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Smart beta finds fixed income

August 18, 2016

Fixed income shapes up as the next frontier for smart-beta strategies. A small but strong showing. The haters are gonna hate this, but things might be shaping up for the start of a bear market for bonds. The momentum is just getting started....

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...

Rob Arnott says cheesy copy cats are hurting smart beta investing

August 11, 2016

Rob Arnott, a pioneer of smart-beta investing, says the growing popularity of the investing style has gotten out of hand. Perhaps he longs for the good old days when almost nobody believed in smart beta. “There are a lot of dumb ideas masquerading...

Bond-fund correlations increase interest-rate risk

August 4, 2016

If the direction of asset flows out of stock funds and into bond funds this year is any kind of guide, investors are seeking shelter and yield in fixed income. But they could be getting neither. Through the end of June, U.S. equity mutual funds...

When it comes to asset management, look for experience

August 3, 2016

In the midst of this heated and unorthodox presidential election year, the issue of experience is front and center. But, it turns out, experience is also a factor that should be considered when it comes to financial advice and asset management....

Active ETFs produce few stars and even fewer fans

July 28, 2016

Actively managed exchange-traded funds continue to represent one of the unsolved mysteries of the asset management industry. It is an incarnation that is less than a decade old that includes some glowing success stories, a general reluctance...

Goldman says U.S. investors should keep their portfolios local

July 21, 2016

Most U.S. investors, who are already too heavily exposed to domestic stocks, should keep investing along those lines. According to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. is the only real safe haven right now. The U.S. is still in better shape than the rest...

REIT ETFs trouncing stocks thanks to low interest rates and flight to passive investing

July 21, 2016

Record-low interest rates, combined with growing turmoil across the global financial markets, has played right into the hands of exchange-traded funds that invest in REITs. Real estate investment trust ETFs picked up $4.9 billion year-to-date...

Investors pour into junk bond ETFs, signaling more upside for stocks

July 19, 2016

Investors are flocking to junk bond ETFs, showing another leg of risk-on investing. This is looking a lot like early 2012. If income is your goal, dividend stocks represent one of the few remaining choices. Time to get some REIT exposure. Allocation...

Japan's stock market rally has investors suddenly looking eastward

July 14, 2016

The sudden rally in Japan has some citing a turnaround, riding on the wave of Abenomics. Expanded stimulus program coming. The controversial use of stock-buyback plans is at least partially responsible for the stock market rally. The repurchasing...

As stock market soars, financial advisers batten down the hatches

July 11, 2016

As the S&P 500 Index notched another record high shortly after the stock market opened for trading Monday, financial advisers were doubling down on calls to proceed with caution. The index, which is up 5.5% from the start of the year, stands...

ETF liquidity a growing point of financial industry contention

July 10, 2016

For a lot of financial advisers, the primary appeal of exchange-traded funds boils down to low fees and liquidity. There is no disputing the low fees, which provide investors with varied and broad market exposure for mere basis points, in most...

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....

Morningstar brings smart beta into the active-passive debate

July 6, 2016

Morningstar has just reshuffled the deck in the active-versus-passive debate. The passive-active duo becomes the passive/strategic beta/active trio. The expanded framework folds in strategic beta. With the stock and bond markets showing an unusual...

Bond market is signaling it's time to sell stocks

July 5, 2016

The direction of bond yields does not bode well for the equity markets. This looks like a dangerous disconnect. All the reasons you need to stay bullish on the U.S. economy. Home to the world's top brands. Making the case for not abandoning...

Trouble ahead? Stock and bond markets sending divergent signals

July 5, 2016

The bond market is screaming “halt,” while the stock market is scratching its head wondering what all the fuss is about. For financial advisers, the challenge will be to figure out whether it makes more sense to trust the bond market's signals...

A hedge fund manager's view of liquid alternative funds

July 1, 2016

Liquid alternative strategies are growing up, and that means some growing pains. There's asset allocation and there's chasing returns. It's finally good to be an investor in commodities. A turnaround for the asset class. With history as a guide,...

The markets brace for Puerto Rico's default

June 30, 2016

The markets are bracing for the next shoe to drop in the form of a default by Puerto Rico. The plan to default on $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds. With GE Capital now off the list of financial institutions the government considers...

Jeffrey Gundlach reaches for bond king crown as DoubleLine's active ETF closes in on Pimco

June 22, 2016

The ongoing battle for bragging rights between DoubleLine and Pimco is about to shift in favor of DoubleLine, as its actively managed bond ETF — with Jeffrey Gundlach at the helm — gets closer to eclipsing Pimco's version of the strategy....

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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