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Liquidity restrictions haunt money-market funds

April 7, 2015

Some investors demand nothing less than unfettered access to their cash at a stable price. To deliver that, asset managers are increasingly going to be offering them money-market funds that invest almost exclusively in cash and very low-interest,...

Federated, BlackRock considering private funds to replace old money-market funds

March 18, 2015

Regulators' attempts to prevent another run on the $2.7 trillion money-market fund industry is having some unintended consequences. Some of the largest fund providers, led by Federated Investors Inc. and BlackRock Inc., are considering offering...

Is OPEC about to flinch and cut oil production?

February 24, 2015

After five months of playing it cool, OPEC is starting to sweat over low oil prices. An emergency meeting is now being considered, which means they might be rethinking their strategy of flooding the market with oil to crush the fracking industry....

Money market reforms force advisers to rethink risk

February 19, 2015

Financial advisers face choices — and a new trade-off between risk and reward — as money market funds begin to implement changes following rules passed by the Securities and Exchange Commission last year. Fidelity Investments will ask shareholders...

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

Norm Champ to depart SEC

January 21, 2015

The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management will depart before the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday. Norm Champ, who took over as head of the division in 2012 when Eileen Rominger left,...

iShares says not so fast on passive investing winning the day

January 13, 2015

The success of exchange-traded funds is incorrectly being interpreted as a victory for passive investing, according to executives at BlackRock Inc.'s iShares, which won a third of the U.S. ETF industry's record $242 billion haul last year. Instead,...

Keeping emotion out of investing

November 26, 2014

Excerpted from "Asset Rotation: The Demise of Modern Portfolio Theory and the Birth of an Investment Renaissance," by Matthew P. Erickson (Wiley, 2014) Before we can begin to dissect all of the nuances as to why what has worked in the past may...

Americans feeling squeezed in saving for retirement

October 29, 2014

Seventy-five percent of Americans are finding it harder to set money aside for retirement while keeping up with bills. A new survey found that a significant majority of Americans are relying on Social Security as a key source of retirement income....

Investors push rate-hike forecast out to late 2015

October 28, 2014

Investors eyeing recent global economic and political turmoil are expressing doubt about forecasts from Federal Reserve officials — and most Wall Street economists — that the Fed will begin to lift its benchmark interest rates in mid-2015....

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

These ETFs are winning in the Pimco Total Return Fund derby

October 8, 2014

An exchange-traded fund horserace is under way and the purse — courtesy of the Pimco Total Return Fund's (PTTAX) outflows — is $23.5 billion and growing. Fixed-income ETFs hauled in $7.5 billion last week, which was $6.5 billion more than...

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...

Cash holdings finally getting some respect

August 4, 2014

As the equity markets hover near record highs and volatility starts to climb, financial advisers and money managers are increasingly finding comfort in low-yielding cash positions. “Right now, prices are so high you're not getting nearly as...

The Fed is now fretting about wage growth and surprise inflation

July 24, 2014

Wage growth could catch the Fed off guard. Despite the upbeat notion of higher pay, this could put inflation worries front and center. 'When the dam breaks, it breaks' The SEC's halfway fix of money funds: Float the net asset value for institutions...

Giddy markets continue to look blissfully past mounting geopolitical unrest

July 23, 2014

Financial markets continue to shrug off geopolitical unrest. But for how long? Global violence and turmoil becomes old hat As U.S. markets get frothy, more Americans invest overseas. Better late than never. Portfolios coming in line with professional...

SEC passes money fund rules – but wait, the buck could still break

July 23, 2014

Many advisers expect that their clients will continue to be able to rely on stable money market funds after the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday passed a slate of reforms that include a broad carve-out for products sold to retail...

Money funds get new restrictions aimed at preventing runs

July 23, 2014

The riskiest money-market mutual funds will be required to abandon their stable, $1-share value and allow their prices to float under rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules, approved Wednesday on a 3-2 vote,...

Most investors missed the Dow's early fireworks

July 2, 2014

Today's Breakfast with Benjamin by Mason Braswell The Dow hit new highs, but did you miss the ride? Dow flirts with 17,000, but most people missed the ride. In the latest gender discrimination suit to plague Wall Street, two former Goldman Sachs...

Support eroding for money funds rule as SEC's White pushes vote

June 14, 2014

One year after the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new protections for money-market mutual funds, support is eroding for the agency's plan to rein in the riskiest of them. In recent days, two of the agency's five commissioners have...

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