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Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

Commodity funds a tough sell, while managed futures hold out some hope

June 6, 2017

Commodities are an asset class that, at least in theory, can help diversify a portfolio over the long term. Unfortunately, investors have received little benefit from the theory: Commodity funds have lost an average 8.7% a year over the past...

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Gold's price drop puts traders and investors at odds

October 18, 2016

The flat-lining price of gold in October reflects a unique split between traders and investors in the precious metal. While the price of gold, at around $1,260 an ounce, is up nearly 24% from the start of the year, it has fallen by nearly 8%...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

Gold prices send a scary message to the markets

October 7, 2016

The price of gold fell below its 200-day moving average for the first time since February, and that has the technical analysts calculating some bad scenarios. The precedent for a protracted bear market for the precious metal. The Wells Fargo...

Old school fund companies Goldman, JPMorgan wade deeper into ETF market

September 16, 2016

Old-line asset management shops are continuing to wade deeper into the ETF market, seemingly embracing the notion that 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' Over the past few weeks, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, JPMorgan Asset Management, and...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Precious metals funds ride gold trade to 120% rally

August 5, 2016

If you have been a gold investor this year, you can be pleased with the 26% gain for the precious metal. But if you had the foresight to leverage that gold play with an allocation to gold mining companies, you will be riding high on gains in...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach favors gold, and little else

August 1, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is raining on the stock market parade with a serious nod toward gold and gold miners, and a bleak outlook for virtually everything else. ”Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.” Who knew there was an actual...

Catching a ride on the next oil-market rebound

July 27, 2016

In case you didn't believe the last oil market rebound, here's another opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. The chance to get in is coming up for long-term investors. The Fed is taking action against Goldman Sachs that could include a hefty...

The safe-haven utilities sector has become extremely overextended

July 11, 2016

There is something amiss when safe-haven investments move into bubble territory. The utilities sector is up 21% so far this year. The category is being described as extremely overextended and valuations look dangerously high. Seems like we've...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says gold is the place to be

July 7, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is embracing the safe haven of gold. “Things are shaky and feeling dangerous.” Seven years into an economic “recovery,” the U.S. economy is more fragile than it was during the financial crisis. Wonderful....

Equity precious metals funds are riding higher on Brexit wave

June 27, 2016

The pullback of global financial markets following last week's historic vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union proved to be more good news for investors in equity precious metals funds. The category, which is up an average of...

Layoffs hit Pimco, GMO as assets shrink amid flight from active management

June 17, 2016

Layoffs have been scarce in the mutual fund industry, but they have hit two complexes recently: GMO and Pimco, which are suffering from declining assets as investors flee active management in favor of passive strategies. Boston-based Grantham,...

Leuthold Group: Long-term stock indicator wildly bullish

June 14, 2016

Wall Street has become the new Yellowstone: You can't turn a corner without running into a bear. But here at the 28th annual Morningstar Investment Conference, the Leuthold Group said one reliable long-term indicator has turned “wildly bullish.”...

Stock sellers got burned in May but volatility set to return in June

June 1, 2016

If you sold in May, you went away too early. The Standard and Poor's 500 stock index rolled to a 1.53% gain in May, and 1.80% with dividends reinvested. For the three months ended May, the blue-chip index is up 8.53%, or 9.12% with dividends....

How stocks' performance can help predict the presidential election

May 31, 2016

Paying attention to how stocks trend between August and November could be a giveaway for which party's candidate will be elected president. When voters decide between the incumbent party and the challenger, it often comes back to: "It's the...

Why gold makes sense for investors

May 22, 2016

The price of gold rose more in the first quarter of 2016 than during any quarter since the third quarter of 1986. As a result, should advisers be educating their clients about including this rather unique commodity as part of their investing...

George Soros bets against the S&P

May 18, 2016

George Soros is betting big on an S&P implosion. The billionaire hedge funder is shorting stocks and buying gold. The sudden spike in the price of oil has fallen right in line with what veteran oilman T. Boone Pickens believes: That the price...

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