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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...

Longer life expectancies are killing pension funds

February 17, 2015

Pension fund strategies never factored in that people would live as long as they're living. It is a real and growing problem. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be pension fund managers Stories of investors being ripped off by advisers...

Ray Dalio's Bridgewater picks up chunk of Microsoft, ditches UPS

February 12, 2015

Bridgewater Associates LP added shares of Microsoft Corp. last quarter, sold stock in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust and exited United Parcel Service Inc. The hedge fund added 586,400 shares of Microsoft and the value of its stake increased by $27.2...

Salient Partners buys Forward Funds with liquid alts expansion in mind

February 11, 2015

Salient Partners is buying Forward Management in an effort to build scale in the rapidly growing liquid alternatives space. The deal, announced Wednesday and scheduled to close by July, creates a $27 billion asset management firm, including...

Alternatives are earning their keep in 2015

February 10, 2015

The U.S. equity markets have calmed down since the rocky start to 2015, but as hedge fund indexes start rolling out January performance data, the numbers are showing how using alternatives to diversify makes sense. In a month that saw the S&P...

Warren Buffett pushes Obama to build the Keystone pipeline

February 5, 2015

Warren Buffett says Obama should ignore his radical base and approve the Keystone pipeline. 'By and large, Keystone should be done' Colorado took in so much tax revenue from marijuana sales that it might have to send out reefer refunds. When...

Russia is starting to look like an investment opportunity

January 27, 2015

The case for investing in Russia looks great, on paper. Just hold your nose and take a big bite. Banking on a business-friendly and reform-minded history If the hedge funders have it right, oil prices will continue to slide. Crude oil short...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

Hedge fund managers testing the social media waters

January 22, 2015

Hedge funds, long known for restricting investor access to complex and secretive strategies, are ever so slowly coming out of the shadows and embracing social media. It's still a far cry from your favorite celebrities tweeting out what they...

Good looks aren't everything, but it might help you attract more assets

January 22, 2015

Better-looking money managers attract more clients, but they also tend to underperform. So, there's that. Looks aren't everything The winning bidder in an IRS auction for $2 million worth of annuity payments from a 1985 contract between the...

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Swiss franc fallout hits some liquid alt funds harder than others

January 20, 2015

Financial advisers who have been watching from a distance the fallout from Switzerland's surprise move last week to remove its currency ceiling against the euro might want to take a closer look at some of the mutual funds in their clients' portfolios....

Falling oil prices are now officially costing jobs

January 16, 2015

Oilfield job cuts are coming hard and fast as the U.S. oil boom sinks along with oil prices. Schlumberger cuts 9,000 workers An Ohio-based financial adviser has been indicted for a $5.5 million hedge fund Ponzi scheme involving 19 investors....

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