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Foreign mutual funds look like a good way to dodge some U.S. market risk

March 19, 2015

With U.S. stocks now about as expensive as they were at the peak in 2008, foreign mutual funds might be a good place to hang out, or even hide out, for a while. ANJIX, LLINX, VTRIX Who will replace Jack Bogle when the 85-year-old founder of...

Investors dump bond ETFs as interest rate hikes loom

March 19, 2015

Investors dumped exchange-traded funds that invest in bonds ahead of Wednesday's Federal Reserve statement on concern officials would get closer to raising interest rates. Investors pulled $6.1 billion this month from bond ETFs through March...

Small cap stocks go large on dividend payouts

March 19, 2015

Dividend income is increasing from an unlikely source: small companies. It's a trend that has the potential to throw a wrench into traditional asset allocation models, and even add a performance boost to dividend-focused mutual funds as smaller...

Being smart about smart beta

March 18, 2015

Smart beta is here to stay, so you might as well try and figure out what the heck it is. The robots are coming The ongoing disappointing reality of the U.S. economy. Reality versus expectations You don't have to be rich to have a will, but most...

Federated, BlackRock considering private funds to replace old money-market funds

March 18, 2015

Regulators' attempts to prevent another run on the $2.7 trillion money-market fund industry is having some unintended consequences. Some of the largest fund providers, led by Federated Investors Inc. and BlackRock Inc., are considering offering...

Goldman Sachs' BDC launch signals high-yield investments on the rise

March 18, 2015

Ready or not, financial advisers should start bracing for a fresh wave of business development company sales pitches. The latest evidence of the push into the space is Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s initial public offering of the Goldman Sachs BDC...

Oil-price slide is starting to get scary

March 17, 2015

Oil has dropped to a six-year low and the dollar continues to ride the rocket higher. Talk about an oil comeback is starting to fade. Look out below The basic economic principle that 'bad money drives out good' could be good news for gold. Applying...

Investors see few benefits of lower fees in adviser-sold investments

March 17, 2015

On the whole, fees that mom-and-pop investors pay for mutual funds and other similar products have dropped substantially over the last several years. But in at least one corner of the investment universe, fees aren't budging all that much. The...

The long/short case for investors

March 17, 2015

The task of balancing equity risk with the goal of achieving meaningful returns is top-of-mind for many investors and advisers. Long/short equity strategies, which allow managers to assume both long and short positions and to vary their exposure...

How Warren Buffett's $1 billion prize for a perfect NCAA bracket went bust

March 16, 2015

As busted NCAA brackets go, it doesn't get much nastier than last year's gimmick to pay $1 billion to anyone who correctly picked every game in the tourney. No contestants made it past the first round without at least one loss, and the contest...

Rising interest rates to test REIT strength even as investors seek diversification

March 16, 2015

A strong rally in real estate funds could be headed for a pause as the market — and investors — start to anticipate a rising interest rate cycle. The broad category of real estate mutual funds, as tracked by Morningstar Inc., gained 28%...

The smoke and mirrors of stock repurchase plans

March 13, 2015

Stock repurchase plans are all the rage. Whether they provide any benefits to shareholders is a whole different issue. A clever accounting trick You don't have to be Secretary of State to benefit from a personal email account. As Hillary has...

Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

March 12, 2015

Stressing over the Fed's stress test. Two big failures in Europe, Citi makes the grade, while BofA is still cramming. The bar will keep rising for banks How the strongest dollar in a decade translates to consumer spending. Seven straight months...

CNL Lifestyle Properties REIT suffers another sharp drop in value

March 12, 2015

The estimated per share valuation of CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., a large nontraded real estate investment trust, continues to sink despite the recent broad rally in commercial real estate. CNL Lifestyle Properties, with $2.5 billion in total...

At 85, Vanguard's John Bogle still fighting hard for index investing

March 12, 2015

Freezing rain is falling on the sidewalks at Vanguard Group's sprawling suburban campus outside Philadelphia, but it doesn't slow down company founder John C. “Jack” Bogle as he hustles from his office to the cafeteria for lunch. “This...

Strong dollar is keeping the markets on edge

March 11, 2015

The wicked-fast pace of the dollar's rise has the markets on edge, and there's little reason to expect the greenback will slow down any time soon. Other currencies are not able to adapt fast enough An ominous outlook for the bond bubble. When...

DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

March 11, 2015

With the equity markets apparently running away from the surging U.S. dollar and global monetary policies pushing some bond yields into negative territory, DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach can't understand why the Federal Reserve Board...

Alternatives make push for retirement accounts

March 10, 2015

Alternative fund managers are getting a boost from a movement among retirement-plan advisers to use more open-architecture and custom target-date funds, according to interviews with managers and advisers who work in the space. Late last month...

ARCP shareholder calls for new board in wake of accounting scandal

March 10, 2015

American Realty Capital Properties Inc. shareholder Twin Securities Inc. said that all but one of the company's board members should refrain from seeking re-election this year in the wake of an accounting scandal that led to the departure of...

Robert Moore joins executive board of Carson Institutional Alliance

March 10, 2015

Robert Moore, who resigned last week as president of LPL Financial, is joining forces with Ron Carson, one of LPL's largest affiliates, agreeing to serve on the board of Carson Institutional Alliance. Carson Institutional Alliance provides resources...

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