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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Goldman Sachs sounds the alarm on bond duration risk

October 18, 2016

Goldman Sachs is sending out a warning on the realities of duration risk in bond portfolios. Now would be a good time to rethink that long-dated bond exposure. Just a modest backup in rates could inflict outsized losses. Regardless of which...

Prudential Investments joins the fee-cut bandwagon

October 18, 2016

Prudential Investments has become the latest asset manager to jump on the lower-fees bandwagon, which is gaining momentum stemming from the release of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule last spring. Prudential announced fee cuts for...

Gold's price drop puts traders and investors at odds

October 18, 2016

The flat-lining price of gold in October reflects a unique split between traders and investors in the precious metal. While the price of gold, at around $1,260 an ounce, is up nearly 24% from the start of the year, it has fallen by nearly 8%...

Financial wisdom from Deepak Chopra

October 14, 2016

Deepak Chopra is getting into the financial advice business, sort of. “If people ignore their well-being, they're going to have a financial crisis.” The cross-continental merger between Janus Capital and Henderson Global is said to be all...

Deutsche Bank settles with regulators for $9.5M

October 13, 2016

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pony up a cool $9.5 million for failing to safeguard certain non-public information. There was a failure to implement policies to prevent analysts from disclosing information. Wells Fargo chairman and chief executive...

REIT investors brace for a December rate hike

October 13, 2016

A solid run for the real estate category this year, boosted by it becoming an eleventh sector of the S&P 500 Index, has lost some steam recently amid fresh concerns of a December interest rate hike. While most market watchers say such short-term...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

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