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An end to la dolce vita?

November 13, 2011

Italy's passage of belt-tightening measures Friday, coupled with its impending change of leadership, calmed immediate fears about Europe's debt crisis, but investors should brace for more eurozone turmoil in the weeks and months ahead. “The...

Rydex gung-ho on China, launches renminbi fund

October 3, 2011

Rydex SGI is scheduled to launch its CurrencyShares Chinese Renminbi Trust Ticker:(FXCH), expanding its CurrencyShares lineup to 10 exchange-traded products and offering investors a way to hold the official currency of the People's Republic...

Economy in ruins but Kathleen Gaffney still bullish on Greek debt

September 28, 2011

Kathleen Gaffney, co-manager of the $19.4 billion Loomis Sayles Bond Fund, said she continues to hold Greek debt and is buying sovereign debt from other European countries. The European Union has “too much to lose” if Greece were to exit...

Developed-market currency concern taking center stage

September 25, 2011

More institutions are taking cover as uncertainty surrounding the euro is putting developed-market currency risk at center stage of global investment portfolios, including equities strategies. “Historically, equities managers have been less...

'Pain for progress': Pan-euro bonds inevitable

September 11, 2011

Unofficial proposals to create government debt backed by the entire 17-member eurozone would produce a massive bond market, similar in size, liquidity and quality to the $7.3 trillion U.S. Treasury market. The proposed pan-European bonds would...

Emerging idea: A new twist on managing volatility overseas

August 16, 2011

A new exchange-traded fund from Emerging Global Advisors is putting the emerging back into emerging-markets exposure, and it shows. The EGShares Emerging Markets High Dividend/Low Beta ETF Ticker:(HILO) is designed for income and low volatility...

Finding ‘unloved' opportunities in a uncertain market

July 28, 2011

With the dark cloud of economic uncertainty hanging over Washington, one could make a solid case for the Advisory Research International Small Cap Value Fund Ticker:(ADVIX), which limits exposure to the U.S. dollar by investing primarily on...

Pullet surprise? Tiny U.S. investment firm bests large Chinese company in chicken flap

July 11, 2011

Yuhe International Inc., a Chinese chicken breeder whose business model is based on quick turnaround, took only three days to acknowledge it had been bested by two short sellers in rural Pennsylvania. The investors, who run GeoInvesting LLC,...

Go-anywhere funds test advisers' faith

July 10, 2011

As more fund companies rush to market with global allocation funds, it is becoming increasingly difficult for financial advisers to figure out which ones are worth their time and which are duds. And without set benchmarks, many advisers wonder...

Biggest China ETF in U.S. rocked

July 10, 2011

The biggest Chinese exchange-traded fund in the United States is losing money faster than any other country-focused ETF, even as the lowest valuations since 2008 are convincing brokerage firms in the Asian nation that it is time to buy. Investors...

BlackRock's Dennis Stattman raises red flag

July 10, 2011

No one knows how difficult it can be to manage a go-anywhere fund better than Dennis Stattman. Mr. Stattman, 60, has managed BlackRock Inc.'s Global Allocation Fund since its inception in 1989. When the firm launched Global Allocation, he and...

The contrarian play David Herro loves

May 31, 2011

The famed Oakmark International Fund manager says stocks for well-run Japanese companies are simply too cheap to ignore.

Japanese stocks may have hit bottom after earthquake

May 29, 2011

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Japan is likely to leave buying opportunities in its aftermath — even as certain economic indicators point in the opposite direction. “We haven't seen Japanese stocks this cheap in a long time,”...

Africa: A surprising continent of investment opportunity

May 22, 2011

Investors who are looking for diversification, higher-than-average growth and lower-than-average risk might want to consider one of the most overlooked investment areas on earth: Africa. Africa? To call the continent's market small would be...

No such thing as home-court advantage for investors

May 18, 2011

A marked home country bias prevents many investors around the world from going global — a big mistake, according to David J. Garff, founder and president of Accuvest Global Advisors. "Home bias is alive and well. The question is why," said...

Remarkable returns, low volatility? You'll be surprised where

May 16, 2011

As portfolio manager Larry Seruma sees it, Africa is not only the next hot emerging market — but it also has a track record to help illustrate the potential. Mr. Seruma, manager of the 13-month-old Nile Pan Africa Fund Ticker:(NAFAX), is focused...

Advisers: Treasuries out, emerging markets in

May 12, 2011

Financial advisers plan to dump Treasury bills and fixed-income investments from their clients' portfolios this year in favor of equities, according to a recent survey. In a March survey of 805 financial advisers by Aberdeen Asset Management...

Franklin fund manager: Pass on U.S., shop in Europe

May 11, 2011

Despite all the bad news surrounding European markets, a lot of good investment opportunities exist on the continent, according to Philippe Brugere-Trelat, executive vice president and portfolio manager at Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC. During...

Investors missing the 'party' overseas: David Winters

May 4, 2011

Investors eager to find compelling value plays might have to look a little farther than they did in the past, according to two portfolio managers. “The most compelling opportunities are no longer in North America but in companies domiciled...

Bin Laden gone, but retaliation could rock markets

May 2, 2011

The immediate celebration over the death of Osama bin Laden has been tempered by the reality of possible retaliation against the West. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. operatives after a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, President Barack Obama...

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