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Meet the ETF Class of 2016

January 17, 2017

As the exchange-traded fund industry gears up for the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., a look at last year's new funds provides some insights as to what's hot and what's not. Morningstar (MORN) lists 239 ETFs that made their debut...

Top emerging markets for investors in 2017

January 3, 2017

There are some clear favorites among investors for 2017. All things Russian and Indian are popular, as are Brazilian corporate bonds and Mexico's cheap peso. The top calls for this year are centered on markets where the political climate is...

Big bets come back to haunt Franklin Templeton's global bond fund

October 5, 2016

The $44 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund (TGBAX) is probably not what most financial advisers would expect from a strategy in such a bland and stoic category as world bond funds. But, based on the pace of money flowing out of the fund over...

Janus Capital agrees to merge with London's Henderson Global

October 3, 2016

Janus Capital Group Inc. has announced an all-stock merger with London's Henderson Group Plc, creating a global active management complex with $320 billion under management. The combined market capitalization will be approximately $6 billion....

Advisers weigh pros and cons of Janus-Henderson merger

October 3, 2016

The announced merger between Janus Capital Group Inc. and London's Henderson Group is getting mostly good reviews from the industry, including the financial markets. In mid-day trading Monday, the day the all-stock deal was announced, Janus...

Advisers are bracing for a September market storm

August 31, 2016

As financial advisers prepare to relax over the Labor Day weekend break, many are also bracing for an increased focus on the kinds of market volatility that typically comes with September. With perspectives ranging from, it happens every year...

Goldman says U.S. investors should keep their portfolios local

July 21, 2016

Most U.S. investors, who are already too heavily exposed to domestic stocks, should keep investing along those lines. According to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. is the only real safe haven right now. The U.S. is still in better shape than the rest...

Japan's stock market rally has investors suddenly looking eastward

July 14, 2016

The sudden rally in Japan has some citing a turnaround, riding on the wave of Abenomics. Expanded stimulus program coming. The controversial use of stock-buyback plans is at least partially responsible for the stock market rally. The repurchasing...

Trouble ahead? Stock and bond markets sending divergent signals

July 5, 2016

The bond market is screaming “halt,” while the stock market is scratching its head wondering what all the fuss is about. For financial advisers, the challenge will be to figure out whether it makes more sense to trust the bond market's signals...

Bond market is signaling it's time to sell stocks

July 5, 2016

The direction of bond yields does not bode well for the equity markets. This looks like a dangerous disconnect. All the reasons you need to stay bullish on the U.S. economy. Home to the world's top brands. Making the case for not abandoning...

The markets brace for Puerto Rico's default

June 30, 2016

The markets are bracing for the next shoe to drop in the form of a default by Puerto Rico. The plan to default on $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds. With GE Capital now off the list of financial institutions the government considers...

Unlike other active funds, First Eagle's fund champions its passion for cash

June 29, 2016

Financial advisers are often critical of mutual funds with large cash positions, based on the argument that investors don't want to pay an active-management fee for idle cash. The flipside, however, is that in times of sudden market pullbacks...

Stocks rebound from the Brexit vote in a show of resilience that should be alarming

June 29, 2016

What does it say about the U.S. equity markets when stocks react so violently to a Brexit vote that had a 50/50 chance of happening, and then just puff right back up again three trading days later? No offense to dead cats, but this is not a...

Brexit vote whipsaws markets, tests financial advisers' resolve

June 24, 2016

The global stock market selloff Friday following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union proved that the financial markets largely believed Britain was going to vote for the status quo. While many financial advisers and market...

Financial advisers reach out to clients as stocks plunge in Brexit wake

June 24, 2016

Financial advisers pressed the 'keep calm and carry on' message to clients Friday as the global markets reacted wildly to the United Kingdom's surprising vote to leave the European Union after 43 years. “We are explaining to clients that we...

Financial Twitter reacts to Brexit vote

June 24, 2016

News that Great Britain's voters decided to leave the European Union by a majority of 52% sent shock waves around the world Friday. The financial community, including advisers, took to Twitter to share their reactions, predictions and advice....

The high risks facing a low-yield world

June 23, 2016

The low-yield world has turned what used to be the most conservative investments into the riskiest part of a portfolio. There is now $10 trillion worth of government debt 'paying' negative yields. What are investors actually getting from those...

Wall Street's fear index rises as global markets face unrest

June 14, 2016

The CBOE Market Volatility Index, dubbed Wall Street's fear index, climbs above a symbolic threshold. Above the 20-level as the Brexit vote approaches. About that Brexit vote. Unsurprisingly, expert opinions remain very split on what the vote...

Franklin Templeton's Hasenstab kicks off Morningstar with nod to emerging markets

June 14, 2016

The beat-down suffered broadly across the emerging markets over the past few years has left some value in its wake, according to Michael Hasenstab, manager of the $48 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund (TPINX). Investors would be wise to proceed...

Bill Gross highlights the dirty downside of negative interest rates

June 13, 2016

Bill Gross lays out the explosive implications of negative interest rates. Just because it feels good doesn't mean it's a good thing. The lowest yields in 500 years of recorded history. Investors are increasingly taking the quiet, calm path...

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