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Proposing an alternative to muni bond tax exemption

July 9, 2013

As the Obama administration continues its relentless pursuit of the tax exemption of municipal bonds, at least one muni market participant is proposing an alternative that could introduce the kind of “fairness” that the president seeks....

Gold a buy but must prove mettle

July 7, 2013

At around $1,200 an ounce, gold is starting to look like a buying opportunity. The precious metal now is down more than 36% from a September 2011 high of around $1,900 an ounce, but that slide was exacerbated as part of a marketwide sell-off...

High anxiety over muni exemption cap

July 7, 2013

The municipal bond market is circling the wagons once again following the latest suggestion that the Obama administration wants to reduce the 100-year-old tax exemption on muni bond income. Even though most muni market experts see Mr. Obama's...

SEC charges former RJ broker with insider trading

July 3, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged former Raymond James Financial Services Inc. broker Charles Adams with insider trading relating to the 2008 acquisition of Rohm & Haas Co. by Dow Chemical Co. Raymond James is also listed as...

Take Five: Rick Rieder of BlackRock

July 2, 2013

Rick Rieder, co-head of BlackRock Inc.'s Americas Fixed Income Group, looks beyond the Federal Reserve to explain the recent market volatility. “Japan, China and the emerging markets all played a role,” he said. “The Fed is getting too...

Investors shrug off volatility, risk to get in on IPOs

July 1, 2013

If increased market risk and volatility are supposed to hurt the initial public offerings market, somebody forgot to tell IPO investors. “Even with the stock market near all-time highs, there is a lot of risk appetite out there right now,...

Glitter returning to gold as some see buying opportunity

June 28, 2013

At less than $1,200 an ounce, gold is starting to look like a buying opportunity. The precious metal now is down more than 36% from a September 2011 high of around $1,900 an ounce, but that slide was exacerbated last week as part of a marketwide...

Threat of tax cap freaking out muni market

June 27, 2013

The municipal bond market is circling the wagons once again following the latest suggestion that the Obama administration wants to reduce the 100-year-old tax exemption on muni bond income. Even though most muni market experts see a slim chance...

Now, retail investors can get a P-E buzz – without the hangover

June 26, 2013

There's nothing like a little market volatility to remind investors about the virtues of diversifying into alternative strategies. With that in mind, the current market environment could represent an entry point to the private-equity space,...

Quarterly fund statements could trigger another bond market sell-off

June 25, 2013

Even if the recent volatility in the financial markets starts to calm down, the bond market could experience a second stage of selling as mutual fund investors start receiving their quarter-end statements and react with even more selling. “What...

Market sell-off like opening a pressure valve?

June 24, 2013

As investors continue the panicked rush out of both stocks and bonds, those with a strong stomach are already looking for new entry points. “Things are starting to get interesting, because as the markets crater, they are tossing out some good...

So are the market jitters over?

June 23, 2013

Anyone doubting the skittish mood in the financial markets was brought back to reality last week when a generic and predictable statement from the Federal Reserve triggered a rush for the exits across most asset classes. The sell-off that started...

15 transformational events: The biggest scandal that nobody recalls

June 23, 2013

In the wake of the 2000 technology bubble, the 2001 terror attacks and the stock ratings fraud charges unfolding across the brokerage industry, the 2003 mutual fund industry scandal is sometimes recalled as an afterthought. But even if memory...

15 transformational events: ETFs rise in race for assets

June 23, 2013

For a little perspective on the exchange-traded-fund phenomenon, consider this: Open-end mutual funds took 66 years to amass $1 trillion in assets. ETFs, which burst on the U.S. investment scene in 1993, blew past that threshold in just 17 years....

Jeff Benjamin: When gold lost its luster

June 21, 2013

Jeff Benjamin, InvestmentNews

Jeff Benjamin: Quantitative easing eases fears

June 21, 2013

Jeff Benjamin, InvestmentNews

15 transformational advisers: Harold Evensky and Deena Katz

June 20, 2013

When Harold Evensky published his 1997 book, “Wealth Management: The Financial Advisor's Guide to Investing and Managing Client Assets,” the term “wealth management” still was relatively unfamiliar to the planning industry. “I probably...

The market freak-out: A Fed-inspired buying opportunity

June 20, 2013

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 400 points in the 20-hour period following yesterday's non-news statement from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. For anyone paying attention, this should represent a screaming buying opportunity. Let's...

Bernanke talks — but advisers way ahead of the yield curve

June 19, 2013

As the financial markets adjust to the latest hints on Fed policy — as gleaned from comments made today by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke — many financial advisers are sitting tight with strategies based on the inevitable end of quantitative...

Take Five: John Loffredo on how to play the Detroit muni mess

June 18, 2013

Detroit officially entered default status on Monday when it failed to make a $39.7 million payment on debt issued to fund pensions. But even as Michigan's largest city moves a step closer to bankruptcy, there are still opportunities to invest...

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