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Timber ETFs get bump from natural disasters

October 27, 2017

Clients who want to branch out into commodities might consider timber ETFs. Commodities funds have produced lackluster returns this year, losing 0.08% vs. a 16.22% gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. The top-performing commodities...

A 2016 dry spell for mergers and IPOs

March 23, 2016

So far this year, the deal-making business has been in the tank. Mergers and IPOs have dropped to a level not seen since the last recession. Dubbed the “cooling off” effect. Looking before leaping into high-dividend-yielding mutual funds....

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...

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...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

The Philosophy of Goal-based Investment Planning

October 19, 2017

Dr. Michael Finke, CFP®, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, The American College of Financial Services Most of us view our investment portfolio as numbers on a screen. However, investments represent money that we set aside for some future purpose...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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'...

Vanguard targeting overseas market with active funds

July 28, 2017

Walking through Vanguard Group's headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania is a lesson in naval history. Paintings of the 18th-century ship that inspired the company's name jostle with seascapes and a framed letter from legendary British Admiral...

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...

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...

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...

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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