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How a Brexit will hit U.S. stocks

June 2, 2016

If the U.K. pulls the trigger on its departure from the European Union, the fallout could hit certain U.S. stocks that you might already own, or maybe should own. Stay nimble. A couple dozen stateside companies with substantial sales in Britain...

Stock sellers got burned in May but volatility set to return in June

June 1, 2016

If you sold in May, you went away too early. The Standard and Poor's 500 stock index rolled to a 1.53% gain in May, and 1.80% with dividends reinvested. For the three months ended May, the blue-chip index is up 8.53%, or 9.12% with dividends....

How stocks' performance can help predict the presidential election

May 31, 2016

Paying attention to how stocks trend between August and November could be a giveaway for which party's candidate will be elected president. When voters decide between the incumbent party and the challenger, it often comes back to: "It's the...

Steven Cohen wants a minor league system for portfolio managers

May 25, 2016

Hedge funder Steven Cohen is building a minor league of portfolio managers by recruiting college sophomores. Reducing the time it takes a college grad to become a portfolio manager. If you make less money, do you have to take more risks with...

Marijuana startup MassRoots' plans to join Nasdaq go up in smoke

May 24, 2016

MassRoots, an online social network for marijuana fans, experienced a massive downer Monday when the NASDAQ exchange denied its listing request based on the fact cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. According to a statement from MassRoots,...

Why gold makes sense for investors

May 22, 2016

The price of gold rose more in the first quarter of 2016 than during any quarter since the third quarter of 1986. As a result, should advisers be educating their clients about including this rather unique commodity as part of their investing...

The perils of investment crowdfunding

May 22, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission's crowdfunding regulations went into effect last week, which means financial advisers have another reason to pay close attention to this fast-evolving and largely misunderstood space. To begin with, we're...

Returns are big, but the jury is still out on lawsuit investing

May 20, 2016

Heads up, financial advisers, because some of the latest performance from a fledgling investment category known as litigation finance could start catching the attention of your clients. The idea of investing capital to help finance a lawsuit...

George Soros bets against the S&P

May 18, 2016

George Soros is betting big on an S&P implosion. The billionaire hedge funder is shorting stocks and buying gold. The sudden spike in the price of oil has fallen right in line with what veteran oilman T. Boone Pickens believes: That the price...

High-frequency trading has made the stock market better for investors

May 13, 2016

If you're happy with the stock market, you can thank the existence of high-frequency trading. Creating the best market ever for individual investors. The appetite for gold is swelling once again. The ETF inflows are huge. A note for your empty-nester...

Hillary Clinton's hedge fund ties get trimmed by one

May 12, 2016

More proof that times are tough all over. Hillary Clinton's son-in-law is shutting down one of his hedge funds after losing 48% last year in a Greece-focused strategy. Whatever remains of the $25 million raised will be returned to investors....

REITs to get own classification on major indices

May 10, 2016

Coming this August, major market indices will give REITs their own classification called "real estate." REITs currently are bundled inside of “financials." There's a growing consensus that pursuing a CFA instead of an MBA makes more economic...

Hedge funds face their Uber moment

May 9, 2016

Expensive and exclusive is no longer enough to automatically attract investors to hedge funds. Hedge funds face their own Uber moment. The SEC says financial adviser, Louis Martin Blazer III, stole $2.35 million from his clients by convincing...

New tools provide real estate hedging

May 8, 2016

When it comes to financial markets, one of the most common strategies investors use to mitigate risk and make returns more predictable is the hedge. Hedging is essentially making a modest investment in an asset or position that runs counter...

Making a case for impact investing

April 24, 2016

Sometimes a movement, whether social, political, economic, or even investment-focused, proceeds at a measured pace for years before key forces converge, propelling it to dramatically new levels of focus and attention. For example, the climate...

How to prepare clients for changes to their BDC and nontraded REIT investments

April 20, 2016

While the Department of Labor's newly unveiled fiduciary rule has dominated industry headlines in recent months, another fresh regulatory shift also has the potential to cause significant upheaval for countless advisers. The Financial Industry...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Investors should look beyond REITs to gain real estate exposure: Jeffrey Kolitch

April 19, 2016

The real estate market, in general, still has plenty of potential for growth, but investors should start thinking beyond just real estate investment trusts to gain exposure. “Given where we are right now in the cycle, we advocate a broader...

Analyst sees gold hitting $3,000 an ounce over next three years

April 19, 2016

Gold just finished its best quarter in 30 years to become the best-performing asset class among commodities. Is the yellow metal entering a new bull market? A precious metals analyst predicts gold could reach $3,000 an ounce over the next three...

Taking a cue from insiders on strategic-beta ETFs

April 17, 2016

It's no secret that strategic-beta exchange-traded products have become a pervasive part of the marketplace, rewarding investors with innovative tools to diversify and fine-tune portfolios in ways traditional market-capitalization-weighted indexes...

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