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Why the AT&T-Time Warner merger bodes ill for the market

October 26, 2016

Think the AT&T/Time Warner merger is a good thing for the stock market? Think again. History suggests it could be more of a trick than a treat. The odds of getting a tax hike through the House of Representatives are long indeed. Still, the wealthy...

Volatility seen as best way to hedge against political risk

October 26, 2016

Let's say that you were worried about political risk because the elections scare you more than going down to the basement to investigate a screaming furnace. What would be the best way to hedge against it? Forget gold and bonds. Volatility is...

Investor exodus forcing hedge fund managers to take big pay cuts

October 21, 2016

The hits just keep on coming to the hedge fund space as managers are now expecting a 34% pay cut. Squeaking by on just $300,000. Yikes. Hints of new European monetary stimulus has pushed the greenback to a seven-month high. Leaving un ultra-loose...

Morgan Stanley may not follow Merrill Lynch's lead to ban IRA commissions

October 19, 2016

Morgan Stanley may not be following Bank of America Merrill Lynch's lead in discontinuing commission-based IRAs. In a conference call Wednesday on its third-quarter earnings CEO James Gorman said Morgan Stanley would announce its plans concerning...

Commodities funds may offer inflation hedge, but many overweight energy

October 19, 2016

If you look in the average investor's closet of anxieties, inflation is probably the biggest, scariest monster of them all. And increasingly, investors have been looking at commodities funds as a way to offset the effects of inflation and diversify...

Bank of America CFO says decision to stop paying IRA commissions won't incite Merrill Lynch brokers to quit

October 17, 2016

Bank of America Corp.'s chief financial officer Paul Donofrio on Monday dismissed the notion brokers working for its Merrill Lynch brokerage unit will defect en masse because of the firm's decision to stop paying commissions on individual retirement...

Stock market falls into earnings season

October 12, 2016

Earnings season kicks off with a little stock market selloff. Just enough of a dip to keep us on our toes, but not enough to keep us up at night. “You are coming up against very low expectations.” The price of gold is signaling an increased...

Downtrodden international funds looking for a break

October 11, 2016

For international funds to race ahead of domestic funds, you typically need a falling dollar and rising foreign markets. This year, most international funds are misfiring on at least one cylinder. The average large-company foreign blend fund...

Small-cap stocks have more room to run

October 10, 2016

Despite the run-up by small-cap stocks this year, the longer-term view still favors smaller company stocks over larger companies, according to some market watchers. Small-cap growth funds tracked by Morningstar gained an average of 6.6% since...

What to do when smart beta looks like dumb beta

October 6, 2016

Let's say a financial adviser — not you, of course — recommends a few smart beta ETFs for his client's portfolio. And unfortunately, those smart beta ETFs promptly head south. What should that financial adviser — not you — do? If you...

Deutsche Bank turmoil exposes ETN counter-party risk

October 4, 2016

Nearly two dozen exchange-traded notes have come into Deutsche Bank's troubled shadow. Counterparty risk assessments. Projecting the next move for stocks. Going down to go up. Dissecting the dividend-payer buzz. Is dividend payment mandatory?...

Don't discount public company disclosures in fiduciary process

September 30, 2016

While individual investors rarely read disclosures or give them much thought, advisers should not discount their importance to the fiduciary process. Investment fiduciaries are inherently both producers and consumers of disclosure data. The...

Why you should still be worried about big-bank failures

September 16, 2016

The risks of big banks failing might be greater now than it was leading into the financial crisis. That should get Elizabeth Warren's attention. A “nontrivial probability.” To all the index junkies out there, here are some arguments in support...

Investors pile in as REITs move closer to S&P 500 sector status

September 15, 2016

The establishment of real estate as an eleventh sector of the S&P 500 Index is morphing into a near-term investment strategy, according to some market watchers. The real estate play, ahead of REITs' elevation to sector status on Friday, is seen...

Financial-advice firms see record 2015 earnings yet slowest growth since crisis, study shows

September 13, 2016

Independent financial-advice firms produced record earnings last year, but their growth rate dropped off the most since the financial crisis, according to an annual benchmarking study by InvestmentNews research. Revenue rose to a record $3.89...

Donald Trump tries to shame the Fed into raising rates

September 13, 2016

In his campaign to become the next president of the United States, Donald Trump is pushing the envelope in his attempted influence over monetary policy. Trying to shame Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Too much Fed speak is now rattling the bond market....

Wave of new strategic beta ETFs make passive investing more complicated

September 13, 2016

No one likes more rules — unless they're rolling out a new exchange-traded fund. At the Morningstar ETF conference last week, strategic beta was one of the biggest topics of conversation. The question now is whether they can stand up to their...

Adviser pricing for ultrawealthy clients is under pressure

September 12, 2016

Advisers who specialize in helping ultra-high-net-worth families with all aspects of their money management are finding the market is softer today than it was a few years ago. Family offices that handle clients with wealth of $20 million or...

Time to start navigating that minefield of mutual fund capital gains

September 9, 2016

Heading into capital gains distribution season for mutual funds, there are some potential pitfalls worth noting for financial advisers. Don't assume a fund will always be tax friendly. The muni-bond lovefest continues. Investors are pouring...

Fed finds more reasons to keep sitting on its hands

September 8, 2016

The Fed's latest reason for not raising interest rates is that only highly-skilled workers are getting raises. Also, U.S. job openings surged to a record high in July. There might be times when you want to curse during communications with clients,...

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