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Gold ETFs post longest run in a decade

October 9, 2019

As global tensions escalate and signs of a slowdown mount, more investors are turning to gold. Worldwide holdings in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds have expanded for 17 days in a row, the longest run of inflows since 2009. The total stash...

Barclays offers first zero-fee ETNs

October 8, 2019

Barclays is opening a new front in a brutal price war between asset managers. The British bank is starting the first no-fee exchange-traded notes in the U.S., joining a growing number of institutions that are offering investors their products...

The case against gold

September 23, 2019

With the price of gold up nearly 18% since the start of the year, some market watchers are calling it a "crowded trade." That's just one of the reasons some financial advisers give for steering clear of the precious metal at this point in the...

Low-cost gold ETFs introduce new fiduciary challenge

July 23, 2019

As threats of a global trade war and bond yields' move into negative territory spark renewed interest in gold as a portfolio ballast, financial advisers are faced with new choices among a growing list of gold-related exchange-traded funds that...

DoubleLine CEO Gundlach sees golden opportunity to hedge market risk

June 19, 2019

As fears of an economic slowdown and a recession continue to climb, including new signs that the Federal Reserve​ is​ on track to cut interest rates later this year, financial advisers are revisiting the pros and cons of turning to gold...

Markets tumble as trade war escalates

May 13, 2019

U.S. stocks and commodities tumbled Monday after China retaliated with higher tariffs on a range of American goods. Meanwhile, Treasurys jumped as investors fled to safe havens. The S&P 500 headed for the biggest slide in four months and the...

Betterment adding commodities to adviser platform

December 19, 2018

Betterment is expanding the menu of asset classes available to advisers using the white-label version of the digital-advice platform. Beginning Wednesday, advisers can customize client portfolios managed by Betterment for Advisors with exposure...

Worst day of an awful year leaves no part of market unscathed

November 20, 2018

One of the financial markets' toughest years in half a century got appreciably worse Tuesday, with simmering weakness across assets boiling over to leave investors with virtually nowhere to hide. Stocks buckled for a second day, sending the...

Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

Time to add commodities to client portfolios?

February 5, 2018

The economy is booming, and the stock market is falling, at least as of this moment. It may be time to think about adding commodities to clients' portfolios. If putting commodities in a stock portfolio seems like adding coal to a tire fire,...

Energy funds rally sharply

January 12, 2018

As the Standard & Poor's 500 soars higher, there's another bull market bubbling up: Crude oil. Black gold. Texas tea. But before you sell the shack and move to Beverly Hills, keep in mind there's a whole lot of oil still in the ground and offshore,...

Gundlach says S&P 500 will post negative return in 2018

January 10, 2018

Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, says the S&P 500 Index will end the year with a negative return and is dubious of the long-term value of bitcoin. "All recession indicators are flashing no recession, which means it's priced in,"...

Timber ETFs get bump from natural disasters

October 27, 2017

Clients who want to branch out into commodities might consider timber ETFs. Commodities funds have produced lackluster returns this year, losing 0.08% vs. a 16.22% gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index. The top-performing commodities...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

Commodity funds a tough sell, while managed futures hold out some hope

June 6, 2017

Commodities are an asset class that, at least in theory, can help diversify a portfolio over the long term. Unfortunately, investors have received little benefit from the theory: Commodity funds have lost an average 8.7% a year over the past...

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Gold's price drop puts traders and investors at odds

October 18, 2016

The flat-lining price of gold in October reflects a unique split between traders and investors in the precious metal. While the price of gold, at around $1,260 an ounce, is up nearly 24% from the start of the year, it has fallen by nearly 8%...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

Gold prices send a scary message to the markets

October 7, 2016

The price of gold fell below its 200-day moving average for the first time since February, and that has the technical analysts calculating some bad scenarios. The precedent for a protracted bear market for the precious metal. The Wells Fargo...

Old school fund companies Goldman, JPMorgan wade deeper into ETF market

September 16, 2016

Old-line asset management shops are continuing to wade deeper into the ETF market, seemingly embracing the notion that 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' Over the past few weeks, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, JPMorgan Asset Management, and...

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