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The predictable downside of chasing performance

December 31, 2014

Chasing performance is almost always a bad strategy, so don't make it yours in 2015. The culprit is risk. Despite the steady drumbeat to the contrary, active management is not dead. Investing is getting more diversified and less expensive. In...

Cheap oil is drawing bargain hunters to energy ETFs

December 30, 2014

Bargain hunters pour into energy sectors, betting big that oil prices will bounce back up. 'The picture is not as bleak as it may seem.' Hedge funds might be closing in on a sixth straight year of lagging the S&P 500, but that doesn't mean they...

Case for active management gets stronger every day as stocks power ahead

December 30, 2014

Past performance notwithstanding, investors are expected to emphasize active portfolio management over passive indexed investing in the year ahead. “The more conservative you are, and lower risk tolerances puts you in active management,”...

From big rallies to fallen (bond) kings, we saw it all in 2014

December 29, 2014

Of all the twists, turns and surprises of 2014, cheap oil has to be among the most pleasant. While there is plenty of risk facing the global energy industry and capital markets, it is hard to think about that when you're filling your tank for...

Why the financial markets get so excited by revised growth numbers

December 24, 2014

What it means when economic growth is better than people expected. Mohamed El-Erian breaks it down. Underscoring the global divergence in growth. It has been a good year for Warren Buffett, bad bets and all. Don't bet against the U.S. Gold investors,...

Russia troubles worry big investors

December 22, 2014

Falling oil prices, a plummeting currency, sanctions and the threat of capital controls in Russia are forcing investors and index providers to intensify their focus on that market. The price of a barrel of oil has dropped sharply since the summer,...

Coming off a big year, Janus files for exotic ETFs

December 19, 2014

Janus Capital Group Inc. this year has already snagged the world's most famous bond fund manager and acquired a manufacturer of exchange-traded funds. But it has even bigger plans in the ETF market, and they go beyond Bill Gross, according to...

Maybe the Fed isn't going to raise rates next year

December 15, 2014

Maybe the Fed won't raise rates next year. Krugman fighting consensus says 2015 Fed rate increase unlikely Everyone is enjoying lower prices at the pump but the slide in oil prices carries a big, big risk. Santa got run over by an oil tanker...

Malkiel on investment opportunities, financial advice and robos

December 14, 2014

The author of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" has walked all the way to Silicon Valley. Burton Malkiel has been giving much the same investing advice for four decades: Keep fees low and don't believe advisers and fund managers who promise to...

Are ETFs really cheaper than mutual funds?

December 11, 2014

A new report by Morningstar Inc. casts new doubt on the relative cost advantages of ETFs over comparable mutual funds. The research firm looked at a number of factors that contribute to the total cost of an index-tracking fund — from expense...

Broker-dealers hold fate of new active ETFs

December 3, 2014

After a multiyear push and stiff competition, a product that backers want eventually to replace mutual funds won final approval from securities regulators this week. That was the easy part. With its long-coveted approval order in hand, Eaton...

Adviser as the ultimate active manager

November 30, 2014

It's not breaking news that, for the most part, index funds continue to outperform actively managed funds. When the stock market is climbing, as it has for most of this year, active managers have a harder time than usual beating indexes, although...

Keeping emotion out of investing

November 26, 2014

Excerpted from "Asset Rotation: The Demise of Modern Portfolio Theory and the Birth of an Investment Renaissance," by Matthew P. Erickson (Wiley, 2014) Before we can begin to dissect all of the nuances as to why what has worked in the past may...

U.S. stock futures little changed before jobs data

November 7, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index heading for a weekly gain, as investors awaited data that is projected to show an increase of more than 200,000 in October payrolls. Bank of America Corp. fell...

Vanguard's John Bogle beats the low-fee drum, takes a fresh swipe at active management

October 30, 2014

Vanguard's Bogle says unless you make fees a top priority, your retirement plan will suffer, and the financial “industry doesn't give a damn.” Highlights from the Bogleheads' annual meeting Cheap oil adds up to more bad news for gold investors....

Passive fixed-income strategies? Not in today's environment

October 21, 2014

There are many excellent ways to invest in fixed income in the current market environment. Passive strategies are not among them. Investors should seek out experienced professionals who know the global fixed-income markets, can anticipate and...

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...

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...

Where are the next big opportunities in today's market?

September 30, 2014

Five years after the end of the financial crisis, asset managers, financial advisers and clients are trying to discern how they should be positioned to avoid many of the pitfalls that may lie ahead, but still take advantage of the opportunities...

SEC assessment of mutual fund risk could lead to more disclosure

September 8, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission has started to work on rules that could require more transparency about mutual fund portfolio holdings and limit their use of alternative investment strategies, according to a story in today's Wall Street...

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