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  • Jan 21, 2014
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    Bond Guru Mohamed El-Erian to Leave PIMCO

    After six years as head of the firm, Mohamed El-Erian will step down from role as CEO and co-chief investment officer of bond giant PIMCO in March....More
  • Sep 5, 2013
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    If Bill Gross Hates Baseball So Much, Why Use It as an Analogy?

    In yet another cliché sports metaphor, the PIMCO head argues against the old ways of stabilizing the economy and the investment choices dependent on them. Instead, he recommends TIPS....More
  • May 31, 2013
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    Rising Rates Could Blow Up Boomers' Retirement

    Older investors with assets in defined contribution plans like 401(k)s and IRAs are in trouble. As interest rates rise, a new study by Casey Quirk predicts these plans will lose up to $180 billion....More
  • Jan 10, 2013
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    Morningstar: Be Prepared to Lose a Lot in Bonds

    Stocks and bonds had a pretty good 2012, but expected bond returns are negative, according to Morningstar....More
  • Dec 12, 2012
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    Is It Time to Get Back Into Treasuries?

    Over the last year, many have questioned whether we could be headed for a Treasury bubble, and since then, flows to Treasuries have tapered off. But could now be the time to get back in?...More
  • Dec 5, 2012
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    The Real Causes of the Financial Crisis 5

    What many fail to see—particularly Democrats who want to demonize Wall Street and bankers—is the government’s role in this financial debacle of 2008 and 2009....More
  • Nov 8, 2012
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    On the Fiscal Cliff, Yawn.

      This morning, alas only briefly, I attended Bloomberg's Portfolio Manager Mash Up held in a converted garage on West 34th Street, a part of Manhattan that is strangely still un-gentrified....More
  • Oct 16, 2012
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    Equity Mutual Fund Out Flows Not Quite as Dire as They Appear

    I have been writing for months about how retail investors have been pulling cash out of domestic equity funds in favor of bond funds. That is true, according to the Investment Company Institute’s figures of cash flows. But there is just one thing. The ICI estimates that total net assets within the U.S. investment industry reached “a massive” $13.76 trillion. (The Leuthold Group describes that sum as “massive.”)...More
  • Sep 17, 2012
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    Buy High, Sell Low: Retail Investors Get It Wrong Again

    Below is an email I received from Morningstar. So, let's see. The stock market has climbed back to its 2007 highs last week and yet investors, retail investors, continue to yank money out of stock funds. Amazing. "Morningstar today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund asset flows through August 2012. Long-term mutual fund inflows were just $20.7 billion in August, as open-end U.S.-stock funds tallied yet another month of outflows, losing $14.3 billion.  ...More
  • Aug 8, 2012
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    Junk Bond Yields Plummet; Buy Bank Stocks?

    Dick Bove, of Rochdale Securities,  puts out interesting research, and he is outspoken and often contrarian....More
  • Aug 6, 2012
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    The Trend Is Your Friend: Grantham Says Stay with Investment Consensus

    I love to read GMO's quarterly reports. GMO is a famous money manager founded by Jeremy Grantham. He has become famous by making contrarian moves, such as avoiding technology stocks in the 1990s and bank stocks before the financial crisis. But, according to our mutual fund contributing editor Stan Luxenberg, in a startling speech at the Morningstar conference in June, he warned advisors to beware of straying outside the market consensus....More
  • Jun 29, 2012
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    Closing the Barn Door Too Late? Banks Are Healthier Now than in 2007. Yet Moody's Recently Downgraded 17 Banks. Why?

    Banks have more capital than in 2007 and are in general healthier. Yet, like closing the barn door after the mustang has wandered off, Moody downgraded 17 banks. Moody's recent downgrade explained....More
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