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Job growth is the economy's only bright side, and it isn't very bright

March 30, 2015

The data show companies are hiring, but virtually everything else in the economy is falling. The math adds up because the jobs are mostly lousy and part-time. The bright side just isn't very bright What is probably keeping Janet Yellen up at...

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

March 23, 2015

The scary downside of a really strong U.S. dollar. This is the biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis. Cheap oil and the strong dollar will be expose sector weakness in the S&P. Companies with more than half their sales in the U.S. will...

HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

March 20, 2015

British bank, HSBC, says the U.S. dollar's run of strength is about to lose steam. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on their part. Staying too long at the party can lead to trouble. Female portfolio manager gets no respect in Pakistan,...

Foreign mutual funds look like a good way to dodge some U.S. market risk

March 19, 2015

With U.S. stocks now about as expensive as they were at the peak in 2008, foreign mutual funds might be a good place to hang out, or even hide out, for a while. ANJIX, LLINX, VTRIX Who will replace Jack Bogle when the 85-year-old founder of...

How Warren Buffett's $1 billion prize for a perfect NCAA bracket went bust

March 16, 2015

As busted NCAA brackets go, it doesn't get much nastier than last year's gimmick to pay $1 billion to anyone who correctly picked every game in the tourney. No contestants made it past the first round without at least one loss, and the contest...

Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

March 12, 2015

Stressing over the Fed's stress test. Two big failures in Europe, Citi makes the grade, while BofA is still cramming. The bar will keep rising for banks How the strongest dollar in a decade translates to consumer spending. Seven straight months...

DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

March 11, 2015

With the equity markets apparently running away from the surging U.S. dollar and global monetary policies pushing some bond yields into negative territory, DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach can't understand why the Federal Reserve Board...

Maxing out a 401(k) doesn't mean you can't keep saving for retirement

March 10, 2015

Where to invest after you've maxed out your 401(k). It's a good problem to have. Follow the rules How much steam is left for the U.S. dollar and the U.S. equity markets? It looks different from outside the U.S. Don't forget to hedge when investing...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

March 3, 2015

The leading indicator of corporate earnings says stocks are getting scary expensive, and it might be time to follow the so-called smart money to the sidelines. A similar story across the blue chip universe Bill Gross, 70, says he's in no big...

Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

March 3, 2015

Mention Japan to an economist and she'll tell you about deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation. In fact, the ingredients of every policymaker's nightmare scenario and the situation Eurozone monetary...

When is a good time to convert to a Roth IRA?

March 2, 2015

When, if ever, is a good time to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth? It might make sense to convert even if you're already retired Two surface as likely successors to Warren Buffett. The 84-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway can't go on forever,...

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

Socially conscious funds ranked by one-year total return

March 1, 2015

Values-based investing won new attention this quarter when BlackRock Inc. announced plans to launch BlackRock Impact, a unit catering to investors' social, environmental or religious goals. But the largest money manager is just one of many companies...

In rare move, Vanguard beefs up international exposure in target date funds

February 26, 2015

The Vanguard Group Inc. is beefing up its target date fund lineup with an institutional share class. It is simultaneously making what could be described as a market call with allocation shifts of 10 percentage points to international from domestic...

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

Warren Buffett's financial results start to raise red flags

February 9, 2015

Financial analysts are starting to cry foul over Warren Buffett's financial results. The Oracle of Omaha says he liked it better when his annual letter to shareholders was all the information anyone needed. Buffett rejects criticism of Berkshire...

Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

February 4, 2015

Pimco Total Return Fund notches 21 straight months of redemptions, including $11.6 billion in January. Meanwhile, since the September departure of Bill Gross, the $134.6 billion fund has beaten 94% of its peers. The fund is up 2.45% so far this...

The best- and worst-performing target date funds

February 1, 2015

The target date fund series promoted by J.P. Morgan Asset Management is thriving. The firm's SmartRetirement series was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the fourth quarter in six target date categories. The firm's decisions panned out when other fund...

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