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Some funds are just plain contrary

February 16, 2016

You may think you're a contrarian — a fearless thinker who goes against the herd on the Street. But it's much harder being one than you might think. At least, that's the message from the few stock funds that carry the word “contrarian”...

Small B-D's clients overly concentrated in illiquid alts: Finra

February 16, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. last week filed a complaint against a small broker-dealer that allegedly generated almost 95% of its revenue from the sale of nontraded real estate investment trusts and other illiquid investments....

Gold rally takes a breather

February 16, 2016

The gold-price rally since the start of the year, coupled with the recent pullback, is raising fresh debate over whether the precious metal has been over-bought in the stock market's latest risk-off mood. As a classic safe-haven asset, it's...

Dislocations give alt funds a chance to shine

February 14, 2016

Stock market volatility that has been giving investors and financial advisers so much angst over the past several weeks is having an entirely different effect on those who subscribe to the virtues of alternative-strategy mutual funds. While...

Stock market selloff triggers a new gold rush

February 12, 2016

Gold rallies amid the stock selloff to once again become the safe-haven play. “I think people are so confused about this market.” Finra bars two brokers for selling a highly speculative hedge fund as a more mundane growth fund. The fund's...

U.S. stocks halt 5-day slide amid oil rally

February 12, 2016

U.S. stocks halted a five-day slide that dragged global equities into a bear market, as oil rebounded from a 12-year low and bank shares surged. Treasuries declined with the yen. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index pared a weekly gain amid data...

Stock buyback programs become the next best hope for stocks

February 11, 2016

U.S. companies are becoming the biggest buyers of stock, which isn't exactly how it's supposed to work. Buying on the dips, and other times, too. Guggenheim is stepping into the ring with DoubleLine and Pimco with a new active bond ETF. A heavy...

W.P. Carey CEO exits as company undergoes strategic review

February 11, 2016

In an unexpected move, the large net lease real estate investment trust and REIT manager W.P. Carey Inc. said Wednesday its CEO and a member of its board, Trevor Bond, was stepping down. He is being replaced by current Carey board member and...

U.S. stocks join global slide as financials lead selloff

February 11, 2016

U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index remaining near a 22-month low, as investors shunned risk worldwide amid concern that central-bank efforts to support growth are losing their potency. Banks led the early retreat, with Citigroup...

Once unheard of, negative interest rates emerge as a viable Fed tool

February 11, 2016

With Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen confirming before Congress this week that a negative-interest-rate monetary policy is a plausible option, financial advisers might already be weighing the investment alternatives in such an unprecedented...

U.S. stocks rise amid dovish Yellen

February 10, 2016

U.S. stocks rose in choppy trading, while Treasuries and the dollar were little changed as Janet Yellen indicated the Federal Reserve won't be in a rush to tighten monetary policy amid heightened financial-market turmoil. Strength in the yen...

Barack Obama views the economy through rose-colored glasses

February 10, 2016

Barack Obama sees the U.S. economy through rose-colored glasses. Either that, or he's looking the other way. White House projects 2.3% long-term economic growth. Meanwhile, Credit Suisse is projecting lousy returns for the next decade. Growing...

Wells Fargo sees U.S. election year hurting equities

February 10, 2016

Investors should brace for a tough year in U.S. equities as a presidential race dominated by political outsiders will only compound market anxiety over slumping oil and a slowing global economy, according to Wells Fargo & Co. The S&P 500 index...

Top fund managers can't catch a break

February 10, 2016

Some very well-known mutual fund managers are having years they probably would rather forget. Consider Bill Miller, co-manager of Legg Mason Opportunity fund (LGOAX). Mr. Miller, one of the top managers before the financial crisis, lost his...

Will Blackstone build or buy a nontraded REIT business?

February 9, 2016

With private equity giant The Blackstone Group potentially pushing its way into the nontraded real estate investment trust business, the question for many on Wall Street is whether Blackstone will make an acquisition of a current REIT sponsor...

Wall Street strategists cutting bait on their 2016 market predictions

February 9, 2016

The year is only 39 days old, but top Wall Street strategists have already lost faith in their bullish estimates for the S&P 500 in 2016. Why strategists are losing their resolve. Three stocks that are staples in the Oracle of Omaha's portfolio...

What is keeping fund investors surprisingly calm?

February 9, 2016

The Standard and Poor's 500 stock index is down 9.15% this year, but mutual fund investors aren't fleeing — and that may be because of financial advisers. Investors have yanked an estimated $18.7 billion from domestic stock funds through Jan....

Yellen to balance confidence with caution in testimony

February 8, 2016

Janet Yellen is preparing to walk a tightrope. When the Federal Reserve chair addresses lawmakers this week in Washington, she will have to strike a balance between sounding confident on the domestic economy and acknowledging increased risks...

America's earnings recession is getting ugly

February 8, 2016

S&P 500 companies continue to see earnings decline, with the energy sector taking it particularly hard on the chin. Oil's woes are a major problem for earnings growth. It's not just about excelling on the field for two Carolina Panthers. Punter...

High-yield bonds lose their appeal amid ratings downgrades

February 7, 2016

For advisers, it's time to start talking trash. We're not talking about your clients' basketball prowess or choice of automobiles. We're talking about their high-yield bond holdings, which have been performing worse than stocks. The average...

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