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Brian Block denies cooking the books at Schorsch REIT

June 27, 2017

Fighting to prove his innocence from federal securities fraud charges, Brian Block, the former CFO of a giant REIT formerly controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, took the stand in federal court in Manhattan on Monday and testified he did not fudge...

Gold tumbles after 1.8 million ounces trade in one minute

June 26, 2017

Gold sank like a stone at 9 a.m. in London after a huge spike in volume in New York futures that traders said was probably the result of a "fat finger," or erroneous order. Trade shot up to 1.8 million ounces of gold in just a minute, a level...

Fed nudges savings rates higher

June 23, 2017

Cash is starting to get a bit less trashy. The Federal Reserve nudged short-term interest rates on June 14, and rates on short-term savings vehicles have started to reach levels that are almost compelling. The Fed raised its target level for...

Jeffrey Gundlach not impressed with robo advisers

June 23, 2017

In the financial industry's battle of humans versus machines, billionaire bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach is betting people will prevail. "I don't believe in machines taking over finance at all," Mr. Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, said...

More than a third of investors question accuracy of performance reports

June 23, 2017

Despite greater access to information, 35% of investors aren't entirely confident that the performance reports they receive from advisers are accurate and reliable, according to Phoenix Marketing International. In addition, 41% of investors...

Brian Block's $4 million bonus was tied to a key metric at ARCP

June 23, 2017

Brian Block's $4 million bonus at American Realty Capital Properties depended in part on the value of a key earnings metric with which he is accused of tampering. The compensation arrangements of Mr. Block are "fair game" to be allowed into...

Investors are sticking with dividend ETFs despite the Fed's moves

June 22, 2017

U.S. lending rates are rising, and investors are holding on to $151 billion worth of dividend ETFs. Cue the sell-off? Not so fast. Even as the Federal Reserve increased interest rates last week for the fourth time since the financial crisis,...

Some ETFs to add China A shares — eventually

June 21, 2017

MSCI announced Tuesday it would be including Chinese A shares into its widely followed emerging markets index — but its effects will be more like a firecracker than a bombshell. Starting next year, MSCI's Emerging Markets Index will add 222...

Brian Block's lawyer portrays prosecution witness as a liar

June 21, 2017

The defense for Brian Block hit back Tuesday at a key witness in the government's securities fraud case against the former real estate executive, portraying the witness, Lisa McAlister, as a liar who would testify to almost anything to protect...

Mark Goldberg exits W.P. Carey for Griffin Capital

June 21, 2017

Mark M. Goldberg, who held several senior positions at W.P. Carey over the past nine years, has joined Griffin Capital, another real estate investment firm, as CEO of its broker-dealer. In addition to heading Griffin Capital Securities, Mr....

Brian Block trial witness says Nicholas Schorsch had hand in cooking the books at ARCP

June 20, 2017

A key witness in the trial of Brian Block, the former chief financial officer of a giant real estate investment trust once controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, suggested Monday that Mr. Schorsch had a hand in cooking the company's books by directing...

Reforming compensation practices in the retail alternatives space

June 20, 2017

It's become increasingly clear that, while the investment goals of retail alternative products are crucial to investor portfolios, a number of alternative product sponsors should seriously consider moving towards a cost and compensation model...

Second-half outlook: Not as bad as you might think

June 20, 2017

With the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching record highs after an eight-year bull market, the Federal Reserve Bank raising interest rates and high stock valuations, strategists must be worried about the stock market, right? Not so much. Despite...

Whole Foods-Amazon deal — which funds have the biggest stakes in the merger

June 16, 2017

Shares of Whole Foods Markets (WFM) soared 29% Friday on the news that Amazon (AMZN) would buy the company for $13.7 billion, but some of the funds — other than Vanguard — with the biggest stakes in the merger aren't exactly household names....

Defense hits key government witness in Brian Block fraud trial

June 16, 2017

The defense for Brian Block, the former chief financial officer for American Realty Capital Properties Inc. who is on trial for securities fraud, continued to work to undercut a key government witness who worked alongside Mr. Block in creating...

W.P. Carey exiting the nontraded REIT business

June 16, 2017

W.P. Carey Inc., one of the companies instrumental in the evolution of the nontraded real estate investment trust business, is pulling out of the nontraded REIT market. The company will continue to manage its current nontraded REITs and other...

Orion adds bond-rating updates to portfolio system

June 15, 2017

Orion Advisor Services' latest update to its portfolio accounting system adds daily bond rating information for client accounts, thanks to a deal the Omaha, Neb.-based firm inked with Moody's Analytics. The change will give advisers a clearer...

Accounting at ARCP center of fraud charges against Brian Block

June 15, 2017

A former high-ranking executive at American Realty Capital Properties Inc. testified on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday that in emails and meetings in 2014 he repeatedly raised the warning of an accounting mistake in the real estate investment...

Why portfolios are not one-size-fits-all

June 15, 2017

 What is Vanguard's best thinking regarding portfolio construction? Daniel Wallace  I am often asked this question by investors trying to make sense of the myriad of choices before them. Who can blame them when they are faced with an ever-growing...

Trial begins for former CFO of ARCP, Brian Block

June 14, 2017

Did Brian Block, former chief financial officer of a giant real estate investment trust once controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, cook the books in 2014 as he faced pressure to hit financial goals for the company? Or, rather, did Mr. Block act in...

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