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How to work infrastructure funds into clients' portfolios

October 28, 2015

Worldwide, infrastructure spending is expected to grow to over $9 trillion per year by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2012. Overall, global spending on transportation, power generation, telecommunications networks, public facilities and other...

Volatility, rates, currencies bolster case for allocation to global high yield

October 26, 2015

Chalk it up to human nature, but many investors tend to shy away from ostensibly riskier asset classes when market gyrations, currency fluctuations and interest-rate anxiety dominate the headlines. In other words, times like these. Yet the same...

Yellen, yuan and yields: Global economies are more closely linked than ever

October 20, 2015

We've recently been reminded that, for better or worse, the world is more connected than ever. A steep correction in China's stock market last quarter, touched off by concerns over the country's slowing economy, rattled global commodity prices,...

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...

How to position fixed-income portfolios for rising rates and volatility

September 28, 2015

Even though the Federal Reserve declined to hike interest rates earlier this month, we still believe rates will rise modestly in late 2015 and proceed at a moderate pace thereafter. Given this backdrop, advisers are wondering how best to position...

DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach plans new global bond fund

September 17, 2015

DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey E. Gundlach plans to start a new global bond fund, according to a filing that regulators received on Wednesday, extending the star fixed income manager's reach in foreign markets. The DoubleLine Global Bond Fund...

What markets to watch when the Fed hands down its rate decision

September 16, 2015

What to watch with or without a rate hike. 'The decision' for Fed on interest rates could rock these 6 markets One reason some economists think the Fed will hold off on raising interest rates is 'financial conditions" that have become shaky....

A bucket strategy for retirement

September 15, 2015

A bucket strategy for retirement. Three buckets for three timeframes. If you're looking to diversify your clients' portfolios, there'll soon be a new stock on the market to consider. Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney just signed on with...

Go-anywhere bond funds have failed to go anywhere positive over the past year

September 1, 2015

Nontraditional bond funds that sounded too good to be true are looking like a bust, so far. Taking on a lot of credit and emerging market risk Oil prices ride high on slower production data. In the wake of a 12% jump last week With China on...

These 25 stocks are insulated from China turmoil

August 31, 2015

The S&P 500 recently had its steepest drop in more than six years on the back of concerns over growth in China and other global events. However, Goldman Sachs is keeping its price target of 2,100 by the end of the year, and it expects the U.S....

Advisers, pay attention to home-country bias in 401(k) menus

August 31, 2015

401(k) plan participants who invest on their own, and without professional asset allocation services provided by products such as target-date funds or managed accounts, tend to allocate more heavily to domestic than international equity funds....

In hindsight, China's market meltdown wasn't really that bad

August 27, 2015

Now that the dust has started to settle, China's stock market meltdown doesn't seem all that awful. Other major market selloffs have seen higher volatility Not sure if history can be counted on to be a reliable guide in these unprecedented times,...

Japan market opportunity: Hidden in plain sight

August 26, 2015

Positive investment news continues to come out of Japan, including strong corporate profits, the end of crippling deflation, a rising stock market and a new corporate governance code that is making Japan a more investor-friendly destination...

Global financial turmoil brings the Fed's plan into focus

August 24, 2015

China could be triggering a worst-case scenario for the global financial markets. But it will only really matter if the Fed stays on course with its September rate hike. What the current market turmoil is foreshadowing. Take a deep breath and...

Fear and greed swamp stocks as volatility spikes

August 24, 2015

Taking a lead from global markets, U.S. stocks opened Monday under the influence of classic fear-and-greed forces that should only matter if you don't have a plan. That said, additional losses as the week unfolds should come as no surprise....

How much China is in your fund?

August 17, 2015

While the Chinese economy grew 7.0% in the second quarter, signs of slower growth in July and actions by the Chinese government to devalue the yuan have caused investor concerns. Many investors obtain direct exposure to China through diversified...

DoubleLine's Jeffrey Gundlach says $40 oil is something to worry about

August 12, 2015

Jeffrey Gundlach calls $40 oil 'terrifying' even as oil heads toward $40. In other words, be scared. 'If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is going to 1%.' China's currency devaluation surprise...

Falling commodity prices draw speculators and speculation

August 10, 2015

The beauty of falling commodity prices is in the eye of the beholder as investors wrestle with whether to invest into the slide or invest in some kind of defensive strategy. Even with crude oil now hovering around $45 a barrel, there is debate...

The Fed's rate-hike plan now sees an obstacle in the form of China

August 10, 2015

China's flagging economy stands out as the only thing standing in the way of a Fed rate hike. It's always something. The new risk is tightening into a slowing global economy The freefall of commodities is not an exaggeration, but it is being...

China in the bull shop

August 9, 2015

Sometimes you know exactly what you're getting yourself — or your clients — into. Sometimes it's not so evident. Even when advisers perform sound due diligence on investments to ensure they are appropriate for clients' goals and risk tolerance,...

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