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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...

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...

Third Avenue rattles the junk bond market

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's unprecedented move last week of blocking investor redemptions from its junk-bond fund has clearly rattled the bond markets, but it doesn't mean this is the end of days for fixed income investors. Try not to freak out...

Dynasty hires Scott D. Welch to be chief investment officer

May 14, 2015

Dynasty Financial Partners, a company that sells advisers services and tools to run their businesses, has hired Scott D. Welch for its new position as chief investment officer. In his new role, Mr. Welch will oversee investment research, choose...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Gundlach says 'sinister side' of cheap oil will dampen economic growth, markets

January 14, 2015

What the U.S. energy boom has given, the U.S. energy boom is about to take away if oil prices stay at or below current levels, according to DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach. “All the job growth from 2007 until today can really be attributed...

Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks

February 11, 2015

Some wealthy investors are growing to love the bull market, as prominent investors cheer the run-up in U.S. stock prices, according to a new survey by Legg Mason Inc. The asset manager found most of the moneyed investors it polled online are...

Financial adviser sentenced to 51 months for ripping off elderly clients

January 6, 2015

Stealing from more than two dozen elderly clients gets a Bellingham, Wash.-based financial adviser a 51-month prison sentence. Being barred from working with clients in 2005 didn't stop Jeffrey Knutsen from ripping off his clients Don't miss...

Corporate bonds fly off the shelves ahead of looming rate hikes

December 2, 2014

U.S. corporations are signaling that they think interest rates are going higher, eventually. Bond sales top $1.5 trillion for a new record. Bond sales driven by record-low interest rates The stage is being set for another global currency war,...

From big rallies to fallen (bond) kings, we saw it all in 2014

December 29, 2014

Of all the twists, turns and surprises of 2014, cheap oil has to be among the most pleasant. While there is plenty of risk facing the global energy industry and capital markets, it is hard to think about that when you're filling your tank for...

The Fed should raise rates, but it won't

August 25, 2014

When the Fed is likely to raise rates and when the Fed should raise rates are necessarily the same. Don't hold your breath for higher rates anytime soon The thirst for diversification is driving more financial advisers to options investing....

Carl Icahn advises caution in the equity markets

July 11, 2014

Carl Icahn used yesterday's market reaction to Portugal's banking crisis to remind investors that stocks are in risky territory. When the billionaires get nervous, take notice. 'I'm very selective about companies I purchase' Low-volatility and...

Why REITs are looking like the year's hottest market sector

May 30, 2014

REITs look like the year's hottest stock market sector, thanks in large part to dividend yields as high as 19%. Propelled by a low-rate environment Emerging market equities are on a tear, recording their best one-month gain since 2009. It's...

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

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