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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...

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...

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...

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...

Why performance-chasing investors will love the new 5-year rolling averages

October 27, 2016

Investors are constantly reminded to not base future investments on past returns, but the fact that most still do could provide a boost for the markets, according to Jeffrey Kleintop, chief global investment strategist at Charles Schwab & Co....

Janus in a double whammy as assets flee and revenue drops

October 27, 2016

Janus Capital Group, in process of being bought by Henderson Group, saw $2 billion in assets flee in the third quarter. To make matters worse for Janus, revenues have dropped from lower fees. If you think that regulators are done scrutinizing...

Volatility seen as best way to hedge against political risk

October 26, 2016

Let's say that you were worried about political risk because the elections scare you more than going down to the basement to investigate a screaming furnace. What would be the best way to hedge against it? Forget gold and bonds. Volatility is...

Finra launches extensive sweep of broker-dealer cross-selling

October 26, 2016

In the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. is conducting a sweep of broker-dealer firms to see what kind of cross-selling programs they have been offering. Finra is requesting an extensive list of...

Investors want more government spending

October 25, 2016

The heck with austerity. A growing number of investors want more fiscal stimulus, which is another way of saying “government spending.” What are the biggest non-performing assets at Wells Fargo? The board of directors, says the blog of the...

Investopedia Anxiety Index a step ahead of the VIX?

October 24, 2016

In what could represent a new twist on investment crowdsourcing, the financial encyclopedia website Investopedia has started measuring online searches as a way to forecast activity in the financial markets. Based on some relatively condensed...

Despite the temptation, an all-stock portfolio is crazy

October 24, 2016

In case you needed another reason to diversify beyond just the roaring ride of an all-stock portfolio. Rarely is an investor able to stomach the full ride. Believe it or not, investors are increasing their bets on higher interest rates. Sensing...

Investor exodus forcing hedge fund managers to take big pay cuts

October 21, 2016

The hits just keep on coming to the hedge fund space as managers are now expecting a 34% pay cut. Squeaking by on just $300,000. Yikes. Hints of new European monetary stimulus has pushed the greenback to a seven-month high. Leaving un ultra-loose...

American Funds files for new share class to cut fund expense ratios

October 21, 2016

In the latest example of the impact of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, American Funds has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to create a stripped-down mutual fund share class. The new F3 shares will be free of commission,...

Eaton Vance to buy Calvert Investments

October 21, 2016

Eaton Vance (EV) announced Friday that it would acquire Calvert Investment Management, the $12.3 billion Bethesda, Maryland, social investment manager, for an undisclosed sum. Calvert, one of the first fund complexes to concentrate on environmental,...

A pricey stock market may get pricier

October 20, 2016

Yes, stocks are expensive, get used to it, says one gutsy analyst. Multiples could expand further. The simple and straight forward investing approach applied by Warren Buffett might not be for everyone. Harder than it looks. In honor of the...

Morningstar to create new style box for liquid alt funds

October 20, 2016

Morningstar is moving financial advisers a step closer to cutting through the fog of alternative-strategy mutual funds by creating a fresh set of style boxes just for liquid alternative funds. The new style boxes, which are still under construction,...

Commodities funds may offer inflation hedge, but many overweight energy

October 19, 2016

If you look in the average investor's closet of anxieties, inflation is probably the biggest, scariest monster of them all. And increasingly, investors have been looking at commodities funds as a way to offset the effects of inflation and diversify...

Investors poured $23 billion into taxable bond funds in September: Morningstar

October 19, 2016

Investors had a fever in September, and the only cure was more bond funds. Bond funds got more assets in September than Blue Oyster Cult fans got cowbell. Investors poured $23.3 billion in net new cash to taxable bond funds last month, according...

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