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Bitcoin bubble burst raises concerns from lawmakers, regulators about investors

February 6, 2018

Lawmakers and financial regulators expressed worry Tuesday that no matter how volatile the stock market becomes, an investment in virtual currencies could be riskier. Members of the Senate Banking Committee cited the swift rise and sharp fall...

How a strong or weak dollar affects investment returns

January 26, 2018

Among the many things advisers have to worry about, the direction of the U.S. dollar on foreign currency exchanges typically ranks somewhere between where to go out to dinner next Tuesday and how often to floss your teeth. But the dollar's moves...

Wirehouses turn away from bitcoin

January 4, 2018

Wall Street's wirehouses are turning up their noses at bitcoin. None of the four — Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Wealth Management Americas and Wells Fargo Advisors — are giving their wealth management and retail advisers access to...

Some ETFs, mutual funds invest indirectly in bitcoin

December 12, 2017

Two mutual fund companies own 43% of Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC), currently the only fund that invests exclusively in the cryptocurrency. Kinetics Asset Management owns 27.27% of the outstanding shares of Bitcoin Investment Trust, while...

Jay Clayton issues cryptocurrency warning

December 12, 2017

In a public statement about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and initial coin offerings or ICOs, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton urged investors to ask lots of questions and use common sense before investing, suggested that some products might not be...

Bitcoin futures debut with 26% rally

December 11, 2017

Bitcoin has landed on Wall Street. Futures on the world's most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 percent in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market....

Bitcoin is likely to gain widespread acceptance

December 11, 2017

It's certainly been an interesting couple of months for bitcoin. It advanced more than 70% during the third quarter and nosedived 25% over four days in mid-November only to rebound astronomically in the days since. Still, even as $20,000 seems...

Advisers still wary of bitcoin as interest grows

November 9, 2017

Investment advisers still warn their clients about the dangers of bitcoin – but they are getting more inquiries about the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin began the year at $899.65, according to WorldCoinIndex.com, and was trading Wednesday at $7,229.39...

Advisers wary of bitcoin vindicated after big drop

June 12, 2017

Advisers wary of the bitcoin craze were vindicated Monday after the digitical currency dropped 13%. After hitting a high of $3,000 on Sunday, bitcoins dropped nearly $400 and were selling for $2,610. The surge in bitcoin prices had been astonishing....

Is it time to go international?

April 29, 2017

The question for advisers now: When will the hurting stop? More importantly, if international investing is worthwhile, what do you need to tell clients? No less a personality than John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, has expressed skepticism...

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...

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...

Big bets come back to haunt Franklin Templeton's global bond fund

October 5, 2016

The $44 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund (TGBAX) is probably not what most financial advisers would expect from a strategy in such a bland and stoic category as world bond funds. But, based on the pace of money flowing out of the fund over...

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...

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....

Sky-high cash stockpiles expose rising investor unease

June 15, 2016

If the heaping cash stockpiles are any indication, investors are getting more nervous by the day. Cash levels hit 15-year high. Don't ignore the potential impact of the Brexit just because it's happening on the other side of the world. The polls...

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