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Facebook stock-fraud venture lands fund manager in hot water

August 11, 2015

A Tampa-based fund manager is scheduled to plead guilty this week to investment fraud in relation to $9 million worth of Facebook Inc. stock that he purchased on behalf of investors, then sold and was caught short when the stock price rebounded....

Crashing commodity prices will give the Fed one more reason to not raise rates

August 5, 2015

The crashing commodity prices are real and the real result might be a further delayed Fed rate hike. Playing right into Janet Yellen's hands JPMorgan is in the hot seat for hedge fund sales. 'The firm is responding and cooperating with relevant...

Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

February 4, 2015

Pimco Total Return Fund notches 21 straight months of redemptions, including $11.6 billion in January. Meanwhile, since the September departure of Bill Gross, the $134.6 billion fund has beaten 94% of its peers. The fund is up 2.45% so far this...

New love for mortgage REITs

January 16, 2014

A closer look at how mortgage REITs could prosper this year shows that interest rates might not be a big factor. Of course, you have to know why you're investing in something that invests in mortgage bonds but trades like a stock. What's not...

Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

January 27, 2015

The case for investing in Russia looks great, on paper. Just hold your nose and take a big bite. Banking on a business-friendly and reform-minded history If the hedge funders have it right, oil prices will continue to slide. Crude oil short...

The sleigh is loaded up for a Santa rally

December 23, 2013

Stock futures are merrily riding on a Santa rally. Potential 1% spike at the opening bell Hedge funds were ahead of the curve on gold's decline and are still cutting exposure to the precious metal. Short positions rise The bond market sees the...

Say #Hello to the new Twitter billionaires

November 7, 2013

Meet the folks getting really rich today from Twitter's IPO. #Millionaires become #Billionaires Seven years of Twitter summed up in 10 tweets. May 2011: Helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1 AM Deutsche Bank's China A-Shares ETF (ASHR) launches...

Collapsing oil prices get real with no bottom in sight

December 1, 2014

The collapse of oil prices is driving serious speculation about how bad things will get. Comparisons are being drawn to the impact of declining oil prices three decades ago that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Few expected the power or...

The bond markets are mysteriously losing liquidity

June 9, 2015

The worst part about the bond market selloffs in the U.S. and Europe is the not knowing why. Markets do not like uncertainty. The mysteriously shrinking market liquidity When the behemoth California Public Employees' Retirement System can't...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

Barclays rains on the equity market parade

August 19, 2014

Barclays puts the breaks on the S&P by calling for a 1% gain for the rest of the year. And that's the good news. Equity price gains will weaken to 3% over the next decade Gold gains momentum as a safe-haven play just as stocks turn on the jets...

Investing lessons from Lebron James

August 5, 2014

What bond investors can learn from LeBron James' career moves. Focusing on higher payouts ahead The latest case for gold means the Fed is getting it all wrong, and that isn't good. The Fed might be dangerously behind the curve The outlook for...

Giddy markets continue to look blissfully past mounting geopolitical unrest

July 23, 2014

Financial markets continue to shrug off geopolitical unrest. But for how long? Global violence and turmoil becomes old hat As U.S. markets get frothy, more Americans invest overseas. Better late than never. Portfolios coming in line with professional...

Markets brace for the Fed's big talk about normalization

July 14, 2014

Bracing for a Yellen-focussed week ahead. Fed chair is slated for two days of testimony to chart a path toward normalization, whatever that is. Testing the health of the U.S. economy Like clockwork, individual investors charge into the equity...

European stocks hit six-year high on fifth day of rally

May 27, 2014

European stocks extend a six-year high on the fifth day of a rally. U.S. durable goods data out this morning could put a damper on the Euro equity run. 'Markets are looking for the next news' Investors be warned, China's problems are your problems....

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Next on Janet Yellen's to-do list: Winding down a $4.5T balance sheet

May 9, 2014

As the Fed winds down its bond-buying program, Janet Yellen confronts the awkward issue of overseeing a $4.5 trillion balance sheet, which was at $800 billion before the financial crisis. It's on her to-do list. Waiting for the policy-normalizing...

Global markets start to realize the risks of Russia's move into Ukraine

April 25, 2014

As the unrest in Ukraine gets more real by the day, the financial markets start to show signs of caution. In macroeconomic parlance, there are early signs of a persistent momentum move unfolding, and you might want to get ahead of it. Investors...

Cheap oil is drawing bargain hunters to energy ETFs

December 30, 2014

Bargain hunters pour into energy sectors, betting big that oil prices will bounce back up. 'The picture is not as bleak as it may seem.' Hedge funds might be closing in on a sixth straight year of lagging the S&P 500, but that doesn't mean they...

KKR ducks away from the retail market

February 11, 2014

Private equity giant KKR shutters two funds aimed at retail investors, highlighting the challenging of expanding beyond high-dollar investors. Retail market realities Gold hit a three-month high leading up to Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's first...

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