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6:07 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Gold miner ETFs surge to ring in the new yearExchange-traded funds linked to gold miners surged higher on the first trading day of 2021 as investors turned back to the yellow metal as a hedge against concerns about the coronavirus and government efforts to contain it. The iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF jumped 6.5% in midmorning trade, while the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF was up 5.5% and the Sprott Gold Miners ETF gained 4.6%. Gold for February delivery was up 2.7% or $51, to $1946, punching above a psychological round-number benchmark at $1,900. Miner stocks tend to move more sharply than the price of the underlying asset.
9:50 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures climb to highest finish in over a monthGold futures session to post their highest settlement in more than a month. "Gold price moves are all about...investment demand in the short term," said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia Consultants. Current weakness in the dollar is the reason for the climb in gold prices, he said, adding that he believes hedge funds will short the dollar if there is a "close-fought U.S. presidential election." December gold rose by $14.10, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,929.50 an ounce. That was the highest finish for a most-active contract since Sept. 18, according to FactSet data.
5:34 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020 - By Michael Brush
Stock market is at the start of a selloff, says veteran trader Larry Williams Williams, age 77, is focused on seasonal patterns that consistently play out over timeWilliams, age 77, is focused on seasonal patterns that consistently play out over time.
10:16 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold notches back-to-back gain after brief dip in the wake of a fall in weekly U.S. jobless claimsGold futures end higher on Thursday to notch a back-to-back gain, after taking a brief dip in the wake of weekly U.S. jobless claims data that showed a fall below one million for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began almost five months ago.
12:44 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Gold rising to $4,000 an ounce ‘would not be an unreasonable move,’ fund manager says Michael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this yearMichael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this year.
4:15 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Gold is a foolish place to put your money right now if you check the facts Gold slumps when its inflation-adjusted price is as high as it is nowGold slumps when its inflation-adjusted price is as high as it is now, writes Mark Hulbert.
1:42 a.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
‘Ample room’ for more gold gains as hedge funds late to the party, adviser saysAs gold surpasses $2,000 an ounce, one important part of the market has been left behind.
6:39 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Callum Keown
A stock market correction may be imminent, JPMorgan says. Here’s why you shouldn’t panicThe typically muted month of August is upon us but there’s still a lot for investors to digest.
6:41 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Michael Brush
‘Gold is going higher’ despite recent surge, says investor who’s managed a precious-metals fund for a quarter-century Caesar Bryan of the Gabelli Gold Fund says investors need the yellow metal as an insurance policy against the coronavirus crisisCaesar Bryan of the Gabelli Gold Fund says investors need the yellow metal as an insurance policy against the coronavirus crisis.
6:01 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
The Fed treats investors like ‘foolish children’ by propping up stocks despite ‘dreadful fundamentals,’ hedge-fund heavy Seth Klarman says“Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe this moment,” the Baupost fund manager said, adding that investor “psychology is surprisingly ebullient even though business fundamentals are often dreadful.”
12:49 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow slides 205 points, stocks end near session lows, as investors await coronavirus aid progress S&P 500’s top gainers are Norwegian Cruise Line, real estate investment trustsU.S. stocks indexes finished lower Tuesday, with losses mounting in the final hour of trade, as investors monitored talks between Republicans and Democrats on a second coronavirus aid package and a flood of second-quarter corporate results.
4:13 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Vanguard comes to defense of the 60/40 portfolio as it forecasts stock market returns for the next decadeIn a new note to clients, index fund powerhouse Vanguard Group points out how well the portfolio did in weathering the storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
1:24 p.m. July 21, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P close higher as Covid-battered stocks surge, but off session’s best levels as tech sector sinks Gains for equities come even as gold is approaching its second-highest level in history, near $2,000 an ounceU.S. stock-indexes finish mostly higher Tuesday, but off the session’s best levels, as investors snap up beaten-down energy and financial stocks amid a slate of corporate earnings reports, including Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin’s second-quarter results.
10:51 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Investing legend Burton Malkiel on day-trading millennials, the end of the 60/40 portfolio and more ‘I don’t think there is anybody who devotes a life to... the stock market who doesn’t have something of a gambling instinct’The upheaval caused by the coronavirus may mean the end of the 60/40 portfolio, investing icon Burton Malkiel tells MarketWatch, but some other truths will likely endure. Investors are probably better off in passive portfolios, not chasing active managers - or even worse, day trading out of boredom.
9:33 p.m. July 13, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Stocks are resilient because investors have been braced for much worse COVID-19 news, says strategist Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day from Fundstrat strategist Thomas Lee says recent gains for stocks are explainable. The glass is “half-full” for investors where COVID-19 outbreaks are concerned.
12:22 p.m. July 13, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Why silver is trading at a nearly 4-year high Silver seen playing catchup with gold rallySilver futures on Monday mark their highest settlement in nearly four years, buoyed by a sharp climb in investment demand as the metal continues to play catch up to the gains in sister metal gold.
8:25 a.m. June 29, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Black Swan’ author says that if investors don’t use a ‘tail hedge,’ he recommends ‘not being in the market’: ‘We’re facing a huge amount of uncertainty’Speaking during an interview on CNBC on Friday, the popular author Nassim Taleb, offers the notion that investors should be hedged against so-called tail risk, which refer to extreme events that also have a low probability of happening in a distribution of outcomes.
7:43 p.m. June 25, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets gain after U.S. banks’ stress test results Strong gains in Tokyo and Seoul; Chinese markets closedAsian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday after U.S. regulators removed some limits on banks’ ability to make investments.
