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Vanguard, Goldman Sachs agree that advisers face tall order in picking alts fund managers

April 29, 2015

There may be no two investment firms more different than Vanguard and Goldman Sachs. But the two have found a note of harmony. In separate presentations to financial advisers — and potential clients — at a conference in Las Vegas, investment...

No champagne for new Nasdaq record but advisers take heed of history

April 29, 2015

Anyone who invested in the Nasdaq Composite Index on March 9, 2000, and then somehow held on for 15 years, is now slightly positive on that investment. The well-known tech stock barometer has finally reached a new all-time high but the response...

The NFL gives up tax-exempt status that most folks didn't realize it had

April 29, 2015

The multi-billion-dollar National Football League has generously opted to give up its tax-exempt status in a move that has everybody who isn't a professional football player asking, “The NFL has tax-exempt status?” Some estimates suggest...

Stocks in Europe, Asia might be just getting started

April 28, 2015

The first quarter was generally lackluster for U.S. equity markets as measured by the major indexes. U.S. bonds and stocks returned little, as we watched the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (European-style) light up the returns there....

Lessons to learn from the last Nasdaq bubble

April 28, 2015

What we learned from the Nasdaq bubble. The last Nasdaq bubble, that is. Stop chasing crazy performance How high can the S&P fly before catching a 10% correction? It has already been more than three years without any such pullback. In the 'middle...

Retail brokers are shut out of the SEC's market reform efforts

April 27, 2015

Retail brokerages are shut out of the SEC's advisory committee for protecting retail investors. Say what? 'We were kind of shocked' It has been 15 years since the dot-com bubble, and it would be difficult to say we're not in another tech bubble....

Morningstar is ready to move beyond the style box

April 27, 2015

After years of promoting the style box as a tool to help investors build more diversified portfolios, Morningstar Inc. is emphasizing a “total wealth approach” that could result in dramatically altered investment recommendations for clients....

BlackRock alternative credit fund hopes to play rising rates to its advantage

April 24, 2015

When portfolio manager Michael Phelps looks at the global credit markets, he sees distinct diversions between the U.S. and Europe, both in terms of monetary policy and economic cycles, which means ample opportunity to take advantage of rising...

Wirehouse advisers pile into euro-stock ETFs

April 24, 2015

A top investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said financial advisers piling into funds that access European stocks while muting currency swings could continue to profit from that trade for at least another year. Currency-hedged...

CEOs are passing the buck to the strength of the buck

April 24, 2015

No longer blaming shortfalls on the weather, CEOs are now passing the buck to the strong dollar. The dollar is too strong and the dog ate my homework Wall Street's traders and analysts are split on what will happen with Brazil's scandal-ridden...

State Street gets the cold shoulder from financial advisers

April 23, 2015

State Street gets poor marks from financial advisers, despite dedicated efforts to mend fences and build new relationships. A 'notable laggard in adviser support' The U.S. fracking industry is going down the drain in a hurry. Half the industry...

Bond investors not ready for a rate hike in September: Pimco

April 23, 2015

The Federal Reserve will probably raise interest rates in September, though fixed-income prices show traders aren't fully prepared, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. Pimco, which runs the world's biggest bond fund, is capitalizing...

Bill Gross says he will short the German bund, eventually

April 22, 2015

Bill Gross calls the 10-year German bund the 'short of a lifetime.' But you'll want to wait more than a year for the end of Europe's quantitative easing program. The bund is currently yielding 9.5 basis points China's financial risks come into...

Go-anywhere bond funds not for the faint of heart

April 22, 2015

The closer the Fed gets to raising interest rates, the better the notion of an unconstrained bond fund sounds. Why hide out in cash and short-term bond strategies while waiting for higher yields when you can invest in a fund that has the flexibility...

Bracing for the Greek exit

April 21, 2015

Now might be a good time to start bracing for a Greek default, aka Grexit. The probability has never been this high Solving China's gold stash riddle for fun and profit. The world's largest producer and second-largest consumer of the precious...

Carlyle Group misses the mark with liquid alts

April 20, 2015

Carlyle Group stalls in its effort to reach retail-class investors. The private equity firm that normally caters to institutional investors, is shutting down two liquid alternative mutual funds it launched last year. The retail dollar proves...

Investors pile into hedge funds, pushing total assets close to $3 trillion

April 20, 2015

Macroeconomic uncertainty is being credited with boosting the appeal of hedge fund strategies during the first quarter, which capped off the best three months for inflows since the second quarter of last year. Global hedge fund assets grew by...

Don't let duration blind your analyses of bonds

April 20, 2015

While advisers are increasingly moving away from traditional simple fixed-income portfolios for their clients, many are still using basic tools to analyze bonds, despite the increasing complexity of the fixed-income market. The pervasive fear...

ARCP insiders generated $900M in fees during buying binge: lawsuit

April 20, 2015

During a three-year buying binge, American Realty Capital Properties Inc. generated more than $900 million in fees, commissions and payments made directly or indirectly to company insiders, according to an amended investor class action lawsuit....

Real liquidity: Why investors care about water

April 19, 2015

One of the great teaching tools in undergraduate economics is the Diamond-Water Paradox, which challenges us to think through why water, a necessity of life, is almost free, while diamonds, which pretty much everyone can live without, are expensive....

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