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MLPs in mutual funds pose hazards

April 14, 2013

As yield-generating investments, master limited partnerships have plenty of appeal, but it would be difficult to find another asset class with more ways to unintentionally trip up investors. The latest challenge is weighing the pros and cons...

High dividend yields: Reward is worth the risk

March 17, 2013

Dividend investing probably has never been so fashionable and so rewarding, particularly against the backdrop of record-low interest rates. For many income-seeking investors, the stock dividend has emerged over the past few years as the new...

After the cliff, what's next for investors?

January 27, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of the Jan. 8 webcast, “Beyond the Fiscal Cliff: What's Next for Stocks and Bonds,” moderated by InvestmentNews deputy editor Greg Crawford and senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: As we all...

Beware the dividend yield trap

January 18, 2013

Just beyond the glorious celebration of dividends as a reliable source of income in a low-interest-rate environment, there is the caveat that too much yield isn't always a good thing for every investor. As dividend-paying stocks continue to...

Don't look down: Ignore the fiscal cliff, buy now

September 30, 2012

Make no mistake — the fiscal cliff is serious. But financial advisers should recognize that the looming threat doesn't necessarily mean that investors should reduce their market exposure. In fact, some strategists are making the case for increasing...

The Takeaway: Advisers in the spotlight

August 30, 2013

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you all know that today is my final edition of the daily Takeaways - although I will continue to contribute here at Investment News. Thank you all for the emails, and retweets and comments and encouragement....

More bad news for savers where unemployment is high

January 25, 2013

In the category of more proof that life is not fair, it turns out that bank deposit interest rates are closely tied to state-level unemployment rates. While yields on deposits are low and trending lower all over the country, depositors in states...

Presidential election definitely a dead heat — or a landslide

November 5, 2012

In the category of scary possibilities, some of the more creative political analysts have begun floating the notion of an electoral-college vote deadlock that leaves us with Republican Mitt Romney as president and Democrat Joe Biden as his No....

Don't look down: Ignore cliff, buy now

September 23, 2012

Make no mistake — the fiscal cliff is serious. But financial advisers should recognize that the looming threat doesn't necessarily mean that investors should reduce their market exposure. In fact, some strategists are making the case for increasing...

Reverse convertible notes warrant sales scrutiny

February 28, 2010

A general rule of thumb: When an investment product is so complex that a broker can't explain it in a quick “elevator pitch,” pay close attention to issues related to suitability. After all, the issue isn't just whether investors understand...

Closed-end funds offer opportunity, warrant scrutiny

September 6, 2009

For most individual investors, the closed-end-fund marketplace is a minefield of confusing yet enticing opportunities. The majority of the industry's 640 closed-end funds trade at a perpetual discount to their net asset value, while some (currently...

Picking the right time to time the market

August 23, 2009

Given the market's performance over the past decade, many investors are having a hard time buying into a buy-and-hold investment strategy right now. Even many financial professionals who had built their businesses around the buy-and-hold mantra...

The IPO market finally appears to be heating up

August 16, 2009

The initial public offering market, which has already produced some high-quality returns from a short list of companies this year, could represent a real investment opportunity over the next few months as more companies line up to take advantage...

Fund's hyperinflation hedge is diversifying against dollar

July 19, 2009

With the federal government apparently making a desperate attempt to set a record for printing and spending money, it's easy to understand why some people fear the dollar is headed toward a crippling fall. While there are still plenty of cases...

Carbon emissions likely to play big part in stock analysis

June 7, 2009

With everything that is going on in Washington these days — from efforts to appoint a Supreme Court justice to the perils of nukes in North Korea — it is easy to overlook the potential economic impact of legislation aimed at saving the environment....

Non-traded fund lets investors be lenders

May 17, 2009

The tightening of the credit markets creates a host of new opportunities for anyone ready and willing to lend money to companies. This is the fundamental premise behind FS Investment Corp., a non-traded, publicly registered business development...

Use 'real alpha' and 'exotic beta' when considering active vs. passive management

May 10, 2009

The debate over the virtues of active versus passive portfolio management probably will live forever. Much of the debate boils down to ingrained theories related to the impact of fees on performance and the probabilities of active managers beating...

IPO activity bodes well for stock market and the economy

July 17, 2011

Judging by the health of the IPO market, it may be time for investors to get their risk on. Indeed, the recent pickup in initial public offerings suggests that we are entering a period of “risk on” trading, in which investors display a willingness...

Hedgers aren’t hiding in the bushes, new ETF attests

April 19, 2009

For more proof that the hedge fund mystique continues, or at least is expected to continue, look no further than the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI). Launched last month by IndexIQ, a Rye, N.Y., boutique asset management firm, the...

Investing in a lawsuit

April 5, 2009

If buying shares in order to bet on a company’s financial performance doesn’t provide enough of a kick, try buying shares to bet on the outcome of a lawsuit. Investors who want to take such a risk may consider the initial public offering from...

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