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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...

Some fear brouhaha over ETFs could spill over

August 23, 2009

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission inserted themselves into the debate surrounding controversial, non-traditional exchange traded funds last week — a debate that could harm the entire ETF sector,...

Hillary Clinton ups the ante with new plans to tax the rich

January 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton ups the ante on rival Bernie Sanders with a new “Fair Share Surcharge” to tax the wealthiest Americans. The 4% surcharge would raise $150 billion over 10 years. Pinning the plight of cheap oil not on a worldwide glut of the...

The Fed's monetary policy is making income inequality even worse

November 3, 2015

The numbers are in, and it turns out the $12.4 trillion worth of central bank asset purchases (otherwise known as quantitative easing) have only worsened the reality of income inequality. But at least the stock market is doing well, right? For...

Trekking to Europe and Japan for attractive dividend income

May 12, 2015

Taking your search for dividend income beyond the traditional hunting grounds. Take a look at smaller European and even Japanese stocks. Traders are betting big that volatility is on the rise. Nearly $100M worth of VIX options changed hands...

Due diligence in the age of flash crashes

February 22, 2015

May 6 will be the fifth anniversary of an event most advisers would like to forget: the 2010 Flash Crash, which resulted in stock market losses of nearly $1 trillion, with the market largely recovering within minutes. Because the event didn't...

How currency hedging saved portfolios in 2014

January 16, 2015

Financial advisers who found ways to mute the effect of the surging U.S. dollar on clients' foreign investments weathered the last year well. Those who didn't suffered. Take the example of the widely used iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA). The $51.8...

New platforms for alternatives trading miss the mark

December 14, 2014

With the financial advice industry increasingly tuning in to the concept of alternative investments, it's no surprise that the broader financial services industry has been tripping over itself to provide creative new entry points. A couple of...

U.S. stocks climb slowly as European shares rally on stimulus hope

November 24, 2014

European stocks extended a two-month high as lenders rallied on speculation the European Central Bank will step up stimulus. U.S. index futures and Asian shares rose. S&P 500 Index futures expiring in December rose 0.2% Monday, while the MSCI...

Stocks, dollar climb but gold drops

November 14, 2014

The dollar strengthened to a seven-year high against the yen and U.S. equity-index futures rose while gold declined. European bonds gained and stocks pared losses. The dollar appreciated 0.5% to 116.35 yen at 10:45 a.m. in London. Gold slid...

Stock-index futures flat as focus turns to earnings

November 10, 2014

Stock-index futures were little changed, after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index posted a third weekly gain, as investors watched corporate results. Futures on the S&P 500 expiring in December rose 0.1% to 2,028.4 at 6:47 a.m. in New York. Dow...

U.S. stock futures little changed before jobs data

November 7, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index heading for a weekly gain, as investors awaited data that is projected to show an increase of more than 200,000 in October payrolls. Bank of America Corp. fell...

Bill Gross a victim of the plunge in oil prices

February 25, 2015

The plunge in oil prices has claimed another prominent victim. Bill Gross's $1.46 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund trailed its benchmark in the fourth quarter of last year primarily because it had plowed about 5% of net assets into...

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...

Low mutual fund cash levels not telling the whole story

February 6, 2015

Headline numbers blasting that equity mutual fund cash levels are low and have dropped over the last year could be misleading advisers into thinking that the managers they're paying to invest client money are working hard on their behalf. One...

Stock futures little changed after big jump as jobs data looms

December 3, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, after equities rose the most in a month, as investors awaited reports on the world's largest economy to gauge the strength of the recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) expiring in...

Investors hit pause button awaiting Fed minutes

November 19, 2014

U.S. stock futures traded flat while European stocks hovered near a seven-week high as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve policy meeting. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.1% to 339.58 at 10:13 a.m. in London after...

Investor confidence boosts European stocks; U.S. shares flat

November 18, 2014

European stocks rose for a second day as a report showed German investor confidence advanced for the first time this year. U.S. futures were little changed, while Asian shares rallied. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.6% to 339.23 at 10:16...

Stock-index futures signal pullback from record highs

November 12, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling benchmark gauges may fall from record levels, as investors consider valuations that are the highest since 2009. Citigroup Inc. dropped in German trading after U.S., Swiss and British regulators fined...

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