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Ex-Ameriprise adviser gets 7 years in the slammer for bilking clients

November 5, 2015

Ex-Ameriprise adviser Susan Elizabeth Walker has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for taking more than $1 million from client accounts. Many of her victims were seniors. The fraud first came to light in October 2012, and Ms....

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...

DFA breaks into target date fund market with unique investment approach

November 3, 2015

Dimensional Fund Advisors is trying to break into a burgeoning target date fund market with the launch of a new TDF mutual fund suite that takes a unique investment approach compared with other asset managers in the defined contribution space....

The Fed has lost all credibility with the bond market

October 30, 2015

The bond market appears no longer interested in the Fed's taunting advances, flirts, and subtle hints of a looming rate hike next month, or the month after that, or someday, maybe, eventually. The Fed said it would assess whether to raise rates...

Cruz and Rubio come out on top after third Republican debate

October 29, 2015

The third Republican debate was quite a change of pace. Report card: Cruz and Rubio shine at Battle of Boulder A budget deal is in the works but even if the SEC gets its full budget allocation, the number of advisers it examines will remain...

Closed-end funds trading at steepest discounts in eight years as investors sell ahead of rate increase

October 22, 2015

Most corners of the financial world have moved past the May 2013 “taper tantrum” that resulted in a wave of investor panic immediately after the Federal Reserve first hinted it might raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade....

Yellen, yuan and yields: Global economies are more closely linked than ever

October 20, 2015

We've recently been reminded that, for better or worse, the world is more connected than ever. A steep correction in China's stock market last quarter, touched off by concerns over the country's slowing economy, rattled global commodity prices,...

Interest rates: Lower for longer

October 14, 2015

For quite some time, we have all been wondering when interest rates in the U.S. will begin the process of normalization. For the past several years, forecasters have predicted that rates will rise within months, only to be proven wrong as rates...

Banks take center stage in earnings season

October 12, 2015

All eyes will be on banks this week and earnings season welcomes the reports from the financial sector. 8.4% expected growth Deep inside the Fed's minutes it becomes clear nobody really thinks the U.S. economy is doing very well. The failure...

Active target date managers make tweaks ahead of Fed rate hike

October 9, 2015

Target date providers have been bracing for an eventual hike in interest rates through small tweaks in allocations and underlying funds in their portfolios. Changes have been most pronounced in funds closer to their retirement target date, which...

Investors facing the dark side of MLP investing

October 7, 2015

Investors who have chased the predictable income of master limited partnerships since the financial crisis should now be recognizing the flipside of a strategy that has benefitted from rising commodity prices and unprecedented monetary policy....

A weak outlook for earnings doesn't bode well for stocks

October 5, 2015

The stock market hunkers down for a rough earnings season. The market's worst quarter in four years shows no sign of reversing course. Corporate earnings are expected to decline 4.1% What to really expect from a 60/40 allocation to stocks and...

Active fund managers took it on the chin in the third quarter

October 2, 2015

The third quarter was not kind to active fund managers, with two-thirds unable to beat their benchmarks. Relative performance is not always your friend Nouriel Roubini calls the latest meltdown in the Middle East the biggest global risk. They...

Emerging-market investors ran to the exits in the third quarter

September 30, 2015

Investors gave no love to emerging market economies in the third quarter. Stocks and bonds both take hits. The biggest quarterly outflows since 2008 Until the Fed finally moves, we are stuck with the tug-o-war between the economists and the...

Biotech beat down weighs on the markets

September 29, 2015

The biotech stock bloodbath is starting to look like more than just political bluster. Bringing down the house Janet Yellen is talking up a storm about inflation, which is still a long way from actual inflation. Traders are not biting Parrotheads...

Cash rises above stocks and bonds

September 28, 2015

A flat return for cash this year is turning out to be the best bet out there these days, which should send a message to both the Fed and the markets. Watching the liquidity story Despite Fed claims that there isn't enough inflation to justify...

Guggenheim's fixed-income shop shaping up to be next bond kingdom

September 25, 2015

While most bond fund managers have been walking the tightrope to try and balance the risks and opportunities in an unprecedented interest-rate environment, Guggenheim Partners has been quietly finding ways to rise above the herd. Through Sept....

The Fed tosses out another teaser that rates could still be hiked this year

September 25, 2015

If you can believe it, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is still teasing the markets with the idea of rate hike this year. Yeah, right. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me again and again and again, shame on me. State pension funds are starting to learn...

The Federal Reserve's focus on global economic strength radically alters the rate-hike odds

September 18, 2015

With the Federal Reserve now letting the strength of the global economy guide the timing of its first interest-rate hike in nearly a decade, market watchers are vehemently rejecting any notion of such a move this year. “This could be a 2016...

The Fed sets the stage for a December tantrum

September 18, 2015

Yellen's September delay could lead to a December repeat of the taper tantrum. Parallels to Bernanke OPEC is looking ahead to 2020 and $80 oil. They are anticipating an annual increase of $5 per barrel Warren Buffet and Bill Gates both see value...

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