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Energy-sector stocks are feeling no love from Wall Street

February 12, 2015

Energy-sector stocks are finding almost no love from Wall Street. The shorts are piled up like a Fourth of July sale at the Gap. Highest level of short interest in the sector since 2008 Just as quickly as Apple Inc.'s market value tops $700...

Citigroup says oil is going from cheap to dirt cheap

February 10, 2015

Could $20 oil really happen, or is Citigroup just pushing worst-case scenarios to the limit? Claiming it is not possible to call a price floor and then calling one, doesn't exactly sound like confidence. 'It's impossible to call a bottom point'...

Fund conversion takes toll on UBS' fee revenue

February 10, 2015

UBS Wealth Management Americas' fee-based revenue fell $10 million in the fourth quarter as the firm began to see the impact of a move last fall to transition clients into cheaper institutional-class mutual funds. Recurring net income fell to...

Warren Buffett's financial results start to raise red flags

February 9, 2015

Financial analysts are starting to cry foul over Warren Buffett's financial results. The Oracle of Omaha says he liked it better when his annual letter to shareholders was all the information anyone needed. Buffett rejects criticism of Berkshire...

Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

February 4, 2015

Pimco Total Return Fund notches 21 straight months of redemptions, including $11.6 billion in January. Meanwhile, since the September departure of Bill Gross, the $134.6 billion fund has beaten 94% of its peers. The fund is up 2.45% so far this...

The rest of 2015 may not look like January

February 3, 2015

January was a rough month for equity markets. Volatility increased and stocks endured some notable setbacks. For the month, the S&P 500 Index fell 3.0% after declining 2.8% last week. We believe, however, that the same factors pushing stock...

REITs not to the rescue this year

February 2, 2015

If you'rethinking about real estate as an asset class to deliver some alpha this year, what with a tepid stock market and the specter of rising interest rates, maybe you should think again. REITs poised to fall as estimate outperformance says...

NAPFA compensation committee member says AUM fees for cash raise conflicts

January 29, 2015

Cutting advisory fees for low-yielding cash positions might seem like the right thing to do, but the practice is also being challenged for presenting financial advisers with a major conflict of interest. “If you're charging lower fees for...

Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

January 27, 2015

The case for investing in Russia looks great, on paper. Just hold your nose and take a big bite. Banking on a business-friendly and reform-minded history If the hedge funders have it right, oil prices will continue to slide. Crude oil short...

Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner

January 26, 2015

Global easing by central bankers makes it harder for the U.S. Fed to stick with its promise of hiking rates this year. Caught between a rock and a hard place and a strong dollar and falling commodity prices Greece makes a move toward ending...

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Will European easing sideline a Fed rate hike?

January 21, 2015

As European Central Bankers lay out plans for a $50-billion-per-month quantitative easing program to try and boost economic growth, some financial advisers view the move as the latest reason to believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise...

MLP funds, once seemingly immune, show signs of frailty as energy prices fall

January 21, 2015

Mutual funds and closed end funds invested in energy-infrastructure partnerships, which had been a lifeline for advisers looking to amplify returns for retirees and other income-starved clients, reversed course last quarter and delivered negative...

James Gorman's profitability goal leans on Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit

January 20, 2015

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management's role in its parent company's earnings continues to grow as chief executive James Gorman laid out a number of actions that will help Morgan Stanley & Co. achieve a 10% return on equity. Although Mr. Gorman did...

Global markets fixate on China's currency play

January 20, 2015

Is the Chinese Yuan the next shoe to drop? The Swiss currency move has turned up the head. A currency peg that is becoming difficult to maintain Money managers around the globe are fixated on a Chinese property management company, which could...

State of the Union spoiler alert: Obama plans to go after rich people

January 19, 2015

State of the Union spoiler Alert: President Obama plans to go after rich people. More taxes on capital gains and inherited assets Global markets brace for ECB actions, while the central bankers ponder a hybrid approach to quantitative easing....

Falling oil prices are now officially costing jobs

January 16, 2015

Oilfield job cuts are coming hard and fast as the U.S. oil boom sinks along with oil prices. Schlumberger cuts 9,000 workers An Ohio-based financial adviser has been indicted for a $5.5 million hedge fund Ponzi scheme involving 19 investors....

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...

Expenses take toll on Merrill Lynch's Q4 earnings

January 15, 2015

Bank of America's Global Wealth and Investment Management segment took a hit in the fourth quarter, as rising expenses and lower interest income sliced about 9% from earnings, which dropped to $706 million in the quarter from $778 million in...

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...

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