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Options strategies: A Swiss army knife of possible client solutions

March 4, 2014

Volatility in equity markets, whether increasing or simply uncertain, is becoming a more prominent factor in the decision-making process for many advisers and their clients. Volatility is a source of unpredictable risk. Among investors seeking...

Join the crowd and sell stocks?

March 3, 2014

Equities around the globe are selling off on the Ukraine crisis. What should you do? The Oracle of Omaha has a suggestion. Buffett: Wouldn't sell shares on Ukraine news Speaking of stocks, here comes volatility. VIX traders bet on rising volatility...

Largest bitcoin exchange files for bankrupcy protection

February 28, 2014

Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan, and said that 850,000 bitcoins belonging to its customers and the firm were missing. “The company believes there is a high possibility that the bitcoins were...

Five years since the bottom, looking at stocks' recovery

February 28, 2014

The five-year anniversary of the stock market's bottom is fast approaching, so it's a good time to take, um, stock of the rebound. Stocks' rising tide floats some boats higher than others It's a big day for economic data. One of the key reports:...

Using derivatives even when they hurt society

January 23, 2014

From the Davos Forum: Hedge fund manager admits he loves trading derivatives and that derivatives are bad for society. Umm, thanks? Net negative Did Nouriel Roubini just predict a war between China and Japan while drawing parallels between 2014...

Securitization makes a comeback

January 15, 2014

More than five years after the financial crisis taught us about the evils of collateralized-debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities and anything else Wall Street could package for sale, it turns out some forms of securitization actually...

BlackRock puts the brakes on market-moving analyst sentiment reports

January 9, 2014

BlackRock pulls the plug on analyst surveys, settles with N.Y. attorney general. No more market-moving sentiment U.S. stock futures are rising ahead of the U.K. interest rate decision. Signs of a positive start for the markets Activist hedge...

Beyond black box investing: Fund uses database four times the size of Wikipedia

December 26, 2013

The BlackRock Global Long/Short Equity Fund is a computer nerd's dream and, with its ability to zig when the rest of the market zags, a potentially valuable addition to a portfolio. The $370 million fund (BDMAX), which turned one-year old Dec....

The sleigh is loaded up for a Santa rally

December 23, 2013

Stock futures are merrily riding on a Santa rally. Potential 1% spike at the opening bell Hedge funds were ahead of the curve on gold's decline and are still cutting exposure to the precious metal. Short positions rise The bond market sees the...

Gold drops like a rock in latest signal of economic recovery

December 19, 2013

Gold drops below $1,200 an ounce for the first time since June, which could be more evidence of an improving economy. First annual drop in 13 years Taper is here, but Fed won't be hiking interest rates until 2015. Futures traders place their...

The 2014 contrarian investment tour, from rupees to copper

December 13, 2013

Don't try to catch a falling knife. It's one of the oldest saws on Wall Street. But to make a lot of money, sometimes you have to get a little bloody. So say contrarians like Brian Singer. The risk is great, "but the return is of such an astounding...

BofA settles municipal derivatives-rigging claims

December 5, 2013

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by a group of government entities which alleged the bank was part of a conspiracy that rigged bids for municipal derivatives. The $20 million is in addition...

Tradeweb Markets acquires BondDesk Group

November 1, 2013

Tradeweb Markets, a global fixed income and derivatives firm, has acquired BondDesk Group, the company announced today. It will be combining technology and services from BondDesk and Tradeweb Retail to create a rebranded Tradeweb Direct retail...

ETF strategies for precarious times

October 27, 2013

There has never been a more precarious time to be an income-focused investor. Twenty years ago, investors requiring more income, such as those going into retirement, could simply sell down their equities and buy more bonds. Today, however, with...

Investor sets portfolio for next round of debt squabble

October 18, 2013

An investor paid $6.7 million for a trade that will pay off if the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index more than doubles by February. The trader on Friday bought 160,000 bullish contracts on the VIX expiring in February with a strike...

Investors looking to protect capital as debt ceiling looms

October 10, 2013

With the deadline for avoiding a U.S. default looming, investors from Boston to Bangalore are moving to cash, extending the maturities of their short-term Treasury holdings and buying options to help protect themselves should stock and bond...

Derivatives to face transaction fees under Obama proposal

September 13, 2013

Derivatives would face new transaction fees to pay for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission budget under a proposal President Barack Obama’s administration submitted to Congress. The CFTC, starting in the 2014 fiscal year, would set...

Nasdaq focus on resiliency, "robustness" in wake of outage

August 23, 2013

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. halted trading for three hours yesterday to protect the integrity of markets as a technology malfunction left some investors without stock quotes, Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said in his first public remarks...

Glitch shuts trading in stocks, options on Nasdaq

August 22, 2013

Computer breakdowns shook American equity trading for the second time this week, freezing thousands of stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market for three hours and raising fresh concerns about the fragility of exchanges. The second-biggest American...

Raymond James offers alts to RIAs

August 18, 2013

In an effort to provide a broader array of alternative investments to its advisers, Raymond James Financial Inc.'s investment adviser division will give affiliated RIAs access to the firm's alternative investment platform, beginning next month....

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