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After outflows, Wisdom Tree doubles down on Japan

April 8, 2014

What do you do if your signature investment product — in this case, an ETF offering novel exposure to Japanese companies — suffers $611 million in outflows in one month? If you are WisdomTree Investments Inc., you double down. The exchange-traded...

Markets are bracing for a rough start to the week

April 7, 2014

The doomsayers are out in force this morning, calling for a dismal start to earnings season and a general stock market slide. Looks like a rough Monday, folks. Beyond the momentum-stock selloff The SEC is finally getting serious about its oversight...

When the White House starts giving investment advice, we're all in trouble

March 28, 2014

When the White House starts dishing out advice about investing in the global equity markets, apparently short-sellers don't listen. And why should they? On March 18, press secretary Jay Carney said that the only investments worth making in Russian...

When BRICs go bust, investors head toward frontier markets

March 28, 2014

Where do investors go when emerging economies stop emerging at an acceptable clip? Let's dart off to the frontier markets for some real adventure. When BRICs go bust Real and measurable differences between women and men, from a financial advisory...

Obama administration's call for boycotting Russian stocks falls flat

March 27, 2014

No offense, Mr. President, but short-sellers are not taking your advice on Russian stocks. In fact, it seems the market is doing the opposite of what the Obama administration has suggested with regard to Russian investments. So much for White...

Russia and the energy-stock short-sale question

March 25, 2014

Regarding Russia, is it time to start shorting oil and gas stocks? Keep in mind, we're talking about an economy built precariously on exporting massive amounts of raw materials to foreign buyers. It's complicated Here's what could happen to...

Gold rally draws critics along with fans, but it's still a rally

March 21, 2014

Thanks to Western speculators and Eastern savers, gold is back with a vengeance. Last year's 28% drop is all about last year, because so far this year, gold is beating just about everything. Quietly bullish contrarians Meanwhile, a report by...

Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike

March 18, 2014

U.S. stock futures are indicating some confidence in this morning's housing report. Consensus estimates suggest a slight bump in February housing, on the heels of an ugly dip in January. Futures are flat following the S&P's 1% gain yesterday...

Finra freezes new arbitration cases in Puerto Rico

March 18, 2014

Even though Puerto Rico's beaten-up municipal bond market improved last week, beleaguered bondholders have swamped Finra's arbitration system with 200 lawsuits, forcing the regulator to delay cases until it can find additional arbitrators. The...

ICI pushes back on too-big-to-fail label for big fund firms

March 17, 2014

ICI is setting the tone of its Orlando conference today by pushing back on the too-big-to-fail label for big mutual fund companies. Prez Paul Schott Stevens' kick-off speech will describe asset managers are “agents, not principals.” Just...

Markets brace for Sunday's Crimea vote

March 14, 2014

As we close in on Sunday's Crimea vote, the markets are trying to identify the trouble spots and figure out how much is already baked in. Keeping an eye on gold and energy With U.S. and European sanctions against Russia now seen as likely, it's...

Markets wake up to China's economic slowdown

March 13, 2014

Global markets today will absorb the latest evidence of an economic slowdown in China. While some countries can only dream of an 8.6% increase in industrial output over the first two months of 2014, the expectation in China was for a 9.5% rise....

Say what? Most Americans feel like they've missed the market's historic bull run

March 12, 2014

Even after a five-year bull market, most Americans feel the stock market's 176% rise has had little effect on their financial well-being. Of course, they have also set aside less than $30,000 for retirement. Poll exposes a generally gloomy mood...

Asian investors spooked by China, Ukraine

March 10, 2014

Today's guest chef: Mason Braswell Asian stocks slide after weaker-than-expected Chinese exports and the continued turmoil in Ukraine spooked investors. Disappointing China exports halt world stocks, hammer commodities China wasn't the online...

More Americans renouncing citizenship

March 5, 2014

Increased tax-reporting requirements are making some high-net-worth clients consider leaving the U.S. for good, but experts warn that a considerable amount of tax and estate planning is in order before such investors tear up their passports....

Largest bitcoin exchange files for bankrupcy protection

February 28, 2014

Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan, and said that 850,000 bitcoins belonging to its customers and the firm were missing. “The company believes there is a high possibility that the bitcoins were...

Proposed A-shares ETFs could transform investors' approach to China

February 27, 2014

Filling the pipeline of SEC filings are more than a dozen new ETFs that could potentially change the way investors access Chinese stocks. The proposed funds, which total at least 15 — mostly from Van Eck Associates and Deutsche Bank AG —...

Investing opportunities abound in Europe

February 20, 2014

Ready to take a break from America's sputtering equities market? Consider an investing vacation to Europe. After explosive gains of nearly 30% in 2013, the S&P 500 is forecast to climb by a comparatively pedestrian 6% or less this year. European...

New iShares ETFs let investors bet on developed markets while skirting currency risk

February 5, 2014

Investors interested in developed markets but feeling skittish about currency risk have some new options. iShares, the exchange-traded fund business of BlackRock Inc., on Tuesday released iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Germany ETF (HEWG) and iShares...

Breakfast with Benjamin: Fed shrugs off market selloff and sticks to taper plans

February 4, 2014

Market selloff or not, Fed's taper plans will not be derailed. We'll see what they're saying after this morning's factory orders report and the CBO's economic outlook. Dow is now down 7% from its recent high Look out below. Japanese stocks fell...

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