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Stocks are looking more wobbly by the day

March 26, 2015

As the equity markets start to wobble, analysts start to claim they saw it all coming. 'The timing of market shocks is difficult, if not impossible' Warren Buffett's big ketchup investment. 'Historically, that's not the Berkshire way' When it...

What advisers need to know about bond fund duration ahead of an interest rate increase

March 26, 2015

Ever since the Federal Reserve pushed interest rates down to zero during the 2008 financial crisis, bond investors have been fretting about the looming threat of an inevitable rate hike, which could have a generally negative effect on bond prices....

NYSE and Nasdaq embracing bitcoin

March 25, 2015

The biggest U.S. stock exchange operators are taking steps to embrace bitcoin, spurring speculation the digital currency is coming up from underground. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. revealed Tuesday that New York-based Noble Markets, a platform for...

Can the REIT run weather a rate hike?

March 25, 2015

Will higher interest rates crush the real estate market, or is it supposed to be different this time? Temporarily derailing REIT returns Those curiously annoying bitcoins are back, and some stock exchanges are starting to take them seriously....

One-and-done: Does the Fed follow college basketball?

March 24, 2015

The calendar says late March, which for many means all college basketball, all the time. Investors around the country welcome the chance to focus on March Madness and stop worrying about interest rates and the next move by the Federal Reserve....

Rising rates no cause for alarm: Nuveen's Bob Doll

March 24, 2015

An improving U.S. economy will eventually lead to rising interest rates, but for investors, it's not time to panic. Such was the conclusion reached by Bob Doll, senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management,...

Where to invest during the run-up to the presidential election

March 24, 2015

There are 20 months between now and the next Presidential election, and it is officially on. As the dollars get thrown around the mud starts flying, you might as well invest along for the ride. CBS, CCO, CMCSA, FB, P, TWX, FOXA, TWTR, DIS Believe...

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

March 23, 2015

The scary downside of a really strong U.S. dollar. This is the biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis. Cheap oil and the strong dollar will be expose sector weakness in the S&P. Companies with more than half their sales in the U.S. will...

HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

March 20, 2015

British bank, HSBC, says the U.S. dollar's run of strength is about to lose steam. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on their part. Staying too long at the party can lead to trouble. Female portfolio manager gets no respect in Pakistan,...

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...

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