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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...

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...

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...

Morgan Stanley bets big on stocks

September 2, 2014

Morgan Stanley gets ultra-bullish, says the S&P's 200% climb off the bottom is just the beginning. S&P at 3,000 is possible Millennials are losing ground in retirement planning by living in the moment. Financial advisers have their work cut...

Ignore the bond bubble at your own risk

August 29, 2014

The case for reducing fixed income exposure gets more vivid by the day. Ignore the bond bubble at your own risk. Debt hits 250% of GDP The financial markets have not yet fully digested President Obama's admission yesterday that he has “no...

Smart beta, by any other name, is still smart

August 28, 2014

Smart beta, the marketing gimmick that is sweeping across the ETF space. And for good reason. Unable to kill smart beta, critics love to hate it When it comes to active portfolio management, most investors are giving up gains to fees. A bad...

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...

Dilbert creator cracks wise on financial advisers

August 7, 2014

Goldman forecasts a divergence for stocks and bonds, assuming the Fed starts to do its job, hopefully sometime next year. Stocks will see 4% annualized gains, bonds see 1% annualized losses Dilbert creator, Scott Adams, calls out financial advisers,...

S&P might drop some Russian stocks from indexes

August 7, 2014

Index funds might have to divest Russian securities under new sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control under a directive of President Obama to tighten pressure on the country in connection with separatist...

Market slide gains momentum

August 1, 2014

The market selloff goes global and today's equity market futures don't look much better as the jobs report could paint stocks into a corner. The MSCI All-Country World Index down 0.6% High-yield bond funds relish the new level of volatility...

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