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INVoices: Contract flap at Edward Jones

December 16, 2012

Keeping up with Jones' contract L ast Tuesday, senior columnist Bruce Kelly wrote about the dust-up around a news report that Edward Jones was circulating a new contract to its brokers that included tighter restrictions on anyone seeking to...

Securities America acquires firm

December 16, 2012

After wading through a host of legal problems and its sale, Securities America Inc. is back on the offense. Last Tuesday, it announced that a heretofore independent broker-dealer with 130 affiliated reps and advisers is joining the firm as a...

Fidelity slashes fund fees, minimums

December 16, 2012

The fee war among exchange-traded funds has spread to index mutual funds. Fidelity Investments announced that it is lowering fees on eight of its Spartan index funds, as well as the investment minimums for all 14 of its index funds. The fee...

Regulators eye more enforcement

November 18, 2012

An enforcement unit at the Securities and Exchange Commission targeting investment advisers is starting to bear fruit. Actually, it is more like a bumper crop. The SEC said last week that it took a record 147 enforcement actions against investment...

New Citi chief must focus on investment advice

October 21, 2012

Now that he is chief executive of Citigroup Inc., Michael Corbat eventually will be tempted to find a way for the bank to re-enter the potentially lucrative — but often volatile and bedeviling — business of high-net-worth retail investment...

Palladium: A good alternative to gold?

August 7, 2013

With the price of gold falling like the weighty metal that it is, even some hardcore gold bugs are now advising near-term caution, so maybe it is time to look at some alternative commodities exposure. While the case for and against gold has...

Still shellshocked by "08, clients are oblivious to market run, research shows

September 23, 2012

Even after 43 months of a bull market run, most investors still can't get over the severe beat-down they suffered in 2008, when the S&P 500 fell by nearly 40%. According to Franklin Templeton Investments, which released new research last week,...

Best advice to clients: Stay healthy

September 16, 2012

Carolyn McClanahan is a physician and financial adviser who says she has read all 2,409 pages of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which is aimed at reforming America's health care system. Her medical background lends weight to the guidance she...

Fiduciary duty: Between a regulatory rock and a political hard place

September 16, 2012

JUNE 2010: House-Senate negotiators agree to language in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that gives the Securities and Exchange Commission the authority to draft a universal fiduciary-duty rule after conducting...

Swooping in to teach

September 16, 2012

Kids need financial advice too. Fortunately, crime-fighting superheroes — with amazing financial acumen — have come to save the day. Last Monday, Gray Television Inc. stations premiered “The ¢entsables,” a half-hour show aimed at teaching...

Billionaire peddling metal despite 65% plunge in his gold fund

July 8, 2013

John Paulson, the billionaire hedge-fund manager seeking to rebound from losses tied to bullion, posted a 23 percent decline in his PFR Gold Fund last month, according to a letter to investors. The drop brings losses in the strategy, formerly...

Investors set to coin it off latest gold rush

August 27, 2012

Gold is poised to climb the most in two years as prospects for additional economic stimulus by governments from the U.S. to China stoke demand for the precious metal as a bet against inflation, a survey showed. Bullion for immediate delivery...

Gold a buy but must prove mettle

July 7, 2013

At around $1,200 an ounce, gold is starting to look like a buying opportunity. The precious metal now is down more than 36% from a September 2011 high of around $1,900 an ounce, but that slide was exacerbated as part of a marketwide sell-off...

Tablet apps improving adviser mobility

August 26, 2012

Just as the nation as a whole has embraced the iPad and other tablets for work and play, financial advisers are finding that certain mobile applications make their professional lives easier and more efficient. “Advisers are starting to expect...

Don't look now, but gold bulls emerge after rout

July 6, 2013

Gold traders are the most bullish in a month after political instability in Portugal raised concern that Europe's debt crisis will worsen and as a record quarterly drop in prices drove demand for jewelry. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Bloomberg...

Gold standard? Why not a sand standard, Edelman asks

August 24, 2012

The Republican Party is reportedly interested in discussing a return to the gold standard for the U.S. dollar. The Financial Times reported today that a draft of the party's platform for its convention next week includes a call for an audit...

Gold has fallen, and it can't get up

June 26, 2013

The combination of fast-rising interest rates and low inflation expectations has sent gold on an epic slide that doesn't look likely to end anytime soon. Gold was trading at $1,230 an ounce Wednesday, down 3.5% for the day and down more than...

Suddenly, market not digging gold mining stocks

June 24, 2013

If you think gold has taken a beating this year, consider the case of gold mining companies. The Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) ETF closed trading on Monday at 23.75 — a staggering 47% drop for the year. By comparison, the price of gold...

The Takeaway: That big sucking sound? Investors pulling out of commodity funds

June 11, 2013

Portfolio Overseas turmoil ripples through U.S. markets.  (MoneyBeat) Russ Koesterich (BlackRock): Here's what the North American energy boom means for investors (BlackRock) Four contrarian corners of the equity market.  (Investment News)...

Life insurance plays essential role in planning Obama isn't a victim of the economic situation

July 15, 2012

Carriers betting on life insurance to replace annuities miss the best part of their story (“Carriers bet on life insurance in place of annuities,” June 18). Planners need to be told the story of how life insurance increases assets under management,...

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