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Investors can control volatility, but the tools are not for novices

February 19, 2015

Investors have been experiencing heightened volatility amid growing concern that, after six years, the equity markets may be signaling a pullback is approaching. Fixed-income markets are offering little solace as rates in the U.S. and in many...

Money market reforms force advisers to rethink risk

February 19, 2015

Financial advisers face choices — and a new trade-off between risk and reward — as money market funds begin to implement changes following rules passed by the Securities and Exchange Commission last year. Fidelity Investments will ask shareholders...

Jeffrey Gundlach not a fan of automakers long term

February 19, 2015

Jeffrey Gundlach sees a lousy future for automakers. The billionaire co-founder of DoubleLine Capital said consumers will increasingly use car-sharing programs or services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and rely less on their own vehicles, a...

Legg Mason snags two top executives from Vanguard for ETF push

February 18, 2015

Legg Mason Inc. said Wednesday it hired two of Vanguard's top executives in an aggressive move to build an ETF business. The firm is hiring Rick Genoni and Brandon Clark, executives with extensive experience building funds, managing relationships...

Oil finds the sweet spot for debate over how, or if, to invest

February 18, 2015

Six months into an oil-price slide that seemingly nobody saw coming, debate is starting to build about when and how to jump in and take advantage of the market's punishment on certain sectors linked to the commodity. Some investors haven't waited....

Cabot Lodge dispute heats up with whistleblower claim

February 18, 2015

A dispute between a former compliance officer for broker-dealer Cabot Lodge Securities and its owner, Jacob Frydman, has boiled over into a whistleblower complaint now in the lap of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The former Cabot Lodge...

Warren Buffett gives up on Exxon as oil prices slide

February 18, 2015

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. exited a $3.7 billion investment in Exxon Mobil Corp. amid a slump in oil prices. Crude has fallen by about half since June as U.S. production surged and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries...

The bottom for oil prices isn't even in sight yet

February 18, 2015

A case is being made for why the forces of supply and demand could push the price of a barrel of oil to only a little more than double the price of a gallon of gas a few years ago. With the demand for OPEC's oil at a 14-year low, the bottom...

BDCs' juicy yields attracting a lot of insider buying

February 17, 2015

The investment landscape is generally not friendly to investors looking for quality yielding investments. With the 10-year Treasury yielding under 2% and investment grade debt offering not much more, it is really difficult to find quality yield....

Longer life expectancies are killing pension funds

February 17, 2015

Pension fund strategies never factored in that people would live as long as they're living. It is a real and growing problem. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be pension fund managers Stories of investors being ripped off by advisers...

Don't count high yield out just yet

February 17, 2015

Fears about higher U.S. interest rates, rising defaults and a multi-month decline in the price of oil have injected a dose of high anxiety into the high-yield market. But investors will be better off this year if they stand their ground and...

William Kahane replaces Nick Schorsch at American Realty Capital Global Trust

February 17, 2015

American Realty Capital Global Trust Inc. appointed William Kahane as executive chairman, replacing Nicholas Schorsch. The company made the management change on Feb. 11, according to a filing today. Mr. Kahane resigned as chief operating officer,...

Some RIAs cautious of using alts, despite industry buzz

February 17, 2015

Clients, product manufacturers and even major custodians are all pushing the advice industry toward alternative investment products, but some registered investment advisers are still holding back. Alternative investments, which generally include...

Here's how stocks will react to rising interest rates

February 17, 2015

For investors worried about how stocks will react to rising interest rates, last week's trading may provide some guidance. Following the biggest one-week jump in 10-year Treasury yields in more than a year, investors are selling the highest-yielding...

Bargain hunter Klarman finds opportunity in energy stocks as oil prices drop

February 16, 2015

Seth Klarman said his $28.5 billion Baupost Group identified opportunities last year in energy after oil prices plunged, as other prospects for finding bargains dried up. “Baupost wasted no time in redirecting additional investment team members...

The correlation conundrum and liquid alternatives

February 15, 2015

As the popularity of so-called liquid-alternative funds increases, many of us wonder how they will perform in the inevitable bear market. In fact, it seems as if the entire liquid-alt industry was created as a result of the “lost decade”...

Separately managed accounts ranked by fourth-quarter returns

February 15, 2015

U.S. large-cap equity Product 4Q return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return 5-year std dev 5-year Sharpe ratio Assets ($M) Manager Location Principal Global Investors - REIT 15.63% 33.11% 17.74% 17.76% 15.02% 1.18 $7,965.9 Team Des Moines,...

ProShares gives ETF traders aggressive way to play gold miners

February 13, 2015

ProShares is tapping into the rising volatility of gold with four exchange-traded funds designed with traders in mind. The provider of alternative-strategy ETFs is offering the first access to leveraged long or short gold-miner and junior gold-miner...

Consumers are saving at the gas pump but not spending at the mall

February 13, 2015

With gasoline at around $2 a gallon, retail sales are not supposed to slump. The fact that they are slumping suggests something else is happening to all that extra money. Maybe people are saving up to pay their taxes. Wages are still flat after...

Fidelity records massive profit, despite fund outflows

February 12, 2015

Fidelity Investments increased its earnings by 29% last year, to a record $3.4 billion, despite surging investor redemptions of its mutual funds. The company's fund outflows — and its continued evolution to a diverse investment and service...

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