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Wilshire rolls out BDC index, setting the stage for investible versions

January 7, 2015

In the latest sign of a relatively obscure investment strategy finding its way out of the shadows, business development companies are getting their own index, which will likely lead to an investible product soon. Wilshire Associates Inc. announced...

Bond fund managers bravely approach beaten down energy debt

January 7, 2015

Courageous bond fund managers are starting to gobble up the debt from beaten down energy companies. Junk-related energy issues down 7.4% last year Blaming oil for slowing home prices. Why not? Hot real estate markets and energy-intensive states...

Volatility in stocks expected to climb amid anxiety over oil, global growth, rates

January 6, 2015

It's the consensus view of options analysts that day-to-day turbulence in the U.S. stock market will increase this year after falling since 2011. So far, nothing's happened to prove them wrong. Deutsche Bank AG became at least the third major...

Nontraded REIT sales at Realty Capital slip in 2014 but big drop avoided

January 6, 2015

Sales at Realty Capital Securities, the wholesaler for Nicholas Schorsch's AR Capital nontraded real estate investment trusts, slipped 7.6% in 2014, but given the accounting scandal that rocked the REIT czar's empire in the fourth quarter, it...

Finra hawks fiduciary in its regulatory priorities for 2015

January 6, 2015

Finra released its regulatory and exam priorities for the new year Tuesday, saying most compliance problems can be alleviated if brokerage firms act in the best interests of their clients — an unusual move for an industry that must only ensure...

ETF managers, bringing in historic levels of cash, still preparing for a bear

January 6, 2015

Even as U.S. stocks notched their sixth straight year in the black in 2014, investors weren't the only ones to ask when the music would stop. ETF managers, whose mostly index-tracking products will follow the market down just as they followed...

Global markets offer opportunities but central bankers hold the key: El-Erian

January 6, 2015

Mohamed A. El-Erian, former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co. and now chief economic adviser at Pimco parent Allianz SE, said Tuesday that volatile global markets are providing a buying opportunity for investors. But Mr. El-Erian warned...

Gross: Good times over, markets set to fall

January 6, 2015

Bill Gross, former manager of the world's largest bond fund, said prices for many assets will fall this year as record-low interest rates fail to restore sufficient economic growth. With global expansion still sputtering after years of interest...

Vanguard to offer its first muni-bond ETF

January 6, 2015

Vanguard Group Inc. plans to offer its first exchange-traded fund focused on the $3.6 trillion U.S. municipal-bond market. Valley Forge, Pa.-based Vanguard, which oversees about $140 billion in municipal debt, filed a registration statement...

Financial adviser sentenced to 51 months for ripping off elderly clients

January 6, 2015

Stealing from more than two dozen elderly clients gets a Bellingham, Wash.-based financial adviser a 51-month prison sentence. Being barred from working with clients in 2005 didn't stop Jeffrey Knutsen from ripping off his clients Don't miss...

U.S.: The global economic bright spot

January 6, 2015

As we embark on a new year, the United States is the brightest spot in the global economy. The U.S. recovery, now in its sixth year, has transitioned to a more robust phase, leading to our most positive outlook in almost 10 years. U.S. strength...

Nasdaq acquires top RIA in 'smart beta' play

January 5, 2015

Nasdaq, one of the top builders of the indexes backing ETFs, said Monday it would acquire an investment advisory firm that specializes in souped-up “smart beta” benchmarks. The Nasdaq OMX Group Inc.'s $225 million cash-and-debt deal for...

Optimism abounds for financial advice industry in 2015

January 5, 2015

This year looks to be rosy for advisory firms — if you believe both the pundits and advisers themselves. "I am bullishly optimistic on the wealth management business," said adviser JJ Burns, founder of JJ Burns & Co. in Melville, New York....

Bears absent in stock market rally, raising some worries

January 5, 2015

Two years of stocks going straight up have chased just about every skeptic from the U.S. market. Among professional forecasters on Wall Street, none tracked by Bloomberg sees a retreat in 2015, with the average estimate calling for an 8.1% advance....

Debunking the January effect

January 5, 2015

At the end of every January there is an onslaught of articles talking about the old adage, “as goes January, so goes the year.” The translation is that the performance in January is a good indicator of how the year will turn out. With the...

Latest twist in robo-advice: Actively managed funds

January 5, 2015

Schreiner Capital Management is turning up the heat on the fast-evolving robo-advice game by employing actively managed and alternative-strategy mutual funds on a new platform called ALTS. The use of active funds in a robo-adviser is believed...

That first interest rate hike might feel like a doozy

January 5, 2015

There's good reason to believe the next Fed interest-rate tightening cycle will be nothing like anything investors have seen in the past. Current bond yields are not sustainable in a normalized economy If you're not exposed to the energy sector,...

Nicholas Schorsch down, not out after resigning again

January 4, 2015

Nicholas Schorsch resigned from two more publicly traded companies last week, as well as from a host of other nontraded real estate investment trusts, but he still remains entrenched at other firms he created and is the largest shareholder at...

$6.3B money manager looking for bargains in oil, European industrials

January 3, 2015

At a time when U.S. stocks are beating the rest of the world, Sarah Ketterer mostly invests overseas. And at a time when index funds and exchange-traded funds are ascendant, she invests the old-fashioned way: She scouts for well-run companies...

Pimco Total Return lags peers for second-straight year

January 2, 2015

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s biggest mutual fund trailed a majority of peers for the second straight year after missing a rally in longer-term bonds and betting incorrectly that inflation would rise. The $162.8 billion Pimco Total Return...

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