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Structured notes offer too-good-to-be true returns
Marketing hype makes structured notes sound like a sure thing. Read the fine print and you might come away with a slightly different conclusion.
CFTC rule requires further scrutiny
A new Commodity Futures Trading Commission rule to harmonize certain CFTC and SEC mandates that apply to mutual funds investing in commodities is drawing criticisms.
ICI, Chamber appeal CFTC mutual fund rule
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking to appeal a judge's decision to uphold a rule by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requiring mutual funds with commodities investments to register with the agency.The Chamber of Commerce and the Investment Company Institute filed a notice of appeal
Why all the fear about the stock market?
Portfolio manager says advisers ready for a wake-up call on new approach to risk.
Managed futures fund finds a way to hide some fees
Operational shift allows managed futures fund to stop disclosing some fees and show lower expense ratio.
SSgA skips commodities in new managed-futures fund
Low-volatility offering to invest in equity, fixed-income and currency futures
Don't overlook lagging managed futures as a risk hedge
Managed-futures strategies haven't been hot performers for at least two years, but asset flows and investor interest suggests the strategy is being viewed as a solid hedge against risk.
OX gored as SEC goes after business bought by Schwab
Commission claims optionsXpress unit OX Trading operated as unregistered dealer; ex-CFO also named
Pimco: Finding opportunities in options
The following is excerpted from commentary provided by Pimco. To read the full version of this piece, click here.
Options traders hit up TD for $8.2M in losses
CLEARING SHIFT TD Ameritrade Inc. has been hit with an $8.2 million arbitration claim by a group of options traders who say that they lost money last summer during the final integration of the thinkorswim trading platform. The arbitration, filed late last month by two investment funds and five
Thinkorswim users hit TD Ameritrade with hefty arbitration claim
Thinkorswim users sue TD Ameritrade claiming they could not get through to execute trades in August
Options trading like 'crack cocaine for brokerages,' say critics
With stock trading down, the major online brokerage firms continue to ramp up their options-trading capabilities. While futures generate sizable commissions, critics worry that the use of greater leverage could leave less-sophisticated investors wondering where their money went.
TD: Not all going swimmingly at Thinkorswim
TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. said last week that some of its clients experienced issues with electronic trades after the company integrated its Thinkorswim options broker the previous weekend
The ‘perfect time' for a covered-call strategy? One PM thinks so
Van Hulzen Asset Management's new Iron Horse Fund will follow an options strategy that the $250 million shop has been applying in separate accounts for nearly a decade.
Use of options by financial advisers is now commonplace
As financial advisers' use of options becomes more routine, the unsurprising results of a survey showed that advisers managing the most assets are “significantly” more likely to use the derivatives than peers with smaller amounts
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Mary Beth Franklin, InvestmentNews