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Naked Short-Selling: Two Big Wall Street Firms Get Exposed

by IFA Contributors
Monday, June 4, 2012

Normally, when you make a mistake, you choke down a slice of humble pie and life goes on. On rare occasion, however, there are mistakes so egregious that you just want to put a bag over your head and pretend that you don’t exist. This must be how the ...Read More


  • Book Collector

    by Guest Author: Farzam Khassian — Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Book collector Farzam Khassian shares his thoughts on his hobby of collecting rare investment and financial books. He has collected more than 1,000 financial ...Read More

  • IFA’s Concerns with IPOs

    by IFA Contributors — Thursday, May 24, 2012

    While some may accuse us of hindsight for writing this blog during the unfolding of the Facebook IPO debacle in which $12.8 billion of shareholder value has ...Read More

  • A Big Bang for 401(k) Plans?

    by IFA Contributors — Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Source: NASA On rare occasions, a change so profound and significant occurs in the financial world that it is given the “big bang” designation. ...Read More

  • Mal-location of Capital

    by Roger Trinwith — Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    I used to play a lot of golf, probably far too much. When my friends would ask for advice, the number one question I would get is, “What kind of driver ...Read More

  • Wall Street: the other Las Vegas

    by IFA Contributors — Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    About a month ago, I wrote about Nicolas Darvas, a world famous dancer who claimed that he made $2 million in the stock market. This claim was vigorously ...Read More

  • The Road to Serfdom

    by Tyler L. Collins — Sunday, April 29, 2012

    The Road to Serfdom was written by Friedrich von Hayek in 1944. Friedrich von Hayek was a prominent Austrian economist during the twentieth century, and ...Read More

  • Weston Wellington

    Where's the Party?

    by Weston Wellington — Friday, April 20, 2012

    The surge in stock prices around the world in the first quarter serves as a reminder that predicting market trends can be a frustrating business. Six months ...Read More

  • Weston Wellington

    Year-End Review

    by Weston Wellington — Monday, January 9, 2012

    Equity investors around the world had a disappointing year in 2011 as thirty-seven out of forty-five markets tracked by MSCI posted negative returns. The US ...Read More

  • Bryan Harris

    2011 Review: Economy and Markets

    by Bryan Harris — Monday, January 9, 2012

    The past year reminded investors that they should hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and be thankful when reality does not match their fears. Investors ...Read More

  • 2011: The Year in Review

    by IFA Contributors — Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Unlike 2009 and 2010, 2011 was a year in which most risks were not rewarded. It is important to bear in mind that if risk were rewarded every year, it ...Read More

  • Tax Loss Harvesting [VIDEO]

    by Mark Hebner — Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    In addition to rebalancing, taxable investors should also consider a tax-savings tool called tax loss ...Read More

  • Reaching for Yield: Preferred Stock

    by IFA Contributors — Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    In this continuing series exploring different ways investors might attempt to increase the annual income received from their portfolios, we look at preferred ...Read More

  • Weston Wellington

    What Does a Winning Streak Tell Us?

    by Weston Wellington — Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Bill Miller is one of the most closely watched money managers in the industry, so it was big news when he announced his decision last week to step down as ...Read More

  • Fidelity Magellan's Alpha?

    by Mark Hebner — Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    The chart below is the Alpha Chart for the famous Fidelity Magellan fund. Peter Lynch managed the Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990, during which ...Read More

  • IFA’s Concerns with ETFs

    by IFA Contributors — Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    With the Securities and Exchange Commission’s launching of a broad, agency-wide review of exchange-traded funds and the recent Senate subcommittee ...Read More

  • The Turn of the Tide

    by Mark Hebner — Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Is there change on the horizon? A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek by Charles Stein details the disenchantment investors are experiencing with stock ...Read More