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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...

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...

Warning: Some clients are smarter than they appear

May 19, 2010

The conventional wisdom among advisers and product companies that distribute through advisers is that without the advice of a financial professional, individuals are doomed to poor investment decisions and subpar performance. I believe that's...

Lawyers may seek more disclosure of mutual funds' derivative risks

August 16, 2009

An American Bar Association task force studying mutual funds' use of derivatives will likely recommend measures to ensure that investors and fund directors are better-informed about the risks associated with the use of the complex financial...

Senator questions widespread tax dodges used by wealthy

March 3, 2015

The top Democrat on the Senate tax-writing committee called Tuesday for curbing complex investment tactics that help high-net-worth investors lower their taxes. A report released by the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee outlined...

Advisers and analysts scramble to make sense of a wild market ride

December 19, 2014

As the dust began to settle Friday on a wild week for stocks, financial advisers and market analysts scrambled to make sense of it all. Despite a two-day run in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 700 points, the blue chip...

Stocks set for fifth week of gains with the help of central bankers

November 21, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures rose, with the S&P 500 poised for a fifth week of gains, amid optimism central banks around the world will do what it takes to support the global economy. Ross Stores Inc. advanced 4.8% in early New York trading after...

Soros' Quantum puts $500 million with Gross at Janus

November 20, 2014

Bill Gross, the bond manager who joined Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS) in September, won a $500 million mandate from a vehicle managed by George Soros's investment firm. Quantum Partners LP, a private vehicle managed by Soros Fund Management,...

Global economic worries send stocks lower; focus turns to U.S. data

November 20, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, indicating equities will fall for a second day, as worse-than-forecast manufacturing data in the euro area and China added to signs of a deepening global-economic slowdown. Futures on the Standard & Poor's...

Stock-index futures gain, indicating an S&P 500 rebound

November 13, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures advanced, indicating the Standard & Poor's 500 Index will advance after slipping from a record. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. soared 27% in early New York trading after people briefed on the matter said Hasbro Inc. is...

Republican victory boosts stocks as the dollar strengthens, gold slumps

November 5, 2014

U.S. equity-index futures rose after Republicans won control of the Senate, the dollar strengthened and precious metals fell. European stocks climbed on better-than-estimated earnings while Brent crude oil retreated to four-year low and Russia's...

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,...

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...

BofA settles municipal derivatives-rigging claims

December 5, 2013

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by a group of government entities which alleged the bank was part of a conspiracy that rigged bids for municipal derivatives. The $20 million is in addition...

ETF strategies for precarious times

October 27, 2013

There has never been a more precarious time to be an income-focused investor. Twenty years ago, investors requiring more income, such as those going into retirement, could simply sell down their equities and buy more bonds. Today, however, with...

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...

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...

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...

Options trading like 'crack cocaine for brokerages,' say critics

November 30, 2011

Glyn O'Connell is the kind of customer online brokerage firms like TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) and Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) want. “I've spent more than $10,000 in commissions in past years,” said O'Connell, a TD Ameritrade customer...

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