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Record U.S. stocks at lowest valuation since 1980

March 24, 2013

Even though U.S. stocks more than doubled during the four-year bull market, individual investors' aversion to equities has left companies in the S&P 500 cheaper than at any record high since 1980. The S&P 500 rose to an all-time closing high...

Searching for return in a tough bond world

March 24, 2013

The following is an edited transcript of a March 12 webcast, “Finding Risk and Opportunities in Fixed Income,” which was moderated by InvestmentNews deputy editor Greg Crawford and senior columnist Jeff Benjamin. InvestmentNews: Michael,...

2012 a swell year in advisory realm

March 17, 2013

Financial advisers increased both their assets under management and their production figures last year, according to an annual report produced by practice management software maker PriceMetrix Inc. After a down year in 2011, average adviser...

Finra upped fines by 15 percent last year, study shows

March 17, 2013

Finra brought 4% more disciplinary cases last year than in 2011 and amped up fines by 15%, according to a study released last week by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of growth in the number of cases filed...

MSRB to follow Finra regarding suitability rules

March 17, 2013

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board last Monday asked for comments on proposed changes to its suitability rule that would parallel expansive revisions that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. made to its own suitability rules...

Schapiro's next gig looks to be at General Electric

March 17, 2013

Mary Schapiro, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has been nominated to be a member of the board of directors of General Electric Co. Ms. Schapiro, a longtime securities regulator, served as SEC chairman from January...

How to figure out a retirement budget

March 17, 2013

The ultimate retirement- planning question is simply stated but not necessarily easy to answer: How much in savings is needed to secure a comfortable retirement? In a recent survey from Ameri-prise Financial Inc., working Americans 50 to 70...

Commodities not your run-of-the-mill hedge: Highbridge PM

April 24, 2012

Still on the fence about commodities? Mark Nodelman, a portfolio manager who leads the commodities investing team at Highbridge Capital Management LLC, a $25 billion asset management firm, said there are a number of reasons to invest in raw...

Real gold versus a promise of gold

April 22, 2012

Financial advisers, institutions and portfolio managers are increasingly turning to gold to diversify client portfolios, protect against inflation and safeguard wealth. Yet in the current financial climate and with a growing variety of choices...

Gold bugs 'obliterated' by good news

February 20, 2013

Gold fell, capping the longest slump since December 2011, as economic concerns eased in the U.S., eroding demand for the metal as an investment hedge. Silver tumbled to a six-month low. U.S. housing-starts data on Wednesday signaled that construction...

Good news is bad news for gold investors

February 17, 2013

Gold, the worst-performing precious metal this year, may drop below $1,600 an ounce in the next couple of weeks after breaking a key support level, according to technical analysis by Commerzbank AG. Bullion for immediate delivery has fallen...

Vladimir Putin no bear when it comes to gold

February 11, 2013

When Vladimir Putin says the U.S. is endangering the global economy by abusing its dollar monopoly, he's not just talking. He's betting on it. Not only has Putin made Russia the world's largest oil producer, he's also made it the biggest gold...

Commodity inflows set for a healthy gain in 2012

February 27, 2012

Commodity investments may rise by $30 billion to $40 billion this year as investors favor oil, gold and copper, Barclays Capital said. The projected gain compares with an increase of $15 billion to $30 billion forecast in a Barclays survey of...

Gold bulls expand as billionaire Paulson says buy

February 20, 2012

Gold traders are getting more bullish after billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson told investors it’s time to buy the metal as protection against inflation caused by government spending. Twelve of 22 surveyed by Bloomberg expect prices...

Commodities are now mainstream: Survey

February 17, 2012

Commodities have graduated to the mainstream of investment asset classes, according to a recent survey of brokerage representatives and independent advisers. A survey conducted last month during the ETF Virtual Summit found that 85% of financial...

'Catastrophic' glut of natural gas sends prices plunging

January 16, 2012

Hedge funds turned bearish on U.S. natural gas for the first time in eight weeks as a surplus and warmer-than-normal weather pushed the price of the heating fuel to the lowest level in more than two years. The funds and other large speculators...

Does your OSJ offer lasting value?

December 16, 2012

Building a successful OSJ branch requires far more than a Series 24 license. Successful offices of supervisory jurisdiction, which supervise and provide support and services to other independents, bring real and substantial value to the table....

The C-Suite: RJ's Thomas James

December 16, 2012

What it takes to build an institution IN 1970, ROBERT JAMES asked his 27-year-old son, Thomas A. James, to take over as chief executive of the advisory firm that he had started eight years earlier. Armed with a degree from Harvard Business School,...

The books they loved

December 16, 2012

Many financial industry professionals spent some of their precious downtime in 2012 reading — and in some cases, rereading — books that explore decision making, accomplishment and leadership. Two titles, “Thinking Fast and Slow” and...

People

December 16, 2012

The BondFactor Co. LLC of New York has hired Mark Adelson, 52, as chief strategy officer. He will contribute his credit market expertise to the company's efforts to make available a highly rated and stable bond insurance product to the municipal...

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