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Avoid hedge funds' ETF termite problem

August 24, 2014

Some of the smartest investors are bad role models in their choice of exchange-traded funds, which are often celebrated for their low costs. The deadline for large investment managers to disclose portfolios to the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes

August 20, 2014

The Dollar's shining moment ahead of the latest Fed minutes. Reading the Fed's tea leaves The Fed's annual Jackson Hole meeting and the markets. Past performance is no indication of future returns, but that doesn't mean we can't hold out hope....

Evaluating liquid alts? History offers some lessons

August 19, 2014

I was a history major in college and I am often asked what use I have made of that training during three decades of working in investment management. I usually mumble something about “cycles” and “history repeats itself.” A more honest...

Barclays rains on the equity market parade

August 19, 2014

Barclays puts the breaks on the S&P by calling for a 1% gain for the rest of the year. And that's the good news. Equity price gains will weaken to 3% over the next decade Gold gains momentum as a safe-haven play just as stocks turn on the jets...

Derivative basket options questioned

August 17, 2014

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has turned its attention to a derivative strategy that, from a tax standpoint, was rendered unusable in an earlier IRS memo. I attended the July 2 hearing and was not very surprised by the...

Fed watchers are spinning over Janet Yellen's mixed messages

August 15, 2014

The Fed's paradox: Seeing the U.S. job market as both half full and half empty. Janet Yellen is definitely either ahead of the curve or behind it Hedge funder, John Paulson, sticks to his gold-bull guns. Four straight quarters in the gold ETF...

Hedge funds jumping into Puerto Rico muni bonds

August 14, 2014

When your palm reader and your financial adviser give the same advice, it is time to fire one of them. Field testing a cartoonist's jab at financial pros Hedge funds are buying up Puerto Rico muni bonds as mutual fund managers back away. Hedge...

Dodd-Frank strikes again

August 10, 2014

Just when more sophisticated individual investors have become more comfortable with the idea of investing in hedge funds, the universe available to them might become far smaller. The investment banks that provide prime brokerage services to...

Rise of alternatives should give advisers night sweats

August 9, 2014

The mutual fund industry must be licking its chops over a new McKinsey & Co. report that says all the right things for all the right reasons about the rosy future of alternative investments. (In-depth: Our infographic breaking down the future...

Barack Obama's attempt to both embrace and shun the financial markets

August 6, 2014

Obama's conundrum: Opposing the same trickle-down economics that the U.S. economy has been riding for five years. You didn't build that. Bragging about gains in a stock market that is still controlled by just 20% of the population Increased...

Argentina fails to negotiate its way out of default

July 31, 2014

Argentina defaults for the second time in a dozen years as negotiations fall apart. It probably didn't help that the country has been describing its creditors as “vultures.” There's still hope for a solution Mutual fund managers are dealing...

Multialt fund: A hedge with its own risks

July 27, 2014

Multialternative strategy mutual funds have become one of the fastest-growing fund subcategories, and that should be a red flag for financial advisers to sharpen their due diligence on these products. Most interesting about the surging growth...

Markets brace for the Fed's big talk about normalization

July 14, 2014

Bracing for a Yellen-focussed week ahead. Fed chair is slated for two days of testimony to chart a path toward normalization, whatever that is. Testing the health of the U.S. economy Like clockwork, individual investors charge into the equity...

Barclays in the hot seat over charges it courted high-frequency traders

June 26, 2014

Barclays discovers the dark side of dark pools. Investors react to charges that the international banking conglomerate favored high-frequency traders. Disclosing details to ensure aggressive trading strategies were effective The looming 401(k)...

The Fed views inflation through rose-colored glasses

June 25, 2014

As the cost of everything goes up the Fed dons its rose-colored glasses and looks the other way. Inflation? We don't see no stinking inflation Junk bond yields continue to fall, shrinking the spread between Treasury yields to the lowest point...

Iraq's instability spreads to the world's weaker currencies

June 24, 2014

The fighting in Iraq might not be hurting stocks, but it is putting pressure on some of the most fragile global currencies. This could be the tipping point that can no longer be ignored. The oil-price influence Gold's June rally is still not...

Frothy markets have investors turning to short-term bets

June 23, 2014

As the equity market gets increasingly frothy and the Fed sits on its hands, investors are turning to special situation alternative strategies to secure short-term gains. 'You have to go for factors which are direction-agnostic.' Yes, the Fed...

The stock market stays eerily calm despite a world of chaos

June 20, 2014

The stock market's eerie calm despite crisis after crisis. Are world events more constrained than they appear, or are we just ignoring everything except stock performance? The S&P 500 hasn't been this steady since 1995 Hedge fund redemption...

Advisers embrace liquid alts to navigate Fed policy

June 19, 2014

Financial advisers are turning to alternative-strategy mutual funds to navigate the Fed's squishy monetary policy. And who can blame them? Hedge funds now pushing liquid alternative products Global equity markets are loving the Fed's latest...

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

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