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Fed Chief Janet Yellen warns on stock valuations

May 7, 2015

This is either a really good signal or a really bad one. Yellen says stock valuations 'quite high,' bond yields low. Of course the head of the Federal Reserve talking about valuations raises a bunch of other concerns too. Speaking of Fed chairs,...

RCAP earnings down on weaker sales of nontraded REITs

May 7, 2015

On the back of a sharp slump in sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts, RCS Capital Corp. reported a pro forma net loss of $13.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, nearly doubling the loss of $7.4 million in the first quarter of...

T. Boone Pickens expects to see oil at $75 a barrel by year-end

May 7, 2015

After correctly predicting in December that half the fracking rigs in the U.S. would be shut down this year, T. Boone Pickens is now calling for the price of oil to reach $75 by the end of the year. Speaking Thursday in Las Vegas at the SkyBridge...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says Fed rate hike on hold

May 6, 2015

Weak-ish economic reports of late have most prognosticators thinking September at the earliest for a rate hike from the Federal Reserve. DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach, however, has another idea. If you bet on U.S. stocks over the last year, you...

Take a page from active managers to get clients past the pack mentality

May 5, 2015

It's human nature to follow the pack, but for your investor clients, joining the pack might do more harm than good. It could mean they're jumping in and out of the market at the wrong times, causing irreparable damage to their long-term returns....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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