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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...

Vanguard warns advisers on stock risk in client portfolios

January 28, 2015

Investors are taking a level of risk not seen since 1999 and 2007, and financial advisers should restrain the impulse of clients to boost sagging returns. Martha G. King, who oversees Vanguard Group Inc.'s adviser-sales division, said investors...

Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

January 27, 2015

The case for investing in Russia looks great, on paper. Just hold your nose and take a big bite. Banking on a business-friendly and reform-minded history If the hedge funders have it right, oil prices will continue to slide. Crude oil short...

Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner

January 26, 2015

Global easing by central bankers makes it harder for the U.S. Fed to stick with its promise of hiking rates this year. Caught between a rock and a hard place and a strong dollar and falling commodity prices Greece makes a move toward ending...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Will European easing sideline a Fed rate hike?

January 21, 2015

As European Central Bankers lay out plans for a $50-billion-per-month quantitative easing program to try and boost economic growth, some financial advisers view the move as the latest reason to believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise...

Looking for investment value across the globe

January 21, 2015

Whenever we're asked for an outlook, we're always reminded of the words of our founder, Sir John Templeton: “I never ask if the market is going to go up or down because I don't know, and, besides, it doesn't matter. I search nation after nation...

Five surprise investment themes for 2015

January 20, 2015

Like me, many investment counselors attempt to map out return expectations and places to allocate capital. We spend a lot of effort trying to assemble a macro view and apply it in an investment thesis. In my decades in this business I have learned...

Global markets fixate on China's currency play

January 20, 2015

Is the Chinese Yuan the next shoe to drop? The Swiss currency move has turned up the head. A currency peg that is becoming difficult to maintain Money managers around the globe are fixated on a Chinese property management company, which could...

Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others

January 20, 2015

Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios....

State of the Union spoiler alert: Obama plans to go after rich people

January 19, 2015

State of the Union spoiler Alert: President Obama plans to go after rich people. More taxes on capital gains and inherited assets Global markets brace for ECB actions, while the central bankers ponder a hybrid approach to quantitative easing....

Alibaba eligible for MSCI equity indexes as Russia snubbed

January 18, 2015

MSCI Inc. (MSCI) will allow some companies with overseas stock-market listings in its equity indexes, opening the door to China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) while excluding Russian firms amid economic sanctions. Companies with listings...

U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokers cracking under Swiss shock

January 16, 2015

Losses mounted from the Swiss currency shock as the largest U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokerage said client debts threatened its compliance with capital rules and a New Zealand-based dealer went out of business. FXCM Inc., which handled a...

How currency hedging saved portfolios in 2014

January 16, 2015

Financial advisers who found ways to mute the effect of the surging U.S. dollar on clients' foreign investments weathered the last year well. Those who didn't suffered. Take the example of the widely used iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA). The $51.8...

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