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Will inflation rise from the dead?

February 22, 2016

The bond market thinks that inflation is dead, but some analysts are starting to disagree. The bond market reflects the consensus outlook for lackluster inflation and growth: The bellwether 10-year Treasury note currently yields 1.75%, a level...

Aequitas Capital alts platform implodes, while investors and advisers are kept in the dark

February 22, 2016

The sudden and stunning collapse of Aequitas Capital Management continues to unfold. The obscure alternative investments platform is under investigation by both the SEC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Nearly $600 million was bet on...

Tech stocks for dividends no longer a joke

February 21, 2016

Here's a proposition that should produce gales of laughter from your clients: Consider tech stocks for dividends. The thing is, tech stocks can be a great source of dividends backed by some of the nation's strongest companies. If you can stop...

What happens if the Fed goes negative?

February 21, 2016

The fact that the central banks of four developed countries and the eurozone already are employing negative-interest-rate policies should get the attention of the U.S. financial advice community. It's not that the U.S. economy is currently in...

Junk-bond liquidity is nearing a tipping point

February 19, 2016

In case you've forgotten, the junk-bond market is still in shambles. Those pesky liquidity strains. The chances of the Fed hiking rates four times in 2016 have been downgraded to a “snowball's chance...” Too many uncertainties. If your hedge...

Fed minutes, oil drive stocks higher

February 18, 2016

Fed minutes stoke the stock market rally, pumping the biggest three-day gain since August. Renewed strength for oil and some candid comments from the Fed. Meanwhile, not everyone sees a long run for this rally. What do investors want from money...

FBI raids offices of Texas REIT

February 18, 2016

The FBI on Thursday raided the suburban Dallas offices of a publicly traded real estate investment trust, United Development Funding IV. The firm, which also manages nontraded REITs, has seen its stock price fall 81% in the past two months after...

How to handle return-hungry clients' portfolios during upticks in volatility

February 18, 2016

Happy New Year to all — and equity markets greeted us with the worst opening weeks we've ever seen. We encountered another correction, and clients are growing nervous, as they usually do. They're all asking, "Is it going to get worse? Where...

Keeping mutual fund cash in perspective

February 18, 2016

As the financial markets turned choppy, cash has become king for some portfolio managers. But the bigger picture still shows most mutual funds are trying to stay the course, and remain fully invested. According to the results of a global fund...

Owner of Westminster's winning dog to see cash back

February 17, 2016

The owners of German shorthaired pointer California Journey, winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, can expect to cash in on their investment in the coming years. Puppies of the three-year-old male will bring up to...

Madoff gives two thumbs down to the miniseries about his crimes

February 17, 2016

Convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff is not happy with the way he was portrayed in the ABC miniseries about the Ponzi scheme he ran. In his email to NBC News, Mr. Madoff points out what he describes as multiple falsehoods in the miniseries. “I...

Where and how Bernie Sanders wants to hit Wall Street

February 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders is looking directly at Wall Street to pay for a lot of the free stuff he hopes to give away as president. His proposed financial-transaction taxes would supposedly collect tens of billions of dollars, but that's just the starting...

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...

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