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Lump-sum offers present risks and opportunities

July 8, 2012

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. made headlines over the past two months when they offered nonunion retirees a chance to swap their monthly pensions for a lump-sum payout. Although only about 130,000 retirees are affected by the auto giants'...

El-Erian: Put your money on U.S., emerging markets

July 8, 2012

Markets in the United States and some emerging economies are the best investment opportunities at this time, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC's Mohamed El-Erian. The United States as the preferred option “speaks to lots of...

Stockton's default linked to pensions — and a big stock market gamble

June 27, 2012

There are many ways to get a fix on the bankruptcy filing by the city of Stockton, Calif., but nothing quite says “What were you thinking?” like an overload of expense obligations and an ill-advised bet on the stock market. Stephen Winterstein,...

Another summer of lousy news, great buying opportunities

June 27, 2012

Anyone who's hoping this summer will not provide a repeat of last year's market volatility is probably going to be disappointed. In fact, summer 2012 may look like a rerun of summer 2011, thanks to the same gloomy eurozone and fiscal news that...

Economists, strategists see anemic growth in second half

June 24, 2012

Economists and chief investment strategists are busy penning their second-half outlooks for the investment markets, and many of them expect a rerun of the so-called risk-on/risk-off mentality of investors that developed in the middle of last...

You can ease income inequality

February 2, 2014

President Barack Obama made halting the growth of income inequality a key part of his State of the Union message last week, and while financial planners and advisers can do little to fix the drivers of the problem, they can take steps to ameliorate...

Dividend party just getting started: Fidelity

June 20, 2012

The growing interest in equity income strategies and the emergence of the tech sector as a dividend player have Fidelity Investment's James Morrow excited about the prospects of dividend-paying stocks. More than $21 billion has flowed into equity...

Economic nuggets from the State of the Union

January 29, 2014

And the state of the union is ... In typical SOTU style, President Obama had something for everyone Tuesday night. How do you rate this year's speech? Obama seeks trade deals sought by biggest U.S. companies The big question: Will the 'myRA'...

T. Rowe Price rises most in two years as profit jumps on rally

January 28, 2014

T. Rowe Price Group Inc., the asset manager that has posted a profit every quarter since going public in 1986, rose the most in more than two years after fourth-quarter profit jumped 24%. T. Rowe rose as much as 5.7%, the most since November...

Is it safe? Byron Wien says yes — buy stocks

June 11, 2012

The $1 trillion erased from U.S. equities in May has left bulls from Byron Wien to Laszlo Birinyi and Jonathan Golub unbowed in their predictions that the rally in shares will continue. Blackstone Group LP's Wien, who foresaw the bear market's...

Investors embrace new options for use of options

January 23, 2014

There’s never been a better time to be a player in the retail options market. Retail investors are buying options at historic rates, and using them more strategically. Meanwhile, retail brokers and options consolidators are enjoying a big...

BlackRock sees attractive frontier market bets

January 21, 2014

BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust Plc, a $297 million frontier markets equity fund, said it returned 33% in 2013 and expects attractive investment opportunities this year including initial public offerings. While the performance of frontier...

'Taper tantrums' aside, a strong 4th quarter for ETFs

January 19, 2014

While investors continued their bipolar behavior during the fourth quarter, throwing “taper tantrums” at any sign of strong economic news and rallying the markets on bad news, they began to understand that the Federal Reserve's removal of...

Facebook IPO faces intense scrutiny

May 27, 2012

Facebook Inc.'s $16 billion initial public offering is getting less friendly with each passing day. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, the lead underwriter, last Tuesday released a statement defending its handling of the May 17 IPO after the...

Money managers retool, close core investment strategies

May 27, 2012

Growing demand for higher-octane equity strategies is forcing many money managers to retool their old strategies and a few to close them down. The victims are value, growth and other “style box” managers, according to consultants. Managers...

Majoring in retirement

May 27, 2012

Just in time to deal with the inundation of baby boomer retirees, The American College has introduced the retirement income certified professional designation. The designation program, which started accepting enrollments this month, is geared...

More baby boomers caring for aging parents

May 27, 2012

The changing nature of the modern family means that estate planning will have to evolve to meet some unexpected needs. Among the more notable developments, according to a report by the BMO Retirement Institute, is that more baby boomers are...

The Fed sits on its hands

July 28, 2016

The Fed kicks the can further down the road, but keeps the crowd interested by teasing about a September rate hike. Pro tip: Don't hold your breath. The market remains skeptical of the Fed. Okay, so maybe buying low isn't all the important....

Institutional investors moving more cash to diversified strategies

January 17, 2014

For more proof that diversification is in the eye of the beholder, a BlackRock report showing portfolio diversification is somewhat ironically described as risk-taking. Note to reader, when the S&P 500 gains more than 32% in a year, moving cash...

Morgan Stanley refutes 'regulatory concerns' over Facebook IPO

May 22, 2012

Morgan Stanley (MS) defended its role in Facebook Inc. (FB)’s initial public offering after a Massachusetts regulator subpoenaed the bank over talks between an analyst and investors about the social media company’s revenue outlook. “Morgan...

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