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Low mutual fund cash levels not telling the whole story

February 6, 2015

Headline numbers blasting that equity mutual fund cash levels are low and have dropped over the last year could be misleading advisers into thinking that the managers they're paying to invest client money are working hard on their behalf. One...

How currency hedging saved portfolios in 2014

January 16, 2015

Financial advisers who found ways to mute the effect of the surging U.S. dollar on clients' foreign investments weathered the last year well. Those who didn't suffered. Take the example of the widely used iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA). The $51.8...

Managed futures funds shine anew, but mystery remains

January 14, 2015

As market volatility spikes and correlation between various asset classes breaks down, managed futures strategies are enjoying their day in the sun once again. But whether financial advisers and investors will bite is an open question. The category...

Volatility in stocks expected to climb amid anxiety over oil, global growth, rates

January 6, 2015

It's the consensus view of options analysts that day-to-day turbulence in the U.S. stock market will increase this year after falling since 2011. So far, nothing's happened to prove them wrong. Deutsche Bank AG became at least the third major...

Advisers and analysts scramble to make sense of a wild market ride

December 19, 2014

As the dust began to settle Friday on a wild week for stocks, financial advisers and market analysts scrambled to make sense of it all. Despite a two-day run in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 700 points, the blue chip...

New platforms for alternatives trading miss the mark

December 14, 2014

With the financial advice industry increasingly tuning in to the concept of alternative investments, it's no surprise that the broader financial services industry has been tripping over itself to provide creative new entry points. A couple of...

Stock futures little changed after big jump as jobs data looms

December 3, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, after equities rose the most in a month, as investors awaited reports on the world's largest economy to gauge the strength of the recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) expiring in...

Stocks still 'best game in town' as energy prices decline

December 2, 2014

European stocks rose, as energy shares rebounded from six days of losses, and optimism grew over stimulus prospects before the European Central Bank meets later this week. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.4% to 347.07 at 11:06 a.m. in London,...

After November gains, stocks expected to slip as oil prices extend decline

December 1, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, indicating equities will fall for a second day, as oil prices extended losses, and data showed Chinese manufacturing slowed last month. Schlumberger (SLB) Ltd. slipped 2.6% in early New York trading as West...

Stocks edge up as focus turns to jobless claims, new home sales

November 26, 2014

European stocks extended a two-month high, with German equities posting their longest winning streak since 2013, while travel and energy companies fell. Investors are also watching U.S. data. Reports Wednesday may show jobless claims in the...

Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts

November 26, 2014

Oil traders are hitting the brakes as oil prices slide and OPEC dithers. Translation: The situation is highly uncertain. Bracing for more downside Hedge fund shop showing a serious commitment to liquid alternatives by converting its third hedge...

Economic recovery optimism boosts stock index futures

November 25, 2014

U.S. stock index futures on small caps advanced, indicating the Russell 2000 Index will rise a fourth day, after benchmark indexes extended records amid optimism over the economic recovery. Futures on the Russell 2000 expiring in December rose...

U.S. stocks climb slowly as European shares rally on stimulus hope

November 24, 2014

European stocks extended a two-month high as lenders rallied on speculation the European Central Bank will step up stimulus. U.S. index futures and Asian shares rose. S&P 500 Index futures expiring in December rose 0.2% Monday, while the MSCI...

Stocks set for fifth week of gains with the help of central bankers

November 21, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures rose, with the S&P 500 poised for a fifth week of gains, amid optimism central banks around the world will do what it takes to support the global economy. Ross Stores Inc. advanced 4.8% in early New York trading after...

Soros' Quantum puts $500 million with Gross at Janus

November 20, 2014

Bill Gross, the bond manager who joined Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS) in September, won a $500 million mandate from a vehicle managed by George Soros's investment firm. Quantum Partners LP, a private vehicle managed by Soros Fund Management,...

Global economic worries send stocks lower; focus turns to U.S. data

November 20, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, indicating equities will fall for a second day, as worse-than-forecast manufacturing data in the euro area and China added to signs of a deepening global-economic slowdown. Futures on the Standard & Poor's...

Investors hit pause button awaiting Fed minutes

November 19, 2014

U.S. stock futures traded flat while European stocks hovered near a seven-week high as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve policy meeting. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.1% to 339.58 at 10:13 a.m. in London after...

Investor confidence boosts European stocks; U.S. shares flat

November 18, 2014

European stocks rose for a second day as a report showed German investor confidence advanced for the first time this year. U.S. futures were little changed, while Asian shares rallied. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.6% to 339.23 at 10:16...

Stocks, dollar climb but gold drops

November 14, 2014

The dollar strengthened to a seven-year high against the yen and U.S. equity-index futures rose while gold declined. European bonds gained and stocks pared losses. The dollar appreciated 0.5% to 116.35 yen at 10:45 a.m. in London. Gold slid...

Stock-index futures gain, indicating an S&P 500 rebound

November 13, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures advanced, indicating the Standard & Poor's 500 Index will advance after slipping from a record. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. soared 27% in early New York trading after people briefed on the matter said Hasbro Inc. is...

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