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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...

High dividend yields: Reward is worth the risk

March 17, 2013

Dividend investing probably has never been so fashionable and so rewarding, particularly against the backdrop of record-low interest rates. For many income-seeking investors, the stock dividend has emerged over the past few years as the new...

After the cliff, what's next for investors?

January 27, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of the Jan. 8 webcast, “Beyond the Fiscal Cliff: What's Next for Stocks and Bonds,” moderated by InvestmentNews deputy editor Greg Crawford and senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: As we all...

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...

Don't look down: Ignore the fiscal cliff, buy now

September 30, 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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Making the case for futures trading

March 15, 2009

Direct access to futures-trading strategies is still just out of reach for most retail-class investors — and for good reason. While commodity-trading advisers gained an average of 14% last year, the sometimes free-wheeling use of leverage across...

Lights! Camera! Futures trading!

March 8, 2009

Bizarre as it might initially sound, it is possible that the timing is right for a futures exchange to trade contracts based on movie ticket sales. The plan — initially spawned more than seven years ago by Cantor Fitzgerald LP of New York...

Fine-wine fund has outperformed the market

February 8, 2009

As alternative investment strategies go, fine wine might be a little too alternative for some. But that doesn’t dilute the reality of positive performance, particularly in this kind of market cycle. This is why Michael Wigley has decided to...

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