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Warren Buffett gives up on Exxon as oil prices slide

February 18, 2015

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. exited a $3.7 billion investment in Exxon Mobil Corp. amid a slump in oil prices. Crude has fallen by about half since June as U.S. production surged and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries...

The bottom for oil prices isn't even in sight yet

February 18, 2015

A case is being made for why the forces of supply and demand could push the price of a barrel of oil to only a little more than double the price of a gallon of gas a few years ago. With the demand for OPEC's oil at a 14-year low, the bottom...

Cabot Lodge dispute heats up with whistleblower claim

February 18, 2015

A dispute between a former compliance officer for broker-dealer Cabot Lodge Securities and its owner, Jacob Frydman, has boiled over into a whistleblower complaint now in the lap of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The former Cabot Lodge...

BDCs' juicy yields attracting a lot of insider buying

February 17, 2015

The investment landscape is generally not friendly to investors looking for quality yielding investments. With the 10-year Treasury yielding under 2% and investment grade debt offering not much more, it is really difficult to find quality yield....

Longer life expectancies are killing pension funds

February 17, 2015

Pension fund strategies never factored in that people would live as long as they're living. It is a real and growing problem. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be pension fund managers Stories of investors being ripped off by advisers...

Don't count high yield out just yet

February 17, 2015

Fears about higher U.S. interest rates, rising defaults and a multi-month decline in the price of oil have injected a dose of high anxiety into the high-yield market. But investors will be better off this year if they stand their ground and...

William Kahane replaces Nick Schorsch at American Realty Capital Global Trust

February 17, 2015

American Realty Capital Global Trust Inc. appointed William Kahane as executive chairman, replacing Nicholas Schorsch. The company made the management change on Feb. 11, according to a filing today. Mr. Kahane resigned as chief operating officer,...

Here's how stocks will react to rising interest rates

February 17, 2015

For investors worried about how stocks will react to rising interest rates, last week's trading may provide some guidance. Following the biggest one-week jump in 10-year Treasury yields in more than a year, investors are selling the highest-yielding...

Some RIAs cautious of using alts, despite industry buzz

February 17, 2015

Clients, product manufacturers and even major custodians are all pushing the advice industry toward alternative investment products, but some registered investment advisers are still holding back. Alternative investments, which generally include...

Bargain hunter Klarman finds opportunity in energy stocks as oil prices drop

February 16, 2015

Seth Klarman said his $28.5 billion Baupost Group identified opportunities last year in energy after oil prices plunged, as other prospects for finding bargains dried up. “Baupost wasted no time in redirecting additional investment team members...

The correlation conundrum and liquid alternatives

February 15, 2015

As the popularity of so-called liquid-alternative funds increases, many of us wonder how they will perform in the inevitable bear market. In fact, it seems as if the entire liquid-alt industry was created as a result of the “lost decade”...

Separately managed accounts ranked by fourth-quarter returns

February 15, 2015

U.S. large-cap equity Product 4Q return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return 5-year std dev 5-year Sharpe ratio Assets ($M) Manager Location Principal Global Investors - REIT 15.63% 33.11% 17.74% 17.76% 15.02% 1.18 $7,965.9 Team Des Moines,...

ProShares gives ETF traders aggressive way to play gold miners

February 13, 2015

ProShares is tapping into the rising volatility of gold with four exchange-traded funds designed with traders in mind. The provider of alternative-strategy ETFs is offering the first access to leveraged long or short gold-miner and junior gold-miner...

Consumers are saving at the gas pump but not spending at the mall

February 13, 2015

With gasoline at around $2 a gallon, retail sales are not supposed to slump. The fact that they are slumping suggests something else is happening to all that extra money. Maybe people are saving up to pay their taxes. Wages are still flat after...

Fidelity records massive profit, despite fund outflows

February 12, 2015

Fidelity Investments increased its earnings by 29% last year, to a record $3.4 billion, despite surging investor redemptions of its mutual funds. The company's fund outflows — and its continued evolution to a diverse investment and service...

Ray Dalio's Bridgewater picks up chunk of Microsoft, ditches UPS

February 12, 2015

Bridgewater Associates LP added shares of Microsoft Corp. last quarter, sold stock in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust and exited United Parcel Service Inc. The hedge fund added 586,400 shares of Microsoft and the value of its stake increased by $27.2...

Energy-sector stocks are feeling no love from Wall Street

February 12, 2015

Energy-sector stocks are finding almost no love from Wall Street. The shorts are piled up like a Fourth of July sale at the Gap. Highest level of short interest in the sector since 2008 Just as quickly as Apple Inc.'s market value tops $700...

In target date funds, performance starts to trump risk management as assets balloon

February 12, 2015

The more than $700 billion in assets under management in target date mutual funds is proof of the 21-year success story of the vehicles, which provide investors with diversified portfolios set to individual retirement dates. But success breeds...

Investors flock to low-volatility ETFs as stock market swings widen

February 12, 2015

A return to volatility in the stock market has investors jumping into financial products that promise a smoother ride. The steady increase in the size of daily swings in the S&P 500 since late November has sent $2 billion into exchange-traded...

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...

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