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Bill Gross says 35-year bull market in stocks and bonds coming to an end

May 4, 2015

Bill Gross said the bull market “supercycle” for stocks and bonds is approaching its end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have kept it alive since the financial crisis are running out. The attempt by global central banks to...

Name dropping at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting

May 1, 2015

Warren Buffett's annual meeting Saturday will draw tens of thousands of investors seeking insight on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the economy and topics from ketchup to geopolitics. Here are a dozen names they'll be listening for when the 84-year-old...

Schwab announces money market fund updates in light of SEC's reform

May 1, 2015

Charles Schwab Investment Management Friday announced updates to its money market funds in response to the reforms the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted last year to protect the funds from investor runs. The firm joins a slate of other...

The housing market steps up to provide a needed economic boost

April 30, 2015

Home sales are springing into action right on schedule. Solid housing stands in contrast to the dismal first quarter GDP numbers Fed hems and haws its way to suggesting that a rate hike is still somehow on track for some point this year. But...

Jeffrey Gundlach places big bet on Puerto Rico

April 30, 2015

DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach has more than doubled the holdings of junk-rated Puerto Rico debt in his Income Solutions Fund to $45 million. The $2.28 billion fund's investment in Puerto Rico general-obligation bonds as of March 31 was...

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...

Citi Private Bank adjusts equity allocations with eye toward end of the bull market

April 24, 2015

The head of Citi Private Bank's global investment committee isn't calling for an end to the bull market cycle, but he thinks he can see it from here. “The U.S. is still an attractive equity market, but it doesn't have the same kind of global...

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...

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