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Companies Seeing the Advantages in Spinoffs — As corporate deal makers set a record pace for mergers, some boards have been heading in the other direction. EBay and Hewlett-Packard are two recent examples of prominent companies that announced plans to spin off chunks of their businesses into separate entities.

A Loss of Altitude at the Quarter’s Close — BLACK swans - those rare, disastrous events that can derail bull markets - were thought to be lurking everywhere during the third quarter, from China to Ukraine to the Middle East - even Scotland. Yet stock indexes rose for nearly the entire period, continually setting record highs.

These mutual funds give hedge funds a run for their money — Usually you get what you pay for, but sometimes you get a lot less. A common raw deal for common investors is the so-called closet index tracker - a fund that's supposed to be actively managed and charges fees accordingly, yet has a portfolio that varies hardly at all from its benchmark index.

One Key to Exports: Liquid Gas — New methods of producing natural gas are expected to turn the United States from an importer into a large exporter in less than a decade, assuming that the gas can be exported in sufficient quantities cheaply enough to compete on world markets.

These ‘diversified’ stock funds spread your money too thin — Some funds are doomed before they invest a single dollar. Franklin Double Tax-Free Income (FPRTX) , highlighted here last month, was designed in a way that forced the managers to own a limited number of securities whose price movements were bound to be highly correlated: municipal bonds issued in Puerto Rico and a few other overseas American territories that are nice places to visit, but you wouldn't want to invest there.

Resurgence in Oil and Gas Sector Spurs Merger Boom — The merger boom in the energy sector shows no signs of slowing. As energy production in the United States rises substantially, pipeline and storage companies will look to expand capacity through acquisitions, industry analysts and investors forecast. "Companies are lining up to take advantage of this production-growth story," said Quinn Kiley, a manager of energy infrastructure investment portfolios for Advisory Research Inc.

The Signals From the High-Yield Bond Market — There's a saying on Wall Street that the bond market is smarter than the stock market. The idea is that bond traders are professionals who are especially sensitive to changes in economic and financial conditions and adept at weighing risk and reward prospects.

Your money is at risk when mutual funds aren’t diversified — LONG BEACH, Calif. (MarketWatch) - We buy mutual funds because the people running them are supposed to be smarter than us. At least they should be sufficiently astute and disciplined to avoid the mistakes that ordinary investors are prone to make, like taking excessive risk to obtain higher returns and failing to diversify adequately.

The New York Times — Find breaking news & mutual fund news on performance, risk & rankings, assets & holdings, fees & expenses, company research, charts, quotes and a fund finder.

Fund Investors, Basking Under Many Clouds — STOCKS rallied through the second quarter, as investors displayed a growing appetite for risk and a striking lack of concern about any reversal of fortune. Although they are still taking it mostly on faith, they remain confident that the Federal Reserve eventually will engineer a solid economic revival.
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Oct 15, 2014

Or not so surprised MT @abnormalreturns: You may be surprised how often the stock market is in a correction. $STUDY

Oct 15, 2014

(2/2) the market turned up no matter what. Go back to 2008 and see what stocks did when Indicator X hit the same level. May not be pretty.

Oct 15, 2014

Bulls have been saying, “Stocks turned up every time Indicator X hit this level in the last 3 years.” Well yeah, in the last 3 years (1/2)

Oct 15, 2014

Citi says to buy one-month S&P 500 puts and expects the index to reach the "1700 area."

Oct 14, 2014

RT @GenChuckYeager: Oct.14,1947 about 10:23am, I thought I had broken the Mach meter-it was all (cont)

Oct 13, 2014

My NYT quarterly fund review, in case you haven't been paying attention for the last three months:…

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