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U.S. stock-index futures decline with S&P 500 near record

November 4, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures dropped, with equity benchmarks near records, as investors weighed prospects for economic growth and corporate earnings to help gauge the pace of the recovery. Standard & Poor's 500 Index futures expiring in December...

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 boss shrugs off Gross' exit

October 3, 2014

Pimco CEO says the big beachside bond shop has already moved past Bill Gross. Nothing to see here, folks. It's all good in the neighborhood. 'Our DNA is fundamentally unchanged' after Gross A bullish sign for stocks. The big-money investors...

Why managed futures aren't getting the job done

September 14, 2014

Most advisers got involved in managed futures after stocks performed poorly in 2008. But they walked right into another poor market environment, this time for managed futures themselves. While they don't make the headlines as much, managed futures...

The Fed should raise rates, but it won't

August 25, 2014

When the Fed is likely to raise rates and when the Fed should raise rates are necessarily the same. Don't hold your breath for higher rates anytime soon The thirst for diversification is driving more financial advisers to options investing....

Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon

August 21, 2014

Taking a cue from the Fed, investors are placing big bets on minimal market volatility Speculating on the market's mood A stock market that is stubbornly resistant to bad news could be brought down by a shock of good news. It's a theory. When...

Time is ripe for unconstrained bond funds

July 10, 2014

With equities hovering near all-time highs and baby boomers fueling demand for income solutions, bond investing — yield, capital preservation and risk reduction — is as important as ever. However, given persistent low interest rates, building...

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

How to find the best nontraditional bond fund

June 2, 2014

One of the many byproducts of historically low interest rates and the higher risk in traditional bond funds that comes with it is the newfound popularity of nontraditional bond funds. But as the category has grown to $145 billion across 84 funds,...

Bond market message to Fed: Your 4% rate outlook is too high

May 27, 2014

The bond market, unparalleled in predicting shifts in the U.S. economy over the decades, has a message: Interest rates aren't going to rise as high as even the Federal Reserve's own forecast. From bond yields to futures and swaps, traders see...

The incredible shrinking hedge fund fees

May 16, 2014

Coming soon to a hedge fund near you: No more performance fees. That's right, the industry that made high fees and expenses fashionable is starting to drift back down to Earth. In typical hedge fund industry style, this trend is difficult to...

How to spot the bear market in stocks, from LPL Financial's Kleintop

May 14, 2014

Here's how to spot the bear market in stocks. Bear market won't come until the yield curve says so: Kleintop Money manager Paul Schatz wonders if there is something dark and dangerous lurking in the bond market. The challenges of an intermediate-term...

You, too, can play hedge fund manager with new credit swap ETFs

May 14, 2014

If you (or your grandmother) want to bet your savings on a bundle of credit derivatives, it'll be easy to do so through a new swath of exchange-traded funds. The ETFs may not have been created with her in mind, but she'll be able to buy their...

Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike

March 18, 2014

U.S. stock futures are indicating some confidence in this morning's housing report. Consensus estimates suggest a slight bump in February housing, on the heels of an ugly dip in January. Futures are flat following the S&P's 1% gain yesterday...

Options strategies: A Swiss army knife of possible client solutions

March 4, 2014

Volatility in equity markets, whether increasing or simply uncertain, is becoming a more prominent factor in the decision-making process for many advisers and their clients. Volatility is a source of unpredictable risk. Among investors seeking...

Join the crowd and sell stocks?

March 3, 2014

Equities around the globe are selling off on the Ukraine crisis. What should you do? The Oracle of Omaha has a suggestion. Buffett: Wouldn't sell shares on Ukraine news Speaking of stocks, here comes volatility. VIX traders bet on rising volatility...

Largest bitcoin exchange files for bankrupcy protection

February 28, 2014

Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan, and said that 850,000 bitcoins belonging to its customers and the firm were missing. “The company believes there is a high possibility that the bitcoins were...

Five years since the bottom, looking at stocks' recovery

February 28, 2014

The five-year anniversary of the stock market's bottom is fast approaching, so it's a good time to take, um, stock of the rebound. Stocks' rising tide floats some boats higher than others It's a big day for economic data. One of the key reports:...

Using derivatives even when they hurt society

January 23, 2014

From the Davos Forum: Hedge fund manager admits he loves trading derivatives and that derivatives are bad for society. Umm, thanks? Net negative Did Nouriel Roubini just predict a war between China and Japan while drawing parallels between 2014...

Securitization makes a comeback

January 15, 2014

More than five years after the financial crisis taught us about the evils of collateralized-debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities and anything else Wall Street could package for sale, it turns out some forms of securitization actually...

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