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Alternative strategies boomed after crisis, but haven't been tested

August 15, 2017

Closing in on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, and the stock market peak that preceded it in the fall of 2007, alternative-strategy mutual funds linger like an umbrella waiting for a storm. Alternative funds, which...

Dividend investing in the Trump era: Dispelling three misconceptions

August 11, 2017

It's easy to feel good these days as stocks keep hitting new highs. But seasoned advisers know there's plenty of uncertainty out there ? a tumultuous political environment, the Federal Reserve revving up its tightening cycle, federal spending...

North Korea: How should advisers react?

August 11, 2017

If the events in North Korea go terribly wrong, it won't matter whether your clients buy or sell stocks. Should the world avoid global thermonuclear war, however, Korea could have big, short-term effects on your clients' portfolio — and you...

Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

S&P: Managers still faring miserably vs. indexes

August 9, 2017

Stop us if you've heard this before, but active money managers are really bad at beating their benchmark indexes. A new report from S&P Dow Jones Indices shows that most managers in nearly every domestic equity category underperformed their...

Private equity investors zero in on the RIA business

August 9, 2017

Private equity has discovered the financial advice industry, which can represent a whole new set of opportunities — and challenges — for advisory firms. "The appeal for us is, it provides some capital to help us continue to grow," said Scott...

Is inflation a real and present danger?

August 9, 2017

Inflation has been deader than a dinosaur's doorknob ever since the end of the financial crisis. But a growing number of fund groups and research firms have started to make the case for higher inflation in the next few years. Only time will...

Robos, digital platforms and human financial advice: What investors really want

August 8, 2017

The following is an excerpt from a new research paper, “An adviser's guide to understanding investors' digital DNA,” that was co-developed by InvestmentNews Research and Oranj: The emergence of robo-advice and robo-investing platforms in...

DoubleLine's Gundlach signals caution, sets cap on firm's growth

August 8, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach sees too much of a good thing — in financial markets and in his industry — and he wants no part of it. The co-founder and chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital LP says risky assets such as junk bonds and emerging-market...

9 bear markets and the events that caused them

August 8, 2017

“Bull markets don’t die of old age; they die of fright.” And usually, that fright comes not from elevated prices or mass panic, but from exogenous events: war, oil shortages, unexpected financial collapse. Here’s a look at the nine bear...

Wallace Weitz: What it's like to be a value investor in a growth market

August 8, 2017

What's it like being a value investor these days? Wallace Weitz, head of the Weitz Funds, is one of the nation's best-known value investors, thanks in large part to the performance of his funds in the 1980s and 1990s. His standout fund, however,...

Billionaire Paul Singer warns of threat of passive investing

August 4, 2017

Billionaire Paul Singer is warning of a growing and menacing threat: passive investing. "Passive investing is in danger of devouring capitalism," Singer wrote in his firm's second-quarter letter dated July 27. "What may have been a clever idea...

How should investors approach infrastructure?

August 3, 2017

Infrastructure provides the foundation of our daily lives. For equity investors, it also offers plenty of enticing opportunities. Improving and expanding the country's infrastructure involves more than building roads and bridges. While efficient...

Dow Jones Industrial Average hits 22,000: Should you care?

August 3, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched past 22,000 Wednesday, and the key question is: Should anyone care? The venerable index rose 52.32 points Wednesday to close at 22,016.24, helped by Apple Inc., which surged 4.37% on a blockbuster earnings...

BlackRock's cheap hedge fund doubles its assets in six months

August 2, 2017

BlackRock Inc. took a gamble by breaking the 1% fee barrier for a hedge fund. Now it's paying off. The Style Advantage fund more than doubled its assets in the first half of the year, to $1.6 billion, according to an investor document seen by...

J. Mark Iwry, architect of myRA, discusses its demise

August 2, 2017

J. Mark Iwry was senior adviser to the Treasury secretary during the Obama administration, and the chief architect of the myRA program, which the Trump administration ended last week. Below are excerpts from a recent interview with him about...

Greenspan warns of bubble in bond prices

August 1, 2017

Equity bears hunting for excess in the stock market might be better off worrying about bond prices, Alan Greenspan says. That's where the actual bubble is, and when it pops, it'll be bad for everyone. "By any measure, real long-term interest...

RIAs less optimistic about economy and stock market

August 1, 2017

​ After reaching new highs at the start of the year, optimism about the economy and the stock market has slipped among registered investment advisers, according to a mid-year survey of RIA sentiment from TD Ameritrade Institutional. Sixty...

Vanguard targeting overseas market with active funds

July 28, 2017

Walking through Vanguard Group's headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania is a lesson in naval history. Paintings of the 18th-century ship that inspired the company's name jostle with seascapes and a framed letter from legendary British Admiral...

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