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The real reason the Federal Reserve isn't raising interest rates

May 28, 2015

The real reason the Fed is sitting on its hands instead of raising rates boils down to a lousy employment market. Workers have become too content Here we go again. The Fed is touting adjustable-rate mortgages just as it prepares to raise interest...

Financial markets can smell a rate hike coming

May 27, 2015

The equity markets are abruptly adjusting to the notion that the Fed might finally get off the sidelines and move forward with an interest rate hike. If not September, then definitely October, or most probably December, or January … The first...

Financial advisers are putting ETFs in the driver's seat

May 27, 2015

Whether it's the liquidity, transparency, low cost or something else, financial advisers increasingly are favoring exchange-traded funds over mutual funds. The results of a Financial Planning Association survey of advisers showed that 81% are...

Hold on to 30-year Treasuries or even add some more, portfolio manager says

May 27, 2015

It's been a roller-coaster ride for long-term U.S. bonds this year. If you played it correctly at every turn, you could've made a killing, given the unprecedented 8.9% return in January alone. If you played it wrong, which was easy to do, you...

Bill Gross: I bungled 'short of a lifetime' trade on German bund

May 27, 2015

Bill Gross acknowledges doing a poor job of implementing his recommendation to bet against German government bonds. “My famous (infamous?) 'short of a lifetime' trade on the German bund market was well-timed but not necessarily well-executed,”...

Economic growth is fading fast in the so-called recovery

May 26, 2015

The pace of the country's economic recovery is becoming more of a riddle than a reality. We can't keep blaming the weather The Greek debt crisis for dummies. Everything you need to know. Can Greece afford to pay? A handy checklist for those...

F-Squared's assets down 33%; settlement fails to stanch outflows

May 26, 2015

F-Squared Investments Inc. lost its position as the top ETF portfolio strategist last quarter, as the boutique money manager's settlement of fraud charges failed to stanch nearly $8 billion in asset declines in the last year, according to Morningstar...

Asset managers beat the bushes to woo reclusive family offices

May 26, 2015

It was an invitation too good to resist. Matthew McCarthy was asked by KKR & Co. to fly to New York from Ohio, where he manages money for the founders of a consumer-products company. First, he had dinner with KKR's billionaire co-founder Henry...

FTSE announces first emerging markets indexes with China A shares exposure

May 26, 2015

FTSE Tuesday announced the launch of two “transitional indexes” allowing institutional investors to add an initial increment of China A shares exposure to their emerging markets benchmarks. A London-based FTSE spokeswoman said the FTSE Emerging...

Morningstar doubles down on expense ratio disparity debate

May 26, 2015

The puzzling riddle of expense ratios for many liquid alternative mutual funds is not going away, as illustrated by last week's detailed post by Josh Charlson, director of manager research for alternative strategies at Morningstar Inc. For financial...

When investing in emerging-markets economies, stock picking beats indexed exposure

May 24, 2015

Investing in emerging-markets economies is less about why than about how and where. Publicly traded companies in the emerging markets with a market capitalization of at least $300 million are represented by more than 6,000 stocks. That compares...

Smaller economies offering bigger returns in the emerging markets sector

May 24, 2015

A slowdown in Chinese economic growth, a pullback in Indian stock prices and the Damoclean sword of U.S. monetary policy are hanging over emerging markets. But that isn't stopping Chad White, president of Safe Harbor Wealth Management Inc.,...

Duty to retirement plans expanded

May 24, 2015

The Supreme Court just increased the burden on anyone who serves as a fiduciary to a defined-contribution plan. Advisers with clients who are sponsors of, or serve as trustees to, 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans should advise those...

Tim Geithner spills the beans on how he navigated the financial crisis

May 22, 2015

Getting up close and personal with Tim Geithner. The former Treasury Secretary reflects on the financial crisis. 'One great thing about our country is that when governments take actions like this, you can test their merits and legality in court.'...

Inflation report boosts odds of September rate hike

May 22, 2015

Financial markets' reaction Friday to the unexpected uptick in April Consumer Price Index data underscores the wild and crazy world of quantitative easing, according to Bob Rice, managing partner at Tangent Capital. “This shows us the fascinating...

Real estate company seeks $20M for New York City mausoleum high-rise

May 21, 2015

A New York real estate company is seeking funding for a new kind of high-rise in the heart of Manhattan: a mausoleum for the deep-pocketed deceased. United Realty is organizing a $20 million offering for qualified investors who'd like to get...

Wirehouses raise clients' exposure to alternatives, but reps still just dabbling

May 21, 2015

Wirehouse reps have been steadily increasing client allocations to alternative investments in stride with the level of risk building in the overall stock and bond markets. The latest research from the Money Management Institute and Dover Financial...

Phony adviser convicted for conning a real adviser out of $11.3 million

May 21, 2015

A con-man to the stars, who was masquerading as a financial adviser, has been found guilty of wire fraud and money laundering related to $11.3 million he conned out of another financial adviser. Busted while pretending to represent Carlos Slim...

George Soros pitches a currency move to prevent a third world war

May 20, 2015

Billionaire investor George Soros might have made a lot of money 23 years ago with his now famous bet against the British pound, but it's not clear if he still carries enough weight to influence the global political debate. Regardless, he's...

How portfolio diversification can help deliver more income to clients

May 20, 2015

Is it just me, or has it gotten harder to build a decent investment portfolio? Equity markets are near all-time highs after a long and extended run. Much of fixed income has followed the Federal Reserve down close to zero. Europe's problems...

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