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Get smart about the future of trading

November 27, 2017

If there was ever an industry in transition, it's the investment management industry. The pace of change is accelerating and transforming investing. This continuous march in industry transformation began in the mid-1970s with the de-regulation...

Beware of so-called 'liquid' alts for retail investors

October 30, 2017

In the independent broker-dealer and RIA space, the term "alternative investment" means exactly what it implies: It is an alternative to commonly held liquid investments traded on a public exchange. Alternatives can be inappropriate for those...

Why the best portfolios mix active and passive investments

March 15, 2017

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The famous quip attributed to Mark Twain humorously captures a theme that many financial advisers and investment managers would apply to active management. In my experience as an adviser, the...

Why Robert Shiller is so suspicious of the Trump rally

March 14, 2017

The last time Robert Shiller heard stock-market investors talk like this in 2000, it didn't end well for the bulls. Back then, the Nobel Prize-winning economist says, traders were captivated by a "new era story" of technological transformation:...

How value investors succeed during market volatility

February 27, 2017

Anxious stock investors were reassured to see volatility subside in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. presidential election. But in a bull market that's already more than seven years old, worries about volatility can quickly resurface. Volatility...

Morningstar's tax-cost ratios beat its fund rankings

November 15, 2017

In 1973, Burt Malkiel published the first of what would become nine editions of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street." He popularized the efficient markets hypothesis, in which stock prices accurately reflect future expectations so that stock-picking...

Should you go short when the media says go long?

December 21, 2016

Just as most people think they're above-average drivers, many investors like to think of themselves as contrarians — level-headed skeptics fearlessly stand against extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. One favorite contrarian...

The idea of a President-elect Trump has sent the global bond market into a tizzy

November 16, 2016

The global bond market has yet to find its footing in the wake of the historic and surprising election of Donald Trump. Adjusting to higher inflation and more government debt. Exchange-traded funds were the vehicle of choice for most investors...

The case for more U.S. infrastructure investment by the private sector

October 25, 2016

Both U.S. presidential candidates — who agree on little else — have expressed strong support for increasing federal infrastructure spending. The infrastructure investment sector is generally doing well, offering growth, income and diversification...

EU tells Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple. Good luck with that

August 31, 2016

The European Union says Ireland must collect $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple, which currently sits on about $215 billion in cash — more than the market capitalization of 490 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500. The EU's demand is likely...

Franklin Templeton's Michael Hasenstab: How to navigate emerging markets

September 26, 2016

One question my colleagues and I are often asked is how we select which countries to invest in, as some of our best known investments — such as Ireland, Ukraine, Hungary and, most recently, Brazil — have not necessarily been obvious choices....

Calling out the Federal Reserve's political leanings

September 22, 2016

Has the Federal Reserve become a political arm of the executive branch of government? The new normal of monetary policy. The stock market has become an “Obama paper bull.” The SEC's case against Leon Cooperman, alleging insider trading,...

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts discovers a new love for Donald Trump

September 21, 2016

TD Ameritrade's founder has discovered a new love for Donald Trump after fighting to block the Republican's nomination for president. Billionaire Joe Ricketts is now backing Trump. Goldman puts a stake in the ground on the side of wage growth...

Fidelity presents five scenarios for stocks

September 7, 2016

Fidelity lays out five scenarios for stocks. The most likely? More of the same. We lost a mutual fund pioneer last month. (He was also a star athlete, a soldier and a philanthropist.) John Rekenthaler salutes Ab Nicholas. Europe's banks are...

Pimco dismisses Bill Gross' claim a September rate hike is coming

September 6, 2016

Bill Gross claims a September rate hike is a go. But his former firm Pimco says, “Not so fast.” It's quiet. Very quiet. Stock volatility is so low you might be thinking about investing in a volatility ETF. But the play isn't as simple as...

UBS to offer NextShares exchange-traded managed funds

July 13, 2016

UBS Financial Services Inc. will offer Eaton Vance Corp.'s NextShares exchanged-traded managed funds through its financial adviser network next year, becoming the first full-service wealth manager to do so. Additionally, UBS Asset Management...

A new risk playbook for solving the allocator's dilemma post-Brexit

August 12, 2016

June's Brexit vote was another reminder of the difficult road ahead for investors. The news jolted markets and sent advisers and their clients into yet another huddle session to adjust or reinforce long-term plans. While a significant event,...

How financial advisers can rethink alternatives

July 6, 2016

After an arduous 2015, plagued by disappointing returns and roller-coaster markets, many financial advisers hoped the new year would bring renewed promise of investor-friendly markets. Now, some sevens months into the new year, 2016 is starting...

How to start every portfolio with a performance advantage

August 2, 2016

Sometimes we are too smart for our own good. In our effort to build better and better portfolios we end up building bigger and bigger portfolios. We add more asset classes as “diversifiers.” We add more actively managed funds with esoteric...

Diversifying the portfolio with real estate investments

June 7, 2016

As an investment, the case for real estate remains iron clad. Not only has the sector outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 40 years (an average annual return of 9.3% for the NCREIF Property Index versus an 8.7% return for the S&P 500), it's...

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