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How currency hedging saved portfolios in 2014

January 16, 2015

Financial advisers who found ways to mute the effect of the surging U.S. dollar on clients' foreign investments weathered the last year well. Those who didn't suffered. Take the example of the widely used iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA). The $51.8...

U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokers cracking under Swiss shock

January 16, 2015

Losses mounted from the Swiss currency shock as the largest U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokerage said client debts threatened its compliance with capital rules and a New Zealand-based dealer went out of business. FXCM Inc., which handled a...

Europe and Asia may be a mess, but long-term investors can find opportunities there

January 16, 2015

The U.S. economy and equity markets might currently be considered among the strongest in the world, which could represent the perfect opportunity to zig when so many other investors are zagging. As contrarian moves go, there's nothing quite...

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...

Managed futures funds shine anew, but mystery remains

January 14, 2015

As market volatility spikes and correlation between various asset classes breaks down, managed futures strategies are enjoying their day in the sun once again. But whether financial advisers and investors will bite is an open question. The category...

A case for getting bold on gold

January 14, 2015

The case is being made for a 30% gold rally. Are investors ready to run back into precious metals? Gold has fallen 35% since hitting an all-time high in September 2011 Fresh chatter of a JPMorgan Chase breakup, and what it all means to investors....

Nobody can accuse Bill Gross of not eating his own cooking

January 8, 2015

Bill Gross' new Janus fund is wildly popular largely because of Bill Gross. Literally. Most of the money in the fund belongs to the Bond King. Much of the fledgling Janus Unconstrained Bond Fund's 9,100% asset growth since September is Gross'...

Advisers preach calm, buckle in as markets bounce

January 8, 2015

Financial advisers aren't exactly shrugging off the recent bout of stock market volatility that has ushered in the New Year, but they're also not ready to call it the start of a much larger pullback that should be addressed with portfolio adjustments....

Advisers punished for diversifying globally

January 8, 2015

As mutual fund investors have warmed up to investing outside the United States, financial markets have punished them for doing so. After 2013 paid those investors a handsome gain (“foreign large blend” funds as tracked by Morningstar Inc....

Finra hawks fiduciary in its regulatory priorities for 2015

January 6, 2015

Finra released its regulatory and exam priorities for the new year Tuesday, saying most compliance problems can be alleviated if brokerage firms act in the best interests of their clients — an unusual move for an industry that must only ensure...

U.S.: The global economic bright spot

January 6, 2015

As we embark on a new year, the United States is the brightest spot in the global economy. The U.S. recovery, now in its sixth year, has transitioned to a more robust phase, leading to our most positive outlook in almost 10 years. U.S. strength...

That first interest rate hike might feel like a doozy

January 5, 2015

There's good reason to believe the next Fed interest-rate tightening cycle will be nothing like anything investors have seen in the past. Current bond yields are not sustainable in a normalized economy If you're not exposed to the energy sector,...

The best and worst investments of 2014

December 28, 2014

To lose money in the markets in 2013, you had to really try. Three-quarters of the world's stocks rose, by an average of 42%. The S&P 500 jumped 30%. This year, the S&P's up another 12%, but the market laid lots of traps for investors. You could...

Why the financial markets get so excited by revised growth numbers

December 24, 2014

What it means when economic growth is better than people expected. Mohamed El-Erian breaks it down. Underscoring the global divergence in growth. It has been a good year for Warren Buffett, bad bets and all. Don't bet against the U.S. Gold investors,...

Russia troubles worry big investors

December 22, 2014

Falling oil prices, a plummeting currency, sanctions and the threat of capital controls in Russia are forcing investors and index providers to intensify their focus on that market. The price of a barrel of oil has dropped sharply since the summer,...

Time to strap in for the downsides of cheap oil, higher interest rates

December 22, 2014

From higher interest rates to collapsing oil prices, and everything in between, financial analysts say the markets are laced with risks, many of which are being ignored by investors and financial advisers. On the sinking price of crude oil,...

Russia crisis hits Pimco

December 17, 2014

If it's not Bill Gross, it's something else. Russia crisis hits Pimco fund, wipes out options as ruble sinks And what about you and your clients? Is the Russian collapse wrecking your 401(k)? Channeling his inner Jerry Garcia, this market pundit...

The case for investing in the European small-cap sector

December 16, 2014

Growth in the euro area has slowed sharply but that's not true for all companies in the region. In fact, worries about Europe's recovery may offer investors the chance to buy quality, small-cap stocks for less than they would pay for similar-caliber...

The latest separately managed account data

December 8, 2014

U.S. large-cap equity Product 3Q return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return 5-year std dev 5-year Sharpe ratio Assets ($M) Manager Location Mellon Capital Management - Large Cap Growth Strategy 3.53% 26.02% 25.87% 18.57% 15.46% 1.2 $1,265.0...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach thinks the dollar will keep getting stronger

December 5, 2014

DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach called the dollar rally, and now he's calling for it to charge further ahead. Not worried about a crowded dollar trade Warren Buffett jumps on the Hillary Clinton bandwagon. Formerly 'dead broke' Hillary gets $25K...

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