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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...

Oppenheimer's shuttered fund spotlights challenges for commodity strategies

May 13, 2016

The roller coast ride continues for investors in commodity-focused funds, as witnessed Wednesday with the announced liquidation of the 19-year-old Oppenheimer Commodity Strategy Total Return Fund (QRAAX). Even though the category, as tracked...

Analyst sees gold hitting $3,000 an ounce over next three years

April 19, 2016

Gold just finished its best quarter in 30 years to become the best-performing asset class among commodities. Is the yellow metal entering a new bull market? A precious metals analyst predicts gold could reach $3,000 an ounce over the next three...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Efforts by Fidelity, Vanguard and Pimco to calm energy investors pay off

April 18, 2016

The message from mutual fund companies about oil prices: There's long-term value in energy stocks, but it's going to be a rough ride. By and large, it's been good advice. Investors got a taste of oil's volatility on Monday, when oil prices slid...

Gundlach calls negative rates 'dumbest, most horrible' idea

April 13, 2016

Jeffrey Gundlach, the widely-followed chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, took a swipe at negative-interest-rate policies, gave a nod to gold and gold miners, and said the big run for junk bonds is about done. In a fixed-income focused...

Seeing renewable energy through rose-colored glasses

April 7, 2016

A blindingly bullish outlook for wind and solar energy will get pinched in a hurry when oil prices start to recover. Meanwhile, SunEdison shares are trading at 34 cents, which is a point worth pondering. Shaping the power markets. Goldman's...

Low energy prices taking a toll on MLPs

April 6, 2016

Investors in master limited partnerships should be paying close attention to the restructuring attempts by Linn Energy MLP, because they could mark the start of an ugly precedent for the MLP space. As originally designed, master limited partnerships...

Gold's best quarter in decades bodes well for the commodity

April 1, 2016

Even after its best quarterly performance in nearly 30 years, the gold trade continues to look bright. “There's still some upside scope to go.” Citigroup lays out the limits of robo-advice. The competition is real, but the robos will not...

Precious-metals funds emerge as a powerful leveraged gold play

March 29, 2016

The stunning run so far this year by equity precious-metals mutual funds might be enough to temp some investors and financial advisers to try and jump on the bandwagon. A better strategy, however, would be to take a lesson from the rally in...

Fund managers see economic slowdown, looming recession

March 17, 2016

The majority of fund managers say global economic growth is almost out of steam. At 59%, this marks the highest reading for a late-cycle view since August 2008. It's getting late in the game, and a recession isn't that far off. The gold trade...

Commodity, energy investment funds on a comeback

March 11, 2016

If your clients have been asking you to get out of the market during this turbulent year, you might point them to the big gains they've enjoyed in just the past 30 days. Large blend funds — your basic large-company, growth-at-a-reasonable-price...

More than 20% of mutual funds shuttered over last five years

March 10, 2016

Nearly a quarter of all stock mutual funds disappeared during the past five years, and competition from index funds could hold the death rate steady in the future. Standard & Poor's, in its semi-annual report on the performance of funds vs....

Oil stocks ride a short squeeze to record gains

March 7, 2016

How an epic short squeeze propelled some oil stocks to record weekly gains. More than triple the short interest of a year ago. The folding of the web-based finance tool Google Compare provides another indication that robo advice can't be just...

Investors pile into gold funds, ETFs

March 4, 2016

The gold rally is real and gaining momentum. The precious metal is already up nearly 17% from the start of the year, and some analysts are now suggesting the case for gold is getting even stronger. A relatively-weaker dollar, a less hawkish...

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