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Meredith Whitney says she's done managing other people's money

June 10, 2015

Meredith Whitney, who turned fame as a banking analyst into a stint running her own hedge fund, is through with managing other people's money. “I think that chapter of my life is over,” she said in an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday....

The bond markets are mysteriously losing liquidity

June 9, 2015

The worst part about the bond market selloffs in the U.S. and Europe is the not knowing why. Markets do not like uncertainty. The mysteriously shrinking market liquidity When the behemoth California Public Employees' Retirement System can't...

Tim Geithner spills the beans on how he navigated the financial crisis

May 22, 2015

Getting up close and personal with Tim Geithner. The former Treasury Secretary reflects on the financial crisis. 'One great thing about our country is that when governments take actions like this, you can test their merits and legality in court.'...

Wirehouses raise clients' exposure to alternatives, but reps still just dabbling

May 21, 2015

Wirehouse reps have been steadily increasing client allocations to alternative investments in stride with the level of risk building in the overall stock and bond markets. The latest research from the Money Management Institute and Dover Financial...

A portfolio strategy that goes all in for alts to dial down market risk

May 20, 2015

For a lot of financial advisers, a 5% or 10% allocation to alternative investments is still viewed either as pushing the limits or as checking off the box for having some exposure to alternatives. But what about a 45% allocation that represents...

After big 2014, trend-chasing mutual funds drop

May 11, 2015

Clifford Asness's trend-following mutual fund was on a hot streak until a rally in European bonds and the U.S. dollar took a turn last month. The $8.3 billion managed futures fund run by Mr. Asness' AQR Capital Management, the largest of its...

The housing market steps up to provide a needed economic boost

April 30, 2015

Home sales are springing into action right on schedule. Solid housing stands in contrast to the dismal first quarter GDP numbers Fed hems and haws its way to suggesting that a rate hike is still somehow on track for some point this year. But...

Vanguard, Goldman Sachs agree that advisers face tall order in picking alts fund managers

April 29, 2015

There may be no two investment firms more different than Vanguard and Goldman Sachs. But the two have found a note of harmony. In separate presentations to financial advisers — and potential clients — at a conference in Las Vegas, investment...

Investors pile into hedge funds, pushing total assets close to $3 trillion

April 20, 2015

Macroeconomic uncertainty is being credited with boosting the appeal of hedge fund strategies during the first quarter, which capped off the best three months for inflows since the second quarter of last year. Global hedge fund assets grew by...

The riddle and the dilemma of global bonds

April 17, 2015

If not even negative yields can bring a bond bull to their knees, what will? The riddle and the dilemma of global bonds Making the case for emerging markets, where bargains are still plentiful. 'There isn't any reason to become positive, just...

The case for incorporating private equity in client portfolios

April 7, 2015

In today's persistent low-yield environment, the challenge remains for advisers to identify opportunities to enhance portfolio returns for clients. Going forward, the solution may not come from public equities. The equity investment has been...

The benefits of long/short credit exposure in today's market

March 31, 2015

In the current low-rate environment, the search for yield has been an endless quest for advisers and investors alike. Moving up the risk ladder has been one of the only ways for investors to achieve a decent return on their fixed income allocations....

Strong dollar is keeping the markets on edge

March 11, 2015

The wicked-fast pace of the dollar's rise has the markets on edge, and there's little reason to expect the greenback will slow down any time soon. Other currencies are not able to adapt fast enough An ominous outlook for the bond bubble. When...

Vanguard tiptoes into the liquid alternatives market

March 3, 2015

The liquid alternative investments market has received an unlikely endorsement from low-cost indexing stalwart The Vanguard Group Inc. Some money managers and financial advisers say the fund giant's registration on Friday for the Vanguard Alternative...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

Senator questions widespread tax dodges used by wealthy

March 3, 2015

The top Democrat on the Senate tax-writing committee called Tuesday for curbing complex investment tactics that help high-net-worth investors lower their taxes. A report released by the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee outlined...

Gold loses its luster on the global stage

February 23, 2015

Gold has been losing its luster among investors. Stronger dollar and record valuation for global stocks have kicked the precious metal to the curb. Diminishing appeal as a store of wealth Janet Yellen will be in the hot seat starting on Tuesday...

ETF outdoes hedge funds in the M&A game

February 21, 2015

In trying to capitalize on the news of mergers and acquisitions, hedge funds are being outdone by an exchange-traded fund clone. Thanks to stockpiles of cash and low borrowing costs, the dollar volume of global M&A deals rose 45%, to $3.3 trillion,...

The Fed's first interest rate hike hits another speed bump

February 19, 2015

The Fed continues to hem and haw on raising interest rates. The debate this time centers on the risk of harming the recovery versus the risk of high inflation. Differing opinions about the economic conditions that would be appropriate for the...

The bottom for oil prices isn't even in sight yet

February 18, 2015

A case is being made for why the forces of supply and demand could push the price of a barrel of oil to only a little more than double the price of a gallon of gas a few years ago. With the demand for OPEC's oil at a 14-year low, the bottom...

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