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Sounding the secular stagnation alarm bells

October 26, 2015

Larry Summers is sounding the alarm for secular stagnation. 'I would suggest it is a dangerous world' Buckle in for a big earnings week, as more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 Index are slated to report. The fourth week of October is seasonally...

Carl Icahn campaigns against corporate inversions and for himself

October 22, 2015

Carl Icahn's smooth move to try and halt corporate inversions in the name of tax patriotism is, naturally, also pretty good for his own portfolio. Super PAC spending plan tackles the hottest topic in corporate taxation What's left in the Fed's...

Gold rises from the dead

October 15, 2015

Gold shines bright above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months. For that, and the rosier outlook for the precious metal, you can thank the lackluster U.S. economy. A dead asset no longer As trading continues to replace...

Banks take center stage in earnings season

October 12, 2015

All eyes will be on banks this week and earnings season welcomes the reports from the financial sector. 8.4% expected growth Deep inside the Fed's minutes it becomes clear nobody really thinks the U.S. economy is doing very well. The failure...

An extreme tale of two liquid alt funds in the same category

October 9, 2015

The late-summer bout of stock market volatility has shed fresh light on alternative-strategy mutual funds and, once again, has reminded investors and financial advisers that these funds are very different from traditional long-only funds. Seasoned...

It's not too early to start preparing for mutual fund capital gains taxes

September 24, 2015

If you thought 2014 was a rough year for mutual fund capital gains taxes, you might want to start adjusting those portfolios to avoid a repeat this year. Solid funds, but far from tax friendly Don't be fooled by the recent IPO dry spell. The...

The rise and fall of commodities puts some advanced economies on the ropes

September 22, 2015

The atrophy of the manufacturing sector as commodity prices wane is wreaking havoc on a number of advanced economies. More currency depreciation needed ASAP Gold investors can thank the Fed's dovish stance. The natural inverse relationship between...

What markets to watch when the Fed hands down its rate decision

September 16, 2015

What to watch with or without a rate hike. 'The decision' for Fed on interest rates could rock these 6 markets One reason some economists think the Fed will hold off on raising interest rates is 'financial conditions" that have become shaky....

The futures market still isn't buying into a Fed rate hike

September 11, 2015

The futures markets and economists are already butting heads over what could be the Fed's first rate hike in nearly a decade. Economists lean toward a hike, but the futures markets beg to differ Focus on the Fed brings new luster to gold. The...

The next REIT privatization wave is underway

September 8, 2015

The swelling gap between public and private valuations is making REITs a sweet target. A treasure trove of properties Taking a swipe at liquid alternative investments is always fair. But blaming the current market environment on the category...

Pension giant CalSTRS ponders dumping $20B in stocks and bonds in favor of alt strategies

September 3, 2015

In the ultimate defensive move, the country's second-largest pension fund considers moving $20 billion out of traditional investments and into alternatives. Should smaller investors be following suit? 'We're not going to shoot for the moon for...

The biggest market risk right now might be trying to time this market

September 2, 2015

The stock market is clearly shaky, but trying to time it is a fool's game. This could be over just as fast as it began Wearing your social beliefs in your portfolio can be a big drag on your ability to save for retirement. Giving up a lot for...

Go-anywhere bond funds have failed to go anywhere positive over the past year

September 1, 2015

Nontraditional bond funds that sounded too good to be true are looking like a bust, so far. Taking on a lot of credit and emerging market risk Oil prices ride high on slower production data. In the wake of a 12% jump last week With China on...

Jeffrey Gundlach's DoubleLine opens its first alternatives fund

August 31, 2015

DoubleLine Capital, the fast-growing mutual fund firm run by Jeffrey E. Gundlach, opened its first commodities-based investment product to advisers Monday. The DoubleLine Strategic Commodity Fund comes during a brutal period for assets in the...

That awkward moment when the Fed realizes it can't raise interest rates

August 28, 2015

The only thing missing from the big gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole is inflation. Delaying a rate hike until 2016 'will be awkward' As a consumer of gasoline and other forms of energy, it is hard to get real excited about a spike...

Jeffrey Gundlach says the stock market pullback is just getting started

August 25, 2015

DoubleLine's Gundlach says the worst is yet to come for stocks. As painful as it has been over the past week, the markets still need a thorough housecleaning. 'You don't correct all this in three days' Something else to watch, and maybe worry...

Advisers hold steady on equities despite seeing more drops ahead

August 25, 2015

The bulk of financial advisers are not changing their clients' exposure to equities in light of recent volatility, even though most believe further dips in stock prices are likely in the coming weeks. About 71% of advisers are keeping client...

Market tumult pushes Federal Reserve rate hike expectations out

August 25, 2015

A long-anticipated move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month would be “very strange,” given the volatility rocking financial markets, according to the top bond strategist for Charles Schwab & Co.'s retail research unit....

At least one timing signal is already saying it is time to sell stocks

August 21, 2015

The stock market's oldest timing system started flashing a 'sell' signal at Thursday's close. The dreaded Dow Theory. Who and what you can blame for falling oil prices. Iran, OPEC, frackers, China, the Fed Speaking of the black stuff, Mexico...

Unwinding the Fed's giant bond portfolio might not hurt much

August 17, 2015

Through the magic of bond math, and a whole lot of imagination, we shouldn't worry about how the Fed might unwind its unprecedented $2.46 trillion Treasury portfolio. This won't hurt a bit. Gold's sudden spike in response to China looks like...

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