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Buffett's derivatives bets pay off

August 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) said second-quarter profit climbed 46 percent on Chairman Warren Buffett's derivative bets and gains at the company's railroad. Net income rose to $4.54 billion, or $2,763 a share, from $3.11 billion, or $1,882,...

The Takeaway: Crashtastic!

June 20, 2013

Portfolio Stock and bond markets crash into the close. This is what the Fed means when it says "price stability".  (Business Insider) Bernanke's forward guidance is as transparent as mud.  (Bloomberg) Trading volume in Vix products explodes....

Frogs, football and financial assets

May 26, 2013

With the stock market hitting new highs, the economy in slow growth and the increasing use of derivatives as a proxy for real assets, there are reasons to worry. An old adage says that a frog, if thrown into a pot of boiling water, will immediately...

Gambler Buffett scores big with stock option bets

March 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) said fourth-quarter profit rose 49 percent on gains tied to derivatives wagers made by billionaire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett. Net income rose to $4.55 billion, or $2,757 a share, from...

Tax reform of financial products?

February 24, 2013

The House Ways and Means Committee has released a draft proposal for sweeping reform of tax laws dealing with financial products. Most of the proposals might be too complex or unfair to become law. Financial derivatives no longer would generate...

Banks may sue feds over the Volcker rule

January 27, 2013

With Washington bureaucrats devising all sorts of ways to regulate Wall Street, it is no wonder that there are so many grumpy people at the industry's chief trade group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Lobbyists there...

Structured notes offer too-good-to-be true returns

January 21, 2013

Here's an investment that sounds just too good: You get 150 percent of the upside of the stock market but only 90 percent of the downside. That's the promise of structured notes issued by companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America...

CFTC rule requires further scrutiny

January 13, 2013

Whatever is in the best interests of investors is best for the financial services industry. For that reason, a new Commodity Futures Trading Commission rule to harmonize certain CFTC and SEC mandates that apply to mutual funds investing in commodities...

ICI, Chamber appeal CFTC mutual fund rule

December 28, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking to appeal a judge's decision to uphold a rule by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requiring mutual funds with commodities investments to register with the agency. The Chamber of Commerce and the...

IntercontinentalExchange to acquire NYSE Euronext

December 20, 2012

IntercontinentalExchange Inc., the 12-year-old energy and commodity futures bourse, agreed to acquire NYSE Euronext (NYX) for cash and stock worth $8.2 billion, moving to take control of the world's biggest equities market. Proposing to combine...

Why all the fear about the stock market?

December 19, 2012

One need only look at the steady pace of outflows from equity mutual funds over the past few years to recognize that financial advisers must be longing for a better strategy for keeping investors in the markets. Evidence of investor fear is...

Advisers feeling more secure about unsecured notes

December 13, 2012

If the Fed's ongoing low-interest-rate policy has accomplished nothing else, it has at least given the structured products industry some new talking points for financial advisers and their clients. Apparently, the unsecured debt instruments...

Managed futures fund finds a way to hide some fees

November 19, 2012

The $126 million Grant Park Managed Futures Fund (GPFAX) has changed the way it invests, allowing it to stop disclosing certain fees and show a lower expense ratio. Through a regulatory loophole, the fund's investment adviser, Knollwood Investment...

Giving up possible upside but getting more-predictable income

November 12, 2012

The latest offering from RiverNorth Capital Management LLC will give up some of the market's potential upside in exchange for more-predictable income. The strategy employed by the RiverNorth Dynamic Buy-Write Fund Ticker:(RNBWX) could be ideal...

Who needs CDS? ETFs can do the job now

September 18, 2012

Exchange-traded funds are poised to overtake credit derivatives by year-end as a way to speculate on junk bonds. The value of corporate securities held by the five-largest junk ETFs almost doubled in the past year to a record $31.4 billion,...

How to sell complex financial products in a hostile environment

September 11, 2012

Given the current difficult and unpredictable conditions in U.S. and global financial markets, securities broker-dealers and their registered representatives often turn to complex financial products in an attempt to meet their clients' investment...

Debacle at PFGBest is worst nightmare for client

July 15, 2012

The calls started coming in at about 2 p.m. last Monday, said Lauren Nelson, communications director for Attain Capital Management LLC, a small introducing broker that specializes in managed futures. Friends and industry members wanted to know...

Ex-JPMorgan exec made killing off whale of a mistake

July 3, 2012

Andrew Feldstein, who bet against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) before helping the bank unwind more than $20 billion of trades, has emerged as one of the biggest winners among hedge-fund managers profiting from a flawed strategy. The $4.3 billion...

Don't overlook lagging managed futures as a risk hedge

June 22, 2012

Managed-futures strategies haven't been hot performers for at least two years, but asset flows and investor interest suggests the strategy is being viewed as a solid hedge against risk. “Managed-futures funds were negative last year and they're...

GOP in a box after JPMorgan botch

May 16, 2012

While Republicans dodge the fallout of the $2 billion trading loss announced by JPMorgan Chase & Co. last week, Democrats have been swiftly taking advantage of the opportunity to promote strong implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform...

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