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Fund seeks less volatility

September 30, 2012

State Street Global Advisors is preparing to launch a commodities-free managed-futures fund that will invest in equity, fixed-income and currency futures. Managed-futures funds typically come in two flavors, those that invest only in commodities...

What to expect from muni bonds this fall

September 25, 2012

The following is excerpted from the September investment overview from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Global Investment Committee. The tax-exempt municipal bond market enjoyed favorable technical factors for much of the summer, which allowed...

Getting ready for a sell-off, Crouch plays defense

September 25, 2012

As market watchers debate over whether it is too late to catch a piece of the current rally, Stanley Crouch is already playing defense in anticipation of a correction. “I think we have the potential for a pretty significant drop after a very...

Still shellshocked by "08, clients are oblivious to market run, research shows

September 23, 2012

Even after 43 months of a bull market run, most investors still can't get over the severe beat-down they suffered in 2008, when the S&P 500 fell by nearly 40%. According to Franklin Templeton Investments, which released new research last week,...

Fiduciary duty: Between a regulatory rock and a political hard place

September 16, 2012

JUNE 2010: House-Senate negotiators agree to language in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that gives the Securities and Exchange Commission the authority to draft a universal fiduciary-duty rule after conducting...

Swooping in to teach

September 16, 2012

Kids need financial advice too. Fortunately, crime-fighting superheroes — with amazing financial acumen — have come to save the day. Last Monday, Gray Television Inc. stations premiered “The ¢entsables,” a half-hour show aimed at teaching...

Who will be the next president? Intrade investors betting heavy on one candidate

September 14, 2012

Correlations abound. The Federal Reserve's latest plan to continue buying bonds until the job market recovers has sent stocks, commodities, oil all higher. But what's the longer term outlook for these markets? One way of figuring that out –...

Investment pioneer Swensen treated for cancer

September 13, 2012

David Swensen, the long-serving head of Yale University's endowment who helped rewrite how colleges invest their money, has been diagnosed with cancer. Swensen, 58, is undergoing treatment and taking temporary leave, Tom Conroy, a spokesman...

Gold rush expected as demand increases

September 9, 2012

Gold is poised to climb the most in two years as prospects for more economic stimuli by governments stoke demand for the precious metal as a bet against inflation, a survey shows. Bullion for immediate delivery may reach $1,800 an ounce by the...

BlackRock money market funds refuse to lose value

September 13, 2014

Basically the worst thing that can happen to you in this life is: You put $10,000 into a money market fund, but then later find out that you only have $9,999. I mean, that's not really the worst thing. Really you just lost a dollar. It's not...

Old-school investment tool could get clients back into equities

September 5, 2012

David Hollond has turned to a standby investment strategy to play the housing recovery, and he thinks advisers could use the approach to get clients back into equities. Mr. Hollond, co-portfolio manager of the $1 billion American Century All-Cap...

Dividend trend near an end?

August 31, 2012

Income seekers need to have an open mind now more than ever, even when it comes to one of the more trendy plays, dividend stocks. Most investors already know that traditional sources of income like Treasurys and investment grade bonds come with...

Muni bonds: Fall from grace?

August 28, 2012

The municipal bond market entered the month of August on a roll. A seemingly disproportionate level amount of demand over supply of available new issues had, in my opinion, driven the market higher for many weeks, producing positive returns...

Investors set to coin it off latest gold rush

August 27, 2012

Gold is poised to climb the most in two years as prospects for additional economic stimulus by governments from the U.S. to China stoke demand for the precious metal as a bet against inflation, a survey showed. Bullion for immediate delivery...

Leaning on stocks, not afraid to hold cash

September 8, 2014

It's one thing to talk about how others should be investing, quite another to lay it on the line and actually show how you're managing your own portfolio. With that in mind, InvestmentNews is taking a close look at how financial advisers allocate...

Tablet apps improving adviser mobility

August 26, 2012

Just as the nation as a whole has embraced the iPad and other tablets for work and play, financial advisers are finding that certain mobile applications make their professional lives easier and more efficient. “Advisers are starting to expect...

Vermont has flurry of muni offerings

August 26, 2012

Vermont's worst flooding in 75 years and the lowest borrowing costs in more than four decades are pushing the state and its municipalities to borrow at the fastest pace in the United States. Facing a $733 million repair bill from Tropical Storm...

Strategists: Unforeseen rally an ominous sign for market

August 26, 2012

The 13% rally in the S&P 500 has lifted the gauge to one of the highest levels ever over strategists' forecasts, a sign that the best may be over for U.S. equities this year. Shares have climbed about 2.1% above the average projection of 1,389...

There's gold in them thar fields

August 26, 2012

On the outskirts of Austin, Texas, ranch owners have been driving their pickups out to obscure corners of their properties in the middle of the night. They're not tending to their animals, and they're not fixing fences. They're burying gold....

A twist on bond laddering

August 14, 2012

The macro picture these days certainly is a mixed bag. Global growth may be sputtering. Inflation may be under control, but for how long? High market volatility seems to be the new normal, while the low-interest rate environment has investors...

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