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Papal visits have become precursors to stock market pullbacks

September 23, 2015

Brace yourself for the latest stock market indicator as the Papal visit gets under way. Turns out, those rare trips to the U.S. by a Pope have not always been good for stocks. The three most recent trips were ominous signs for the markets Sen....

When interest rates rise, alternative strategies have chance to shine for income, diversification

September 22, 2015

Just when the Greatest Generation is clamoring for investment income to ease their golden years, interest rates at 30-year lows in the U.S. — and in negative territory in Europe — are making many traditional generators of retirement income...

Why the upward trend for stocks is no more

September 21, 2015

Following the Occam's razor principle, which suggests the simplest explanation tends to be the right one, the trend for stocks is no longer your friend. The uptrend is no more Goldman's Abby Cohen advises against chasing high-yielding stocks....

The next REIT privatization wave is underway

September 8, 2015

The swelling gap between public and private valuations is making REITs a sweet target. A treasure trove of properties Taking a swipe at liquid alternative investments is always fair. But blaming the current market environment on the category...

Pension giants out of sync with alternative investments

September 3, 2015

When multi-billion-dollar pension funds start darting in and out of alternative-investment strategies, it should raise some questions about what really represents so-called smart money. Regarding the report this week that the board of the $191...

Gloom overshadows Wall Street, but some economists still see a September rate hike

August 26, 2015

The mood on Wall Street is getting downright gloomy. The worst declines since 2011. Meanwhile, there are some economists who still believe the Fed will be able to raise interest rates next month. The SEC has jumped on the pay-ratio bandwagon....

Citi to pay $180 million for hedge fund sales linked to Smith Barney

August 17, 2015

Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $180 million to settle charges tied to two hedge funds that the SEC said were improperly marketed and sold by private bankers and Smith Barney brokers in the run-up to the financial crisis. Citigroup's alternative...

Unwinding the Fed's giant bond portfolio might not hurt much

August 17, 2015

Through the magic of bond math, and a whole lot of imagination, we shouldn't worry about how the Fed might unwind its unprecedented $2.46 trillion Treasury portfolio. This won't hurt a bit. Gold's sudden spike in response to China looks like...

Facebook stock-fraud venture lands fund manager in hot water

August 11, 2015

A Tampa-based fund manager is scheduled to plead guilty this week to investment fraud in relation to $9 million worth of Facebook Inc. stock that he purchased on behalf of investors, then sold and was caught short when the stock price rebounded....

Edward Jones: Stick to the classic bond flavors when rates rise

August 5, 2015

A top Edward Jones strategist is warning that the use of alternative strategies to mitigate interest-rate risk could come back to haunt financial advisers. “Some of those newer strategies are likely to prove less attractive over time as the...

Donald Trump's investment portfolio a messy hodgepodge: advisers

July 23, 2015

Presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald J. Trump's investment portfolio reveals a scattered approach to money management, with a collection of hedge funds, stocks and cash across brokerage accounts. A new 92-page report provides a...

Advisers choosing hedge-style stock-pickers face 'beta' challenge

July 8, 2015

A letter in the Greek alphabet is key to understanding the core risks facing the most popular alternative-investing category in mutual funds: beta, according to two analysts who spoke on an InvestmentNews webcast. The analysts pointed to two...

Losing edge in ETFs, State Street turns to hedge funds

June 18, 2015

State Street Corp., which lost its lead in exchange-traded funds after being a pioneer in the business more than two decades ago, is now betting on hedge funds. The firm is expanding hedge funds and alternative investment strategies that can...

Abandoning alternative investments at this point is based on twisted logic

June 17, 2015

As contraindicators go, things are starting to stack up in favor of alternative investment strategies. After a half-dozen years of charging full speed ahead into the alternatives space with all manner of impressive-sounding products and strategies,...

DOL green lights exclusive hedge fund's retirement plan

June 16, 2015

It's one of the sweetest employee perks in the hedge-fund world: a chance to invest in Medallion, the wildly profitable fund created by market legend James Simons. Now, with deft legal maneuvers and a blessing from Washington, the firm Mr. Simons...

Hedge fund specialist SkyBridge pushes back against liquid alts trend

June 12, 2015

SkyBridge Capital, a top authority on hedge-fund managers, said Friday it has given up for now on trying to export that industry's exotic investment strategies to the mutual funds sold to mom-and-pop investors. Ray Nolte, chief investment officer...

Meredith Whitney says she's done managing other people's money

June 10, 2015

Meredith Whitney, who turned fame as a banking analyst into a stint running her own hedge fund, is through with managing other people's money. “I think that chapter of my life is over,” she said in an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday....

Tim Geithner spills the beans on how he navigated the financial crisis

May 22, 2015

Getting up close and personal with Tim Geithner. The former Treasury Secretary reflects on the financial crisis. 'One great thing about our country is that when governments take actions like this, you can test their merits and legality in court.'...

Wirehouses raise clients' exposure to alternatives, but reps still just dabbling

May 21, 2015

Wirehouse reps have been steadily increasing client allocations to alternative investments in stride with the level of risk building in the overall stock and bond markets. The latest research from the Money Management Institute and Dover Financial...

A portfolio strategy that goes all in for alts to dial down market risk

May 20, 2015

For a lot of financial advisers, a 5% or 10% allocation to alternative investments is still viewed either as pushing the limits or as checking off the box for having some exposure to alternatives. But what about a 45% allocation that represents...

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