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  • Emerging Market Must Reads @ - 11 hours ago

    Headlines to ponder in emerging markets: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke live Thursday about his country's confrontation with the Kremlin, in Washington D.C. (6:10 p.m. EST), webcast here: The ...

  • Gold Inches Higher, But Still Looks Dim @ - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    As my colleague Mary De Wet wrote in this weekend's edition of Barron's , there's not much glitter to gold these day. According to De Wet, gold can't even count on help from Asia.  China and India, the world's top consumers of the metal, have scaled back their purchases this year. The World Gold Council, an industry …

  • Asia Week Review: Alibaba Bump, Apple Slump, Stronger Dollar @ - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 5:35 AM EDT

    China: Asia ex-Japan fell this week. China led the loss after Premier Li Keqiang mentioned that growth in money supply slowed in August. The Hong Kong Hang Seng Index fell 2.6%. The Hang Seng China Enterprises ...

  • Silver Loses Its Polish @ - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 1:16 PM EDT

    It hasn't been a good day for precious metals. We already reported that gold is on its way to its fourth straight day of declines thanks to a strong U.S. dollar and falling demand for a safe haven. But ...

  • U.S. stock rose Wednesday after two days of losses, with the S&P 500 closing below 2,000. The DJIA gained 54.8 points, or 0.3% to close at 17,068.71. The S&P 500 index added 7.2 points, or 0.3%, to end ...

  • The 4 Stocks That Lifted the Market 24/7 Wall St. - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    September 10, 2014: Markets opened higher on Wednesday, but no thanks to the energy sector. Crude prices were hammered by reports from OPEC and the U.S. EIA today. Tomorrow’s report on natural gas inventories ...

  • MSCI removes Russia from the equation @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 7, 2014 1:50 AM EDT

    At the end of July, MSCI launched new composite indices that exclude Russia, including new versions of its all-country index and its emerging market index. As passive investors have become an increasingly ...

  • Rumblings fail to shift foundations of top index providers @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 7, 2014 1:50 AM EDT

    In October 2012, the announcement that asset manager Vanguard was switching benchmarks for 22 of its equity exchange traded funds sent index firm MSCI's share price down 27 per cent in one day. Vanguard ...

  • Time to Go Global With Real-Estate Investing? @ - Wed, Sep 3, 2014 6:32 PM EDT

    Interested in buying up real estate on a global scale? Thanks to mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, even common investors can invest in real estate with the geographical diversity once reserved for tycoons.

  • Must-know: The Fed’s view of financial markets Market Realist - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    The New York Fed conducts the Survey of Primary Dealers before each FOMC meeting. Median dealer expectations in July put the first rate hike in 3Q15—unchanged from June's survey. Corporate profitability ...

  • The 4 Stocks That Pushed the DJIA and S&P 500 to New Highs 24/7 Wall St. - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    August 26, 2014: Markets opened higher on Tuesday following a huge jump in durable goods orders, a better-than-expected report on consumer confidence, and a slowdown in home price increases. The DJIA hit ...

  • U.S. stock indices opened higher, with the Dow rising 95 points, or 0.56% to 17,096. The S&P 500 gained 10.8 points, or 0.54% to 1,999 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 26.76 points, or 0.6% to 4,565.31. In ...

  • Why You Shouldn't Put All Your Money in Index Funds @ Kiplinger - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Stock index funds are performing superbly as the bull charges ahead. But don't look for them to protect you when the market stumbles.

  • Is the Aggregate Index Too Heavy in Treasuries? @ Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Record Treasury issuances during the past decade have made the index more conservative than most intermediate-term bond funds.

  • I'll Beat the Market Yet @ Kiplinger - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:07 AM EDT

    The aim of my venture into individual stocks is to prevail when the market plunges or languishes for years.

  • Emerging Markets Week in Review @ - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 5:07 PM EDT

    Editor's Note: Barron's this week split emerging markets blog coverage into two pieces. Shuli Ren will continue to focus on Asia, and I will be writing about all other emerging geographies, from India ...

  • An Unconventional Risk-Management Tool @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Trend-following may help reduce volatility and losses during market downturns.

