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JPMorgan settles China hiring charges for $264 million

November 18, 2016

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $264 million to settle charges that the bank hired relatives of Chinese officials as a way to secure banking business. The settlement is divided among the SEC, Department of Justice and Federal Reserve. Another...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

The Federal Reserve meets Donald Trump

November 15, 2016

The Fed, like most folks inside the bubbles of New York and Washington, D.C., did not expect Donald Trump to be our next president. It's now time to start speculating about how the Fed will adjust to The Donald. Re-reading the Fed's diverging...

Making sense of the stock market's post-election run

November 14, 2016

There are reasons the stock market went into rally mode in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election. The upside of sudden certainty. Right out of the blocks industrial stocks have rallied in the wake of the presidential election...

Donald Trump's transition team says scrapping Dodd-Frank is job one

November 11, 2016

On Day 2 as president-elect, the Donald Trump transition team is already talking about tearing apart Dodd-Frank. This will not sit well with Elizabeth Warren. With Donald Trump at the helm some ETFs will stand out in the crowd. GLD, IGF, RSX,...

Leveraging portfolios to take advantage of Donald Trump's policies

November 10, 2016

Protests in the streets and emotional outbursts notwithstanding, the craziest presidential election in modern history has officially come and gone. What we're left with, at least from a financial services perspective, is the immediate, near-,...

Donald Trump win takes the stock market to hell and back

November 10, 2016

The wild ride of election night saw the Dow swing by more than 1,100 points from trough to peak. Will nothing derail this market? Markets recover as the shock of a Donald Trump presidency sinks in. The Fed might have yet another excuse for doing...

How the bond market braced for the election

November 9, 2016

How the bond market braced for a Trump surprise while anticipating a Clinton dud. “The election event risk is asymmetric.” The stock market might have enjoyed a nice rally leading up to yesterday's election, but don't use that as any kind...

Cautious investors hedge a Donald Trump presidency to the bitter end

November 8, 2016

It's finally here. Election day for the craziest presidential campaign season in modern history. Based on Monday's stock market rally, some are trusting the polls and the momentum of professional politician Hillary Clinton. But some investors...

The markets fear a contested presidential election

November 7, 2016

The biggest concern for investors right now should be a contested presidential election. Fearing the hanging chads. Regardless of who wins the election, the best bet might be gold. The one certain winner. Could $500,000 be the new number for...

Handful of mutual funds set up for big capital gains distributions

November 4, 2016

So far, 2016 doesn't look like a year in which investors will be hit hard with mutual fund capital gains distributions. But there are some noteworthy standouts. A “handful of doozies.” The official word from Wells Fargo is that the SEC is...

When it comes to hedge fund management, computers also fail

November 3, 2016

Even letting computers take the helm doesn't save hedge funds from sinking. An unprofitable shift. The stock market has already called the election for a Donald J. Trump victory. Accurately predicting the outcome of every presidential election...

BlackRock banks on cheaper ETFs

November 2, 2016

BlackRock's ETF price cut is proving to be an out-of-the-gate winner, according to the latest asset flows. The lowest-cost ETFs attract $5B Bank stocks are being singled out as most vulnerable in this election cycle. Bank stocks and the polls....

Boldly betting oil will top out at $50 a barrel

November 1, 2016

Pricing in an oil price top at $50 that Wall Street has not yet realized. It's a strategy. Viewing oil from a demand side, instead of a supply side. The IMF's chief economist is advising the U.S. Fed to tread lightly toward any kind of interest...

Fresh FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton sets the markets on edge

October 31, 2016

It could be the ultimate October surprise. A new investigation of Hillary Clinton has set the stock market on edge. The awkward Anthony Weiner connection. Victims of Bernie Madoff see some payback as the estate of deceased money manager Stanley...

Fears of a Federal Reserve move fuel bond market selloff

October 28, 2016

Bond traders are getting skittish as global central bankers test the idea of dialing back the unprecedented monetary easing policies. The market is pricing in a 73% chance of a Fed tightening this year. The mighty Harvard endowment gets called...

Despite the temptation, an all-stock portfolio is crazy

October 24, 2016

In case you needed another reason to diversify beyond just the roaring ride of an all-stock portfolio. Rarely is an investor able to stomach the full ride. Believe it or not, investors are increasing their bets on higher interest rates. Sensing...

Investopedia Anxiety Index a step ahead of the VIX?

October 24, 2016

In what could represent a new twist on investment crowdsourcing, the financial encyclopedia website Investopedia has started measuring online searches as a way to forecast activity in the financial markets. Based on some relatively condensed...

Investor exodus forcing hedge fund managers to take big pay cuts

October 21, 2016

The hits just keep on coming to the hedge fund space as managers are now expecting a 34% pay cut. Squeaking by on just $300,000. Yikes. Hints of new European monetary stimulus has pushed the greenback to a seven-month high. Leaving un ultra-loose...

A pricey stock market may get pricier

October 20, 2016

Yes, stocks are expensive, get used to it, says one gutsy analyst. Multiples could expand further. The simple and straight forward investing approach applied by Warren Buffett might not be for everyone. Harder than it looks. In honor of the...

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