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Frothy markets have investors turning to short-term bets

June 23, 2014

As the equity market gets increasingly frothy and the Fed sits on its hands, investors are turning to special situation alternative strategies to secure short-term gains. 'You have to go for factors which are direction-agnostic.' Yes, the Fed...

Adviser gets sacked after ripping off her NFL linebacker client

December 18, 2013

A financial adviser who ripped off her lone client, an NFL linebacker, gets sacked with six months in prison and a $2.2 million penalty. "Sophisticated criminal fraudster" Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, a fake hedge fund manager pleads guilty to...

Say #Hello to the new Twitter billionaires

November 7, 2013

Meet the folks getting really rich today from Twitter's IPO. #Millionaires become #Billionaires Seven years of Twitter summed up in 10 tweets. May 2011: Helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1 AM Deutsche Bank's China A-Shares ETF (ASHR) launches...

Financial markets brace for fallout from the Paris terror attacks

November 16, 2015

The financial markets are likely to be swept up in the immediate unrest following Friday's terror attacks in Paris. Pushing the markets in a direction they are already heading, toward reduced risk The Paris terror attacks could rock global financial...

MLPs yield headaches for advisers who bought them for income

July 22, 2015

Energy-infrastructure partnerships, which had been a successful approach for advisers to deliver rich yields to income-starved clients with fewer tax consequences, have decidedly fallen into what some call a bear market. Despite yields often...

Lessons to learn from the last Nasdaq bubble

April 28, 2015

What we learned from the Nasdaq bubble. The last Nasdaq bubble, that is. Stop chasing crazy performance How high can the S&P fly before catching a 10% correction? It has already been more than three years without any such pullback. In the 'middle...

What Obama's attempt to tax 529 plans says about the safety of Roth IRA assets

January 28, 2015

President Barack Obama's brief attempt to tax 529 college savings plans has inadvertently reminded some financial advisers that government promises can often be temporary, and planning should be approached accordingly. While Mr. Obama dropped...

Gold shines amid growing economic stress in Europe

January 21, 2015

Gold starts to shine as the safe haven play against the backdrop of growing economic stress in Europe. The precious metal jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to its highest level since September The same president who wants to provide 'free' community...

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor

January 9, 2015

Hedge fund employees enjoy the fruits of their labor, even if that labor didn't bear much fruit. Average compensation at $368k Pimco and JPMorgan add their seal of approval by jumping on the smart beta bandwagon. The fundamental-indexing category...

Nobody can accuse Bill Gross of not eating his own cooking

January 8, 2015

Bill Gross' new Janus fund is wildly popular largely because of Bill Gross. Literally. Most of the money in the fund belongs to the Bond King. Much of the fledgling Janus Unconstrained Bond Fund's 9,100% asset growth since September is Gross'...

Cheap oil is drawing bargain hunters to energy ETFs

December 30, 2014

Bargain hunters pour into energy sectors, betting big that oil prices will bounce back up. 'The picture is not as bleak as it may seem.' Hedge funds might be closing in on a sixth straight year of lagging the S&P 500, but that doesn't mean they...

Distinguishing financial planner from investment adviser

September 22, 2014

What's the difference between a financial planner and an investment adviser? At least three things. You say tomato, I say financial adviser Gold looks more tarnished by the day. Is this the time to jump in or cut losses? The ongoing gold argument...

Bill Gross disciple takes down the 'Bond King'

August 13, 2014

Bill Gross gets beaten at his own game, as a former disciple takes down the bond king. The student becomes the master The SEC is homing in on alternative-strategy mutual funds, with BlackRock and AQR Capital in its sights. Kicking off regulatory...

Global consumer confidence soars

July 22, 2014

Global consumer confidence hasn't been this high since 2007. Just saying. U.S. consumers are the eighth most upbeat folks Credit Suisse is exiting the commodities trading business, following lead of other big banks. $75 million in savings from...

Volatility looks cheap and risky

July 10, 2014

Volatility looks like the last cheap asset class. This could be a really good opportunity, or a really bad sign, or both. Its lowest level since 2007 Barclays bets on women with an index and exchange-traded note that offers concentrated exposure...

Barclays in the hot seat over charges it courted high-frequency traders

June 26, 2014

Barclays discovers the dark side of dark pools. Investors react to charges that the international banking conglomerate favored high-frequency traders. Disclosing details to ensure aggressive trading strategies were effective The looming 401(k)...

Advisers embrace liquid alts to navigate Fed policy

June 19, 2014

Financial advisers are turning to alternative-strategy mutual funds to navigate the Fed's squishy monetary policy. And who can blame them? Hedge funds now pushing liquid alternative products Global equity markets are loving the Fed's latest...

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....

Carl Icahn advises caution in the equity markets

July 11, 2014

Carl Icahn used yesterday's market reaction to Portugal's banking crisis to remind investors that stocks are in risky territory. When the billionaires get nervous, take notice. 'I'm very selective about companies I purchase' Low-volatility and...

The next thing to worry about: Investor overconfidence

January 23, 2015

The down side of a multi-year bull market in stocks is that investors stop worrying so much about financial security. Sometimes, a little fear is a good thing. A credit card is not a long-term backup plan With crude oil at around $46 a barrel,...

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