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9 things companies do during earnings season that investors hate

July 17, 2015

Nine things companies do during earnings season that can really rub investors the wrong way. I hate it when that happens. Making the numbers hard to find, then including too many numbers Private equity finds an end-run around regulators to keep...

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wants better relationship with RIAs, reserves judgment on fiduciary

July 15, 2015

BlackRock Inc. chief executive officer Laurence D. Fink on Wednesday said that the world's largest money manager hasn't yet matched some of its competitors' success winning the loyalty of independent financial advisers, vowing to become “a...

Trekking to Europe and Japan for attractive dividend income

May 12, 2015

Taking your search for dividend income beyond the traditional hunting grounds. Take a look at smaller European and even Japanese stocks. Traders are betting big that volatility is on the rise. Nearly $100M worth of VIX options changed hands...

Mountains of corporate cash drive stock buyback plans to a record high

May 11, 2015

Stock buybacks hit an all-time high in April as companies continue to view repurchase plans as the best use of cash stockpiles. Even with weak first-quarter earnings, buyback programs are on track to surpass 2014 levels Reading between the lines...

RCAP earnings down on weaker sales of nontraded REITs

May 7, 2015

On the back of a sharp slump in sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts, RCS Capital Corp. reported a pro forma net loss of $13.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, nearly doubling the loss of $7.4 million in the first quarter of...

Warren Buffett riding high in Omaha

May 4, 2015

The 50th Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting with Warren Buffett at the helm is in the books. So how was it? Warren Buffett puts on a good show. Beyond the hype, the conglomerate reported first quarter earnings ahead of the shindig. Burger King...

The independent broker-dealers with the biggest revenue and asset gains in 2014

April 30, 2015

Revenues at the largest independent broker-dealers grew 10.3% year-over-year in 2014, a figure in line with the broad market but below the 13.2% year-over-year revenue increase in 2013. While LPL Financial and Ameriprise dominate the independent...

Largest independent broker-dealers enjoy double-digit revenue growth

April 26, 2015

Despite lackluster sales in 2014 of commission-rich products such as variable annuities and nontraded REITs, the leading independent broker-dealers managed to squeeze out double-digit revenue growth in line with the broad market. The 25 largest...

CEOs are passing the buck to the strength of the buck

April 24, 2015

No longer blaming shortfalls on the weather, CEOs are now passing the buck to the strong dollar. The dollar is too strong and the dog ate my homework Wall Street's traders and analysts are split on what will happen with Brazil's scandal-ridden...

Northern Trust: Managers remain optimistic on U.S. economy

April 16, 2015

Money managers believe the U.S. economy will remain stable over the next six months, but fewer managers expect U.S. corporate earnings growth to accelerate than in the previous quarter, according to Northern Trust's quarterly investment manager...

Hillary Clinton goes after Wall Street

April 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton comes out swinging at the financial services industry. Taking issue with CEO compensation. No mention of her $300,000 speaking fees. Corporations are getting better at dodging the taxman. Among S&P 500 Index companies, 10% do...

Three sectors that should report above-average earnings

April 6, 2015

In the wake of Friday's disappointing jobs report, it is time for financial advisers to start bracing for what could be the worst earnings season in six years. The consensus estimate is for S&P 500 Index earnings to decline 3% from a year ago,...

Stock buybacks, now propping up the market, could become a victim of rising interest rates

March 31, 2015

Of all the possible ripple effects from rising interest rates, the derailing of the corporate stock buyback bonanza could end up being the most significant in terms of stock market stability. “Don't be misled by the fundamental earnings picture,...

Oil-price slide is starting to get scary

March 17, 2015

Oil has dropped to a six-year low and the dollar continues to ride the rocket higher. Talk about an oil comeback is starting to fade. Look out below The basic economic principle that 'bad money drives out good' could be good news for gold. Applying...

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

ARCP reports "weakness" in financial reporting controls

March 2, 2015

The audit committee for troubled traded real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties Inc. said Monday it “found certain material weaknesses in the company's internal controls over financial reporting and its disclosure controls...

RCS Capital Corp. suffers big revenue hit in fourth quarter

February 24, 2015

RCS Capital Corp., or RCAP, had a challenging fourth quarter as the wholesaling unit responsible for marketing nontraded real estate investment trusts suffered a revenue drop of more than 50%. `The wholesaling unit, led by Realty Capital Securities,...

Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?

February 20, 2015

Merrill Lynch's record signing bonus to recruit a veteran team from rival Morgan Stanley might have pushed the limits of what's actually in the bank. A hiring bonus equal to 400% of the team's yearly revenue European stocks blow right past U.S....

LPL to cut bonuses to employees, top management

February 19, 2015

After a year of discouraging financial results due to a sharp increase in regulatory expenses, LPL Financial Holdings, parent of the nation's largest independent broker-dealer LPL Financial, will cut bonuses to employees, including the company's...

Oil finds the sweet spot for debate over how, or if, to invest

February 18, 2015

Six months into an oil-price slide that seemingly nobody saw coming, debate is starting to build about when and how to jump in and take advantage of the market's punishment on certain sectors linked to the commodity. Some investors haven't waited....

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