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DOJ's suit against activist investor could affect entire mutual fund industry

April 13, 2016

The $16 trillion U.S. mutual fund industry should be biting its nails over the Department of Justice lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct. Restricting shareholders from addressing important issues with corporate executives. President Obama's...

ValueLine joins other asset managers by embracing liquid alternatives

April 8, 2016

ValueLine Funds is looking to be among the latest asset management shops to jump into liquid alternatives arena with a proposed acquisition of the Alpha Defensive Alternatives Fund (ACDEX) from Alpha Capital Management. If the acquisition is...

Liquid alt funds are beating hedge funds

March 24, 2016

When liquid alternative mutual funds start beating the hedge funds they're designed to mimic, it begs the question of why we even need hedge funds anymore? The retail-oriented funds are also cheaper than hedge funds. Using the tricky math of...

The best strategy for this stock market is to own what hedge funds don't

February 24, 2016

Turns out the key to navigating the current market environment is to do whatever hedge funds are not doing. It's that simple. Crushing the S&P 500 this year. The Natixis CGM Focus Fund is calling it quits after 48 years. One of the oldest mutual...

Wall Street money flows toward Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton

February 4, 2016

Wall Street money is showing big support for Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton. Time will tell if that's a blessing or a curse. The field is thinning. The $1 billion hedge fund that cited market liquidity among the reasons for shutting its doors...

Short sellers are licking their chops in this market

January 29, 2016

Short sellers are staking their claims on the downside of the stock market. Short interest in the S&P 1500 has reached its highest level in three years. “The basket of the most heavily shorted stocks is down 38% since the start of 2014.”...

Charles Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders sticks to her bullish tone

January 28, 2016

Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders can always find a reason to be bullish. The economy is not as bad as many believe. The Fed dials back the rhetoric about four rate hikes this year. No worries. Billionaire hedge funder Bill Ackman took it on the chin...

Hillary Clinton ups the ante with new plans to tax the rich

January 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton ups the ante on rival Bernie Sanders with a new “Fair Share Surcharge” to tax the wealthiest Americans. The 4% surcharge would raise $150 billion over 10 years. Pinning the plight of cheap oil not on a worldwide glut of the...

Amidst the market carnage, liquid alt funds lived up to their promise

January 11, 2016

While most investors and financial advisers might still be trying to shake off the shock of the stock market's historically-bad opening week, the true-believers in alternative investments are almost gloating. “We've been using managed futures...

Economic forecasters predict market volatility in 2016

December 29, 2015

What do all the really smart economic forecasters see for 2016? Volatility, baby. Take advantage of stock price swings. The Fed's tiny little rate hike isn't likely to be enough to derail corporate America's borrowing binge. Next year is expected...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

The SEC has reduced the charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen

December 22, 2015

The SEC is backing away from part of its charges against SAC Capital's Steve Cohen. This moves Mr. Cohen a step closer to potentially being able to once again manage outside capital. He is no longer being charged with failing to supervise SAC...

6 ways the rate hike could be bad for markets

December 18, 2015

The Fed's rate hike could hit the markets in a half dozen, mostly bad, ways. There is no free lunch. If history has taught us anything, it is that the financial services industry is fertile soil for producing the Martin Shkreli's of the world....

Managed futures funds capitalizing on junk-bond fallout

December 15, 2015

The carnage unfolding in the high-yield bond market has paved the way for a serious rally among managed futures strategies that are designed to take advantage of precisely these kinds of trends. As usual with alternative-strategy funds, the...

The challenge of keeping clients away from shiny new investing trends

December 9, 2015

Over the last decade, we've heard a lot about "alternative" investments. From hedge funds to startups, investors often wonder if they need something different in their portfolio. Plus, it looks like easy money. A billion-dollar startup? A zero-risk...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

High-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster

December 4, 2015

It looks like the high-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster in a rising-rate cycle. More than a third of the outstanding U.S. high yield and leveraged loan universe is at risk. Don't bank on the Friday jobs report to move...

Hedge funds are waking up to redemptions

December 3, 2015

The trend of hedge fund redemptions could mark a turning point for pricey strategies that sometimes underperform. 'The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative.' Not that we're expecting anything too dramatic in the way of Fed activity,...

$25B institutional money manager takes a leap into retail

November 30, 2015

Pzena Investment Management, a relatively obscure $25 billion institutional money manager, is hoping to tap into the potentially lucrative retail investor market by creating a distribution team to promote three fledgling mutual funds. Even though...

December looking more likely for Fed rate hike

November 19, 2015

Ground Control to Major Yellen. Commencing countdown, engines on. October Fed minutes stress potential for December liftoff. Speaking of rising rates, have you checked out your bond fund lineup recently? Now's not a bad time to see what you're...

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