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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 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....

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...

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...

A tale of two Chinas: one old, one new

June 5, 2016

To the casual observer, headlines about China over the past year suggest doom and gloom. Those who take a deeper look, however, will find a divergent storyline comes to light: China's economy is moving in two different directions. Earnings releases...

How a Brexit will hit U.S. stocks

June 2, 2016

If the U.K. pulls the trigger on its departure from the European Union, the fallout could hit certain U.S. stocks that you might already own, or maybe should own. Stay nimble. A couple dozen stateside companies with substantial sales in Britain...

Keep your eye on the Puerto Rico bond saga

May 8, 2016

Puerto Rico's debt default should be a lesson for investors and their advisers: Even apparently low-risk investments, such as municipal bond mutual funds, must be monitored regularly. And the default shows once again that high returns probably...

George Soros can't stop hating on the Chinese economy

April 25, 2016

George Soros digs in on his call for a hard landing for China. The push back follows a line of thinking about the Chinese economy being different. We're talking about a country that is very good at denying or ignoring the obvious. Never underestimate...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Horizon Investments' Greg Valliere bemoans election tone, economic growth

April 19, 2016

As election years go, Greg Valliere, chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, called the current one the “nastiest” and “most unserious” he has ever seen. “I've never seen anything like this in my life,” he said Monday in...

Post-DOL fiduciary rule, Wall Street gives the nod to low-cost fund companies

April 12, 2016

As mutual fund companies continue to ponder the effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, Wall Street is weighing in as well. The early results aren't favoring broker-sold fund companies. Even though there have only been four full...

Strong March performance pushes stock funds positive for first quarter

April 1, 2016

If your clients are complaining about their bond positions, this would be a good time to remind them about why they own fixed income. Even though stock funds scored big gains in March, they're still trailing bonds for 2016 — and the past 12...

Loomis Sayles goes global as investors continue to shun domestic equity funds

March 31, 2016

Loomis Sayles & Co. is diversifying its product lineup with a global investment strategy fund that might be just what the doctor ordered. The Loomis Sayles Global Growth Fund (LSGGX), which launched Thursday, will leverage the strength and track...

BRIC funds rally, but it's a long way back

March 18, 2016

Investors tempted by Friday's emerging markets rally might want to remember what it feels like to get hit with a BRIC. The BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — were singled out by Goldman Sachs in 2001 as the investment theme...

More than 20% of mutual funds shuttered over last five years

March 10, 2016

Nearly a quarter of all stock mutual funds disappeared during the past five years, and competition from index funds could hold the death rate steady in the future. Standard & Poor's, in its semi-annual report on the performance of funds vs....

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

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