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The bitter economic costs of cheap oil

October 21, 2014

Cheap oil threatens the U.S. energy boom and the fallout is not optimal. In the shale business it's not as easy as just reducing production. Paying less for foreign goods and services Making the case for investing in bond funds gets tougher...

Market strategists unbowed

October 16, 2014

The rout in stocks has not pushed market strategists to cut their year-end forecasts. It's just going to take a bigger rally to get there. S&P 500 rout leaves Wall Street unbowed as tide ebbs on calls But that resolve could be tested today....

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

Alternatives: A key piece of the investment puzzle

October 12, 2014

The case for traditional long-only allocations to stocks and bonds is getting weaker by the day, and that's putting the financial advice industry, if somewhat reluctantly, at the junction of major change. Embracing the change might not even...

Market chop puts alternative strategies front and center

October 10, 2014

It's not too late to add some portfolio insurance in the form of liquid alternatives. Here are some mutual funds that have been stacking up nicely against their more expensive hedge fund counterparts. Better examples of hedge funds than hedge...

Morningstar partners with ProShares to manage an alternative ETF

October 9, 2014

ETF provider ProShares has teamed up with Morningstar Inc. to launch an alternative strategy indexed exchange-traded fund, which began trading Thursday. The ProShares Morningstar Alternatives Solution ETF (ALTS) will track an index maintained...

Accredited-investor definition revamp backed by SEC panel

October 9, 2014

For the first time in 32 years, the idea of who should qualify as an accredited investor and be able to partake in private placements is being seriously questioned. The ultimate decision will impact which Americans can invest in nonpublic offerings...

Goldman Sachs strategists say investors hold too much stocks and bonds and need to jack up alternatives allocations

October 7, 2014

In the 1970s it made sense for investors to invest almost solely in stocks for risk and bonds for safety. But those days are long gone, according to Theodore Enders, senior portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “It's typical...

Market risk is ignored by invincible investors

September 23, 2014

The downside of a Fed-fueled bull market is that everyone feels like an investment genius. The real risk in this market is that investors are starting to believe their portfolios are invincible. Confusing brilliance with a bull market Mohamed...

SEC advisory panel recommends new approach to accredited investor label

September 23, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission should revise rules for designating someone a sophisticated investor who can participate in private securities offerings, according to recommendations that will be put before the agency next month. The...

Is Calpers' move away from hedge funds a bellwether for advisers?

September 19, 2014

Warren Buffett once said, "Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks." Calpers must've been feeling a little wet when it announced...

Liquid alts are a threat to hedge funds as we've known them

September 18, 2014

Despite chatter to the contrary, it is way too early to start forecasting the extinction of the $2.8 trillion hedge fund industry. Those ridiculous fees, however, could be headed for the endangered species list. It is difficult to feel sorry...

Bill Gross rides derivatives around Fed policy

September 17, 2014

Bill Gross adopts a derivatives strategy to navigate Fed policy. The Bond King's new normal boils down to levering up the Pimco Total Return Fund. Still trailing 57% of his peers year-to-date The Fed's tightening cycle looks to be a bumpy ride...

A user's guide to this week's "Fedspeak"

September 16, 2014

Calpers sends hedge funds out to pasture in a move that could represent a wake-up call to the alternatives space. A decision based on high fees What to watch for, and what to worry about, in the Fed's next public statements. A user's guide to...

Biggest pension shunning hedge funds a green light for liquid alts

September 16, 2014

The country's largest pension fund has inadvertently provided a seal of approval to financial advisers who have been accessing alternative strategies via registered mutual funds and other exchange-traded products. The California Public Employees'...

Markets wait on the Fed's next move

September 15, 2014

The market waits for the Fed to pull the trigger on rates, which appears to be the only thing investors care about these days. Reading into the phrase 'considerable time' Try the ETF route for a piece of the celebrated Alibaba IPO. Biggest public...

Should you follow Bill?

September 12, 2014

Bill Gross has been cutting his position in bonds. Should you do the same? Bill Gross is selling bonds, but here's why maybe you shouldn't. Finra might have found its replacement for retiring arbitration chief Linda Fienberg. Wall Street watchdog...

Bond gurus say the rally is over

September 5, 2014

Bond gurus speculate on the end of the bond rally. Tepper says it's over; Gundlach says it's range bound Hackers access Obamacare site and find nothing to steal. At least that's what the government is reporting. Someone 'accidently connected...

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....

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