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The (currency) war is on

April 16, 2015

One of the highlights in the first half of 2015 will involve currency valuations across global markets and how the developed economies' efforts to control the value of their currency affect markets. The U.S. dollar is known as the world's safe-haven...

Rethinking how you build clients' equity portfolios

April 15, 2015

Advisers have traditionally relied on size and style to build domestic equity portfolios, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify this approach. In fact, the widespread adoption of the size and style approach may be a key factor...

Bill Gross' contrarian bet against the dollar helps him regain footing

April 8, 2015

After a shaky first five months, Bill Gross is regaining his footing at Janus Capital Group Inc., helped by a contrarian bet that the dollar's rally won't continue. Mr. Gross's $1.5 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund has returned about...

Investors jump into European stocks hoping for another QE ride

April 7, 2015

The launch of the Eurozone's quantitative easing program has not been lost on investors who are now pouring money into the European equity markets, as measured by record inflows in March. TrimTabs Investment Research calculated a record $7.8...

NYSE and Nasdaq embracing bitcoin

March 25, 2015

The biggest U.S. stock exchange operators are taking steps to embrace bitcoin, spurring speculation the digital currency is coming up from underground. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. revealed Tuesday that New York-based Noble Markets, a platform for...

Where to invest during the run-up to the presidential election

March 24, 2015

There are 20 months between now and the next Presidential election, and it is officially on. As the dollars get thrown around the mud starts flying, you might as well invest along for the ride. CBS, CCO, CMCSA, FB, P, TWX, FOXA, TWTR, DIS Believe...

The surging dollar could crush unhedged global mutual funds

March 24, 2015

As the U.S. dollar continues to surge against most global currencies, financial advisers face three basic paths for navigating the punishing effects on international investments: Ignore it, get out of international markets or get busy hedging....

The looming threat of an increasingly powerful dollar

March 23, 2015

The scary downside of a really strong U.S. dollar. This is the biggest threat since the 2008 financial crisis. Cheap oil and the strong dollar will be expose sector weakness in the S&P. Companies with more than half their sales in the U.S. will...

HSBC says the dollar's powerful days are numbered

March 20, 2015

British bank, HSBC, says the U.S. dollar's run of strength is about to lose steam. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking on their part. Staying too long at the party can lead to trouble. Female portfolio manager gets no respect in Pakistan,...

Oil-price slide is starting to get scary

March 17, 2015

Oil has dropped to a six-year low and the dollar continues to ride the rocket higher. Talk about an oil comeback is starting to fade. Look out below The basic economic principle that 'bad money drives out good' could be good news for gold. Applying...

Big banks are stressing over the Fed's stress tests

March 12, 2015

Stressing over the Fed's stress test. Two big failures in Europe, Citi makes the grade, while BofA is still cramming. The bar will keep rising for banks How the strongest dollar in a decade translates to consumer spending. Seven straight months...

Strong dollar is keeping the markets on edge

March 11, 2015

The wicked-fast pace of the dollar's rise has the markets on edge, and there's little reason to expect the greenback will slow down any time soon. Other currencies are not able to adapt fast enough An ominous outlook for the bond bubble. When...

DoubleLine's Jeffery Gundlach says 'blockhead' Fed should postpone raising rates

March 11, 2015

With the equity markets apparently running away from the surging U.S. dollar and global monetary policies pushing some bond yields into negative territory, DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach can't understand why the Federal Reserve Board...

Nasdaq Index: Then & Now

March 6, 2015

For starters, there were far fewer people using the Internet Source: Internet World Stats Also, Mark Zuckerberg was still in high school! Source: Forbes Cell phones have changed a lot too The best-selling cell phone Source: ZDNet The people...

Hospital stocks ride a wave of potential insurance subsidies

March 5, 2015

Hospital stocks rallied on word the Supremes would be hearing arguments related to Obamacare subsidies. HCA, THC, CYH The dollar has hit an 11-year high against the euro. 'A continuation in the selling we've seen all week' An easy road map to...

Cash-heavy mutual funds take downside protection to the extreme

March 4, 2015

For investors who truly cannot sleep at night out of fear that this roaring equity market is too risky, here are some mutual funds that are taking the slow lane by sitting on lots of cash. Downside protection to the max A Virginia financial...

Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

March 3, 2015

The leading indicator of corporate earnings says stocks are getting scary expensive, and it might be time to follow the so-called smart money to the sidelines. A similar story across the blue chip universe Bill Gross, 70, says he's in no big...

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?

February 20, 2015

Merrill Lynch's record signing bonus to recruit a veteran team from rival Morgan Stanley might have pushed the limits of what's actually in the bank. A hiring bonus equal to 400% of the team's yearly revenue European stocks blow right past U.S....

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

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