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Stocks, commodities march to beat of same drummer

August 22, 2010

Financial advisers and money managers who have loaded up on commodities with the aim of diversifying their portfolios have made a troubling discovery: These alternatives continue to move nearly in lock step with the stock market. “The sense...

Gold at six-week high and could continue to rally

August 17, 2010

Gold, which reached a six-week high in New York today, may gain as signs of a slowing economic recovery and a weaker dollar increase demand for the metal as a protection of wealth. German investor confidence dropped more than forecast to a 16-month...

Commodities and stocks surprisingly in sync

August 17, 2010

Target date fund managers who added commodities to their funds in recent months with the hope of diversifying their portfolios have made a startling discovery: Alternative investments continue to move in lockstep with the overall stock market....

Guess who's betting billions on gold?

August 17, 2010

Eric Mindich's $13 billion Eton Park Capital Management LP led hedge funds in raising gold investments last quarter, joining billionaire John Paulson's bet that bullion will increase amid inflation concerns. Eton Park bought 6.58 million shares...

Commodities funds brace for regulatory ‘confusion’

July 29, 2010

Mutual fund companies may be largely unaffected by the financial services reform legislation, but they are girding for other types of regulation. Specifically, commodities funds that invest in futures may soon be more stringently monitored by...

New corn ETF second only to buying actual corn, says Teucrium’s Gilbertie

July 12, 2010

Financial advisers and asset allocators looking for specific exposure to select commodities should keep an eye on the Teucrium Corn Fund Ticker:(CORN), the first single-commodity exchange-traded fund. The fund, launched last month by Teucrium...

LeBron should sign short deal, buy gold: Anti-inflation group

July 8, 2010

LeBron James, the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player the past two seasons, should sign a short-term contract and plow his wealth into gold and silver to protect himself against hyperinflation, according to the National...

London calling: UK's ETF Securities plans big commodities push in U.S.

July 6, 2010

ETF Securities, a London-based provider of exchange-traded funds, is planning a major push into the U.S. market with the launch of 18 commodities-based ETFs and a precious-metals basket ETF. As of now, the firm markets just four ETFs in the...

A gold bug's life? A sweet one – thanks to government spending

July 6, 2010

To figure out what's driving the price of gold, look no further than global government policies, said Evan Smith, manager of the $700 million U.S. Global Investors Global Resources Fund Ticker:(PSPFX). “We see gold as an insurance policy against...

TIAA-CREF: Why investments in farmland are now 'like gold'

June 29, 2010

TIAA-CREF aims to add to its $2 billion holdings of farmland to help diversify its portfolio and hedge against inflation, said the pension-fund manager's director for private-equity investments in agriculture. “We don't have enough” farmland,...

Gold bubble about to burst, says Oppenheimer's Belski

June 18, 2010

Almost forty years after the U.S. officially abandoned the gold standard and its $35-an-ounce peg, the price of spot gold on Friday reached $1258 an ounce, another record, on Friday. The uptrend won't last much longer, one analyst predicts....

Rob Arnott: More Crises to Come

June 7, 2010

The pioneer of fundamental indexing and chairman of Research Affiliates offers a view of the future that includes another recession and renewed inflation.

Water, water everywhere — so it's time for you to drink

May 16, 2010

For advisers thirsty for new opportunities, the case for water investing is crystal clear. The global population is expected to grow by 1.2 billion to 8 billion over the next 15 years, and less than 1% of the planet's water is currently potable...

Target date funds adding commodities

April 18, 2010

Managers of target date funds are adding commodities to their portfolio mixes, but experts wonder whether the moves are substantive or just window dressing. The changes take several forms. MFS Investment Management, for example, has filed to...

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' company sued in $15M securities fraud case

March 12, 2010

A lawsuit accuses an employee of an oil and gas company owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of aiding and abetting an alleged $15 million securities fraud under investigation by federal officials. Jones is not named in the lawsuit, which...

The most tax-efficient way to own gold

March 7, 2010

All that glitters is not — well, you know the rest. The truth is that in terms of taxes, gold isn't all that glittery. According to the Internal Revenue Service, gold is a collectible when it is held in the form of coins or bullion. As a result,...

After burning white hot, energy partnerships still have a warm glow

February 21, 2010

Analysts don't expect last year's gusher from oil and gas master limited partnerships to continue, but they are still recommending the deals for investors seeking income, tax protection and portfolio diversification. They like them especially...

JPMorgan picks up RBS commodities biz in $1.7B deal

February 16, 2010

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC said Tuesday that its joint-venture commodities unit RBS Sempra Commodities has sold its metals, oil and European energy businesses to investment bank J.P. Morgan for $1.7 billion. RBS, which is 84 percent owned by...

Institutional investors knock on wood

January 17, 2010

Institutional investors are focusing on opportunities in the natural-resources sector by investing in timberland to hedge against inflation. A number of institutions — including the Florida State Board of Administration and the Kansas Public...

Chicago lawyer gets jail time for part in Refco fraud

January 14, 2010

A Chicago lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday by a federal judge who said his excessive loyalty to Refco Inc. led him to help the big commodities brokerage carry out a $2.4 billion fraud. Attorney Joseph P. Collins, 59, of...

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