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We're grexhausted … leave the euro already

June 29, 2015

If you weren't already exhausted by the constant stream of headlines regarding Greece's inability to meet its financial obligations, you should be now. After more than five years of negotiations, deals, posturing and extensions, the situation...

El-Erian sees 85% chance of Greek exit, putting him at high end of Wall Street expectations

June 29, 2015

Wall Street is shortening the odds on Greece spinning out of the euro area ahead of Sunday's snap-referendum. Mohamed El-Erian is at the high end. The former chief executive officer of Pacific Investment Management Co. sees the chance of Greece...

Advisers' crucial role in constructing smarter portfolios to combat volatility

June 29, 2015

A strengthening economy helped propel U.S. markets in 2014, continuing a bull market run that is now among the longest and strongest since the Great Depression. Despite this, today's market environment is fraught with uncertainty. Various macroeconomic...

Greek capital controls send ripples across global financial markets

June 29, 2015

Greece locks down its banks in a desperate attempt to prevent a public panic. Not sure what would make anybody think blocking access to an entire country's savings would be the best anti-panic strategy. The European Central Bank is providing...

Bill Gross on co-founding Pimco: 'I just wanted to run money and be famous'

June 29, 2015

Bill Gross is here for his favorite doughnut, the cake one with coconut frosting, but he's not going to get it, not today. Jacketless under the Southern California sun, Mr. Gross ducks beneath the black umbrellas outside Rose Bakery Café, south...

The mutual fund marketplace is broken. Time to fix it.

June 28, 2015

Wall Street and Washington have it wrong. The most important debate today isn't whether financial professionals should adopt the suitability standard or the fiduciary standard. The pros and cons have been argued ad nauseam; eventually, from...

No one can agree on the stock market's valuation

June 26, 2015

The stock market is overvalued. Or it isn't. Even Robert Shiller doesn't know what to make of price-earnings data that make stocks look expensive. Either way, some folks recommend you buckle up. It's not only the financial advice business that's...

Investors in unconstrained bond funds capturing less than half of returns: Morningstar

June 26, 2015

Investors in bond funds used to dampen the risk of rising interest rates underperformed both the “unconstrained” managers of those investments and traditional fixed-income funds during the last decade, according to a new analysis. That's...

What lies ahead for the market in the second half of the year

June 26, 2015

While it might be fun, and even entertaining, to banter about when the Federal Reserve will finally raise interest rates, the fretting over the market's reaction to higher rates is often futile and overwrought. That was the general consensus...

Goldman's Cohn: Dream on if you think the Fed is hiking rates in September

June 25, 2015

Just because the Fed hasn't raised interest rates since 2006 is no reason to believe it absolutely has to raise them this year. Bottom line is, no matter how much Yellen & Co. hem and haw about the improving strength of the U.S. economy and...

Automated advisers attract much smaller clients than humans: Morningstar

June 25, 2015

Robo-advisers may not be able to compete with humans after all — at least when it comes to attracting clients with a greater amount of investible assets. Largely automated online financial advice platforms are able to bring in clients with...

Morningstar unveils active vs. passive performance comparison tool

June 25, 2015

While Morningstar Inc. won't take sides in the age-old passive-versus-active-management debate, it is stepping in to clarify some basic ground rules. On Wednesday morning, at its annual investment conference in Chicago, Morningstar rolled out...

Oakmark's Bill Nygren: Investors penalize 'shareholder-unfriendly' CEOs too much

June 25, 2015

Investors may be penalizing corporate management too much for their decision to redirect money from long-term investments to paying dividends and buying back their stock, top portfolio manager Bill Nygren said Thursday. Blue-chip U.S. corporate...

GMO's Grantham: Stocks near bubble, but there's nothing to pop it

June 25, 2015

The stock market is reaching bubble territory but might expand more before it bursts, because there is currently nothing to pop it, according to Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment officer of money manager GMO. “We're creeping...

The world braces for a slower Chinese economy

June 24, 2015

Is the world ready for a Chinese economic slowdown? A weakening China will show the world how much it is really hooked on the Chinese economy. Better brace for the impact All eyes are on Justice Kennedy as the Supreme Court closes in on a crucial...

Bond fund alternative is turning heads with hot performance

June 23, 2015

So far, so good is in no way the official marketing strategy of the Schooner Hedged Alternative Income Fund (SHAIX), but it certainly fits the fledgling fund's seven-month history. Having gained 12.7% since the start of the year, the fund with...

New York REIT names new nonexecutive chairman, sets stock buyback

June 23, 2015

Days after investors called for changes at the company, New York REIT Inc. tapped a new nonexecutive chairman and said it had authorized a $150 million stock buyback. Randolph Read, a member of the REIT's board since December, is replacing William...

Pimco's Income Fund becomes the firm's new star

June 23, 2015

Pimco's Income Fund (PIMIX) takes an atypical path to success, shining bright under Dan Ivascyn. Raising the question, Bill Gross who? A history of top-notch performance First-time homebuyers are driving the housing market to a five-and-a-half-year...

Liquidity, liquidity, liquidity are the three most important words for bonds

June 22, 2015

There are three things that matter in the bond markets these days: liquidity, liquidity and liquidity. How — or whether — investors can trade without having prices move against them has become a major worry as bonds globally tanked in the...

The Fed has painted itself into a corner, and is only trying to manage expectations

June 22, 2015

Citigroup economist William Lee calls the Fed too 'chicken' to raise rates, but at the same time the FOMC is trying to reassure the markets that when rates do rise, it will be slow and deliberate. The Fed is stuck trying to manage expectations...

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