  • Will Investing In Water Be The Next Big Thing? Benzinga - Fri, Aug 8, 2014 3:53 PM EDT

    Drought conditions through much of the southwest, and California in particular, have reignited the concept of commoditizing water resources as an investment opportunity. The need for capital and infrastructure ...

  • Fund Investing: Hire a Great Manager, or Go for Low Costs? @ - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 9:55 AM EDT

    This is the lesson I read in colleague Lewis Braham's excellent story in Barron's over the weekend. Braham looks at how certain actively managed Vanguard Group funds have succeeded in the difficult task of beating the index over time. Consider, for instance, the actively managed Vanguard Health Care fund (VGHCX). ... Vanguard's …

  • Argentina proves power of diversification @ USA TODAY - Sat, Aug 2, 2014 8:03 AM EDT

    What to watch: When you're investing in exchange-traded funds, specialization leads to extinction.

  • Diversification for the Sake of Diversification @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Vanguard's Total International Bond exchange-traded fund is a poor investment today.

  • Small Caps Plunge; Russell 2000 falls 1.7% @ - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:20 PM EDT

    Blue Chips and big-cap stock indices aren't the only ones getting their heads handed to them today. Small cap stocks are getting trounced. In fact, the benchmark Russell 2000 index has fallen 20 points, ...

  • Robo-Buffett Funds on the Cheap @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    State Street's newly launched MSCI Quality Mix exchange-traded funds offer good value.

  • Must-know facts about the silver rally Market Realist - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 6:35 PM EDT

    While the metal has had a respectable run over the past month, silver is still playing catch-up after losses earlier this year.

  • Should you jump on the silver bandwagon? Market Realist - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 2:34 PM EDT

    After rising nearly 12% from its June lows, silver has been garnering some attention lately, leaving many investors wondering whether they should raise their allocations to the precious metal.

  • [$$] When Passive Beats Active @ - Sat, Jul 26, 2014 2:24 AM EDT

    The investor who took this column's advice in January of opting for the simplest passive ETFs instead of the stockpicker is ahead of most fund managers for 2014, despite paying a fraction of the cost. "With so little variation, it's just plain difficult to make good picks," Leeson says.

  • The 4 Stocks That Tanked the Market 24/7 Wall St. - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    July 25, 2014: Markets opened lower on Friday as the markets come to grips with some weak earnings forecast for the current quarter. Only the basic materials sector managed to avoid a downturn. The report ...

  • Selloff Protection Has its Own Tradeoffs @ - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 8:50 AM EDT

    This week's Barron's ETF Focus reviews a few different exchange-traded fund strategies built to weather a selloff, or even profit from one. It often does better than that in a selloff.

  • Despite Selloff - Gold is Holding Support ... for Now iSPYETF - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 1:11 PM EDT

    Various media outlets listed many 'convincing' reasons to buy gold (a few examples of recent media blunders are listed in the article), but the gold market did exactly the opposite.

  • Smart Money is Leaving Gold Just as the 'Herd' is Jumping in iSPYETF - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 11:54 PM EDT

    From June 2 to July 10 gold prices surged 8.7%. Commercial traders were the first to get in on this rally and the first to get out. While commercials pulled out, the 'herd' (or dumb money) piled in. Could ...

  • The 12% Yield That Isn't: Deutsche's Brazil Fund @ - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 2:18 PM EDT

    Since DBBR is technically "short" the real through its forward contracts, this all amounted to some hefty gains in those contracts, most of which were distributed. The unhedged iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) yields a little more than 3%, according to Morningstar.

  • Must-know: The last cheap asset class Market Realist - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:49 PM EDT

    Last week, U.S. equity market volatility, as measured by the VIX Index, hit 10.34, the lowest level since early 2007 and roughly half the long-term average.

  • How Well Do You Know Your Indexes? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We offer a quick guide to what's included in some of the most widely tracked benchmarks.

  • Gold miner rally ‘foreshadows a trend’ for the metal’ MarketWatch - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 5:30 AM EDT

    The outperformance of gold-mining stocks over gold this year points to some price gains ahead for the metal, but don’t expect a big rally.

