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Specter of Facebook's ugly debut looms over Twitter IPO

September 22, 2013

Ever since Twitter Inc. two weeks ago said that it had filed to go public, the temptation has been to draw comparisons to the now-infamous May 2012 public offering of Facebook Inc. The popular theory seems to be that Twitter should be able to...

Retiring boomer advisers leaving talent vacuum

September 22, 2013

The advice industry is still struggling to attract new talent while facing a potentially huge number of retirements by aging advisers. By 2017, the industry will shed more than 25,000 advisers, down from its current total of just over 280,000,...

QE benefited financial assets, but not the economy, says ex-Fed bank prez

September 22, 2013

Dorothy Weaver, chief executive and co-founder of Collins Capital Investments LLC, describes herself as “pragmatic” regarding the financial markets and the state of the U.S. economy. “I'm not bullish, but the macro market reactions are...

Alternatives can be a useful tool to offset volatility

September 22, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of a webcast, “Why Alternatives, Why Now,” held Aug. 27. It was moderated by InvestmentNews senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: We're going to go around the horn for some introductions, and...

Fed's change of heart has advisers scrambling

September 20, 2013

The Federal Reserve Board's surprising change of heart about reducing the pace of the five-year-long quantitative-easing program is seen by some advisers as creating new investment opportunities. While it is difficult to argue against a positive...

Despite market reaction, Bernanke's head fake is a bad sign

September 19, 2013

If we learned nothing else from yesterday's announcement that the Federal Reserve is delaying any tapering of the $85 billion-per-month bond-buying program, it is that Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is a big tease. Anyone being honest about it would...

Reaction to Fed news tempered by economic concerns

September 18, 2013

Financial markets rallied Wednesday afternoon on the news that the economy is not yet strong enough to start tapering the five-year long quantitative easing program. Some financial advisers and market watchers described the announcement as bittersweet....

IPO market is back with a vengeance, market watchers say

September 17, 2013

Twitter Inc.'s disclosure last week that it had filed to go public was big news not because it was unexpected but because it is the latest indication of a resurgence in the IPO market. By the time of the initial public offering, likely in November,...

Adviser head count expected to drop amid lack of new recruits

September 16, 2013

The advice industry is still struggling to attract new talent while facing a potentially huge number of retirements by aging advisers. By 2017, the industry will shed more than 25,000 advisers, down from just over 280,000, due largely to retirements,...

Verizon bond sale proves thirst for yield

September 15, 2013

If last Wednesday's record-setting $49 billion bond sale by Verizon Communications Inc. signaled anything about the financial markets, it is that investors are still starving for yield. The investment-grade-debt iss-uance, which was nearly three...

Sam Jones: "I realized it was a generational buying opportunity"

September 15, 2013

Q. As the financial crisis unfolded, at what point did you have the kind of clarity that helped you develop a strategy? A. For me the “aha” moment came closer to the end of the crisis cycle and into "09, when it became a massive high-volume...

Mohamed El-Erian: "Some of Lehman's contributing factors persist"

September 15, 2013

Q: How has the financial services industry changed as a result of the crisis sparked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.? A: Lehman serves as a reminder that persistently large economic and financial imbalances have a way of affecting...

Theodore Feight: "What started keeping me up at night throughout the crisis..."

September 15, 2013

Q. When did you first realize the magnitude of the challenges facing the financial markets, and how did you prepare? A. In August 2006, I saw an inverted yield curve that signaled the problem was coming. That's when short-term yields stayed...

Verizon's bond sale proves investors are yield-hungry

September 12, 2013

If Wednesday’s record-setting $49 billion bond sale by Verizon Communications signaled anything about the financial markets it is that investors are still starving for yield. The investment-grade debt issuance, which was nearly three times...

8 largest fines of the mutual fund scandal - 8 largest fines of the mutual fund scandal

September 10, 2013

Ten years after the mutual fund scandal, a look back at the biggest settlements between regulators and financial firms. For more on the mutual fund scandal, read Jeff Benjamin's story: Image repair: Mutual funds still recovering 10 years after...

Take Five with Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James

September 10, 2013

If there is an upside to potential U.S. military action in Syria it could be that President Barack Obama will be forced to negotiate with Congress over budget issues in order to get permission to go to war, according to Jeffrey D. Saut, chief...

Image repair: Mutual funds still recovering 10 years after scandal

September 8, 2013

Ten years ago this month, the mutual fund industry was knocked off its lofty perch when a series of scandals tarnished the reputation that the industry had been proudly building for more than 70 years. Since then, the industry has been in a...

Complex alts keep regulators on toes

September 8, 2013

If the 2003 mutual fund scandals taught us anything, it's that regulatory oversight sometimes can fall short and depends heavily on the cooperation of the asset management industry. But the fund industry continues to grow and evolve. And even...

Genworth deal completed

September 8, 2013

Genworth Financial Wealth Management Inc. last Tuesday kicked off its first day as an independent investment management platform, following the completion of its sale by Genworth Financial Inc. The $412 million deal, originally announced in...

Genworth Wealth completes sale to P-E firms

September 3, 2013

Genworth Financial Wealth Management today kicked off its first day as an independent investment management platform following the completion of its sale by Genworth Financial Inc. The $412 million deal, originally announced in March, shifts...

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