How to hold fickle commodities in your portfolio

January 28, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Commodities are among the most
skittish investments. Not only do they react to global economic
forces, they can seesaw with supply and demand, China’s
voracious appetite for raw materials and the weather.

Curing the curse of the bandwagon effect before the next crisis: John Wasik

January 28, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – During a market crisis, when everyone wants to jump off the ship in the same leaky lifeboats, that doesn’t bode well for most individual investors, who simply want to preserve capital.

Curing the curse of the bandwagon effect before the next crisis

January 25, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – During a market crisis, when
everyone wants to jump off the ship in the same leaky lifeboats,
that doesn’t bode well for most individual investors, who simply
want to preserve capital.

Disclosure won’t help money fund investors

January 22, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The $2.7 trillion money market funds market is in line for new regulations as the Securities and Exchange Commission ponders new rule changes that would give investors a better idea of how much risk they’re taking.

Five red flags for municipal bond investors: Wasik

January 18, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – There is a bubble forming in the municipal bond market, and millions of investors could be impacted if it bursts.

Mid-cap stocks worth a close look

January 14, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Like the middle children they are, mid-cap stocks are often outshined by their mega-cap brethren. The largest two constituents of the S&P 400 Mid-cap Index are Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Equinix Inc, an information technology firm. Not exactly Apple Inc or Johnson & Johnson.

The Soul of the S&P 500: Durable stocks over time

January 11, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It takes a lot of gumption to buy mongrel stocks at the beginning of the year.

Three smart money moves for 2013

January 7, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Using the non-courageous power of
hindsight, it’s easy to look back on the previous year and see
where the “smart” and “dumb” money flowed.

Hedging “cliff” volatility might not get you too far

January 4, 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Once again, “fiscal cliff” mayhem has given investors a furtive look into the unsettling world of market volatility, which will not end with Tuesday’s deal. We will likely see more Tilt-A-Whirl politics in the coming two months as Congress deals with the debt ceiling and budget cuts.