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Third Avenue fund collapse may be 'much bigger problem' for bond ETFs

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's abrupt freezing of investor redemptions from its high-yield bond fund may be an early warning signal for bond exchange-traded funds. Investment strategists say that Third Avenue's troubles may be the latest test for...

Third Avenue rattles the junk bond market

December 14, 2015

Third Avenue Management's unprecedented move last week of blocking investor redemptions from its junk-bond fund has clearly rattled the bond markets, but it doesn't mean this is the end of days for fixed income investors. Try not to freak out...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

Mutual fund outflows add to the pain of capital gains distributions

November 24, 2015

It's that time of year again, when turkeys get stuffed, halls get decked and mutual fund investors get hit with year-end capital gains distributions. For investors and financial advisers, it is a frustration as old as the actively managed mutual...

The apolitical Fed is becoming a political target

November 12, 2015

When all else fails, blame the Fed. Even though it's designed and expected to be apolitical, the Federal Reserve is becoming a popular target of political attacks from all sides. The Fed did it Making the case for a portfolio of 100% equities....

Goldman Sachs benches its BRIC strategy

November 9, 2015

Goldman's BRIC strategy hits the bricks as the once-popular acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China loses 21% in five years. The assets are down 88% since the 2010 peak Don't make the mistake of ignoring the significance of a strong dollar...

Sounding the secular stagnation alarm bells

October 26, 2015

Larry Summers is sounding the alarm for secular stagnation. 'I would suggest it is a dangerous world' Buckle in for a big earnings week, as more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 Index are slated to report. The fourth week of October is seasonally...

Stay calm and don't worry about Black Monday

October 16, 2015

There are a few thin parallels between today and the days leading up to the historic Oct. 19, 1987 stock market crash that are getting attention, but nothing that should rattle investors. Beginning with the parallels, like in 1987, Oct. 19 fell...

Gender-focused investment strategy skips over common sense

October 14, 2015

We can agree that gender equality in both politics and the asset management industry is getting closer attention, but that doesn't mean you can just throw anything against the wall and see if it sticks. But that appears to be the case with a...

Bank of America isn't banking on a 4Q stock market rally

October 6, 2015

A lack of corporate outlooks this earnings season could be a bad sign for stocks over the next few months. The risk vs. reward for stocks The odds of a Fed rate hike this month are getting slimmer by the day. Meanwhile, some folks are still...

Jackson National to offer DoubleLine smart beta fund in VAs

October 2, 2015

Smart-beta strategies got their latest seal of approval in the form of a $100 million mandate from Jackson National Life Distributors. The giant insurance provider has added the DoubleLine Shiller Enhanced CAPE Fund (DSENX) to its menu of variable...

Hillary Clinton's Tweet-induced biotech sell off has created buying opportunity

October 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton drew the attention of biotech investors recently when she tweeted out her angst over prescription drug prices, but, really, the Democratic presidential frontrunner was just adding water to a boat that's sprung a leak. At this...

Advisers pouring more money into smart beta funds

September 30, 2015

Smart beta continues to gain traction among financial advisers. Two reports this week show that the overall universe of strategies that tweak traditional market-capitalization-weighted indexing is becoming a larger part of investment portfolios...

Biotech beat down weighs on the markets

September 29, 2015

The biotech stock bloodbath is starting to look like more than just political bluster. Bringing down the house Janet Yellen is talking up a storm about inflation, which is still a long way from actual inflation. Traders are not biting Parrotheads...

Columbia Threadneedle Investments files with the SEC for NextShares and index funds

September 28, 2015

Ameriprise Financial Inc.'s global asset management group Columbia Threadneedle Investments on Monday asked securities regulators for permission to launch a new set of both NextShares and index-tracking exchange-traded funds. The fund company...

Smart beta and market cap indexing: Better together

September 28, 2015

As Americans, we like to debate. Republican vs. Democrat, Yankees vs. Red Sox, Coke vs. Pepsi. In investing, we have debated the merits of active vs. passive for many years and, more recently, strategic beta (or so-called “smart beta”) vs....

3 allocation strategies that can help clients navigate through volatility

September 25, 2015

There are many environments in which investment accounts can, for the most part, succeed by using a traditional asset allocation model. This typically includes a mix of global and U.S. stocks, bonds and, perhaps, an alternative. This portfolio...

Guggenheim's fixed-income shop shaping up to be next bond kingdom

September 25, 2015

While most bond fund managers have been walking the tightrope to try and balance the risks and opportunities in an unprecedented interest-rate environment, Guggenheim Partners has been quietly finding ways to rise above the herd. Through Sept....

The Fed tosses out another teaser that rates could still be hiked this year

September 25, 2015

If you can believe it, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is still teasing the markets with the idea of rate hike this year. Yeah, right. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me again and again and again, shame on me. State pension funds are starting to learn...

Financial advisers get more tools for navigating the liquid alts space

September 24, 2015

As stock market volatility continues to tick higher, another player is emerging to help financial advisers navigate the alternative investments space for portfolio diversification. Launched eight months ago and recently upgraded to make it more...

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