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How Fed policy is wrecking the bond market

June 12, 2015

Turns out the Fed got it all wrong, and completely messed up the bond market. Welcome to the upside down world of too much liquidity creating illiquidity.Feeding price bubbles China's roaring stock market got back on track Wednesday after a...

Latest Obamacare ruling could spark a sell-off in health care sector stocks

June 12, 2015

If you haven't yet hitched a ride on the high-flying health care sector rally, there's still hope in the form of a potential pullback from an upcoming Supreme Court ruling that could trigger some near-term volatility. Even some staunch health...

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...

Talent drain continues as Cole Capital CEO departs

June 12, 2015

The drain of talent at Cole Capital Corp. continues as the firm's president and CEO, Michael Ezzell, resigned on Thursday. He left the company for personal reasons, according to the company. Mr. Ezzell's resignation comes after months of turmoil...

Want more time? Trim client investment options

June 12, 2015

Financial advisers looking to make their businesses more efficient should examine how many different investment products they're using with clients — and consider paring down. On average, advisers are using between 200 and 300 different mutual...

Assets in world's largest gold fund slump 48% to lowest level since financial crisis

June 11, 2015

Assets in the world's biggest exchange-traded product backed by gold slumped to the lowest since the start of the financial crisis as equities rallied and investors prepared for higher U.S. interest rates. Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust dropped...

Bill Gross tweets and technical analysts get all giddy

June 11, 2015

Bill Gross tweets out a nerdy note that only technical analysts can really understand, but the translation is both bearish and fun. Kicking it old school is a 'discretionary black art practiced by the old Jedi masters.' Suddenly a U.S. rate...

Questions to ask when considering a continuing care retirement community

June 11, 2015

Advisers looking to help clients plan where to live in retirement need to ask the right questions to make sure facilities offer what the client needs most. Understanding the cost of continuing care retirement communities, which guarantee housing,...

Pimco Total Return dumps most of its Treasuries ahead of selloff

June 10, 2015

The Pimco Total Return Fund, which lost its place as the world's largest bond fund this year, cut almost two-thirds of its U.S. government debt holdings in May just in time for a June selloff. Total Return, run by Pacific Investment Management...

It's time for retirees to start bracing for higher interest rates

June 10, 2015

Retirees should be bracing for rising interest rates. The Fed probably doesn't even know when it plans to raise rates, which is probably something else we should all be worried about. The risks of chasing yield If the stock market really is...

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....

Go where the NBA finals go: Cleveland and Oakland looking better as investment destination

June 9, 2015

Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston. All world class cities, all frequently represented in the National Basketball Association Finals. Indeed these four cities have been in the NBA Finals 34 times out of the 72 possible appearances since 1980....

Major benchmark punts on adding China’s booming markets to global indexes

June 9, 2015

MSCI Inc. declined on Tuesday to add China's domestic financial markets to its widely used indexes, but said it will work with local authorities to provide access to the world's second-largest, and fastest-growing, stock market soon. The index...

Are bond fund investors running toward a cliff?

June 9, 2015

Bond fund investors are chasing the wrong rabbit, and heading directly toward big trouble, according to David Santschi, chief executive of TrimTabs Investment Research. Citing the $5.3 billion that has flowed into bond mutual funds and ETFs...

Why it doesn't make sense to let clients borrow from their 401(k) plans

June 8, 2015

The really bad logic (and math) of borrowing from your 401(k). Meanwhile, an estimated 26% of plan participants have loans outstanding against their retirement plans.'Most Americans aren't sitting on 401(k) balances that they can afford to skim.'...

Betting against the Federal Reserve a risky game

June 8, 2015

If the Federal Reserve is really so intent on raising interest rates this year, why is Wall Street chopping its forecasts for bond yields? For all the hand-wringing over the recent selloff that wiped out about $1.2 trillion in value from the...

Defying market logic, small-cap funds ride the strong dollar to beat large caps

June 8, 2015

The powerful run by small-cap sector stocks so far this year has upended traditional market logic, giving some investors a reason to believe the long bull market still has room to run. Smaller-company stocks, which typically lead the way out...

Home office investment performance beats advisers': study

June 8, 2015

Home-office investment portfolios, often built by centralized units at brokerage firms, perform better than ones managed by financial advisers, according to a new analysis Monday. Cerulli Associates found that portfolios built by home offices...

Apple's Tim Cook is the new bond king

June 5, 2015

There's a new whale in the corporate-bond market. Apple Inc., Oracle Corp. and the other tech giants hoarding half a trillion dollars in cash have joined the ranks of the biggest buyers of the debt, often snapping up as much as half of some...

Fiduciary safe harbor for index funds faces uphill battle

June 5, 2015

A plan by the Department of Labor to allow brokers to sidestep stringent requirements for giving advice on retirement accounts if they sell index funds or other approved products faces an increasingly uphill battle. This week, a top trade group...

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