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Financial-sector ETFs bet on a possible interest-rate hike pays off

September 7, 2016

With the most recent employment report coming in weaker-than-expected, the odds of an interest-rate hike in September have dropped into “unlikely” territory. But don't tell that to investors in financial-sector exchanged-traded funds. Similar...

Investors gobbled up risk assets in August

September 2, 2016

Investors showed a voracious appetite for risk in August. Last month's net flows into U.S.-listed ETFs topped $28 billion. The Fed's next big idea: Renaming zero interest rates as moderately low. That should do the trick. A genuine conundrum...

Are junk bonds becoming the new equities?

September 1, 2016

It's a well-known reality that high-yield bonds are generally more correlated to equities than they are to higher-quality bonds, but is it possible to actually substitute junk bonds for stocks? That argument is being made on a selective basis...

The markets are tilting toward Hillary Clinton for president

September 1, 2016

Forget all the debates and the actual voting, because the stock market has already decided Hillary Clinton will be our next President. If the research is sound, investors might be expecting another Democrat in the White House. The not-so mind-boggling...

Advisers are bracing for a September market storm

August 31, 2016

As financial advisers prepare to relax over the Labor Day weekend break, many are also bracing for an increased focus on the kinds of market volatility that typically comes with September. With perspectives ranging from, it happens every year...

Blaming the 401(k) for lack of retirement savings

August 26, 2016

The case for how 401(k) plans have put retirement income further out of reach for some Americans. Pensions used to work, then pensions went away. The typical 401(k) is anything but automatic. Don't make the mistake of overlooking U.S. oil production...

Presidential candidates should focus on ETFs in 401(k) plans

August 25, 2016

It's time to push the conversation about including ETFs in 401(k) plans. If costs really matter — and they do — how can anyone overlook ETFs? The ETF as a political weapon. Active management might cost more and generally perform worse than...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

Value strategies defy logic in push past growth stocks

August 24, 2016

Ten years into a bull market for growth stocks, the cycle finally appears to be turning in favor of value investing, but not for all the usual reasons. Among domestic equity mutual fund categories, small- and mid-cap value strategies stand out...

ETF providers scramble to put Aug. 24 'flash crash' in rearview mirror

August 23, 2016

If there is an upside to the Aug. 24, 2015 “flash crash” that saw volatility spike and trigger nearly 1,300 individual trading halts, it is that the asset management industry and the exchanges are now scrambling to work with regulators to...

A case for cash when stock prices are off the charts

August 22, 2016

Sometimes the best investment move is toward the sidelines, especially when stocks and bonds are both teetering near record highs. The case for cash. Former hedge funder, Steve Eisman, who is now with Neuberger Berman, says hedge fund fees are...

When outperformance puts active managers out of business

August 22, 2016

The legal jargon about past performance not being indicative of future returns might need to be tweaked to suggest that past performance could be indicative of future underperformance. New research from S&P Global Market Intelligence and S&P...

Morningstar demystifies 401(k) loans

August 19, 2016

Morningstar's Christine Benz cracks to code on those perplexing 401(k) loans. Dissecting the pros, cons and myths of borrowing from a retirement account. The Department of Justice moves to phase out the use of private prisons for federal inmates....

Fees matter most when it comes to active management performance: Morningstar

August 19, 2016

Morningstar's midyear analysis of active versus passive investing shows once again that higher fees have the biggest impact on performance. The semiannual report describes fees as “one of the only reliable predictors of success.” The research...

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones makes a costly big short on the market

August 17, 2016

Hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones continues to double down on his big short of the U.S. stock market. He now owns puts on 8.34 million shares of SPDR S&P 500 (SPY). Meanwhile, as the stock market chugs along, seemingly defying gravity and logic,...

Insider buying patterns say now is the time to sell

August 12, 2016

If you're still seeing this frothy stock market as a keen buying opportunity, you might want to consider that most corporate insiders don't share those views. Insiders are selling. Hillary Clinton's full-throated pitch to promote middle-class...

All three stock indexes hit record highs in 1999 redux, minus the investor euphoria

August 12, 2016

Seeing three major U.S. stock markets indexes all hit record highs for the first time since 1999 has given pundits and market watchers plenty to analyze, but fear is not yet part of the equation. “Valuations are getting high, but they can...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Rob Arnott says cheesy copy cats are hurting smart beta investing

August 11, 2016

Rob Arnott, a pioneer of smart-beta investing, says the growing popularity of the investing style has gotten out of hand. Perhaps he longs for the good old days when almost nobody believed in smart beta. “There are a lot of dumb ideas masquerading...

Nassim Taleb trots out another 'black swan' forecast

August 9, 2016

Nassim Taleb calls for a market crash and much pain ahead. The creator of “black swan” theory says we can thank quantitative easing for the mess heading our way. The “uber-rich have benefitted, and nothing has been cured.” Barclays throws...

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