The Heavy Price of Stockpicking
If the pros can't get it right, wealth manager Eric Nelson asks, what's the chance that a do-it-yourself investor will do any better?
FINRA Warning on BDCs Doesn’t Stop Market Vectors’ ETF Debut
Despite FINRA's January warnings on high-risk business development companies, Market Vectors has launched the first-ever ETF to offer pure-play BDC exposure.
Meredith Whitney: Government Case Against S&P ‘Hard to Believe’
She discussed the government’s case against the ratings agency, her municipal bond call and her thoughts on new Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat.
S&P Expects Federal Lawsuit Over Mortgage Ratings
The U.S. government is expected to file civil charges against S&P, alleging that it fraudulently gave high ratings to mortgage debt that later plunged in value and helped fuel the 2008 financial crisis.
SEC, DOL Enforcement Roundup: CDO Woes, Short-Selling Brothers, Amish Fund
Recent actions by the SEC and DOL included fines of $127.5 million for a securities firm over false CDO credit ratings and $14.5 million for two short-selling brothers, along with deferred prosecution for an Amish fund.
Top 10 Countries With Most Millionaires: Capgemini/RBC
Where are today’s HNW individuals most likely to be found? Capgemini/RBC Wealth Management's 2012 World Wealth Report lists the top countries for millionaires.
S&P Downgrades Spain
Spain suffered another downgrade as Standard & Poor's cut its sovereign credit rating and its unemployment rate rose to its highest level since the early 1990s—now one of the highest in the world.
U.S. Bank Lending Below Depression-Era Levels: S&P
U.S. bank loans are at such lows that the economic recovery has been nearly loan-free, S&P's head of financial institutions ratings said Wednesday in New York.
Fitch Ratings Downgrades 5 European Countries
Fitch Ratings went on a roll on Friday, downgrading Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain with the threat of additional cuts in the next one to two years.
Top Portfolio Products: ProShares ETF Focuses on Germany; BlackRock Offers New Fund
New products over the last week include a new ETF focusing on German debt from ProShares and a reintroduced multi-asset income fund from BlackRock.