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Reasons to be bullish on J.P. Morgan, energy

February 9, 2012

Ed Cowart, portfolio co-manager of equity income and value strategies at Eagle Asset Management, the $19.5-billion asset management unit of Raymond James, offers up his thoughts on a few market sectors that are catching his eye. Cowart manages...

BlackRock's Fink says investors should be 100% in equities

February 8, 2012

Investors should have 100 percent of investments in equities because of valuations and higher returns than bonds, said Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., the world's largest money manager. Investors who seek the safety...

Will clients re-connect with equities?

February 8, 2012

With many investors still smarting from wild swings in the markets, advisers are having a difficult time moving some clients back into equities.

Don’t believe the hype of Facebook IPO: Asset manager

February 8, 2012

The initial public offering market has been on a tear lately, but the level of hype around Facebook Inc.’s upcoming IPO should serve as a sign of caution to investors, according to Josef Schuster, chief executive of IPOX Capital Management...

Focus portfolios in the middle of the investment risk spectrum

February 7, 2012

U.S.: Firing on all cylinders but how much gas? • The economic engine is humming: multiple economic releases continue to beat expectations; leading indicators remain at supportive levels – last week's ISM Non-Mfg index was the highest since...

This fund's dividend hunting ground is the Russell 3000

February 6, 2012

Income-seeking investors should not make the mistake of ignoring smaller companies, according to Paul Hogan, co-manager of the $175 million FAM Equity Income Fund Ticker:(FAMEX). While it is common to associate dividend yields with the largest...

How a graffiti artist tagged Facebook for a $200M payday

February 2, 2012

In the art world, fortunes are usually made when a wealthy collector invests in works by a young talent and sees his or her art rise in value along with the artist's reputation. In the case of graffiti artist David Choe, those roles have been...

Barton Biggs big on U.S. stocks

January 29, 2012

Barton Biggs, who increased bets on U.S. equities before the S&P 500 rallied last month, said that he remains bullish even amid concerns over progress in solving Europe's debt crisis. “I'm terrified I'm not long enough if we're going to have...

Challenges abound

January 29, 2012

The following is an edited transcript of a Dec. 13 webcast, “Outlook 2012.” Deputy editor Evan Cooper and senior editor Jeff Benjamin moderated. InvestmentNews: James, please give us your overview of 2012. Mr. Swanson: My conclusion is that...

Historic dividend yields have this fund manager singing equities' praises

January 11, 2012

Dividend yields represent the current sweet spot in the financial markets, according to Scott Schermerhorn, chief investment officer at Granite Investment Advisors, which manages $500 million mostly in separate accounts. He is so enamored with...

Benefits of diversification are fading: Study

January 6, 2012

Advisers and investors looking for diversification from large-cap U.S. stocks need to look further afield than other classes of equities. “The diversification benefits of investing in other equity asset classes has decreased substantially...

Rising dividends will see investors bail from bonds: Henderson Global manager

January 5, 2012

Income-seeking investors should take solace in a trend toward rising dividend payouts in 2012, according to Alex Crooke, manager of the $1.2 billion Henderson Global Equity Income Fund Ticker:(HFQAX). “I think dividend growth this year will...

Goldman: BRICs are hitting the wall

January 1, 2012

In the past decade, mutual funds poured almost $70 billion into Brazil, Russia, India and China, stocks more than quadrupled gains in the S&P 500 and the economies grew four times faster than America's. Now The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. contends...

Berkowitz loses again as Sears slumps

December 27, 2011

Bruce Berkowitz, whose $8 billion Fairholme Fund is suffering its second-worst year on record because of wrong-way bets on financial firms, may have lost about $190 million today on Sears Holdings Corp., the third- largest investment of his...

Buying bonds for safety is a losing strategy: Ave Maria manager

December 21, 2011

Buying bonds for safety, when so many stocks are yielding such attractive dividends, is a losing strategy, according to George Schwartz, president of Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc., a $1 billion asset management firm. “You've got a lot of...

Ex-NFL star Willie Gault accused of stock-pumping fraud

December 20, 2011

Willie Gault, the former professional football player and Olympic sprinter, was accused by U.S. regulators of taking part in a scheme to artificially inflate the stock of a medical-device company that he managed. J. Rowland Perkins, who was...

Tom Forester: Finding value in playing defense

December 14, 2011

The uncertainty in Europe has pushed the Forester Value Fund Ticker:(FVALX) into a defensive mode, but that's far from sitting on the sidelines, according to Tom Forester. “If you just stay in money markets, you might miss out when the market...

Goldman fills gap with key fund purchase

December 14, 2011

Goldman Sachs Asset Management got its Christmas shopping done early this year. The firm announced that it has purchased the $153 million Rising Dividend Growth Fund from Dividend Growth Advisors LLC. It did not disclose the cost. Dividend Growth...

Packers' ‘share sale' is anything but

December 12, 2011

The Green Bay Packers have proven once again that devoted sports fans will do almost anything if it makes them feel more devoted. In the most recent example of investors not reading the fine print, the professional football franchise is selling...

Laszlo Birinyi: Stick with marquee stocks

December 11, 2011

Laszlo Birinyi said that he knew in October that it would be hard to make predictions for 2012 when he saw a headline suggesting that markets would rise or fall depending on whether the tiny nation of Slovakia approved a bailout plan for Europe....

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