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Leveraging portfolios to take advantage of Donald Trump's policies

November 10, 2016

Protests in the streets and emotional outbursts notwithstanding, the craziest presidential election in modern history has officially come and gone. What we're left with, at least from a financial services perspective, is the immediate, near-,...

Advisers brace for the transition toward a President Trump

November 9, 2016

Financial advisers, normally known for preaching calm in times of market stress, are already looking past any short-term volatility following the election of Donald Trump to focus on areas of opportunity. “I think the Republican-led government...

How the bond market braced for the election

November 9, 2016

How the bond market braced for a Trump surprise while anticipating a Clinton dud. “The election event risk is asymmetric.” The stock market might have enjoyed a nice rally leading up to yesterday's election, but don't use that as any kind...

USA Mutuals Vice Fund's winning strategy in election year: Guns, booze, tobacco and gambling

November 8, 2016

When Americans are worried, they reach for guns, tobacco, slot machines and booze — and that's one reason USA Mutuals Vice fund (VICEX) has done so well this year. Unlike funds that seek to make the world safer and healthier, USA Mutuals Vice...

Cautious investors hedge a Donald Trump presidency to the bitter end

November 8, 2016

It's finally here. Election day for the craziest presidential campaign season in modern history. Based on Monday's stock market rally, some are trusting the polls and the momentum of professional politician Hillary Clinton. But some investors...

The markets fear a contested presidential election

November 7, 2016

The biggest concern for investors right now should be a contested presidential election. Fearing the hanging chads. Regardless of who wins the election, the best bet might be gold. The one certain winner. Could $500,000 be the new number for...

Bipartisan support from Democrats and Republicans bodes well for infrastructure investments

November 7, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may differ on most issues but they agree on at least one thing: The nation's infrastructure needs some work. And this rare bit of consensus is helping infrastructure stock funds outperform the broader market...

Little bloodshed in bond market so far as interest rates rise

November 4, 2016

Interest rates have been rising since July, and investors have stormed out of bond funds in fear of the most widely anticipated bear market in history. How bad has the carnage been so far? Not so bad. The 10-year Treasury note yield hit 1.366%...

Handful of mutual funds set up for big capital gains distributions

November 4, 2016

So far, 2016 doesn't look like a year in which investors will be hit hard with mutual fund capital gains distributions. But there are some noteworthy standouts. A “handful of doozies.” The official word from Wells Fargo is that the SEC is...

Horizons ETF Management expands U.S. footprint with Recon Capital buy

November 4, 2016

Horizons ETF Management has entered into an agreement to acquire Recon Capital Advisors LLC in a move that illustrates the growing appeal of the U.S. ETF market. According to the terms of the agreement, the members of Recon Capital along with...

When it comes to hedge fund management, computers also fail

November 3, 2016

Even letting computers take the helm doesn't save hedge funds from sinking. An unprofitable shift. The stock market has already called the election for a Donald J. Trump victory. Accurately predicting the outcome of every presidential election...

Morningstar cuts index benchmarking fees to zero

November 3, 2016

Morningstar Inc. is backing into the investment products price war by offering free access to more than 100 global equity indexes through the launch of its Open Indexes Project. This means asset managers, advisers and financial services firms...

Seeing green, asset managers ramp up purchases of ESG shops

November 3, 2016

Sometimes, when two companies like each other very much, they get the urge to merge. And lately, romance has been blossoming among companies dedicated to environmental, social and governance issues. And the interest is not just coming from millennials....

BlackRock banks on cheaper ETFs

November 2, 2016

BlackRock's ETF price cut is proving to be an out-of-the-gate winner, according to the latest asset flows. The lowest-cost ETFs attract $5B Bank stocks are being singled out as most vulnerable in this election cycle. Bank stocks and the polls....

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Morningstar launches ETF analyst ratings for 250 funds

November 1, 2016

Morningstar has rolled out analyst ratings for 250 exchange-traded funds worldwide, 100 of which are U.S.-based. The analyst ratings — gold, silver, bronze, neutral and negative — measures Morningstar's analysts and provides an assessment...

Guggenheim bond shop outperforms by taking fearless advantage of Fed policy

November 1, 2016

As Guggenheim Investments closes in on its five-year anniversary as a retail mutual fund shop, it continues to test the limits of bond-portfolio creativity and performance. This year through October, seven of Guggenheim's eight taxable actively...

AlphaCore mutual fund debut rides a long track record

October 31, 2016

Alternative investments shop AlphaCore Capital has made its mutual fund debut with an impressive five-and-a-half-year track record for a fund that technically has a history of just a few weeks, and only about $4 million in seed capital. Despite...

Fresh FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton sets the markets on edge

October 31, 2016

It could be the ultimate October surprise. A new investigation of Hillary Clinton has set the stock market on edge. The awkward Anthony Weiner connection. Victims of Bernie Madoff see some payback as the estate of deceased money manager Stanley...

Fears of a Federal Reserve move fuel bond market selloff

October 28, 2016

Bond traders are getting skittish as global central bankers test the idea of dialing back the unprecedented monetary easing policies. The market is pricing in a 73% chance of a Fed tightening this year. The mighty Harvard endowment gets called...

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