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Does Yale endowment's defense of higher-fee active management hold water?

April 13, 2017

Don't count out active managers just yet, the Yale endowment said. As Bloomberg's Janet Lorin reported Sunday, Yale University's endowment hit back at "fee bashers" in its recently released 2016 annual report. Yale gave voice to the battle cry...

Why Robert Shiller is so suspicious of the Trump rally

March 14, 2017

The last time Robert Shiller heard stock-market investors talk like this in 2000, it didn't end well for the bulls. Back then, the Nobel Prize-winning economist says, traders were captivated by a "new era story" of technological transformation:...

With money on their minds, Generation Z is ready to invest

July 25, 2018

While most members of Generation Z are still only teenagers, it's not too early for this young generation to start thinking about the stock market. Known for their frugality and tendency to stockpile cash for the future, the members of Generation...

How value investors succeed during market volatility

February 27, 2017

Anxious stock investors were reassured to see volatility subside in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. presidential election. But in a bull market that's already more than seven years old, worries about volatility can quickly resurface. Volatility...

Dividend investing in the Trump era: Dispelling three misconceptions

August 11, 2017

It's easy to feel good these days as stocks keep hitting new highs. But seasoned advisers know there's plenty of uncertainty out there ? a tumultuous political environment, the Federal Reserve revving up its tightening cycle, federal spending...

Should you go short when the media says go long?

December 21, 2016

Just as most people think they're above-average drivers, many investors like to think of themselves as contrarians — level-headed skeptics fearlessly stand against extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. One favorite contrarian...

How the investor is lost in the active versus passive debate

July 25, 2017

Why is active losing out to passive? It's because most active managers have a dual mandate to serve both institutional and retail investors. The mandates, or expectations, of these two types of investors are vastly different, and they are in...

10 funds that sustained heavy losses in the first half

July 11, 2017

Just as there’s always a bull market somewhere on the planet, there’s always a place where the bears roam free. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index rose 9.3% in the first half of this year, and the international MSCI EAFE index jumped...

What 'Moneyball' can teach advisers about better portfolio construction

July 10, 2017

"We've got to use every piece of data and piece of information, and hopefully that will help us be accurate with our player evaluation. For us, that's our life blood." — Billy Bean, subject of "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game"...

Calling out the Federal Reserve's political leanings

September 22, 2016

Has the Federal Reserve become a political arm of the executive branch of government? The new normal of monetary policy. The stock market has become an “Obama paper bull.” The SEC's case against Leon Cooperman, alleging insider trading,...

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts discovers a new love for Donald Trump

September 21, 2016

TD Ameritrade's founder has discovered a new love for Donald Trump after fighting to block the Republican's nomination for president. Billionaire Joe Ricketts is now backing Trump. Goldman puts a stake in the ground on the side of wage growth...

Fidelity presents five scenarios for stocks

September 7, 2016

Fidelity lays out five scenarios for stocks. The most likely? More of the same. We lost a mutual fund pioneer last month. (He was also a star athlete, a soldier and a philanthropist.) John Rekenthaler salutes Ab Nicholas. Europe's banks are...

Pimco dismisses Bill Gross' claim a September rate hike is coming

September 6, 2016

Bill Gross claims a September rate hike is a go. But his former firm Pimco says, “Not so fast.” It's quiet. Very quiet. Stock volatility is so low you might be thinking about investing in a volatility ETF. But the play isn't as simple as...

Vanguard founder John Bogle still prefers U.S. stocks

June 12, 2017

While a chorus of market experts is telling investors to look outside of the U.S. for big returns, at least one loud voice is singing a very different tune — Vanguard Group founder John Bogle. The 88-year-old investor, who started the first...

Infrastructure funds building gains

June 7, 2017

If you think the roads in your neighborhood are bad, you should try driving in Tanzania, where you might not only break an axle, but get eaten by hyenas afterwards. In the vast scheme of human infrastructure, there are plenty of opportunities...

A new risk playbook for solving the allocator's dilemma post-Brexit

August 12, 2016

June's Brexit vote was another reminder of the difficult road ahead for investors. The news jolted markets and sent advisers and their clients into yet another huddle session to adjust or reinforce long-term plans. While a significant event,...

How to start every portfolio with a performance advantage

August 2, 2016

Sometimes we are too smart for our own good. In our effort to build better and better portfolios we end up building bigger and bigger portfolios. We add more asset classes as “diversifiers.” We add more actively managed funds with esoteric...

Almost nobody is good at timing the market

April 27, 2016

The temptation to try and time the market will always be there. But don't kid yourself because most of us are lousy market timers. The impact of emotions and risk aversion. It is time to be wary of those energy-company dividends. They are not...

Beware the potential pitfalls of investing in infrastructure funds

April 5, 2017

Infrastructure funds have steamrolled much of their competition this year, and, with the promise of $1 trillion in infrastructure spending under the Trump administration, money has been pouring into the funds. But if your clients bring up the...

Ned Davis: Passion for passive a 'bubble'

March 30, 2017

As assets continue to pour into passive index funds, backlash from active managers has risen. The latest salvo against passive investing comes from Ned Davis Research in a recent piece by the firm's founder titled "The Passive Investment Bubble."...

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