'we can help to make the world a better place.' The...

Markets brace for the Fed's big talk about normalization

July 14, 2014

Bracing for a Yellen-focussed week ahead. Fed chair is slated for two days of testimony to chart a path toward normalization, whatever that is. Testing the health of the U.S. economy Like clockwork, individual investors charge into the equity...

Carl Icahn advises caution in the equity markets

July 11, 2014

Carl Icahn used yesterday's market reaction to Portugal's banking crisis to remind investors that stocks are in risky territory. When the billionaires get nervous, take notice. 'I'm very selective about companies I purchase' Low-volatility and...

Volatility looks cheap and risky

July 10, 2014

Volatility looks like the last cheap asset class. This could be a really good opportunity, or a really bad sign, or both. Its lowest level since 2007 Barclays bets on women with an index and exchange-traded note that offers concentrated exposure...

Investors bracing for a wild second half of 2014

July 8, 2014

Bracing for the second half of the year. The headwinds are real and plentiful. Renewed concerns about the U.S. consumer Some public companies are starting to tweak their bylaws to deter shareholder litigation. It's still not clear if the bylaw...

Pimco Total Return still bleeding

July 2, 2014

Despite a vigorous defense of his performance, Bill Gross' flagship bond fund suffered its 14th consecutive month of outflows in June, according to an estimate Wednesday by Morningstar Inc. The research firm said outflows of $4.5 billion struck...

Barclays in the hot seat over charges it courted high-frequency traders

June 26, 2014

Barclays discovers the dark side of dark pools. Investors react to charges that the international banking conglomerate favored high-frequency traders. Disclosing details to ensure aggressive trading strategies were effective The looming 401(k)...

Best- and worst-performing fixed-income mutual funds

June 15, 2014

Core Bond Funds Top 10 Portfolio net assets ($M) 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Expense ratio* Voya Investment Grade Credit Fund SMA (ISCFX) $100.0 7.74% 5.78% 7.37% 0.00% Putnam Income Fund A (PINCX) $1,378.7 5.86% 5.69% 10.33% 0.87%...

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