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From stocks to bonds, the strong dollar hits global markets

February 6, 2015

For insight into the current state of financial markets, look no further than the strengthening U.S. currency. That's what Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Societe Generale SA, has been telling clients. What she calls the “dollar...

For investors seeing bond yields slip, munis offer solid alternative

February 4, 2015

It's only a little more than month into 2015, and the first act for bonds has been another unpredictable, off-script adventure. Defying expectations that this would be the Year of Rising Interest Rates, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury...

The best- and worst-performing target date funds

February 1, 2015

The target date fund series promoted by J.P. Morgan Asset Management is thriving. The firm's SmartRetirement series was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the fourth quarter in six target date categories. The firm's decisions panned out when other fund...

Bond investors pessimistic as U.S. economic growth improves

January 20, 2015

Bond investors can be a gloomy bunch, glass-half-empty types who see bad news everywhere. But they haven't been this downbeat about growth and inflation in the U.S. economy since 2008, when the bottom fell out during the financial crisis. That's...

Monitoring investments doesn't end

January 18, 2015

A case under review by the Supreme Court pits the interests of plan sponsors against plan participants and promises to resonate across future plan litigation. The outcome of Tibble v. Edison will either reduce litigation risks for plan sponsors...

Gundlach says 'sinister side' of cheap oil will dampen economic growth, markets

January 14, 2015

What the U.S. energy boom has given, the U.S. energy boom is about to take away if oil prices stay at or below current levels, according to DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach. “All the job growth from 2007 until today can really be attributed...

Vanguard to offer its first muni-bond ETF

January 6, 2015

Vanguard Group Inc. plans to offer its first exchange-traded fund focused on the $3.6 trillion U.S. municipal-bond market. Valley Forge, Pa.-based Vanguard, which oversees about $140 billion in municipal debt, filed a registration statement...

Puerto Rico investors sue UBS for $4.5 million

December 31, 2014

A lawsuit brought by the purported beneficiaries of a trust is seeking more than $4.5 million as it joins the chorus of claims alleging UBS Financial Services Inc. breached its fiduciary duty in managing money tied to proprietary closed-end...

The latest separately managed account data

December 8, 2014

U.S. large-cap equity Product 3Q return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return 5-year std dev 5-year Sharpe ratio Assets ($M) Manager Location Mellon Capital Management - Large Cap Growth Strategy 3.53% 26.02% 25.87% 18.57% 15.46% 1.2 $1,265.0...

James Lebenthal, who sold muni bonds to masses, dies at 86

November 14, 2014

James Lebenthal, the chairman emeritus of Lebenthal & Co. who became the best-known bond salesman in the U.S. by using radio and TV ads with catchy taglines such as “Bonds are my babies,” has died. He was 86. He died Friday at New York-Presbyterian...

Morningstar's latest Pimco remarks spark catty comments

November 13, 2014

Morningstar's in-house panel chats up its outlook for Pimco, but the best part is the string of catty comments beneath the video. Seems there might be some cloaked DoubleLine fans fueling the chatter. "Gundlach and the investing public have...

Likely default of Puerto Rican utility haunts brokers, muni fund managers

November 6, 2014

The widely expected default of a Puerto Rican utility continues to weigh on some investment managers. One in four U.S. municipal bond funds hold some exposure to the debt of the utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or Prepa, a self-funded...

SEC penalizes 13 firms for improper sales of Puerto Rican bonds

November 3, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday fined 13 financial firms for improperly selling Puerto Rican bonds to retail clients. Under an SEC rule, municipal bonds can only be sold in a “minimum denomination” of $100,000 per transaction...

UBS facing nearly $1 billion in Puerto Rico claims

October 28, 2014

Claims tied to UBS Wealth Management Americas' Puerto Rico closed-end municipal bond funds have risen to nearly $1 billion, the firm said in its third-quarter earnings report Tuesday. Total damages sought exceed $900 million, up from $600 million...

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

Pimco sees muni returns ebbing after best gain since '11

October 14, 2014

With the $3.7 trillion municipal market poised for its biggest annual gain since 2011, this year is going to be a tough act to beat, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. and Morgan Stanley. Returns in 2015 may be less than half of...

Bill Gross may have to drop 'New Neutral' moniker at Janus

October 6, 2014

One unexpected casualty of Bill Gross' exit for Janus from Pimco, the firm he cofounded in 1971, might be his ability to use the term “New Neutral.” Mr. Gross has repeatedly stressed the importance of professional investors being guided...

Morgan Stanley bets big on stocks

September 2, 2014

Morgan Stanley gets ultra-bullish, says the S&P's 200% climb off the bottom is just the beginning. S&P at 3,000 is possible Millennials are losing ground in retirement planning by living in the moment. Financial advisers have their work cut...

Global markets collide with geopolitics as Obama orders airstrikes in Iraq

August 8, 2014

The markets are moving on Obama's decision to resume U.S. military action in Iraq. Geopolitics hit home, and the markets take notice. Raising concerns of another drawn-out conflict Gold prices jump and investors take early cover as global conflicts...

OppenheimerFunds sees some funds shrink on Puerto Rico bonds

August 5, 2014

OppenheimerFunds Inc., the largest holder of Puerto Rico debt among mutual funds, has seen some of its funds lose almost a third of their assets in the past year, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Investors are pulling cash from the New York-based...

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