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Bitcoin trade gone bad leaves counterparties holding the bag

August 3, 2018

A massive wrong-way bet on bitcoin left an unidentified futures trader unable to cover losses, burning counterparties and threatening to dent confidence in one of the world's largest cryptocurrency venues. The long position in bitcoin futures...

The idea of a President-elect Trump has sent the global bond market into a tizzy

November 16, 2016

The global bond market has yet to find its footing in the wake of the historic and surprising election of Donald Trump. Adjusting to higher inflation and more government debt. Exchange-traded funds were the vehicle of choice for most investors...

The case for more U.S. infrastructure investment by the private sector

October 25, 2016

Both U.S. presidential candidates — who agree on little else — have expressed strong support for increasing federal infrastructure spending. The infrastructure investment sector is generally doing well, offering growth, income and diversification...

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to alternative investments

August 13, 2018

In recent years, retail alternative investment products, along with the companies that package them, have come under siege from regulators, investors, the press and even some advisers. None of this is a secret, and, quite frankly, some of the...

Franklin Templeton's Michael Hasenstab: How to navigate emerging markets

September 26, 2016

One question my colleagues and I are often asked is how we select which countries to invest in, as some of our best known investments — such as Ireland, Ukraine, Hungary and, most recently, Brazil — have not necessarily been obvious choices....

EU tells Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple. Good luck with that

August 31, 2016

The European Union says Ireland must collect $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple, which currently sits on about $215 billion in cash — more than the market capitalization of 490 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500. The EU's demand is likely...

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...

UBS to offer NextShares exchange-traded managed funds

July 13, 2016

UBS Financial Services Inc. will offer Eaton Vance Corp.'s NextShares exchanged-traded managed funds through its financial adviser network next year, becoming the first full-service wealth manager to do so. Additionally, UBS Asset Management...

How financial advisers can rethink alternatives

July 6, 2016

After an arduous 2015, plagued by disappointing returns and roller-coaster markets, many financial advisers hoped the new year would bring renewed promise of investor-friendly markets. Now, some sevens months into the new year, 2016 is starting...

Diversifying the portfolio with real estate investments

June 7, 2016

As an investment, the case for real estate remains iron clad. Not only has the sector outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 40 years (an average annual return of 9.3% for the NCREIF Property Index versus an 8.7% return for the S&P 500), it's...

Variable annuity with guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider can help advisers provide retirement income stability to clients

September 26, 2014

Many advisers believe that the traditional 4% withdrawal rate for retirement planning is no longer a given in the wake of the recession, increases in longevity and other current concerns. Retirement planning is not a one-size-fits-all process,...

A 2016 dry spell for mergers and IPOs

March 23, 2016

So far this year, the deal-making business has been in the tank. Mergers and IPOs have dropped to a level not seen since the last recession. Dubbed the “cooling off” effect. Looking before leaping into high-dividend-yielding mutual funds....

The market wild card called Trump

March 10, 2016

Who's better for the markets? Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? David Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Asset Management, says it's Hillary. "Trump is really the wild card. I think the markets don't like uncertainty." Some the best...

Irrationality is in the air

March 7, 2014

It would seem irrationality was in the air just as surely as love in February. The Crosby Irrationality Index was up in February after sitting at just over 71 a month earlier. While the market has made some show of uncertainty and even approached...

The dangers of unchecked optimism

January 23, 2014

Roughly two weeks ago we introduced you to the Crosby Irrationality Index, a 0 to 100 gauge of market sentiment constructed from a weighted mix of fundamental and technical indicators. At last report, we appraised the market to be “highly-optimistic-but-not-quite-downright-manic”...

How to outperform using boring old index funds

January 20, 2014

One of the most common knocks against index funds is that they guarantee you average returns minus fees and, by golly, clients need above average returns or else they're going to start looking for a new adviser. But it's silly to think that...

BDC sponsor throws fundraising bash for Hillary Clinton

January 28, 2016

A leading sponsor of business development companies — alternative investments that could be hurt by the Department of Labor's proposed fiduciary rule — threw a gala fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Wednesday...

Why active equity managers should be scared of Gundlach, Gross

November 22, 2013

If actively managed equity mutual fund managers aren't shaking in their boots yet, maybe they should be, because bond superstars Bill Gross and Jeffrey Gundlach seem to have figured out this whole beating-the-stock-market thing. Both Mr. Gross'...

In Facebook's wake, will exchanges face scrutiny in Twitter IPO?

November 6, 2013

Eighteen months after Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering was crippled by a Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. computer, equity markets get a shot at redemption Thursday when the New York Stock Exchange hosts the debut of Twitter Inc. While faulty trades...

How 'smart beta' ETFs turned closet indexing into a winner

October 23, 2013

Actively managed equity mutual funds that don't make big bets versus their benchmarks have been shunned by investors, but a handful of funds that rely on factors, or “smart beta,” have proved that you don't need to make big bets to outperform....

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