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Shrugging off diversification, more advisers chase stock market performance
On Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin, advisers are starting to shun alternatives to avoid the risk of missing out on the stock market's run. Plus: Venezuela's sinking credit rating, attractive valuations even at these prices, and investing rules from Stephen Colbert
Cuba's move toward capitalism may accelerate
My trip to the island nation produced some memorable insights into the country's future.
Restored Cuba relations will lead to travel, cigars, not investment opportunities
Even if Cuba's economy doubled, it still wouldn't be 'big enough to move the needle for the U.S.'
The case for investing in the European small-cap sector
Investors looking to diversify and add growth potential to their equity portfolios shouldn't be frightened by Europe's macroeconomic malaise.
New platforms for alternatives trading miss the mark
Smart money should be focused on finding ways to help advisers first navigate the liquid alts world.
If you only pay attention to a few market experts, Mark Mobius should be one
Friday's Breakfast with Benjamin menu also includes: There's always John Bogle ... or not; how much insider trading is now legal, about that spike in gold and the battle between oil and stocks is about to turn.
Jack Bogle recommends a firm grip on U.S. stocks
On Breakfast with Benjamin: Jack Bogle recommends a firm grip on U.S. stocks. Plus: The tide is turning in favor of active management, the oil-price slide is spreading across the commodities markets, and OPEC fades as a cartel.
The latest separately managed account data
U.S. large-cap equity Product3Q return1-year return3-year return5-year return5-year std dev5-year Sharpe ratioAssets ($M)ManagerLocationMellon Capital Management - Large Cap Growth Strategy3.53%26.02%25.87%18.57%15.46%1.2$1,265.0 TeamPittsburghLegg Mason, Inc. - ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG
Stocks and bonds catch a ride on the surging dollar
As economic strength and Fed policy push the greenback to a 7-year high, market strategists see knock-on gains for other assets.
Collapsing oil prices get real with no bottom in sight
Start your week with Breakfast with Benjamin, featuring serious speculation about how bad oil prices might get. Plus: Russian equities take a direct hit, gold prices tank on a Swiss no-vote, and using Cyber Monday to satisfy your inner foodie.
India's roaring stock market, and funds that track it, get boost from cheap oil
Single-country funds average 12-month gains of 55% but region can be volatile for investors.
Alan Greenspan dishes on fear and inertia
On today's midweek Breakfast with Benjamin, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan talks fear of bubbles. Plus: Catching a ride on Japan's QE wave, Russia is sweating over low oil prices, and a union stalemate could lead to lower-cost Christmas trees.
Investment managers ditching 60/40 portfolios in favor of more liquid alternatives
On its last legs, the 60/40 portfolio will be replaced by 30/30/40, some managers say.
Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains
Weak economic numbers and an Ebola panic spurred a pullback, causing the S&P 500 to give back the year's gains.
Passive ETFs are not the answer to emerging markets investing
One problem: Indexes used by most investors have big concentrations in countries that are not emerging anymore.
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