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Managed futures funds capitalizing on junk-bond fallout

December 15, 2015

The carnage unfolding in the high-yield bond market has paved the way for a serious rally among managed futures strategies that are designed to take advantage of precisely these kinds of trends. As usual with alternative-strategy funds, the...

The challenge of keeping clients away from shiny new investing trends

December 9, 2015

Over the last decade, we've heard a lot about "alternative" investments. From hedge funds to startups, investors often wonder if they need something different in their portfolio. Plus, it looks like easy money. A billion-dollar startup? A zero-risk...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

High-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster

December 4, 2015

It looks like the high-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster in a rising-rate cycle. More than a third of the outstanding U.S. high yield and leveraged loan universe is at risk. Don't bank on the Friday jobs report to move...

Hedge funds are waking up to redemptions

December 3, 2015

The trend of hedge fund redemptions could mark a turning point for pricey strategies that sometimes underperform. 'The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative.' Not that we're expecting anything too dramatic in the way of Fed activity,...

$25B institutional money manager takes a leap into retail

November 30, 2015

Pzena Investment Management, a relatively obscure $25 billion institutional money manager, is hoping to tap into the potentially lucrative retail investor market by creating a distribution team to promote three fledgling mutual funds. Even though...

December looking more likely for Fed rate hike

November 19, 2015

Ground Control to Major Yellen. Commencing countdown, engines on. October Fed minutes stress potential for December liftoff. Speaking of rising rates, have you checked out your bond fund lineup recently? Now's not a bad time to see what you're...

Goldman Sachs benches its BRIC strategy

November 9, 2015

Goldman's BRIC strategy hits the bricks as the once-popular acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China loses 21% in five years. The assets are down 88% since the 2010 peak Don't make the mistake of ignoring the significance of a strong dollar...

Jobs report has the bond market on edge

November 6, 2015

All eyes will be on the October jobs report this morning because it represents a major component of what the Federal Reserve will use to decide if December is the month for the first interest rate hike in more than nine years. This is a real...

Chinese stocks go from a sell to a buy just like that

November 4, 2015

Emerging-markets fund manager who darted out of Chinese stocks at the best possible time is now moving back in. 'We see two Chinas' Tough luck for the more than two million Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months. Not only...

Like it or not, the U.S. economy does better with a Democrat in the White House

October 28, 2015

The economy has historically done better under a Democrat president. Why that is remains a mystery. Dumb luck, or just regular luck? If you're a follower of offbeat economic indicators, you should start worrying about a recession. It's not good...

A 60-40 portfolio can no longer deliver growth and inflation protection, investment strategist warns

October 27, 2015

The standard setup of an investment portfolio has too many risks, not the least of which is an expected annual return of 2.2% for a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, according to Bob Rice, chief investment strategist at Tangent Capital....

Sounding the secular stagnation alarm bells

October 26, 2015

Larry Summers is sounding the alarm for secular stagnation. 'I would suggest it is a dangerous world' Buckle in for a big earnings week, as more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 Index are slated to report. The fourth week of October is seasonally...

Jim Cramer's stock picks miss the mark

October 23, 2015

TV stock barker Jim Cramer received a failing grade from a finance professor for a dismal 28% success rate. Only 14 of the 49 stocks Mr. Cramer recommended finished higher after six months. When a 'buy list' becomes a 'watch list' In the category...

Carl Icahn campaigns against corporate inversions and for himself

October 22, 2015

Carl Icahn's smooth move to try and halt corporate inversions in the name of tax patriotism is, naturally, also pretty good for his own portfolio. Super PAC spending plan tackles the hottest topic in corporate taxation What's left in the Fed's...

Gold rises from the dead

October 15, 2015

Gold shines bright above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five months. For that, and the rosier outlook for the precious metal, you can thank the lackluster U.S. economy. A dead asset no longer As trading continues to replace...

Warren Buffett doesn't have time to fiddle with activist investing

October 14, 2015

Warren Buffett's distaste for activist investing boils down to simple math. The bulk of activist investing is just looking for a quick hit The SEC is fleshing out those hidden mutual fund fees, such as sales and marketing expenses being charged...

Fallout at Fortress Investment Group

October 13, 2015

The dust is being kicked up at Fortress Investment Group, including the departure of a top hedge fund manager and the closing of a flagship fund in the wake of a really bad run. Michael Novogratz hits the bricks When it comes to retirement saving,...

An extreme tale of two liquid alt funds in the same category

October 9, 2015

The late-summer bout of stock market volatility has shed fresh light on alternative-strategy mutual funds and, once again, has reminded investors and financial advisers that these funds are very different from traditional long-only funds. Seasoned...

Bank of America isn't banking on a 4Q stock market rally

October 6, 2015

A lack of corporate outlooks this earnings season could be a bad sign for stocks over the next few months. The risk vs. reward for stocks The odds of a Fed rate hike this month are getting slimmer by the day. Meanwhile, some folks are still...

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