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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 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...

How to climb from loss to gain on bonds

September 1, 2013

With a cycle of rising interest rates now seen as a foregone conclusion, this is a perfect time for financial advisers to start re-educating clients on how to make the most of what the market is about to give them. “It's a weird thing to say,...

Ignorance is not bliss

September 1, 2013

Sooner or later, there is going to be a bloodletting in the bond market and it is up to financial advisers to make sure their clients don't get caught in the middle of it. As of late last week, the bellwether 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield...

Take Five with Sungarden Investment Research's Robert Isbitts

September 1, 2013

As the Federal Reserve prepares to start dialing down its five-year-long quantitative-easing program, interest rates are fully expected to start climbing — an issue of major focus for financial advisers. But Robert Isbitts, founder and chief...

Advisers brace for volatility as Syria turmoil looms

September 1, 2013

Add the unrest in Syria to the list of obstacles facing the financial markets in the weeks and months ahead. August finished as the worst month for the S&P 500 since May 2012, a clear sign that investors are already bracing for another ugly...

Syria turmoil expected, advisers brace for volatility

August 28, 2013

With some near-term market volatility expected as the United States prepares to take military action against Syria, advisers are holding steady and keeping a close eye on client portfolios. “The markets hate uncertainty and this is inherently...

Take Five: Keep clients in the dark at your own peril, Robert Isbitts says

August 27, 2013

As the Federal Reserve prepares to start dialing down its five-year-long quantitative-easing program, interest rates are fully expected to start climbing, which should be an issue of major focus for financial advisers. But, Robert Isbitts, founder...

Take Five: REITs act as hedge

August 25, 2013

Rising interest rates are a looming reality that will have a negative impact on virtually every financial instrument, but at least in the case of real estate, there is some hope for a hedge, according to Marc Halle, manager of the $2.3 billion...

Time is ripe for active investing

August 25, 2013

After more than four years of riding the stock market wave with passive index-based strategies, some financial advisers and market watchers are starting to consider the potential for active management to navigate the next market cycle. “What...

Clients expect active web presence

August 25, 2013

Financial advisers who ignore the social-media trend will be left in the dust, according to Jennifer Grazel, global head of category development for financial services at LinkedIn Corp. While independent advisers less encumbered by corporate...

Rising rates hurt bonds? That's news to investors

August 25, 2013

If the results of a new investor survey are any indication, financial advisers will have their work cut out for them when interest rates start rising and bond prices start falling. In a survey of U.S. investors, Edward Jones found that two-thirds...

Rising rates a problem for bonds? That's news to investors

August 21, 2013

If the results of a new investor survey are any indication, financial advisers will have their work cut out for them when interest rates start rising and bond prices start falling. In a survey of U.S. investors, Edward Jones found that two-thirds...

Take Five: REITS may act as inflation hedge

August 20, 2013

Rising interest rates are a looming reality that will have a negative impact on virtually every financial instrument, but at least in the case of real estate, there is some hope for a hedge, according to Marc Halle, manager of the $2.3 billion...

Active management is gaining favor with some advisers

August 20, 2013

After more than four years of riding the stock market wave with passive index-based strategies, some financial advisers and market watchers are starting to consider the potential for active management to navigate the next market cycle. “What...

Detroit's woes present opportunities

August 18, 2013

For most municipal bond investors, Detroit might seem like a place to avoid at all costs. But in a twist unique to the muni bond world, the perils that Michigan's largest city faces could be creating opportunities for investors seeking muni...

Positive jobs data send stocks tumbling on worries that tapering is imminent

August 15, 2013

Despite months of direct and indirect warnings that the strengthening economy will need less support from the Federal Reserve, the equity markets today fell in reaction to some positive jobless data. “It's kind of a good-news-is-bad-news scenario,...

Detroit's woes could open up muni opportunities elsewhere in Michigan

August 13, 2013

For most municipal bond investors, Detroit might seem like a place to avoid at all costs. But in a twist unique to the muni bond world, the perils that Michigan's largest city faces could be creating opportunities for investors seeking muni...

Bond market awaits tapering with bated breath

August 8, 2013

With the Federal Reserve expected to start reducing its five-plus-year quantitative-easing program as early as next month, the bond market can only wait and hope that investors maintain a sense of calm as the tapering approaches. “The idea...

Palladium: A good alternative to gold?

August 7, 2013

With the price of gold falling like the weighty metal that it is, even some hardcore gold bugs are now advising near-term caution, so maybe it is time to look at some alternative commodities exposure. While the case for and against gold has...

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