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Insiders may not have as much investing savvy as you think

November 22, 2017

If you were to make broad generalizations about CEOs based on their portraits in annual reports, you'd assume they were all wise titans of business who spend most of their time with their arms crossed, peering into the distance. You might also...

Advisers predict volatility will rise

November 21, 2017

Advisers expect an uptick in stock-market volatility over the next six months, but they don't seem to be particularly anxious, according to a recent survey of adviser sentiment by Eaton Vance. The firm's top-of-mind index of 1,000 advisers found...

GE shows what can go wrong with dividend strategy

November 14, 2017

General Electric's decision to slash its dividend in half is a sharp reminder to investors that dividends aren't forever — and that the income from funds and ETFs can come at a high price. In the long run, dividends produce a third to a half...

Jeffrey Gundlach called it on risky link between stocks and junk bonds

November 10, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach has been warning something's got to give. Based on the past two days, looks like we have our answer. Stocks fell around the world a second day and high-yield bonds headed for a fourth straight loss, resuming a historic correlation...

Hedging stock risk can hedge your business, too

October 16, 2017

Advisers who don't hedge against a bear market should remember that they could be more at risk from the stock market than their clients, according to a white paper by Meb Faber, chief investment officer of Cambria Investment Management. As much...

What you need to know about energy MLPs

October 2, 2017

At several different periods in time, people would have told you, convincingly, that there was such a thing as the Fountain of Youth, the Northwest Passage and a cure for male pattern baldness. They probably would have also told you that you...

Investors see stock market correction ahead — but most aren't doing anything about it

September 28, 2017

Investors expect the stock market to plunge. Their response: Whatever. A little more than half of U.S. investors anticipate a decline this year that will wipe out "significant gains," according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup poll results....

It's been a good year for publicly traded brokerage firms — but not all

September 13, 2017

Wall Street's expectation of a pullback in securities regulation by the Trump administration and a delay or outright repeal of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has launched a rally this year in brokerage stocks — at least for most...

Bull market leaves these stock fund categories behind

September 11, 2017

What could possibly be bad about being a stock fund manager during a honking big bull market? Watching on the sidelines while everyone else makes money. And there are a remarkable number of managers doing just that. We're not just talking about...

Major events set stormy tone for financial markets in September

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the cruelest month for U.S. equities. The S&P 500 Index limps into September after stalling amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and historic flooding in Texas. Those broke a stretch of calm that'll be hard to replicate...

Advice to drive your dividend income strategy

September 1, 2017

Build your portfolio of dividend-paying stocks to seek consistent income, not necessarily the highest income. Download transcript The views expressed are as of April 2017, may change as market or other conditions change and may differ from views...

Keeping client assets safe in an increasingly unsafe world

August 30, 2017

You're in a darkened room — a shelter of some kind. Outside, you see mobs with torches; you hear air raid sirens. You turn on the television as an ashen-faced Jim Cramer is shouting "Sell! Sell! Sell!" The screen goes blank. Who hasn't had...

Hurricanes could be one reason September is such a stinker for stocks

August 28, 2017

September remains the worst month for stock performance — and hurricane season could have something to do with that. Equities in the ninth month have fallen an average of 0.7% since 1945, according to CFRA. It's the third most volatile month,...

Pension funds expected to shift as much as $1trillion from stocks to bonds: Wells Fargo

August 28, 2017

Pension funds are poised to shift as much as $1 trillion from stocks to bonds in coming years to lock in gains and limit the potential for big losses, according to Wells Fargo & Co. "Definitely there's a lot of money that will want to move,"...

Tech bubble just talk — for now

August 24, 2017

Ever since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, investors have been wary of another tech wreck. And some analysts, worried about some of this year's tech rockets, are saying tech is looking bubbly again. But — at least for now — tech isn't...

Active ETFs are ripe for transparent, low-cost strategies

August 22, 2017

Over the last decade, active U.S. large cap strategies with lower turnover and greater concentration have delivered solid performance, better down-market capture and higher Sharpe ratios than more diversified, higher turnover active strategies.*...

Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

S&P: Managers still faring miserably vs. indexes

August 9, 2017

Stop us if you've heard this before, but active money managers are really bad at beating their benchmark indexes. A new report from S&P Dow Jones Indices shows that most managers in nearly every domestic equity category underperformed their...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

9 bear markets and the events that caused them

August 8, 2017

“Bull markets don’t die of old age; they die of fright.” And usually, that fright comes not from elevated prices or mass panic, but from exogenous events: war, oil shortages, unexpected financial collapse. Here’s a look at the nine bear...

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