6:45 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Finance is, like, done. Everybody’s bought everybody else with low-cost debt’ says ValueAct co-founder Jeff Ubben — ‘Elizabeth Warren was right’ ‘Companies, as governed today, with investors asking for more current returns and more buybacks and so forth, aren’t working for society or nature,’ Ubben tells the FTThe 58-year-old co-founder of ValueAct Capital, Jeff Ubben, told the Financial Times that he’s calling it quits at the investment fund that he co-founded about two decades ago in San Francisco.
7:54 p.m. June 22, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets advance, tracking Wall Street’s tech rally Nikkei, Hang Seng gain around 1% eachAsian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday, recovering from some early losses as regional markets tracked a late rally on Wall Street led by technology shares.
7:53 a.m. June 20, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
A portfolio of stocks being bought by mom-and-pop investors is trouncing Wall Street pros — here’s what they’re buyingIt’s no secret that retail investors have been increasing but the degree to which they have outperformed professional investors is coming into greater focus lately.
6:20 a.m. June 20, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Coronavirus was the perfect storm for tech innovation, and this fund manager made out From Tesla to 2U, ‘We were a buyer of these companies that were absolutely solutions to the problems coronavirus handed us,’ Wood saysMany of Cathie Wood’s biggest bets on technology just took a big leap forward, helped along by the coronavirus crisis. She spoke with MarketWatch about why the market chop of the spring has made her job so rewarding.
12:18 p.m. June 9, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Hedge-fund manager who nailed the subprime collapse is leveraging investor cash 200x in ‘audacious’ betA year ago, Hayman Capital Management’s Kyle Bass wrote about “the quiet panic in Hong Kong” and warned of an “impending crisis” in the region. Now, amid mounting unrest, he's putting his clients’ money — and then some — on a bet that the local currency will collapse.
8:27 a.m. June 4, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Global gold-backed ETFs tally biggest annual inflow on record, just 5 months into 2020: report World Gold Council pegs global gold ETF holdings at a record 3,510 metric tonsGlobal gold-backed exchange-traded funds marked their largest annual inflow of the precious metal on record, in dollar terms, just five months into the calendar year, according to a report from the World Gold Council released Thursday.
7:45 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Foreigners desperate for dollars contributed to Treasury market seizure in March, say analysts Foreign investors and central banks sold $299 billion of Treasurys in MarchResearchers suggest foreign investors and central banks selling their stockpile of U.S. bonds to source greenbacks, among other reasons, may have made it difficult for Treasurys to change hands seamlessly in March.
6:27 a.m. May 28, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
This is the time for active managers to shine, Goldman notes. How—and what—are they doing? Two different types of active asset managers are taking very different views of the worldManagers of hedge funds and mutual funds are worlds apart on a lot of investing decisions, but do have some overlap. Investors may be able to learn from both.
4:52 a.m. May 28, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Rolls-Royce shares slump as hedge fund sells stakeRolls-Royce was the worst performing of the U.K. blue chips on Thursday, as a hedge fund sold its stake in the engine maker.
10:36 a.m. May 23, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Stashing some gold? Here’s why that could soon be illegal, according to one notable hedge-fund bearCrispin Odey explained in a note posted on Bloomberg News Wednesday why he believes that private gold ownership could be banned if/when the government loses control of inflation.
5:53 a.m. May 23, 2020 - By Satyajit Das
We’re now seeing the sharp edge of volatility’s sword and it cuts deep Central bank policies encourage speculation and many investors are in over their headsCentral bank policies encourage speculation and many investors are in over their heads, writes Satyajit Das.
7:43 a.m. May 22, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold may reach a record by year end as investor need creates ‘more demand than the market can handle’ Gold futures trade about 9% below their 2011 record settlementGold prices could reach a record by year end, but don’t expect to see a smooth ride to the top, even as measures to offset the pandemic-hit economy support the precious metal’s appeal as a haven.
3:15 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Taleb and Asness feud on Twitter over tail-risk hedging“Black Swan” author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, feud on Twitter.
5:23 a.m. May 20, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Here are the ‘hot dogs’ that hedge funds have used to outperform this yearHedge funds have relied on technology, internet, media and telecom companies and increasingly more health care companies to drive performance.
12:48 p.m. May 13, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends 500 points lower after Fed’s Powell says pandemic’s hit to economy is worst since World War II CFTC warns market for oil prices may to go negative againU.S. stock benchmarks finished sharply lower Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the near-term outlook for the economy was highly uncertain, as state and federal officials attempt to restart businesses from a coronavirus-induced lockdown.
11:38 a.m. May 9, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
This is the trap awaiting the stock market ahead of a grim summer, warns Nomura strategistOur call of the day from Nomura cross asset strategist Charlie McElligott has a warning for stock investors who think the market could run higher and worry they’ve missed out — go away for the summer.
6:53 a.m. May 9, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones: ‘My bet is it will be bitcoin’ as the best inflation hedgeBillionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones made a prescient call on bullion in 2019, now he’s saying that bitcoin futures, the controversial digital currency, reminds him of gold in the 1970s, and may be the best hedge against inflation.
8:35 a.m. April 28, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
‘Explosive downside protection’ sparks a 57.2% return for these investors ‘Markets were priced for perfection, but all of a sudden the world lost its veil of perfection’According to Eurekahedge, “tail risk” hedge funds have surged, on average, 57.2% in 2020, capitalizing on the pandemic.
7:07 a.m. April 28, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
There really is cash on the sidelines, and it should calm markets, says Morgan StanleyCash really is on the sidelines, and it should help calm markets from here, according to a new research note from Morgan Stanley.
2:06 a.m. April 21, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Who may have gotten crushed — or won big — by the historic plunge below $0 a barrel for oil?Crude-oil prices for May carved out a dubious place in history on Monday, plunging the most on record and notching the first settlement ever in negative territory.
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