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Koesterich on markets: Expect some madness in March
There is trouble overseas in the eurozone, and here at home, Congress is busy squabbling over the deficit.
Why all the fear about the stock market?
Portfolio manager says advisers ready for a wake-up call on new approach to risk.
Advisers feeling more secure about unsecured notes
If the Fed's ongoing low-interest-rate policy has accomplished nothing else, it has at least given the structured products industry some new talking points for financial advisers and their clients. Apparently, the unsecured debt instruments known as structured notes are poised to surpass
Manage conflicts or the regulators will
Conflicts of interest are the single greatest obstacle to fulfilling fiduciary duty. A conflict of interest is a circumstance that tempts the professional judgment of fiduciaries to serve someone other than their charge. Typically, that someone is the fiduciary himself or herself. It would be a ...
Buffett biographer: Don't invest in 'stuff'
Investors should look for companies focused on risk management and digital assets, while shorting “stuff” and services, according to Alice Schroeder, a former Wall Street analyst who is working on a second book about superinvestor Warren E. Buffett.
Money managers avoiding Mideast — except one country
Latest round of protests underscores concerns about investing in the volatile region.
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.
Advisers feeling more pressure to manage risk, communicate
Life is more complicated for advisers these days, who face increased pressure from investors to manage investment risk and communicate more frequently, preferably through social media, according to executives who attended a Fidelity Investments-sponsored event in early May.
Hardy har VAR: How JPMorgan is like Enron
Put this one in the category of the famous quote often credited to Mark Twain: "History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."Last week when JPMorgan Chase & Co. warned investors about a $2 billion trading loss at its chief investment office, it also disclosed it had been using a faulty model
Merrill: 12 portfolio ideas for 2012
The following is excerpted from a report by the Chief Investment Officer Team for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. The team is headed by Lisa Shallet, CIO of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and head of investment management & guidance.
Bill Gross: Opening up the playbook
Pimco chief discusses how successful investing in a deleveraging, low interest rate environment will require defensive in addition to offensive skills.
Different takes on risk assessment
When I boarded the Costa Concordia for a Mediterranean cruise in October 2009, I never considered the possibility of being on a sinking ship — much the way many investors never considered that a bear market could decimate their retirement nest egg.
529 plan wrinkle aims to reduce worry lines of savers
Rhode Island's college savings plan has a new feature aimed at limiting parents' roller coaster ride when the markets face extreme environments. And observers say the idea may catch on with competitors.
Mesirow currency biz reaches into Middle East
Barely known in the Midwest beyond Chicago, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. is plotting to become a big name in another region: the Middle East
Absolute-return funds raise questions of risk
PRODUCT RESEARCH PUTNAM EMBRACED FUNDS They are being positioned as a way to manage risk, but the push to sell absolute-return funds following the market crash has some advisers and mutual fund executives worried that investors are being misled. Fund executives and advisers worry that these
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