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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...

Fidelity has lowest-cost target date funds, edging out Vanguard

July 1, 2014

Fidelity Investments edged out The Vanguard Group Inc., a major rival in the retirement-planning business, for having the lowest-cost target date fund lineup as of the end of last year, according to research released Tuesday. Fidelity Freedom...

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%...

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

The Fed takes a long-term view of its record $4.3 trillion balance sheet

June 11, 2014

The Fed will sit on its record $4.3 trillion balance sheet for the time being. Unprecedented just got more unprecedented as the quantitative easing experiment continues. Testing new tools Deutsche Bank's LaVorgna says the Fed needs to start...

BlackRock adding cheap ETFs in retail race with Vanguard

June 10, 2014

BlackRock Inc., the biggest provider of exchange-traded funds, is ramping up its fight with Vanguard Group Inc. for U.S. retail investors by doubling the number of funds in its low-fee “core” series. BlackRock's iShares unit cut fees on...

Bill Gross bets on shorter-term bonds in a controversial 'new neutral' strategy

May 29, 2014

Bill Gross swims against the current by betting on shorter-term Treasuries. But bond manager rivals say the 'new neutral' approach is risky and wrong. Pimco Total Return Fund's last ditch effort to stand out BlackRock's Larry Fink says leveraged...

Sell in May? No way, says almanac

May 28, 2014

It's May, and if recent history is your guide, now is the time to sell stocks and go away for the summer. As the saying goes: “Sell in May and go away.” + Zoom Jeff Hirsch: Sell in May but don't go away. Since 1950, the Dow Jones Industrial...

CFA 2014: Why nixing money manager conflicts of interest is key to restoring investor trust

May 6, 2014

The CFA Institute, which grants the chartered financial analyst designation, has been pushing for the financial services industry to put an increased emphasis on ethics to rebuild the confidence of retail investors. They've also recommended...

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