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House committee approves easing accredited-investor standard

December 9, 2015

The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday morning overwhelmingly approved legislation that would ease restrictions on the kind of investors who can purchase unregistered securities. The bill, written by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.,...

The challenge of keeping clients away from shiny new investing trends

December 9, 2015

Over the last decade, we've heard a lot about "alternative" investments. From hedge funds to startups, investors often wonder if they need something different in their portfolio. Plus, it looks like easy money. A billion-dollar startup? A zero-risk...

Oil drops sharply as glut fears take hold

December 8, 2015

Oil drops to levels not seen in more than six years amid speculation the global glut will not end soon. Don't look to oil to spark inflation. For some of us, however, the slide in the price of oil is not all bad news. Lowest gasoline prices...

Fear, greed and how to invest regardless of the direction of interest rates

December 8, 2015

We're all acutely aware of history's tendency to repeat itself, a reality that is especially true in the world of finance and investments where investor sentiment swings on a pendulum between fear and greed. Investors swinging on that pendulum...

Top 10 financial terms of 2015 - Top 10 financial terms of 2015

December 7, 2015

Are you up on the latest financial lingo? Here are the top new financial terms of 2015. Source: Investopedia

Bob Doll: Bearish arguments for stocks overstate the negatives

December 7, 2015

Financial markets have been beset by an assortment of issues in 2015. The manufacturing sector slowed, Chinese growth weakened, commodity prices fell, deflation concerns persisted and geopolitical risks grew. Given this backdrop, it would hardly...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

Bringing REIT commissions to light

December 6, 2015

It's amazing what a little bit of sunshine will do. Now that a new rule is to take effect that will make nontraded REIT investor charges more transparent, real estate investment trust sponsors are changing their commission structure. As outlined...

High-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster

December 4, 2015

It looks like the high-yield bond market is teetering on the brink of disaster in a rising-rate cycle. More than a third of the outstanding U.S. high yield and leveraged loan universe is at risk. Don't bank on the Friday jobs report to move...

Don't let fear cloud focus on China

December 4, 2015

For investors allocating assets internationally, it's important to stay focused on secular growth trends in China and avoid getting caught up in fears that could lead to missing out on potential long-term gains. Indeed, Chinese stocks could...

Pimco and Eaton Vance funds hit unsuspecting investors with big capital gains

December 3, 2015

Even if mutual fund investors have grown accustomed to the pain of the capital gains distributions that can hit whether a fund is sold or not, nobody wants to be blind-sided by a big distribution that doesn't seem to fit the strategy. Two such...

Hedge funds are waking up to redemptions

December 3, 2015

The trend of hedge fund redemptions could mark a turning point for pricey strategies that sometimes underperform. 'The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative.' Not that we're expecting anything too dramatic in the way of Fed activity,...

Crowdfunding IPO for mortgage REIT launches for non-accredited investors

December 3, 2015

Investment crowdfunding, which is already dominated by real estate-focused platforms, is now taking a swipe at the nontraded REIT market with the first-ever crowdfunded real estate investment trust for retail-class investors. Fundrise, a real...

A more reachable retirement savings target: 60% of pre-retirement income

December 2, 2015

Finally somebody has figured out a retirement savings calculation that doesn't have me working till I'm 120 years old. Instead of needing 80% of your pre-retirement income, you can probably make it with 60%. Two bitcoin companies are accused...

The foreign investment tax advisers should pay attention to

December 2, 2015

Advisers could be missing out on a way to maximize returns on their clients' foreign investments. Americans investing in non-U.S. stocks could be earning less of a return than they'd otherwise get due to taxes some foreign governments levy on...

RCAP to close wholesaling REIT division after charges of fraud, declining sales

December 2, 2015

RCS Capital Corp. said Wednesday it is shutting down its wholesaling brokerage division in the wake of declining sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts and allegations of fraud. The company said closing the division would result in...

The economic impact of global warming is heating up

December 1, 2015

At 1.7 degrees per 135 years, global warming is on a pace to eventually hurt the economy, or at least that's what they're saying in Paris this week. It could get even warmer over the next 85 years. The Fed has limited its ability to prop up...

Green energy investing takes center stage

December 1, 2015

The two-week global climate summit in Paris coupled with Bill Gates' efforts to lead a coalition of billionaires to invest in climate research is sparking fresh interest in clean-energy investment opportunities. “Anything green seems to be...

$25B institutional money manager takes a leap into retail

November 30, 2015

Pzena Investment Management, a relatively obscure $25 billion institutional money manager, is hoping to tap into the potentially lucrative retail investor market by creating a distribution team to promote three fledgling mutual funds. Even though...

Sallie Krawcheck dishes on being downsized

November 30, 2015

Sallie Krawcheck says the economy is evolving at such a rapid pace that producing great results isn't doesn't equal job security. She knows a thing or two about job security. That point when you realize the company is going in a different direction....

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