Texas Fund's Soured Bet on Exotic-Country Stocks Takes Further Hit

Texas Fund's Soured Bet on Exotic-Country Stocks Takes Further Hit

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas lost 0.6% during the third quarter on its $14 billion holdings of stocks from countries like China, Brazil, Russia and Turkey. Such declines helped to cap the fund's overall return to 2.2% -- well below the average for U.S. institutional investment plans.

ETFs vs. Index Funds: 4 Differences to Know Before Investing

ETFs vs. Index Funds: 4 Differences to Know Before Investing

Index funds and ETFs are similar in a lot of ways. Here's how to tell them apart, and figure out which one you need.

December's Climate Forecast: Stormy Winter Markets

December's Climate Forecast: Stormy Winter Markets

Rob Isbitts, chief investment officer of Sungarden Fund Management, says the investing climate is "stormy," and investors still need to moderate their return expectations from stocks.

Striking Options: December Forecast, Metals, and Equities

Striking Options: December Forecast, Metals, and Equities

Fed speak in the spotlight this week.

Disruption Is Needed for the 150-Year Old Closed-End Fund Wrapper

Disruption Is Needed for the 150-Year Old Closed-End Fund Wrapper

Adviser Dan Weiskopf writes that in this world of low fees, closed-end funds are not typically thought of as an appropriate retirement account strategy. But as as an alternative to high yield or as a component to an alternative type of strategy, here's a fund that looks very interesting.

The Rise of CEO and Founder Activism, What's a Board to Do?

The Rise of CEO and Founder Activism, What's a Board to Do?

In today's podcast Activist Trading, TheDeal's Ron Orol talks with an activism lawyer about defending the company against an ex-CEO and founder of the business.

Tips for Fueling Your Retirement With Closed-End Funds

Tips for Fueling Your Retirement With Closed-End Funds

What's important to understand when investing in closed-end funds or CEF's? Cuts are part of the process of mixing an investment changing environment with interest rates and we can't control interest rates.

Jim Cramer: It Is All on the Fed If We Get a Crash

Jim Cramer: It Is All on the Fed If We Get a Crash

If this train wreck happens, it could combine the worst elements of the last four stock market crashes.

Retirement Questions About Closed-End Funds? Ask Your Fund Manager

Retirement Questions About Closed-End Funds? Ask Your Fund Manager

Hearing from your fund manager during turbulent times is critical to investors. And the managers of closed-end funds try to do just that. Watch now.

Small-Caps No Longer Own Bragging Rights Over Their Big Cousins

Small-Caps No Longer Own Bragging Rights Over Their Big Cousins

Smaller stocks had outperformed large-caps for much of 2018, but now find themselves down for the year to date after a tough couple months.