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Jackson National to offer DoubleLine smart beta fund in VAs
Smart-beta strategies got their latest seal of approval in the form of a $100 million mandate from variable annuity giant Jackson National, which has added the DoubleLine Shiller Enhanced CAPE Fund to its menu of VA investment options.
Active fund managers took it on the chin in the third quarter
Breakfast with Benjamin: The third quarter was not kind to active fund managers, with two-thirds unable to beat their benchmarks.
Emerging-market investors ran to the exits in the third quarter
Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors gave no love to emerging market economies in the third quarter, as they saw the biggest quarterly outflows since 2008.
Biotech beat down weighs on the markets
Breakfast with Benjamin: The biotech stock bloodbath is starting to look like more than just political bluster.
Cash rises above stocks and bonds
Breakfast with Benjamin: A flat return for cash is turning out to be the best bet out there, which should send a message to the Fed and the markets.
Guggenheim's fixed-income shop shaping up to be next bond kingdom
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. 20, all seven of Guggenheim's actively managed taxable
The Fed tosses out another teaser that rates could still be hiked this year
Breakfast with Benjamin: If you can believe it, Janet Yellen is still teasing the markets with the idea of rate hike this year.
New ETFs make slicing up the S&P by sector easier
Leave it to exchange-traded funds to give investors and advisers yet another way to overthink asset allocation.The latest instrument for tweaking diversification and likely baiting speculation comes from ProShares in the form of four ETFs that enable investors to avoid entire sectors of the overall
The rise and fall of commodities puts some advanced economies on the ropes
Breakfast with Benjamin The atrophy of the manufacturing sector as commodity prices wane is wreaking havoc on a number of advanced economies.
Why the upward trend for stocks is no more
Plus: Goldman's Cohen says don't chase high-dividend stocks, university endowments become hedge funds, and companies are taking the carbon tax threat seriously
The Federal Reserve's focus on global economic strength radically alters the rate-hike odds
Change in focus away from jobs and inflation could mean increase is off the table until global economies recover.
The Fed sets the stage for a December tantrum
Breakfast with Benjamin: Janet Yellen's September delay could lead to a December repeat of the taper tantrum.
Federal Reserve holds rates at zero; some advisers call it a lost opportunity
Central bank cites cloud of concern over weakness of the global economy, surging U.S. dollar and sleepy economy, but some advisers said the Fed should have lifted rates.
Janet Yellen faces off with the 'Greenspan trap'
Breakfast with Benjamin To hike interest rates or not to hike, and how to avoid the 'Greenspan trap.'
Advisers say the Fed is too focused on the markets instead of the economy
With all eyes on the Federal Reserve's much-anticipated interest-rate announcement Thursday, financial advisers are reflecting on various scenarios that could, or should, lead to the first rate hike in nearly a decade.Leading up to what has been described as the most anticipated rate hike in