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Cash-heavy mutual funds take downside protection to the extreme
Breakfast with Benjamin: Some funds using cash for protection. Lots of it. Plus: Adviser charged with stealing $1.3M from widows and church friends, up from the ashes arises a new subprime giant, and Wall Street courts millennials.
Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water
Nontraditional investment could benefit from long-term trends, values-based investing: CIO Bartels.
Vanguard tiptoes into the liquid alternatives market
New multialternative fund seen as endorsement of alts, while pressuring fees
Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red
Breakfast with Benjamin: Earnings signal flashing red, sending some investors to the sidelines, Gross sets a timeline, Bernanke wants the president to have more power, ETF investors hedge currencies and chase corporate bonds, and the first-year numbers behind Colorado's legal weed.
Why an offense-only strategy won't succeed
Risk management is as important to long-term financial planning as the growth of investments
Green bonds climb as investors try to match their environmental goals
Issuance of green bonds hit $36.6 billion last year, more than six times the $6 billion issued in 2012
Advisers slow to embrace socially responsible investments sought by clients
Despite being increasingly in-demand from clients like Bryan Wilson (pictured), advisers have been slow to embrace socially responsible investments. (Plus: Our full Impact Investing special report)
Gold loses its luster on the global stage
Breakfast with Benjamin: A stronger dollar and record valuations for global stocks have kicked the precious metal to the curb.
Schorsch, ARCP dodge bullet as defamation suit dropped
Lisa McAlister, the company's former chief accounting officer, pulls her defamation suit, in which she claimed she was a scapegoat for a $23 million accounting error.
Some RIAs cautious of using alts, despite industry buzz
A typically conservative group, some advisers are holding back even as demand picks up.
The correlation conundrum and liquid alternatives
The vast majority of these funds are new, and they require scrutiny in context of other assets
Wealthy investors loving U.S. stocks
Investors continue to see domestic stocks as the best thing going: Legg Mason survey.
Salient Partners buys Forward Funds with liquid alts expansion in mind
Salient Partners is buying Forward Management in an effort to build scale in the rapidly growing liquid alternatives space.The deal, announced Wednesday and scheduled to close by July, creates a $27 billion asset management firm, including 36 mutual funds, separate accounts, and at least one hedge
Did Merrill Lynch's latest high-profile recruiting coup break the bank?
Breakfast with Benjamin A record Merrill Lynch signing bonus might have pushed its monetary limit. Plus: Loving European stocks but hating the euro, taking a fresh look at gold, and protecting the nest egg from rising drug costs.
The Fed's first interest rate hike hits another speed bump
Breakfast with Benjamin: The Fed continues to hem and haw on raising interest rates. Plus: Options-based funds get it done, hedge funder spills the beans on 2015, and the outlook for oil prices is all over the map.