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The case for incorporating private equity in client portfolios

April 7, 2015

In today's persistent low-yield environment, the challenge remains for advisers to identify opportunities to enhance portfolio returns for clients. Going forward, the solution may not come from public equities. The equity investment has been...

Liquidity restrictions haunt money-market funds

April 7, 2015

Some investors demand nothing less than unfettered access to their cash at a stable price. To deliver that, asset managers are increasingly going to be offering them money-market funds that invest almost exclusively in cash and very low-interest,...

Positioning bond holdings for when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates

April 7, 2015

The U.S. economy can currently be described as being in a "Goldilocks" scenario: The financial sector has healed, private debts have been reduced, and the recovery has firmed while receiving a boost from lower oil prices. Even as these lower...

Would one share of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway be a smart retirement savings strategy?

April 6, 2015

Would one share of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway be a smart retirement savings strategy? There are practicality issues to consider Schwab's new robo-advice platform might be conflicted when it comes to cash allocations. 'They have to make...

Three sectors that should report above-average earnings

April 6, 2015

In the wake of Friday's disappointing jobs report, it is time for financial advisers to start bracing for what could be the worst earnings season in six years. The consensus estimate is for S&P 500 Index earnings to decline 3% from a year ago,...

Generating yield in a world of rising interest rates

April 6, 2015

Now that the best parts of the bond market rally are behind us, it's time for advisers to start considering how to position clients for a likely increase in the fed funds rate later this year. I think the Federal Reserve is probably going to...

Why Mohamed El-Erian has most of his money in cash

April 6, 2015

In an interview with the Orange County Register, Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE, was asked about everything from life after Pimco to where he is currently putting most of his money. Rather than investing heavily in stocks...

The proof behind 'sell in May and go away'

April 4, 2015

Are market moves purely random? It can be challenging to provide explanations for market price movements with so many factors driving one group of investors to buy and another to sell. Many find it easier just to accept dynamic moves as unpredictable....

Oil prices could push lower after Iran nuke deal

April 3, 2015

The Iran nuke deal could mean even more oil coming into an already flooded market. Lifting sanctions that allow Iran to export oil Traders are signaling fear with big flows into inverse S&P 500 ETF. Getting bearish Corporations jump on the bandwagon...

Jobs report's bad news is bad news

April 3, 2015

The best part about Friday's complete stinker of a jobs report is that it came on Good Friday when the stock market was closed. With any luck, by the time the market re-opens on Monday, the report of a stunningly-low 126,000 jobs created in...

Charles Schwab makes its case for using cash in its automated portfolios

April 2, 2015

Recent commentary about “cash drag” in a diversified investment portfolio blurs the facts through omissions and faulty comparisons. Every asset class serves a purpose. Equities offer growth potential, bonds and dividend-oriented stocks provide...

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman rakes in the big bucks

April 2, 2015

It's good to be Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman. A 25% pay raise is always nice, but when that raise puts your salary at $22.5 million it's a million times nicer. A year ago he was getting by on $18 million Uh-oh. A big Romneycare snag does...

The trouble with emerging and frontier markets indexes

April 1, 2015

After years of negligible returns investors have become disenchanted with emerging markets. These days, it seems like much of the headline news from that part of the world is negative. But in spite of all the turmoil and risk, emerging markets...

Markets start to fret about higher rates

April 1, 2015

The first quarter ends with a thud in the markets, and now everybody can start worrying about a possible interest-rate hike this quarter. 'The market is realizing the general economic conditions are challenging.' Good news for real estate investors....

Sales woes at Cole Capital lead to further exodus of talent

April 1, 2015

With sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts on the skids, Cole Capital Corp. suffered a massive talent drain last month, with two dozen wholesalers and account executives leaving, according to a review of those employees BrokerCheck...

4 ways cash drags down investors' portfolios

March 31, 2015

It's pretty plain and simple: Cash is not a good investment for anything other than the very short term. After taxes, inflation and its current expected return (zero), you are actually losing money when you hold cash in your investment portfolio...

Stock buybacks, now propping up the market, could become a victim of rising interest rates

March 31, 2015

Of all the possible ripple effects from rising interest rates, the derailing of the corporate stock buyback bonanza could end up being the most significant in terms of stock market stability. “Don't be misled by the fundamental earnings picture,...

The benefits of long/short credit exposure in today's market

March 31, 2015

In the current low-rate environment, the search for yield has been an endless quest for advisers and investors alike. Moving up the risk ladder has been one of the only ways for investors to achieve a decent return on their fixed income allocations....

SEC drops investigation of Inland American but giant REIT raises new questions over fees

March 31, 2015

It's been a good news, weird news kind of week for Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. and its shareholders. The giant nontraded real estate investment trust, with $7.5 billion in total assets at the end of 2014, last Wednesday said it had...

Do-it-yourself bond traders are changing Wall Street

March 31, 2015

Do-it-yourself bond traders have become much more than just a nagging headache for the big boys on Wall Street. 'Being a Master of the Universe once meant something.' Public pensions are now threatening entire state economies. Assumptions, amortizations,...

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