  • Funds Drop on Portugal, History Repeats As Farce @ - Thu, Jul 10, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

    This morning's example is Portugal, where regulators halted trading in shares of lender Banco Espirito Santo after a delay in the parent company's short-term debt payments. It's the oddly resonant echo of 2011's European debt crisis, and hopefully the farce. Telltale signs of trader nerves are the sharp premarket trading …

  • March Redux? Once-Hot ETFs Lead Tuesday Selloff @ - Tue, Jul 8, 2014 10:36 AM EDT

    One is perennially bullish Raymond James strategist Jeffrey Saut, who's quoted by Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal predicting a market hiccup: Less than a week after the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 17000 for the first time, Jeffrey Saut, chief market strategist at Raymond James, said the rally is …

  • Gold Producers Move Back to Hedging --- But Are They Right? @ - Tue, Jul 8, 2014 9:02 AM EDT

    The chatter overseas while U.S. investors were barbecuing: The world's gold producers are eager to offload more exposure to gold's price swings, moving to net-hedging status for the first time in three years. Last week, Thomson Reuters' GFMS precious metals and mining research manager William Tankard said "net hedging …

  • Gold: Is Good News Bad News? @ - Thu, Jul 3, 2014 12:51 PM EDT

    The decline in gold prices today following the release of a better-than-expected jobs report comes as no great surprise. So it stands to reason news that U.S. employers added jobs at a robust clip in June and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, would waylay the recent rally in gold prices. Gold for August delivery, the …

  • Gold Hits 3-Month High; Does The Rally Have Legs? @ - Tue, Jul 1, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

    Gold continues to shine with prices hitting a three-month high earlier today. The dust up in Iraq and turmoil in in Ukraine has resuscitated market for the precious metal, fueling back-to-back quarterly gains. Today, gold for August delivery at the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange was adding $6.40, or …

  • An S&P Dow Jones Indices spokesman sends the below in response to criticism by Vanderbilt's Robert Whaley, credited as the creator of the "fear index." Whaley had harsh words this week for the investment products and index offshoots which sprung from the index with which he is associated: The S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures …

  • This Fixed-Income ETF Has Its Trade-Offs @ Morningstar - Fri, Jun 27, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This high-yield bond index fund attempts to avoid some of the pitfalls of market-cap weighting, but it may introduce a new problem.

  • Making Contrarian Investing Work @ Morningstar - Wed, Jun 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Performance tends to persist in the short run, but betting on long-term losers can be a winning strategy.

  • Faber: Why Market-Cap Weighting Falls Short @ Morningstar - Tue, Jun 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Cambria founder Mebane Faber talks to Morningstar's Sam Lee about his fund's global value strategies and what he is buying in his personal portfolio.

  • Here's Why 'Smart Beta' Has Jumped the Shark @ - Mon, Jun 23, 2014 9:29 AM EDT

    Not the investment strategies bearing the name, which range from low-volatility investing to currency hedging and run the gamut from innovative to wacky. This weekend's Barron's ETF Focus column quotes JPM's ETF chief, Bob Deutsch, as calling the term "vague." BlackRock's (BLK) iShares, the industry giant, doesn't use …

  • Why 2014's Biggest Gold Rally May be Bearish for S&P 500 iSPYETF - Fri, Jun 20, 2014 7:36 PM EDT

    Gold just saw its biggest one-day gain of the year. At the same time the S&P 500 climbed to yet another 1-year high. Since 2009, this constellation happened three times, and led to short-term S&P 500 weakness ...

  • A look back at the happenings on Wall Street this week, as seen by Minyanville's contributors.

  • The 4 Stocks That Dominated the Market 24/7 Wall St. - Tue, Jun 17, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    June 17, 2014: Markets opened lower on Tuesday after a weakish report on single-family housing starts and a bigger increase in the consumer price index than economists had been expecting. Shortly before ...

  • 3 Ways Not All Index Funds Are the Same @ Morningstar - Tue, Jun 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Price, process, and index variations all come into play.

  • The Inner Workings of a Quant Contrarian Strategy @ Morningstar - Tue, Jun 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Finance professor Wesley Gray discusses his upcoming actively managed value ETF.

  • Why the IMF is concerned when high-yield bonds reach record highs Market Realist - Mon, Jun 9, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    With interest rates at all-time lows, investors have flocked to the junk bond market in search of yield, pushing prices close to record highs over the past year.

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