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The market wild card called Trump

March 10, 2016

Who's better for the markets? Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? David Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Asset Management, says it's Hillary. "Trump is really the wild card. I think the markets don't like uncertainty." Some the best...

Alt investments on the rise among RIAs

January 2, 2018

Based on the success of the RIA industry, the trend of breakaway advisers interested in exploring the independent channel continues to gain momentum. Slowly but surely, the notion that independence cannot support complex, sophisticated advisers...

Almost nobody is good at timing the market

April 27, 2016

The temptation to try and time the market will always be there. But don't kid yourself because most of us are lousy market timers. The impact of emotions and risk aversion. It is time to be wary of those energy-company dividends. They are not...

BDC sponsor throws fundraising bash for Hillary Clinton

January 28, 2016

A leading sponsor of business development companies — alternative investments that could be hurt by the Department of Labor's proposed fiduciary rule — threw a gala fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Wednesday...

Variable annuity with guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider can help advisers provide retirement income stability to clients

September 26, 2014

Many advisers believe that the traditional 4% withdrawal rate for retirement planning is no longer a given in the wake of the recession, increases in longevity and other current concerns. Retirement planning is not a one-size-fits-all process,...

Bitcoin bubble shows signs of bursting

February 2, 2018

Bitcoin whipsawed investors, falling below $8,000 for the first time since November before recovering most of today's losses, as a miserable 2018 continued for cryptocurrencies, with investors confronting a mounting list of concerns about the...

The loneliness of the long-distance investor: Those uphill runs are murder

February 18, 2014

On Sunday I completed my first major goal of 2014 when I completed a half-marathon. I have jogged a bit for years, but in a moment of New Year's-induced insanity, I committed to run 13.1 miles in front of friends and family, ensuring I'd never...

Senate bill gives BDCs hope for increased leverage

February 2, 2018

Bipartisan support for the first Senate legislation to reform business development company rules is giving backers of the alternative investment hope for big changes ahead. In January, Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced...

The truth about loss aversion

May 5, 2014

For all the gains we've made in the evolution of market data — now a massive information industry of indices, surveys, and reports — economics continues to fall painfully shy of a hard science. That's why, when it comes to making good investing...

Live from Morningstar Best investment ideas heard at the conference

June 13, 2013

> Russ Kinnel, director of mutual fund research at Morningstar Inc.'s, best idea for finding income: “If you want to find opportunities look for a fund, stock or bond yielding a little lower than its peers. We're so focused on higher yielding...

The Takeaway: Wall Street loses its mind again

June 10, 2013

Portfolio Jeff Saut (Ray Jay) on the odds that this is a secular bull market.  (Market Folly) Is the pharma sector at big risk when the Fed removes QE?  (MoneyBeat) Nick Colas explains the "New York Sell, Boston Buy" trade.  (BusinessInsider)...

Dispelling dollar doubts

May 7, 2013

It seems to happen every other year, sometimes more frequently. Some matter or other reminds people of the dollar's weak underpinnings, and headlines look for its imminent demise as the world's reserve currency. Usually such claims associate...

12 investment nuggets from Gerald Loeb - 12. Analysts are no help

April 28, 2013

'You don’t need analysts in a bull market, and you don’t want them in a bear market.' (Gerald Loeb was a founding partner of E.F. Hutton & Co., a renowned Wall Street trader and brokerage firm. He was the author of the books The Battle For...

Is Jeffrey Gundlach a leading indicator?

April 9, 2013

Jeffrey Gundlach is best known as one of the best bond fund managers on the planet, but he also has a remarkable knack for predicting where markets are headed. His latest prognostication, however, should trouble advisers and their clients. Quite...

Irrationality is in the air

March 7, 2014

It would seem irrationality was in the air just as surely as love in February. The Crosby Irrationality Index was up in February after sitting at just over 71 a month earlier. While the market has made some show of uncertainty and even approached...

The dangers of unchecked optimism

January 23, 2014

Roughly two weeks ago we introduced you to the Crosby Irrationality Index, a 0 to 100 gauge of market sentiment constructed from a weighted mix of fundamental and technical indicators. At last report, we appraised the market to be “highly-optimistic-but-not-quite-downright-manic”...

How to outperform using boring old index funds

January 20, 2014

One of the most common knocks against index funds is that they guarantee you average returns minus fees and, by golly, clients need above average returns or else they're going to start looking for a new adviser. But it's silly to think that...

Why active equity managers should be scared of Gundlach, Gross

November 22, 2013

If actively managed equity mutual fund managers aren't shaking in their boots yet, maybe they should be, because bond superstars Bill Gross and Jeffrey Gundlach seem to have figured out this whole beating-the-stock-market thing. Both Mr. Gross'...

In Facebook's wake, will exchanges face scrutiny in Twitter IPO?

November 6, 2013

Eighteen months after Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering was crippled by a Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. computer, equity markets get a shot at redemption Thursday when the New York Stock Exchange hosts the debut of Twitter Inc. While faulty trades...

How 'smart beta' ETFs turned closet indexing into a winner

October 23, 2013

Actively managed equity mutual funds that don't make big bets versus their benchmarks have been shunned by investors, but a handful of funds that rely on factors, or “smart beta,” have proved that you don't need to make big bets to outperform....

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