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Grantham: Capitalism has no sense of ethics or conscience

February 28, 2012

The following is excerpted from Jeremy Grantham's latest GMO Quarterly Letter. To read the full letter, click here. In the last 20 years, corporate ownership began to look odd. The nominal owners – stockholders – typically traded every few...

MSSB: Muni bond rally has run its course

February 28, 2012

The following is excerpted from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Global Investment Committee report for February. To read more from the committee, click here. The impressive rally in municipal bonds that started in mid October has run its course,...

Change in Fed leadership could lead to rate hikes

February 28, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the commentary of Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist for LPL Financial, for Monday Feb. 27. To read the full commentary, click here. Over the coming weeks, the shift in focus from the differences among...

Berkshire board decides on Warren Buffett's successor

February 27, 2012

Warren Buffett, the chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. since 1970, told shareholders that the board has decided on his eventual replacement. Directors are “enthusiastic about my successor as CEO, an individual to whom they...

Commodity inflows set for a healthy gain in 2012

February 27, 2012

Commodity investments may rise by $30 billion to $40 billion this year as investors favor oil, gold and copper, Barclays Capital said. The projected gain compares with an increase of $15 billion to $30 billion forecast in a Barclays survey of...

For Convergent strategist, hedging provides diversification

July 29, 2012

At Convergent Wealth Advisors, the alternative strategy of choice nearly always includes hedge funds. Across the industry, advisers are looking for less correlation with equities. Investing in foreign stocks used to offer that diversity, but...

INsider: 90 seconds with Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders

February 24, 2012

The chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab & Co. talked with InvestmentNews senior editor Jeff Benjamin at the Morningstar Ibbotson conference in Hollywood, Fla.

J.P. Morgan places massive bet on mortgages

February 23, 2012

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) has more than tripled its holdings of mortgage securities without U.S. government guarantees to $72 billion as the nation's biggest bank bets on borrowers from outside the country it calls home. The investments swelled...

World 'profoundly underinvested' in U.S. stocks, says RJ's Saut

February 23, 2012

Profits in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index are rising faster than its price, leaving the gauge 9 percent cheaper than it was in April even after American equities climbed within 6 points of last year's peak. The S&P 500 fell 0.3 percent to 1,357.66...

Smooth sailing now, but still plenty of head winds for U.S. economy: Morningstar

February 23, 2012

Compared with most of Europe, the U.S. economy might seem great right now. It's important to remain cautious and prepare for the worst, however. Or at least, that was among the key take-aways from a speech on Thursday by Morningstar Inc. economist...

Gold bulls expand as billionaire Paulson says buy

February 20, 2012

Gold traders are getting more bullish after billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson told investors it’s time to buy the metal as protection against inflation caused by government spending. Twelve of 22 surveyed by Bloomberg expect prices...

Commodities are now mainstream: Survey

February 17, 2012

Commodities have graduated to the mainstream of investment asset classes, according to a recent survey of brokerage representatives and independent advisers. A survey conducted last month during the ETF Virtual Summit found that 85% of financial...

Finally, blue chips back in the pink

February 15, 2012

If 2011 was any indication, blue chip investors have finally reached the promised land. For more than a decade, small-cap stocks had trounced large, but last year was finally the big boys' chance to shine. Standard & Poor's 500-stock index eked...

Party like it's 1999: Soros, hedgies streaming into tech sector

February 15, 2012

Billionaire George Soros' firm added shares in Google Inc. (GOOG) and Comverse Technology Inc. (CMVT) in the fourth quarter, leading purchases of technology stocks by asset managers in the quarter. Soros Fund Management LLC bought 258,774 shares...

Any more juice left in Apple's shares?

February 13, 2012

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rallied above $500 for the first time after a two-week gain spurred by the iPhone maker's first-quarter earnings report approached 20 percent. Apple increased 1.5 percent to $500.60 at 10 a.m. in New York. In the...

For small-caps, negative sentiment a big positive: Schachter

February 9, 2012

If the overall market doesn't like a particular small-cap stock, there's a good chance portfolio manager Joshua Schachter is already running the numbers to determine the upside of getting in now. “When there is analysts' coverage on a company,...

One stock covering up problems at core of S&P 500: UBS

February 7, 2012

Record profit from iPhone and iPad maker Apple Inc. is masking weakness at other Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies during the fourth-quarter reporting season, according to UBS AG's Jonathan Golub. The degree to which S&P 500 earnings beat...

How a graffiti artist tagged Facebook for a $200M payday

February 2, 2012

In the art world, fortunes are usually made when a wealthy collector invests in works by a young talent and sees his or her art rise in value along with the artist's reputation. In the case of graffiti artist David Choe, those roles have been...

FaceBook IPO should float T. Rowe's boat

February 2, 2012

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW) has posted a profit every quarter since going public in 1986, in part because the firm sat out the dot-com boom in the 1990s and scaled back mortgage holdings before the housing collapse. As Facebook Inc. prepares...

Futures investor cashes 60-1 bet on Giants

January 30, 2012

The New York Giants' upset win over the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl four years ago led to the biggest gambling losses for Nevada's sports books in more than two decades. Eli Manning and the underdog Giants may again be...

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