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Stocks and bonds sending out divergent outlooks on economy

April 25, 2017

Markets are taking sides when it comes to the direction of the U.S. economy. In the green corner are stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is just 0.3% away from a record high reached in March on bets that Donald J. Trump's administration...

Income with Impact: The Investment Case for Green Bonds

April 19, 2017

Green bonds allow fixed income investors to both fulfill their investment objectives and make a positive impact on the environment. With pricing levels between green and conventional bonds generally very close and highly correlated, the investment...

UBS loses another Puerto Rico bond claim, this time for $4.4 million

March 31, 2017

UBS Financial Services Inc. has lost yet another multi-million dollar Finra arbitration award stemming from the sale of Puerto Rico bonds and closed-end funds. According to the arbitration award, which was decided on Wednesday by a three-member...

Bill Gross ends lawsuit with Pimco for $81 million and his reputation intact

March 27, 2017

For Bill Gross, the long goodbye is finally over. More than two years after the legendary bond manager was ousted from Pacific Investment Management Co. — the firm he co-founded and built into a $2 trillion asset manager — he settled a bitter...

Foreign creditors dumping American Treasuries in warning to Trump

February 13, 2017

In the age of Trump, America's biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government. In Japan, the largest holder of Treasuries, investors culled their stakes in December by the most in almost four...

When it comes to investment returns, not all robos measure up

January 25, 2017

Just as no two financial advisory firms will provide a client the same results when it comes to investment performance, robo advisers vary greatly in performance for investors, a new analysis finds. Seeking to illustrate that the assumptions...

Fixed-income ETFs ranked by Q4 2016 performance

January 22, 2017

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return Net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 3-month average daily volume 1 PowerShares Japan Currency Hdg Low Volatility Port (FXJP) 10.83% -0.04% $1.3 0.25% 392 2 PowerShares DB US Dollar...

Meet the ETF Class of 2016

January 17, 2017

As the exchange-traded fund industry gears up for the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., a look at last year's new funds provides some insights as to what's hot and what's not. Morningstar (MORN) lists 239 ETFs that made their debut...

Gross says Treasury yield at 2.6% more important than Dow at 20,000

January 10, 2017

Investors should watch for 10-year Treasuries to move above 2.6% a threshold that would mark an end to the three-decade bond bull market and be a more important barometer than the Dow Jones Industrial Average passing 20,000, according to billionaire...

Will baby boomers be savior of bond market?

January 9, 2017

Investors mourning the end of a 30-year bull market in U.S. Treasuries can take solace from demographics: Thanks to the aging population there's a limit to how high yields can go. Over the next decade, as more of those born in the baby-boom...

Top emerging markets for investors in 2017

January 3, 2017

There are some clear favorites among investors for 2017. All things Russian and Indian are popular, as are Brazilian corporate bonds and Mexico's cheap peso. The top calls for this year are centered on markets where the political climate is...

Charts say bond bull market has gasped its last breath

December 15, 2016

One of the biggest questions being pondered by investors now is whether the record rally in U.S. bonds that began in 1981 has reached its end. For Louise Yamada, who has been advising clients on how to invest based on what she sees in historical...

The Federal Reserve meets Donald Trump

November 15, 2016

The Fed, like most folks inside the bubbles of New York and Washington, D.C., did not expect Donald Trump to be our next president. It's now time to start speculating about how the Fed will adjust to The Donald. Re-reading the Fed's diverging...

Making sense of the stock market's post-election run

November 14, 2016

There are reasons the stock market went into rally mode in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election. The upside of sudden certainty. Right out of the blocks industrial stocks have rallied in the wake of the presidential election...

Investors flood TIPS funds as Trump win stokes inflation concerns

November 11, 2016

Investors are taking TIPS seriously these days. Funds that invest in Treasury Inflation Protected Securities saw a net inflow of $1 billion the week ended Nov. 9, the second-largest since records began in 2002, according to Thomson Reuters Lipper....

Donald Trump's transition team says scrapping Dodd-Frank is job one

November 11, 2016

On Day 2 as president-elect, the Donald Trump transition team is already talking about tearing apart Dodd-Frank. This will not sit well with Elizabeth Warren. With Donald Trump at the helm some ETFs will stand out in the crowd. GLD, IGF, RSX,...

Advisers brace for the transition toward a President Trump

November 9, 2016

Financial advisers, normally known for preaching calm in times of market stress, are already looking past any short-term volatility following the election of Donald Trump to focus on areas of opportunity. “I think the Republican-led government...

Cautious investors hedge a Donald Trump presidency to the bitter end

November 8, 2016

It's finally here. Election day for the craziest presidential campaign season in modern history. Based on Monday's stock market rally, some are trusting the polls and the momentum of professional politician Hillary Clinton. But some investors...

The markets fear a contested presidential election

November 7, 2016

The biggest concern for investors right now should be a contested presidential election. Fearing the hanging chads. Regardless of who wins the election, the best bet might be gold. The one certain winner. Could $500,000 be the new number for...

Handful of mutual funds set up for big capital gains distributions

November 4, 2016

So far, 2016 doesn't look like a year in which investors will be hit hard with mutual fund capital gains distributions. But there are some noteworthy standouts. A “handful of doozies.” The official word from Wells Fargo is that the SEC is...

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