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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...

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...

Goldman Sachs' oil forecasting prowess … or lack thereof

October 30, 2014

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is often in the limelight for hiring the best talent on Wall Street, winning the high-profile deals, having close ties to the government and paying enormous compensation. It's also a firm under intense scrutiny and...

A 20% allocation to gold? Seriously.

August 21, 2014

If history is your guide, the case for owning lots of gold all the time is an easy one to make. With a 40-year compound annual growth rate of more than 7.5%, gold's long-term performance is second only to equities, at 8.2%. Jerry Wagner, founder...

Oil supply shock and awe suggests more downside

January 13, 2015

In just one week, oil prices skidded by more than 10%, sparking a selloff in U.S. equities of 3.5%, a Treasury rally of more than 20 basis points, and global headlines of growth fears and tumult. Surprisingly, I'm not talking about last week....

Are commodities still a justifiable diversifier?

July 21, 2013

By now, advisers can't help but wonder if they should get their clients out of commodities-linked funds and exchange-traded products. Certainly, the performance numbers have been nothing to cheer about. Year-to-date through June, open-end commodities...

More Than a Trickle: Investment Implications of the Cape Town Water Shortage

April 4, 2018

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, has been making the news in recent weeks with headlines like “Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world's first big metropolis to go dry”1 leaving many stunned. As Cape Town approaches...

Midas moment: States rushing to make gold legal tender

April 10, 2013

Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender. Arizona is poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion...

Is the gold party over?

March 5, 2013

Investors fled from gold exchange-traded funds in record numbers last month as the economy continued to improve. A record $4.1 billion was pulled from gold ETFs in February, the largest single month of net outflows for the group ever. It's almost...

INsider: Wheels about to come off commodity super-cycle

November 20, 2012

The commodity super-cycle is on track to hit a major speed bump next year — if it hasn't already. Surpluses across a variety of commodities and a consumption slowdown in China have Edward Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup...

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 drops 6% in May on Europe's woes

May 31, 2012

Gold futures fell in New York, capping the longest monthly slump since 2000, as Europe's worsening debt crisis and signs of a U.S. economic slowdown crimped demand for the precious metal. Higher borrowing costs in Spain are putting pressure...

Chart of the day: Investors' obsession with gold

February 22, 2012

Gold is up roughly 13% since the beginning of the year and a number of bullion bulls - including John Paulson - are becoming more vocal about the prospects of gold prices going forward. “By the time inflation becomes evident, gold will probably...

The Takeaway: Lead — yes lead — could shield investors from Treasury yield spike

January 4, 2013

Portfolio Scott Krisiloff: It's very hard for top Dow stocks in any given year to repeat that performance in the following one. (Avondale) Some bank stocks that still have room to run even after last year's sector dominance. (iBankCoin) The...

Jeffrey Saut: Bulls are still in control

August 28, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist and managing director of equity research at Raymond James & Associates, for Monday, Aug. 27. To read the full commentary, click here. Unfortunately,...

Test-driving retirement plans

July 22, 2012

For many preretirees, the idea of post-career living, where every day is like Saturday, is tantalizing. In reality, nearly half of retirees find it difficult to adjust to the lack of structure, loss of identity and boredom. The problem is inadequate...

Lump-sum offers present risks and opportunities

July 8, 2012

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. made headlines over the past two months when they offered nonunion retirees a chance to swap their monthly pensions for a lump-sum payout. Although only about 130,000 retirees are affected by the auto giants'...

Commodities prices resume their upswing

August 16, 2009

A decade-long rise in commodities prices — the so-called supercycle — is about to resume, market bulls say, driven by rising industrial demand, a weaker dollar and production constraints. If recent performance is any indication, the upturn...

Where GLD's $70B in gold is hidden

March 12, 2012

There's roughly $70 billion in gold bars backing the GLD Spider Trust - all secretly stashed at one vault in a location that few people in the world currently know, and few people have ever even seen. CNBC was granted access (with Bob Pisani...

Peter Schiff: Why Warren Buffett is wrong about gold

March 6, 2012

The gold doomsayers have found their champion in the media's favorite financial adviser and one of the world's richest men. Warren Buffett, the man dubbed the "Oracle of Omaha," has repeatedly and publicly denied that gold is an investment,...

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