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Nasdaq focus on resiliency, "robustness" in wake of outage

August 23, 2013

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. halted trading for three hours yesterday to protect the integrity of markets as a technology malfunction left some investors without stock quotes, Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said in his first public remarks...

Glitch shuts trading in stocks, options on Nasdaq

August 22, 2013

Computer breakdowns shook American equity trading for the second time this week, freezing thousands of stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market for three hours and raising fresh concerns about the fragility of exchanges. The second-biggest American...

Raymond James offers alts to RIAs

August 18, 2013

In an effort to provide a broader array of alternative investments to its advisers, Raymond James Financial Inc.'s investment adviser division will give affiliated RIAs access to the firm's alternative investment platform, beginning next month....

Buffett's derivatives bets pay off

August 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) said second-quarter profit climbed 46 percent on Chairman Warren Buffett's derivative bets and gains at the company's railroad. Net income rose to $4.54 billion, or $2,763 a share, from $3.11 billion, or $1,882,...

The Takeaway: Crashtastic!

June 20, 2013

Portfolio Stock and bond markets crash into the close. This is what the Fed means when it says "price stability".  (Business Insider) Bernanke's forward guidance is as transparent as mud.  (Bloomberg) Trading volume in Vix products explodes....

Frogs, football and financial assets

May 26, 2013

With the stock market hitting new highs, the economy in slow growth and the increasing use of derivatives as a proxy for real assets, there are reasons to worry. An old adage says that a frog, if thrown into a pot of boiling water, will immediately...

Gambler Buffett scores big with stock option bets

March 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) said fourth-quarter profit rose 49 percent on gains tied to derivatives wagers made by billionaire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett. Net income rose to $4.55 billion, or $2,757 a share, from...

Tax reform of financial products?

February 24, 2013

The House Ways and Means Committee has released a draft proposal for sweeping reform of tax laws dealing with financial products. Most of the proposals might be too complex or unfair to become law. Financial derivatives no longer would generate...

Banks may sue feds over the Volcker rule

January 27, 2013

With Washington bureaucrats devising all sorts of ways to regulate Wall Street, it is no wonder that there are so many grumpy people at the industry's chief trade group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Lobbyists there...

Structured notes offer too-good-to-be true returns

January 21, 2013

Here's an investment that sounds just too good: You get 150 percent of the upside of the stock market but only 90 percent of the downside. That's the promise of structured notes issued by companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America...

CFTC rule requires further scrutiny

January 13, 2013

Whatever is in the best interests of investors is best for the financial services industry. For that reason, a new Commodity Futures Trading Commission rule to harmonize certain CFTC and SEC mandates that apply to mutual funds investing in commodities...

ICI, Chamber appeal CFTC mutual fund rule

December 28, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking to appeal a judge's decision to uphold a rule by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requiring mutual funds with commodities investments to register with the agency. The Chamber of Commerce and the...

IntercontinentalExchange to acquire NYSE Euronext

December 20, 2012

IntercontinentalExchange Inc., the 12-year-old energy and commodity futures bourse, agreed to acquire NYSE Euronext (NYX) for cash and stock worth $8.2 billion, moving to take control of the world's biggest equities market. Proposing to combine...

Why all the fear about the stock market?

December 19, 2012

One need only look at the steady pace of outflows from equity mutual funds over the past few years to recognize that financial advisers must be longing for a better strategy for keeping investors in the markets. Evidence of investor fear is...

Advisers feeling more secure about unsecured notes

December 13, 2012

If the Fed's ongoing low-interest-rate policy has accomplished nothing else, it has at least given the structured products industry some new talking points for financial advisers and their clients. Apparently, the unsecured debt instruments...

Managed futures fund finds a way to hide some fees

November 19, 2012

The $126 million Grant Park Managed Futures Fund (GPFAX) has changed the way it invests, allowing it to stop disclosing certain fees and show a lower expense ratio. Through a regulatory loophole, the fund's investment adviser, Knollwood Investment...

Giving up possible upside but getting more-predictable income

November 12, 2012

The latest offering from RiverNorth Capital Management LLC will give up some of the market's potential upside in exchange for more-predictable income. The strategy employed by the RiverNorth Dynamic Buy-Write Fund Ticker:(RNBWX) could be ideal...

SSgA skips commodities in new managed-futures fund

September 25, 2012

State Street Global Advisors is preparing to launch a commodities-free managed-futures fund that will invest in equity, fixed-income and currency futures. Managed-futures funds typically come in two flavors, those that invest only in commodities...

Who needs CDS? ETFs can do the job now

September 18, 2012

Exchange-traded funds are poised to overtake credit derivatives by year-end as a way to speculate on junk bonds. The value of corporate securities held by the five-largest junk ETFs almost doubled in the past year to a record $31.4 billion,...

Debacle at PFGBest is worst nightmare for client

July 15, 2012

The calls started coming in at about 2 p.m. last Monday, said Lauren Nelson, communications director for Attain Capital Management LLC, a small introducing broker that specializes in managed futures. Friends and industry members wanted to know...

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