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Why active investing is a loser's game

March 26, 2012

In separate interviews from 2006, Charles Ellis, founder of Greenwich Associates, and the late Peter Bernstein discussed why active management might be a bad choice for individual investors.

Hedgies eat crow as equities gain mo'

March 26, 2012

Hedge funds trailing the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) Index for the last five months are giving up on bearish bets and buying stocks at the fastest rate in two years. A gauge of hedge-fund bullishness measuring the proportion of bets that shares...

Biggs boosts bullish bets on stocks

March 25, 2012

Barton Biggs, the hedge fund manager who increased bets on equities before the S&P 500 rallied this year, is getting more bullish. “I've been gradually increasing, and I'm up to 90% now,” he said in a Bloomberg radio interview, referring...

Hunger Games index tracks stocks most likely to benefit from movie's success

March 22, 2012

Just in time for Friday's much-hyped premier of “The Hunger Games,” investors might be able to make a few bucks by investing in some of the companies expected to see big benefits from the young-adult thriller. According to,...

Stocks vs. bonds? Stocks, in a landslide, says Goldman

March 21, 2012

Stocks will probably begin a “steady upward trajectory” over the next few years because any declines in economic growth are already reflected in share prices, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said. “Given current valuations, we think it's time...

Biggs boosts bullish bets on stocks to 90% net long

March 20, 2012

Barton Biggs, the hedge-fund manager who increased bets on equities before the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rallied this year, is getting more bullish. “I've been gradually increasing and I'm up to 90 percent now,” said Biggs, referring to...

Chart of the day: Stocks' Sweet Sixteen

March 19, 2012

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500. The broad stock market index has had only three down weeks out of the past sixteen. There has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in over 20 years — since the period...

Bank of America shares top $10 for first time since August

March 19, 2012

Bank of America Corp., the second- biggest U.S. lender by assets, topped $10 in New York trading for the first time since August amid a rally that began after the firm passed the Federal Reserve stress test. Bank of America rose 2.5 percent...

Cheap S&P 500 just got a whole lot cheaper

March 7, 2012

Profits in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index are rising faster than its price, leaving the gauge 9 percent cheaper than it was in April even after American equities climbed within 0.1 percent of last year's high. The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent on...

Hotter market may lure equity-averse

March 5, 2012

With the S&P 500 up 9% this year and 25% above its October low, you would think that investors would be dancing in the streets. And maybe they would if more of them had profited from the run-up. But if the celebration after the Dow Jones Industrial...

What Yelp's CEO had to say after stock surged 60% in debut

March 2, 2012

Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's CEO, saw shares of his company spike as much as 73% in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange today. How much room does the web-based company - which lets users rate and review local business - have...

Buffett hits jackpot with 'all-in wager' on U.S economy

March 1, 2012

When Warren Buffett bought North America's second-biggest railroad, he called it an “all-in wager” on the U.S. economy. It's turning out to be a pretty good bet on the oil industry, too. Burlington Northern Santa Fe's track network puts...

Birinyi says S&P 500 may reach 1,700 in echo of 1995 sentiment

March 1, 2012

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has the potential to reach 1,700 before the end of the year should economic growth surprise investors the same way falling bond rates did in 1995, Birinyi Associates Inc. said. Reaching that level would mean a...

Europe a beacon for equity bargain hunters

February 27, 2012

We report today about how some value investors have been quietly shopping around Europe for some bargains. Analysts say the rally in European shares was sparked in late December by the European Central Bank's move to begin a major quantitative...

'Ideal' conditions for stocks, but investors won't take the plunge

February 26, 2012

The S&P 500 is approaching the cheapest level ever, compared with bonds, as the Federal Reserve's 0% interest rates are driving investors and companies from cash. Profits that doubled since 2009 pushed the index's so-called earnings yield to...

Investors have fared far better under Democratic presidents

February 26, 2012

Although Republicans promote themselves as the friendlier party to Wall Street, stock investors do better when Democrats occupy the White House. In fact, from a dollars-and-cents standpoint, it isn't even close. The BGOV Barometer from Bloomberg...

Apple may have more juice left in its shares

February 19, 2012

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rallied above $500 for the first time after a two-week gain spurred by the iPhone maker's first-quarter earnings report. Apple increased 1.5% to $500.60 at 10 a.m. ET last Monday. In the S&P 500, Google Inc. (GOOG)...

Separately managed accounts: What drove the 4Q markets

February 19, 2012

4Q Commentary by Nathan Behan DOMESTIC EQUITY After a truly dismal third quarter, the domestic equity markets bounced back strongly in October. Then, although daily volatility was high, these markets held mostly steady during the final two months...

McLennan: Why equities should be your core investments

February 17, 2012

First Eagle Global Fund's Matthew McLennan discusses how equities offer wealth-building opportunities and a margin of safety during volatile markets.

Royce: Managing balance-sheet risk is key to small-caps

February 17, 2012

The small-cap fund pioneer discusses the importance of being a risk manager when the companies are younger, smaller and more fragile.

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