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Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

State regulators launch 'Operation Cryptosweep' to crack down on fraud

May 21, 2018

In a coordinated effort among its member regulators, the North American Securities Administrators Association has launched a series of enforcement actions by state and provincial securities officials in the United States and Canada to crack...

Stock buybacks hit record, but is that a good thing?

May 21, 2018

Flush with cash, companies are buying back stock and increasing dividends at a record pace, according to Standard & Poor's. Companies in the S&P 500 stock index bought back $178 billion of their own shares in the first quarter. That's an all-time...

The end of the Goldilocks credit markets?

May 21, 2018

"Goldilocks" was the byword for credit markets in 2017. The first synchronized global economic expansion since the financial crisis underpinned a strong rally in credit spreads. Economic growth and inflation ran "just right" to support asset...

Long-term outlook for gold is upbeat given tech, emerging markets

May 18, 2018

When asked to explain the popularity of the Grateful Dead, frontman Jerry Garcia said, "We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice." Gold investors are somewhat similar: People who...

Pope Francis wants financial advisers to work like fiduciaries

May 18, 2018

Pope Francis weighed in on the debate over the need for a universal fiduciary standard for financial advisers Thursday in a wide critique of global finance that admonished advisers who worked against the best interests of their clients. Issued...

Those in managed accounts, target-date funds get better returns than DIY investors

May 17, 2018

Defined contribution plan participants who use managed accounts or target-date funds enjoy better investment returns net of fees than participants who invest on their own, said a survey by record-keeper Alight Solutions. Over a 10-year period...

JPMorgan Chase to make alt investments available to the many

May 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to offer sophisticated investments to a much broader clientele. The bank is slashing requirements to participate in certain alternative investments that its asset management arm once offered mainly to institutions...

Value funds could wake from long slumber

May 16, 2018

The death of value investing has been greatly exaggerated, fund managers say, and an eye for cheap stocks will be vindicated once again. The drought for value investors has been epic: Large-company growth funds have gained an average 9.23% a...

ETrade's custodial unit adds new investment choices

May 15, 2018

In one of its first moves under new ownership, custodian TCA by ETrade — the rebranded Trust Company of America, which was purchased by the discount broker last month — has beefed up the offerings of its Money Manager X-Change platform.Morningstar...

ETF flows show tech is back in vogue

May 15, 2018

Investors are once again warming up to the year's hottest sector — technology. Even after regulatory and demand concerns cast a shadow over the industry, the S&P 500 Information Technology Index remains the best performer of 2018, gaining...

The passive-investing bid for equities is roaring back

May 14, 2018

It's January all over again for the biggest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index. Last week about $5.7 billion poured into ETFs from State Street Corp., BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. linked to the U.S. equity gauge, the...

Bond mark-up transparency rule could help investors, cause more work for brokers

May 14, 2018

New regulations designed to illuminate the cost of bonds, which went into effect on Monday, are likely to help retail investors but cause more work for brokers. The regulations — one from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., the...

Short-dated Treasury ETFs see huge inflows

May 14, 2018

There are signs that the bull market's putative Achilles' heel — crisis-era short-term dollar funding costs — might heal soon. Thank heavy inflows into low-duration funds. Investors seeking to pare interest-rate risk poured a hefty $1.1...

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

May 11, 2018

Actively managed exchange-traded funds may be the investment of the future, but investors are greeting them with all the enthusiasm of a four-year-old faced with Brussels sprouts. Morningstar Inc. counts 247 actively managed ETFs in its database,...

Warren Buffett be damned, case for value investing wanes

May 10, 2018

History is filled with great rivalries. When the Montagues and Capulets are around, firkins will be flung. If the Hatfields and McCoys run into each other, fussing and fighting commences. And if you put a value investor and a growth investor...

Emerging Asia is where the growth is, but your index fund might not find it

May 8, 2018

The growing middle class is fueling growth in emerging markets in Asia — but you won't get much exposure to that in the typical emerging market index fund, said David Dali, portfolio strategist for Matthews Asia funds. More than half the world's...

All that smart beta can obscure the big picture

May 8, 2018

A battle is raging among finance theoreticians, and investors should stay out of it. There's a growing recognition that a handful of active investing styles — also known as factor investing or smart beta — can be expected to beat the market...

How advisers can spot market bubbles

May 7, 2018

If there's one sign of just how wary advisers are in this market, it was the Monday kickoff presentation at the 2018 Investments & Wealth Institute Conference: Navigating Economic Uncertainty by Bubble-Spotting. The speaker, Vikram Mansharamani,...

Fidelity manager hasn't been this excited by bonds in five years

May 7, 2018

Fidelity Investments fund manager Jeff Moore hasn't been this excited about the bond market in a long time. The sell-off in U.S. and Canadian bonds has raised yields due within 10 years to levels at which investors can finally get decent returns,...

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