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Archives: October 2007

Spooky stocks to avoid for Halloween and beyond

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 31

Trader, investor and blogger extraordinaire Charles Kirk of The Kirk Report blog is out with his second annual list of "spooky stocks" just in time for perusing before you head...

Commodities under pressure from Goldman Sachs

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 30

Oil, gold and a host of other commodities have been red hot this year. Today, analysts at Goldman Sachs tried to douse the flames a bit. The firm said it...

Queasy deja vu from Lumber Liquidators IPO

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 29

A few years ago, I found myself regularly debating housing market bulls and investors who owned homebuilding stocks. Housing prices couldn't go down, home ownership rates were headed higher, people...

American Funds a Microsoft winner

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 26

Despite my less-than-accurate musings and references about Microsoft (Symbol: MSFT) last month, there are a number of big winners in today's stock action. After a surprisingly great quarter, Microsoft shares...

ProShares has new funds for global bears

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 26

ProShares appears to have some supremely well-timed exchange-traded funds to announce. Two of the funds short major international benchmarks for developed markets (Symbol: EFZ) and emerging markets (EUM). The other...

The End of the Star System at Fido?

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 25

Are the final days of star managers at Fidelity upon us? Today's Wall Street Journal reports that Fidelity Investments is rolling out some team-managed funds which will rely on a...

China warning signs coming fast and furious

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 24

China's stock market has almost tripled in value so far this year and investors across the globe are starting to get antsy. Lauren mentioned last week that a bunch of...

More momentum for 401(k)s on Autopilot

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 23

While the I's have yet to be dotted, the Department of Labor is about to issue final 401(k) default investment regulations, as well as the broader 401(k) provisions included in...

A tale of 2 high flyers, Apple and Schlumberger

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 22

The stock market looks ever forward. As Legg Mason fund manager Bill Miller sometimes explains, your accuracy of projecting a company's profits over the next year won't help predict the...

Janus Loses ANOTHER Star

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 19

On the heels of a story in the Wall Street Journal about the hot performance of Janus Capital Group stock comes word that star fund manager David Corkins is resigning...

China Roars, Stumbles

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 19

Chinese ETFs may be on fire in terms of performance, but some investors are getting cold feet. Despite a run up in the Shanghai Stock Index, mutual fund investors pulled...

New research confirms hedge-like mutual funds work

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 19

On a crummy day in the stock market, it's another good time to think again about hedge-fund like opportunities for ordinary folks who can't qualify for "real" hedge funds. Via...

Chinese IPOs piling up as market races higher

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 18

The leading Chinese stock market index has doubled on the year, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 ETF (Symbol: FXI) is up 90%, one of the best performing initial public offering...

State Street does right by investors

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 17

Back at the end of August, the financial world seemed like it might be ending and everyone working on Wall Street or at a hedge fund would soon be out...

Bargains in mortgage land

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 15

It looks to be a busy and interesting week for initial public offerings with a Chinese educator, Mexican phone company and an American builder of server farms on tap. But...

Goldman Sachs risk disclosures did what they were supposed to

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 11

Sometimes, the short tenure of finance reporters or bloggers creates confusion, such as the coverage of risk disclosures by Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs (Symbol: GS) over the past...

Lovin' It

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 11

I'm one of the very few geeks who gets excited about retirement accounts. In fact, I avidly follow the retirement trends of automatic enrollment options and target-date funds the way...

Two more good sources of bloggy investment insights

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 10

A couple of good finds in the investing blogosphere today. James Picerno, author of The Capital Spectator, has a great, deeper analysis post up today on the new State Street...

Sometimes the cat once burned sits on the stove again

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 09

In case you have somehow missed it, there's a must-read profile of twice dusted hedge fund manager Victor Niederhoffer in this week's New Yorker magazine. Niederhoffer, who previously lost it...

Just a slender $9 trillion niche for a new ETF

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 08

As I lie around all day trying to recover from knee surgery last week (don't ask!) looking for diversions, there's plenty of life in the world of exchange traded funds...

What is your favorite portfolio analysis tool?

Posted by: Lauren Young on October 04

A reader, who shall be named Dollarwise Dan, sent me an email this week asking for the best way to get a snapshot of his portfolio. He actually works at...

Email marketer's IPO hypes skyward

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 03

Constant Contact (Symbol: CTCT) recorded one of the best initial public offerings of the year after underwriters priced the company's shares at $16 last night. The money-losing email marketing specialist...

Don't hang up on Virgin Mobile IPO

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 02

Virgin Mobile USA, the prepaid wireless venture owned by Sprint Nextel (Symbol: S) and Richard Branson, is aiming to raise almost $500 million in an initial public offering next week....

Soon time to get contrarian on ethanol

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on October 01

We tried to tell you last year, we really did. Ethanol plants may or may not be an important piece of our future energy policy but they're a rotten investment....


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