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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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