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Playing both long and short opportunities in the markets: Podcast

March 17, 2010

Harry Rady, chief executive and portfolio manager at Rady Asset Management LLC, shared some insights on how the stock market is uniquely poised to present both short and long investment opportunities in what he calls a “tale of two markets.'...

Consider a new approach to emerging-markets investing

March 7, 2010

To tap into the potential of some of the world's fastest-growing economies, investors need to look beyond the broad emerging-markets categories and start paying attention to the specific sectors and industries that actually drive performance....

S&P indexes to change after acquisitions

March 4, 2010

Standard & Poor's said Wednesday it is changing the makeup of its indices after a number of acquisitions. Denbury Resources Inc. is acquiring Encore Acquisition Co., a constituent of the S&P MidCap 400 index. Encore will be replaced by Transatlantic...

Keith Goddard: Look for a ‘smart' rally in tech

March 1, 2010

The growth of mobile Internet usage via smart phones and tablet computers is poised to drive the next major technology cycle, according to Keith Goddard, president and chief investment officer of Capital Advisors Inc. Mr. Goddard, who manages...

MSCI to buy RiskMetrics for about $1.55B

March 1, 2010

MSCI Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy RiskMetrics Group Inc. for about $1.55 billion in cash and stock in a deal between companies that provide support services to financial companies. MSCI sells tools to help portfolio managers make...

Harry Rady: Short-sale targets like 'shooting fish in a barrel'

January 24, 2010

Finding stocks to sell short is like “shooting fish in a barrel,” according to Harry Rady, chief executive and portfolio manager at Rady Asset Management LLC. Mr. Rady, who manages $250 million in long-short strategies in both mutual funds...

To keep riding the rally, follow the smart money

January 24, 2010

Catching a ride on the next leg of this historic 10-month stock market rally will mean following the smart money, mostly represented by institutional-class investors, toward a new concentration on quality and calculated risk. While last year...

Second year of a rebound usually worth waiting for, S&P says

January 17, 2010

Don't bail out of the stock market just yet. If history is any guide, 2010 could be kind to investors, though perhaps not as much as last year, Sam Stovall, Standard & Poor's chief investment strategist, said during a conference call last week....

More bounce for U.S. stocks, predicts Marketfield's Aronstein

January 13, 2010

Strong domestic company earnings over the next few quarters will add more fuel to the charging U.S. equity market, says Michael Aronstein, manager of the Marketfield Fund (MFLDX). “I think the big surprise to people will be corporate earnings...

Equity traders worried dark pools could dry up under new regs

November 20, 2009

Unintended consequences of capital markets regulation or legislation are the biggest fears harbored by equity traders at money management firms, a new report from consulting firm TABB Group says. Buy-side traders are worried about “regulatory...

Advisers discount CIT's troubles

November 8, 2009

Although CIT Group Inc.'s impending Chapter 11 bankruptcy is unlikely to halt the renewed popularity of financial sector stocks, advisers remain leery of investing in banks and other lenders. “We're going to see more difficulty in the regional...

Legislation causes boom in health care tech market

November 1, 2009

In whatever way Congress and the Obama administration eventually change the national health care system, there is one segment of the health care market where reform has already begun and is gaining momentum. The category, known as health care...

Bond giant Pimco plans to build up its active-equity capability

October 25, 2009

Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC is planning to build active-equity-management capability, possibly by lifting an existing team from a rival firm, according to sources familiar with the company. For a money manager so entrenched in bonds,...

S&P gives low marks to active domestic equity funds

August 20, 2009

Actively managed domestic equity mutual funds underperformed their benchmarks for the past five years, according to Standard & Poor's Index vs. Active Fund Scorecard released today. For the five-year period ended June 30, the S&P 500 index outperformed...

All-bond allocation unwise despite equity jitters, says Ibbotson

July 22, 2009

Despite the superior performance of fixed-income assets recently, an all-bond asset allocation is unlikely to deliver investors the returns they need in the future, according to analysis released by Ibbotson Associates, the research division...

Battered equity boutiques broaden focus to bonds

June 28, 2009

Some well-known equity boutiques have begun offering bond strategies this year, diversifying their portfolios after the market collapse focused attention on the ability of money management companies to cope with severe downturns. In the past...

What if stocks are not for the long run?

May 24, 2009

Lubos Pastor may upend the world of equity investing. In his recent academic paper “Are stocks really less volatile in the long run?” the professor at the college's Booth School of Business argues that stocks are riskier than generally perceived....

Painful ride for equities last year

May 24, 2009

Fidelity Investments had the most internally managed active-domestic-equity assets for U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets clients last year. But don't expect a lot of celebration at its Boston headquarters; Fidelity's assets had plummeted...

Taking heart, fund managers worldwide to turn toward equities, survey says

May 20, 2009

Most fund managers expect the world economy to improve in the next 12 months, according to a survey released today by Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Research, a New York-based unit of Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp. The...

Low-quality market rally ripe for a reversal, observers say

May 17, 2009

The market's recent rally is likely to be short-lived. Since the closing low on March 9, the markets have been led higher by lower-quality stocks and riskier asset classes, such as financial stocks and emerging-market equities. “I don't think...

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