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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,...

Managed futures' performance fees lurk in loophole

February 26, 2012

Mutual funds aren't allowed to charge hedge-fund-style performance fees, but some managed-futures funds are taking advantage of a loophole. Because managed-futures funds that use multiple hedge fund managers do so through offshore entities,...

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...

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...

Stocks expected flat as investors take breather after election

November 6, 2014

Stock-index futures were little changed early Thursday after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose to a record, as investors awaited the European Central Bank's policy meeting for clarity on stimulus measures. Qualcomm Inc. slid 6.2% in premarket...

Wall Street slams Obama's bank proposals

January 24, 2010

Financial services industry groups and Republican lawmakers last week criticized President Barack Obama's plan to rein in bank holding companies. Specifically, the critics object to a provision that would prohibit companies that own banks from...

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...

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 2014 contrarian investment tour, from rupees to copper

December 13, 2013

Don't try to catch a falling knife. It's one of the oldest saws on Wall Street. But to make a lot of money, sometimes you have to get a little bloody. So say contrarians like Brian Singer. The risk is great, "but the return is of such an astounding...

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....

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...

How to sell complex financial products in a hostile environment

September 11, 2012

Given the current difficult and unpredictable conditions in U.S. and global financial markets, securities broker-dealers and their registered representatives often turn to complex financial products in an attempt to meet their clients' investment...

ETF providers amend filings to assuage SEC's concerns

November 14, 2010

Anxious to launch their next active exchange-traded funds after months of delays, -AdvisorShares Investments LLC, Guggenheim Funds Investment Advisors LLC and Van Eck Global have filed amended documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Oil traders are liquidating positions as oil prices drop and uncertainty mounts

November 26, 2014

Oil traders are hitting the brakes as oil prices slide and OPEC dithers. Translation: The situation is highly uncertain. Bracing for more downside Hedge fund shop showing a serious commitment to liquid alternatives by converting its third hedge...

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...

BlackRock puts the brakes on market-moving analyst sentiment reports

January 9, 2014

BlackRock pulls the plug on analyst surveys, settles with N.Y. attorney general. No more market-moving sentiment U.S. stock futures are rising ahead of the U.K. interest rate decision. Signs of a positive start for the markets Activist hedge...

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