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Altegris merges with Artivest to create $3B alternative investments platform

February 8, 2018

Two alternative investment platforms are merging to create a comprehensive portal for connecting investors, through their financial advisers, with access to both registered and private investment products and strategies. The deal, announced...

Stocks enter correction territory amid renewed interest-rate fears

February 8, 2018

The dread that gripped equity markets earlier in the week reemerged Thursday as U.S. stocks plunged into a correction on concern that rising interest rates will drag down economic growth. Selling accelerated in the final hour of trading as major...

Retirement savers flee stocks as market slides

February 8, 2018

Retirement savers violated a cardinal rule of investing this past week: They sold into a plunging market. After racing into equities in January, they did an about-face as markets fell last Friday. Savers moved into money and fixed-income funds,...

Tiny vol products helped fuel market's slump

February 7, 2018

Two days after a sudden spike in volatility sparked a stock-market crash, market participants are left to ponder the wreckage of the sell-off and the mysterious dynamics that caused it. One theory that's emerging: the curious case of the tail...

Exchange-traded notes add another layer of risk

February 7, 2018

The collapse of the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV) this week should prompt advisers to take a hard look at their clients' holdings of exchange-traded notes. The ETN was a bet on decreasing volatility, as measured by the...

Market's convulsions could signal beginning of end for bull market

February 7, 2018

Call it a correction overdue, but to Doug Ramsey, the convulsions that have shaken equity markets for the past week have the hallmarks of something bigger, perhaps an end to the era of tranquility that has reigned on Wall Street for half a decade....

Bill Gross fares worst among go-anywhere bond managers as stocks slide

February 7, 2018

Bill Gross was having a good 2018, until he wasn't. Mr. Gross's $2.2 billion Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund fell 0.83% as markets plunged Monday — its biggest drop since Dec. 30, 2016, and the worst one-day performance in Morningstar...

Wall Street's volatility time bomb

February 7, 2018

It was the hot trade on Wall Street, a seemingly sure thing that lulled everyone from hedge fund managers to small-time investors. Now newfangled investments linked to volatility in the stock market — until a few years ago, obscure niche products...

Stock market reaction: Investment managers interpret Dow plunge

February 6, 2018

Money managers and financial advisers are sounding off on Monday's 1,175-point drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Most are urging investors to take a long-term view, many mention that such a move was "overdue" and none are expressing...

Credit Suisse to redeem volatility note

February 6, 2018

Credit Suisse Group is buying back one of its exchange-traded notes after volatility soared, triggering losses for the holders who had bet on muted market swings. The notes mirror the inverse performance of the Cboe volatility index, which on...

ETFs tied to volatility index suffer

February 6, 2018

The fallout from the implosion of a vast array of arcane bets against stock-market volatility mounted quickly Tuesday as Credit Suisse Group moved to liquidate one investment product and more than a dozen others were halted after their values...

Preaching calm, veteran advisers prepped clients for market drop

February 6, 2018

Veteran financial advisers have been talking to clients for months about when — not if — a correction in the stock market would hit. Their message after Monday's historic 1,175 point drop in the Dow: Stay calm. "First, don't panic; second,...

Stock market set for more pain

February 6, 2018

The global equity rout extended on Tuesday as a gauge of world stocks headed for the biggest three-day slide since 2015. U.S. shares were poised for more losses, with a measure of volatility spiking to the highest in nine years. Treasuries fell...

Bitcoin bubble burst raises concerns from lawmakers, regulators about investors

February 6, 2018

Lawmakers and financial regulators expressed worry Tuesday that no matter how volatile the stock market becomes, an investment in virtual currencies could be riskier. Members of the Senate Banking Committee cited the swift rise and sharp fall...

How the biggest U.S. stock funds, ETFs fared in the market drop

February 6, 2018

The markets teetered Friday after the monthly U.S. jobs report showed that wages surged in January, raising concerns about higher inflation. The sell-off continued Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 1,175 points. Investment...

Stock market sell-off: Takeaways to share with clients

February 6, 2018

Those hoping that the stock market's recent tantrums will solve the active vs. passive debate will have to wait a bit longer. But advisers who touted the advantages of diversification will have lots to crow about to clients after this sell-off....

10 worst days ever for Dow Jones

February 5, 2018

The 1,175-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday was the largest ever in absolute terms, but the decline did not even crack the Top 20 in terms of percentages losses. For some real hair-raisers — even if the declines were...

Seller of alternative investments in fight over car dealerships

February 5, 2018

One of the current leading sellers of illiquid, high-commission alternative investments through independent broker-dealers, GPB Capital Holdings, is in the middle of an ugly dispute with a former business partner who allegedly recently reneged...

Markets plunge: Advisers urge clients to keep calm

February 5, 2018

Stocks corrected sharply Monday, as advisers reiterated their calls for clients to stay focused on their long-term goals. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled nearly 1,600 points before closing at 24,345.75, down 1,175.23 points, or 4.60%....

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

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