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Beware the dividend yield trap

January 18, 2013

Just beyond the glorious celebration of dividends as a reliable source of income in a low-interest-rate environment, there is the caveat that too much yield isn't always a good thing for every investor. As dividend-paying stocks continue to...

The Takeaway: Advisers in the spotlight

August 30, 2013

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you all know that today is my final edition of the daily Takeaways - although I will continue to contribute here at Investment News. Thank you all for the emails, and retweets and comments and encouragement....

MLP funds aren't all they are cracked up to be

October 24, 2010

In this yield-starved and tax-sensitive environment, it is no wonder that master limited partnerships are being touted as the next hot investment solution. After all, the sales pitch promises long-term tax deferrals on annual distributions,...

MLPs in mutual funds pose hazards

April 14, 2013

As yield-generating investments, master limited partnerships have plenty of appeal, but it would be difficult to find another asset class with more ways to unintentionally trip up investors. The latest challenge is weighing the pros and cons...

More bad news for savers where unemployment is high

January 25, 2013

In the category of more proof that life is not fair, it turns out that bank deposit interest rates are closely tied to state-level unemployment rates. While yields on deposits are low and trending lower all over the country, depositors in states...

Reverse convertible notes warrant sales scrutiny

February 28, 2010

A general rule of thumb: When an investment product is so complex that a broker can't explain it in a quick “elevator pitch,” pay close attention to issues related to suitability. After all, the issue isn't just whether investors understand...

VC is another way to invest in small, high-growth companies

January 31, 2010

Taking a chance on venture capital investments could seem daunting to some, but it is worth considering as a viable alternative to small- and micro-cap stock allocations. Although some of the nuances of private VC investing will require extra...

In the active-passive debate, a fusion yields best results

November 15, 2009

Most of the debate over active versus passive investing strategies has reached the level of white noise as both sides continue to stack up claims and examples to make their cases. But that shouldn't diminish the value of reasonable and straightforward...

Closed-end funds offer opportunity, warrant scrutiny

September 6, 2009

For most individual investors, the closed-end-fund marketplace is a minefield of confusing yet enticing opportunities. The majority of the industry's 640 closed-end funds trade at a perpetual discount to their net asset value, while some (currently...

Picking the right time to time the market

August 23, 2009

Given the market's performance over the past decade, many investors are having a hard time buying into a buy-and-hold investment strategy right now. Even many financial professionals who had built their businesses around the buy-and-hold mantra...

The IPO market finally appears to be heating up

August 16, 2009

The initial public offering market, which has already produced some high-quality returns from a short list of companies this year, could represent a real investment opportunity over the next few months as more companies line up to take advantage...

Fund's hyperinflation hedge is diversifying against dollar

July 19, 2009

With the federal government apparently making a desperate attempt to set a record for printing and spending money, it's easy to understand why some people fear the dollar is headed toward a crippling fall. While there are still plenty of cases...

Don't look down: Ignore cliff, buy now

September 23, 2012

Make no mistake — the fiscal cliff is serious. But financial advisers should recognize that the looming threat doesn't necessarily mean that investors should reduce their market exposure. In fact, some strategists are making the case for increasing...

Correlation found between top-exec behavior and stock price

June 28, 2009

There is nothing quite like hard numbers when it comes to holding a corporate executive's feet to the fire. And short-term aberrations notwithstanding, there are apparently some direct and measurable correlations between the actions of top-level...

Carbon emissions likely to play big part in stock analysis

June 7, 2009

With everything that is going on in Washington these days — from efforts to appoint a Supreme Court justice to the perils of nukes in North Korea — it is easy to overlook the potential economic impact of legislation aimed at saving the environment....

Non-traded fund lets investors be lenders

May 17, 2009

The tightening of the credit markets creates a host of new opportunities for anyone ready and willing to lend money to companies. This is the fundamental premise behind FS Investment Corp., a non-traded, publicly registered business development...

Use 'real alpha' and 'exotic beta' when considering active vs. passive management

May 10, 2009

The debate over the virtues of active versus passive portfolio management probably will live forever. Much of the debate boils down to ingrained theories related to the impact of fees on performance and the probabilities of active managers beating...

Hedgers aren’t hiding in the bushes, new ETF attests

April 19, 2009

For more proof that the hedge fund mystique continues, or at least is expected to continue, look no further than the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI). Launched last month by IndexIQ, a Rye, N.Y., boutique asset management firm, the...

Investing in a lawsuit

April 5, 2009

If buying shares in order to bet on a company’s financial performance doesn’t provide enough of a kick, try buying shares to bet on the outcome of a lawsuit. Investors who want to take such a risk may consider the initial public offering from...

Alternative-energy investments on back burner

March 22, 2009

Most people would probably rather not campaign against efforts to develop alternative energy, but from an investment perspective, the case for alternative energy is getting increasingly difficult to make. Even after crude oil spiked 7% in one...

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