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Good or bad, jobs report could roil the markets, investors

May 8, 2015

Today is the day for the big jobs report everyone's been waiting for. Good or bad, the report could jolt markets. Is bitcoin back? A Bitcoin exchange gets its first stamp of approval from New York We can spend a day (OK, maybe half a day) debating...

Global markets giving a nod to the latest U.S. economic data

November 11, 2013

European equities opened the week on a positive note following the stronger economic data out of the U.S. last week. Keeping an eye on the Fed's tapering plans The latest U.S. data is also helping to support the strength of the dollar. Holding...

Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

March 3, 2015

Mention Japan to an economist and she'll tell you about deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation. In fact, the ingredients of every policymaker's nightmare scenario and the situation Eurozone monetary...

Greece's latest problem is the IMF

July 15, 2015

The IMF is throwing a wrench into the Greek bailout works. This doesn't look good. Setting off a political earthquake in Europe Could China be dragging the entire world into a recession? Morgan Stanley thinks so. 'The next global recession will...

Alibaba eligible for MSCI equity indexes as Russia snubbed

January 18, 2015

MSCI Inc. (MSCI) will allow some companies with overseas stock-market listings in its equity indexes, opening the door to China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) while excluding Russian firms amid economic sanctions. Companies with listings...

Phony adviser convicted for conning a real adviser out of $11.3 million

May 21, 2015

A con-man to the stars, who was masquerading as a financial adviser, has been found guilty of wire fraud and money laundering related to $11.3 million he conned out of another financial adviser. Busted while pretending to represent Carlos Slim...

Unprecedented demand for ETF tracking Chinese stocks

November 26, 2014

The largest U.S. ETF that tracks mainland Chinese stocks has jumped to a record premium to its underlying assets as unprecedented demand forces fund manager Deutsche Bank AG to all but stop taking in new money. The $646 million Deutsche X-trackers...

IPO markets don't need Alibaba for best quarter since 2010

September 30, 2014

Ali ... who? One company dominated the conversation about initial public offerings in the third quarter, and for good reason: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) raised a record-breaking $25 billion in the U.S. this month. Leave it out of the...

Why U.S. investors are buying foreign stocks

July 26, 2014

Many Americans are making smart moves with their investment portfolios. They just might not know it. With U.S. stocks at records and many commentators saying they're overpriced, American investors are diversifying into cheaper international...

European equities have room to climb as global stocks continue to recover

June 27, 2014

Global equity markets, led by the U.S., have continued to recover from their lows hit during the 2007-08 financial crisis. To assess the potential for further gains, I find it useful to take a longer-term perspective. On a 10-year basis, whether...

Bill Gross: Euroland's 'dysfunctional' family feud

December 6, 2011

The following is the investment outlook of Bill Gross, managing director and co-CIO at Pimco, for December 2011. For more of Mr. Gross' monthly outlooks, click here. A 12-year-old coffee mug has a permanent place on the right corner of my office...

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...

Equity markets poised for day two of Fed's no-news rally

September 18, 2014

Stocks are poised for a next-day rally on the Fed's no-news-is-good-news announcement. Status quo is good for stocks, for now. The stock market stays drunk on low rates and a scary-big Fed balance sheet The Fed trips up gold prices, but there'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....

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...

How to ‘backdoor’ emerging markets in 2011

January 4, 2011

Emerging markets remain red-hot among investors, but rather than just making a broad sector bet, advisers should look for specific and strategic exposure to these economies as a way to minimize risk and take advantage of sweet deals. For example,...

Fund unloads China stocks but finds value in shares listed in Hong Kong, New York

July 15, 2015

Years investing in China's stock market have taught Garry Laurence that extreme volatility creates opportunities. Lately, he says, they've all been opportunities to sell. The Sydney-based money manager, who helps oversee about $25 billion at...

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...

FTSE announces first emerging markets indexes with China A shares exposure

May 26, 2015

FTSE Tuesday announced the launch of two “transitional indexes” allowing institutional investors to add an initial increment of China A shares exposure to their emerging markets benchmarks. A London-based FTSE spokeswoman said the FTSE Emerging...

When investing in emerging-markets economies, stock picking beats indexed exposure

May 24, 2015

Investing in emerging-markets economies is less about why than about how and where. Publicly traded companies in the emerging markets with a market capitalization of at least $300 million are represented by more than 6,000 stocks. That compares...

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