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Investors pour into junk bond ETFs, signaling more upside for stocks

July 19, 2016

Investors are flocking to junk bond ETFs, showing another leg of risk-on investing. This is looking a lot like early 2012. If income is your goal, dividend stocks represent one of the few remaining choices. Time to get some REIT exposure. Allocation...

Japan's stock market rally has investors suddenly looking eastward

July 14, 2016

The sudden rally in Japan has some citing a turnaround, riding on the wave of Abenomics. Expanded stimulus program coming. The controversial use of stock-buyback plans is at least partially responsible for the stock market rally. The repurchasing...

Why it does and doesn't matter if fund managers invest in their own funds

July 13, 2016

Should you care if a portfolio manager is investing in a fund he or she is managing? It depends. Color me neutral. The lowdown on REIT returns and dividend yields. Dividend yields are beating total returns so far this year. It is to a financial...

How Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton plan to gain access to your wallet

July 12, 2016

Based on their own rhetoric, this is how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would impact your wallet, if elected. The devil is in the details. The warning sign not to be missed. Investors are suddenly trading bonds like stocks. Buying bonds for...

The safe-haven utilities sector has become extremely overextended

July 11, 2016

There is something amiss when safe-haven investments move into bubble territory. The utilities sector is up 21% so far this year. The category is being described as extremely overextended and valuations look dangerously high. Seems like we've...

Moore Capital tells hedge fund manager to pound sand after raucous Hamptons party

July 8, 2016

Moore Capital Management has sent hedge fund manager Brett Barna packing following a raucous Fourth of July party at a $20 million rented mansion in the Hamptons. The saga involves a $27,000 Airbnb rental, a $1 million lawsuit, and “dwarfs...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says gold is the place to be

July 7, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach is embracing the safe haven of gold. “Things are shaky and feeling dangerous.” Seven years into an economic “recovery,” the U.S. economy is more fragile than it was during the financial crisis. Wonderful....

Morningstar brings smart beta into the active-passive debate

July 6, 2016

Morningstar has just reshuffled the deck in the active-versus-passive debate. The passive-active duo becomes the passive/strategic beta/active trio. The expanded framework folds in strategic beta. With the stock and bond markets showing an unusual...

Bond market is signaling it's time to sell stocks

July 5, 2016

The direction of bond yields does not bode well for the equity markets. This looks like a dangerous disconnect. All the reasons you need to stay bullish on the U.S. economy. Home to the world's top brands. Making the case for not abandoning...

A hedge fund manager's view of liquid alternative funds

July 1, 2016

Liquid alternative strategies are growing up, and that means some growing pains. There's asset allocation and there's chasing returns. It's finally good to be an investor in commodities. A turnaround for the asset class. With history as a guide,...

The markets brace for Puerto Rico's default

June 30, 2016

The markets are bracing for the next shoe to drop in the form of a default by Puerto Rico. The plan to default on $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds. With GE Capital now off the list of financial institutions the government considers...

Unlike other active funds, First Eagle's fund champions its passion for cash

June 29, 2016

Financial advisers are often critical of mutual funds with large cash positions, based on the argument that investors don't want to pay an active-management fee for idle cash. The flipside, however, is that in times of sudden market pullbacks...

Stocks rebound from the Brexit vote in a show of resilience that should be alarming

June 29, 2016

What does it say about the U.S. equity markets when stocks react so violently to a Brexit vote that had a 50/50 chance of happening, and then just puff right back up again three trading days later? No offense to dead cats, but this is not a...

Brexit forces a dovish Fed into cowering mode

June 28, 2016

A Fed rate hike this summer? No, no. You've got it all wrong. The Fed is now sheepishly tilting toward a rate cut. The July outlook is now for 0.25% cut. The big bets being made to hedge the Brexit and bank on the looming fallout. The potential...

SEC going after advisers for reverse churning

June 27, 2016

The SEC is homing in on advisers trying to 'reverse churn' client accounts. Some clues of the broader enforcement agenda.The commission is specifically looking at why some clients are in advisory accounts versus brokerage accounts. As Britain...

If all else fails, blame the sluggish economy on demographics

June 24, 2016

You know you're out of logical options when somebody claims that demographics is the reason stocks are yielding more than bonds. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with a dismal economic recovery loaded with stimulus and all manner of...

The high risks facing a low-yield world

June 23, 2016

The low-yield world has turned what used to be the most conservative investments into the riskiest part of a portfolio. There is now $10 trillion worth of government debt 'paying' negative yields. What are investors actually getting from those...

Royal Alliance lawyers capitalize on Finra's broken BrokerCheck

June 22, 2016

The wacky world of Wall Street's homegrown justice system was on full display last week when Royal Alliance attorneys fought to scrub the tarnished record of former broker Kathleen Tarr, who is saddled with 44 customer disputes. Have lawyers,...

Pimco issues urgent warning about state of commercial real estate market

June 21, 2016

Pimco see rough seas ahead for the $3 trillion commercial real estate market. Increased volatility, including a 5% price drop in the year ahead. The cannabis industry in the U.S. continues to grow like a weed, but Wall Street remains cautious...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says Donald Trump would be huge for stocks, not so much for bonds

June 20, 2016

DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach says a Trump presidency would be bad for bonds, but good for stocks. This could be huuuuge for stock-market bulls. Sen. Liz Warren is the GOP's least favorite financial adviser. The potential Democrat veep choice charged...

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