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It's time to take a close look at your bond portfolio

July 30, 2015

The Fed dished out another predictable postponement of an interest rate hike yesterday, but we all know a rate hike is coming, and ignoring it is not a plan. The time is now to start evaluating your allocations to fixed income Gold bugs better...

Hillary Clinton's short-sighted tax on long-term capital gains leaves advisers unimpressed

July 30, 2015

Whatever Hillary Clinton had in mind with her multitiered, multiyear capital gains tax plan, it has left the financial advice community confused and unimpressed with the economic wit of the front-runner in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential...

A warning shot across the market's bow

July 29, 2015

UPS says it appears the U.S. economy is slowing down. That's a problem for the Fed and stock investors This is why Goldman Sachs is Goldman Sachs The Wall Street powerhouse's tech funding activities rival those of the top venture capital firms...

A better way to get China exposure

July 28, 2015

If you're brave enough to wade into China stocks, here's something you ought to consider. This ETF invests in Chinese companies listed in the U.S. Brilliant! Repeat after me: Taking 401(k) loans out is a bad, bad idea. Here are three more reasons...

As dividend-paying stocks fall out of favor, trading strategies could help

July 28, 2015

As the consensus coalesces around a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this fall, investors have begun to rotate out of stocks from traditional dividend-paying sectors, which had been popular through the prolonged period of ultra-low interest...

Morgan Stanley ordered to pay $2.4M arbitration award over former broker's trades

July 28, 2015

A Finra arbitration panel has ordered Morgan Stanley to pay at least $2.4 million in the latest round of claims by clients of a former Mississippi broker who has repeatedly been accused of mishandling investments, . A group of physicians and...

Make your short-term bond investment work smarter

July 27, 2015

Savers are increasingly worried about the prospect of rising interest rates, but with bank deposit rates close to zero, they're searching for short-duration investment products that minimize interest rate risk without sacrificing income. If...

Advisers say China drop isn't done yet, but calm clients on the downslide

July 27, 2015

The greatest one-day drop in Chinese stocks in eight years on Monday is not a signal that markets have bottomed out in China, according to financial advisers. “It would be best to stay away from Chinese stocks for now,” said David Kudla,...

Federal Reserve could offer clues to rate hike at this week's meeting

July 27, 2015

The Federal Reserve's message for the market this week could contain hints about the timing of its first interest-rate rise that echo the advice once offered in an old teen love song popular in the 60s: “See You in September.” With the central...

Health care creates a bright spot for beleaguered stock-pickers

July 24, 2015

Daniel P. Wiener almost never uses mutual funds that zero in on a single industry and try to pick the very best companies within it. But when it comes to the health care, Mr. Wiener is making an exception. He's all in. And his tool of choice...

The market's zero-to-hero story

July 24, 2015

Financials are in the right place at the right time. Finally. A “zero-to-hero” story that has been years in the making Those Puerto Rican funds might just be more trouble than they're worth. UBS is swallowing a tough pill. The specter of...

Donald Trump's investment portfolio a messy hodgepodge: advisers

July 23, 2015

Presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald J. Trump's investment portfolio reveals a scattered approach to money management, with a collection of hedge funds, stocks and cash across brokerage accounts. A new 92-page report provides a...

MLPs yield headaches for advisers who bought them for income

July 22, 2015

Energy-infrastructure partnerships, which had been a successful approach for advisers to deliver rich yields to income-starved clients with fewer tax consequences, have decidedly fallen into what some call a bear market. Despite yields often...

Tech stock rally knocked cold

July 22, 2015

Buckle in because the ride is going to get bumpy after big earnings misses from Apple to Microsoft. “There's general earnings weakness across the board for the S&P.” But don't worry too much... The slow pace of the economic recovery will...

New highs not uncommon: S&P 500 achieves record in 53% of years

July 21, 2015

Is there any implicit reason to be worried just because U.S. stock benchmarks are near all-time highs? Not really, history suggests. This chart shows that since 1946, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index spent some part of 37 calendar years at levels...

Forget gold, oil could be on its way back to $100

July 21, 2015

Gold might be suffering a historic drop but oil's been through that and may be coming out the other side. Oil guru says supply/demand will work in crude's favor. Not to beat a dead horse, but this commodity rout just gets uglier and uglier....

As gold comes under attack, advisers show their mettle

July 21, 2015

Advisers who believe in long-term commitment to commodities, and especially to gold, are having their mettle tested. The SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) is off more than 16% over the last year, while the average gold and precious metals mining funds...

Time to rethink gold?

July 20, 2015

Contrarians, listen up. Maybe it's time to look at gold. Janet Yellen's optimism about the U.S. economy is making gold speculators the least bullish on record. Speaking of contrarian, the following doesn't make any sense, does it? Despite recent...

Gold shunned on interest-rate fears as commodity rout approaches 13-year low

July 20, 2015

The rout in commodities deepened with prices heading for the lowest close since 2002 as the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates sent gold tumbling. Raw materials are losing favor with investors as the dollar gains amid signals from Federal...

Guns, booze, cigs and sin: The Vice Fund has changed its name, but not its investment philosophy

July 17, 2015

After trailing his benchmark for a second year, this asset manager is sticking to his guns. And cigarettes, and beer. Even casinos, despite a crackdown on corruption in China that sent Macau houses into a tailspin. Gerry Sullivan, who runs $238...

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