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Millennials are shunning financial advice

April 8, 2015

Millennials don't really care about financial advice, which should be a boon for the robo-advice movement. This is not a good sign for the advice industry How a health insurance company is striking out a baseball fan. Adding insult to injury...

Bill Gross' contrarian bet against the dollar helps him regain footing

April 8, 2015

After a shaky first five months, Bill Gross is regaining his footing at Janus Capital Group Inc., helped by a contrarian bet that the dollar's rally won't continue. Mr. Gross's $1.5 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund has returned about...

Few target date fund managers eat their own cooking

April 8, 2015

Money continued to pour into target date funds in 2014, but very few of those dollars came from the managers who oversee them. Last year, nearly $50 billion in net new flows went into target date funds, reflecting an 8% organic growth rate,...

Why it's time to believe the hype behind ESG investing

April 8, 2015

Environmental, social and corporate governance investing — or ESG — has been frequently discussed over the years, often as the next big investing fad. This time, though, it's more than just talk. Each day, more investors are coming to believe...

Investors jump into European stocks hoping for another QE ride

April 7, 2015

The launch of the Eurozone's quantitative easing program has not been lost on investors who are now pouring money into the European equity markets, as measured by record inflows in March. TrimTabs Investment Research calculated a record $7.8...

New Hampshire wants LPL to pay $3.6M over nontraded REIT sales

April 7, 2015

New Hampshire securities regulators want LPL Financial to shell out $3.6 million in fines and repayments to investors for allegedly unsuitable sales of real estate investments to elderly clients. In an action filed Monday, the New Hampshire...

BlackRock shrinks money market lineup, affecting $200B in assets

April 7, 2015

BlackRock cites regulatory reforms as the reason it is closing or consolidating 20 of its money market funds. The changes will affect more than $200B in client assets State Street's brand new CEO sees collaboration and creativity as keys to...

Being a contrarian pays off in stock portfolios in first quarter

April 7, 2015

Going against the crowd is becoming a rewarding strategy for U.S. stock investors after a period of poor performance, according to Thomas J. Lee, managing partner and head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors. The Dow Jones U.S. Contrarian...

Markets not hot for companies investing cash versus paying it out

April 7, 2015

If you're an American chief executive officer with a couple million dollars to blow, you may want to think twice before using it to expand plants or add equipment. That's the message from equity markets, where shares of companies using the biggest...

The case for incorporating private equity in client portfolios

April 7, 2015

In today's persistent low-yield environment, the challenge remains for advisers to identify opportunities to enhance portfolio returns for clients. Going forward, the solution may not come from public equities. The equity investment has been...

Positioning bond holdings for when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates

April 7, 2015

The U.S. economy can currently be described as being in a "Goldilocks" scenario: The financial sector has healed, private debts have been reduced, and the recovery has firmed while receiving a boost from lower oil prices. Even as these lower...

Liquidity restrictions haunt money-market funds

April 7, 2015

Some investors demand nothing less than unfettered access to their cash at a stable price. To deliver that, asset managers are increasingly going to be offering them money-market funds that invest almost exclusively in cash and very low-interest,...

Would one share of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway be a smart retirement savings strategy?

April 6, 2015

Would one share of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway be a smart retirement savings strategy? There are practicality issues to consider Schwab's new robo-advice platform might be conflicted when it comes to cash allocations. 'They have to make...

Three sectors that should report above-average earnings

April 6, 2015

In the wake of Friday's disappointing jobs report, it is time for financial advisers to start bracing for what could be the worst earnings season in six years. The consensus estimate is for S&P 500 Index earnings to decline 3% from a year ago,...

Generating yield in a world of rising interest rates

April 6, 2015

Now that the best parts of the bond market rally are behind us, it's time for advisers to start considering how to position clients for a likely increase in the fed funds rate later this year. I think the Federal Reserve is probably going to...

Why Mohamed El-Erian has most of his money in cash

April 6, 2015

In an interview with the Orange County Register, Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE, was asked about everything from life after Pimco to where he is currently putting most of his money. Rather than investing heavily in stocks...

The proof behind 'sell in May and go away'

April 4, 2015

Are market moves purely random? It can be challenging to provide explanations for market price movements with so many factors driving one group of investors to buy and another to sell. Many find it easier just to accept dynamic moves as unpredictable....

Jobs report's bad news is bad news

April 3, 2015

The best part about Friday's complete stinker of a jobs report is that it came on Good Friday when the stock market was closed. With any luck, by the time the market re-opens on Monday, the report of a stunningly-low 126,000 jobs created in...

Oil prices could push lower after Iran nuke deal

April 3, 2015

The Iran nuke deal could mean even more oil coming into an already flooded market. Lifting sanctions that allow Iran to export oil Traders are signaling fear with big flows into inverse S&P 500 ETF. Getting bearish Corporations jump on the bandwagon...

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman rakes in the big bucks

April 2, 2015

It's good to be Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman. A 25% pay raise is always nice, but when that raise puts your salary at $22.5 million it's a million times nicer. A year ago he was getting by on $18 million Uh-oh. A big Romneycare snag does...

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