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Wells Fargo wastes no time hiking its prime lending rate in stride with the Fed

December 17, 2015

Wells Fargo wins the prize for being the first major bank to increase its prime lending rate after the Fed's rate hike. It took the bank just 12 minutes after the Fed announcement to bump its prime rate to 3.5% from 3.25%. No word yet on whether...

The bond market selloff has sparked fears that the Fed might not hike rates today

December 16, 2015

Say it ain't so. After seven years at zero, and a full 18 months of teasing about a hike, there's now a real possibility that the Fed might not be able to pull the trigger this afternoon. This is exhausting. Three scenarios replace what was...

The junk-bond selloff is raining on the Fed's rate-hike parade

December 15, 2015

Just when the Fed felt it was safe to move off a zero-rate policy, suddenly all kinds of heck is busting loose in the high-yield bond market. Is it too late for the Fed to change course about a rate hike this week? The junk-bond rout still has...

Top 10 credit funds with extreme junk bond exposure

December 15, 2015

Third Avenue Management’s abrupt closing of its high-yield Focused Credit fund and freezing of immediate investor redemptions is causing some angst among both investors and bond fund managers. Following is a look at the high-yield bond funds...

Third Avenue fund collapse may be 'much bigger problem' for bond ETFs

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's abrupt freezing of investor redemptions from its high-yield bond fund may be an early warning signal for bond exchange-traded funds. Investment strategists say that Third Avenue's troubles may be the latest test for...

Third Avenue blocks redemptions from credit fund amid losses

December 11, 2015

As signs of stress mount in credit markets, a $788 million mutual fund is blocking clients from pulling their money so its holdings can be liquidated in an orderly fashion. Martin Whitman's Third Avenue Management put some of the assets in the...

Spreading the blame for oil's freefall

December 11, 2015

The oil price free fall is getting uglier and OPEC isn't the only culprit. Don't overlook the impact of the strong U.S. dollar, and the determination of U.S. production efforts. The 'drop dead price' is $25 to $30 a barrel. What next week's...

How to talk 'interest rate hike' with clients

December 10, 2015

Advisers should be ready to put next week's expected Federal Reserve interest rate boost into context for clients, making sure it's clear to them that this long-awaited move is only the first step. As the Fed has labored over this decision during...

Hedge funds are waking up to redemptions

December 3, 2015

The trend of hedge fund redemptions could mark a turning point for pricey strategies that sometimes underperform. 'The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative.' Not that we're expecting anything too dramatic in the way of Fed activity,...

Financial markets brace for fallout from the Paris terror attacks

November 16, 2015

The financial markets are likely to be swept up in the immediate unrest following Friday's terror attacks in Paris. Pushing the markets in a direction they are already heading, toward reduced risk The Paris terror attacks could rock global financial...

Calpers makes another move away from pricey investments by trimming real estate exposure

November 13, 2015

Calpers trims its real estate holdings with a $3 billion sale, representing 10% of the pension giant's holdings. Part of a broader effort to simplify portfolio holdings and reduce fees. The SEC has cracked down on adviser for allegedly convincing...

The apolitical Fed is becoming a political target

November 12, 2015

When all else fails, blame the Fed. Even though it's designed and expected to be apolitical, the Federal Reserve is becoming a popular target of political attacks from all sides. The Fed did it Making the case for a portfolio of 100% equities....

Jobs report has the bond market on edge

November 6, 2015

All eyes will be on the October jobs report this morning because it represents a major component of what the Federal Reserve will use to decide if December is the month for the first interest rate hike in more than nine years. This is a real...

Ex-Ameriprise adviser gets 7 years in the slammer for bilking clients

November 5, 2015

Ex-Ameriprise adviser Susan Elizabeth Walker has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for taking more than $1 million from client accounts. Many of her victims were seniors. The fraud first came to light in October 2012, and Ms....

DFA breaks into target date fund market with unique investment approach

November 3, 2015

Dimensional Fund Advisors is trying to break into a burgeoning target date fund market with the launch of a new TDF mutual fund suite that takes a unique investment approach compared with other asset managers in the defined contribution space....

The Fed's monetary policy is making income inequality even worse

November 3, 2015

The numbers are in, and it turns out the $12.4 trillion worth of central bank asset purchases (otherwise known as quantitative easing) have only worsened the reality of income inequality. But at least the stock market is doing well, right? For...

The Fed has lost all credibility with the bond market

October 30, 2015

The bond market appears no longer interested in the Fed's taunting advances, flirts, and subtle hints of a looming rate hike next month, or the month after that, or someday, maybe, eventually. The Fed said it would assess whether to raise rates...

Cruz and Rubio come out on top after third Republican debate

October 29, 2015

The third Republican debate was quite a change of pace. Report card: Cruz and Rubio shine at Battle of Boulder A budget deal is in the works but even if the SEC gets its full budget allocation, the number of advisers it examines will remain...

Closed-end funds trading at steepest discounts in eight years as investors sell ahead of rate increase

October 22, 2015

Most corners of the financial world have moved past the May 2013 “taper tantrum” that resulted in a wave of investor panic immediately after the Federal Reserve first hinted it might raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade....

Yellen, yuan and yields: Global economies are more closely linked than ever

October 20, 2015

We've recently been reminded that, for better or worse, the world is more connected than ever. A steep correction in China's stock market last quarter, touched off by concerns over the country's slowing economy, rattled global commodity prices,...

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