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Feb 23, 2012

Stocks and Markets in the News | Mutuak Funds: This week's Mutual Funfs and ETF stories


MarketWatch

Mutual Funds
FEBRUARY 23, 2012

This week's Mutual Funds and ETF stories

By MarketWatch



Don't miss these top money and investing features:

Beat the market. It's the holy grail for money managers, the measure by which they are judged — and paid.

Trouble is, most mutual fund managers don't beat "the market" year-after-year — if the market in question is the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. For that matter, most investors don't beat the market either, since their portfolios tend to be a mix of U.S. and international large- and smaller-cap stocks, bonds, and perhaps a smattering of commodities and real estate.

On that basis, the 500-biggest U.S.-based companies, ranked by market value, is just a piece of the entire market, not the pinnacle.

For a better way to gauge performance, check out the inaugural ETF Adviser column, and see what columnist Mark Hulbert has to say on the topic.

Jonathan Burton , Money & Investing editor

INVESTING NEWS & TRENDS

How to know if you really beat the market

Active investing is a loser's game, says Mitch Tuchman, co-founder of ETF investors' service MarketRiders. But if you insist on owning actively-managed funds, ETF returns can provide a true picture of portfolio results.
Read more: How to know if you really beat the market.


Forget Dow 13,000; the real story is Wilshire 5000

The worst bear market since the 1930s is on the verge of being erased in just three years' time.
Read more: Forget Dow 13,000; the real story is Wilshire 5000.


5 game changers for small-cap stocks

Small-cap stocks' strong rebound just may continue, writes Rachel Koning Beals. Here's a short list of economic and stock sectors where improved conditions should bode well for small-caps.
Read more: 5 game changers for small-cap stocks.


Managed futures fund isn't for all investors

Managed futures funds may have a place in a portfolio, but buyers need sophistication and knowledge — not just an adviser's sales pitch, writes Chuck Jaffe.
Read more: Managed futures fund isn't for all investors.


Risk and return are joined at the head

Some people are afraid of making a mistake by taking on risk, while others take risks that lead to mistakes, says Chuck Jaffe.
Read more: Risk and return are joined at the head.


Investing lessons from the 1950s

Many investors are paralyzed by this environment, which is unlike anything they have seen in their adult lives. However, as is often the case, investors can look to the past and find potential guideposts for building a portfolio for today's markets.
Read more: Investing lessons from the 1950s.


What to do when your fund manager retires

When a top fund manager calls it quits, mutual-fund investors are faced with a decision: Do they hang around for the next act? MarketWatch columnist Chuck Jaffe talks to Jonathan Burton.
 Watch: What to do when your fund manager retires.


Think you're a smart investor? Test your DNA

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig discusses a new research study that suggests one's ability to make smart or risky investment decisions could be traced to his or her DNA.
 Watch: Think you're a smart investor? Test your DNA.


Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing Update: RBA on dollar watch





Australian Business update for Fri Feb 24
RBA on dollar watch




Enda Curran THE RBA could move to weaken the Australian dollar if conditions required it, but it does not foreshadow forex intervention now.





AGL to raise $1.5bn for Loy Yang




Matt Chambers AGL Energy plans to raise $1.5 billion to buy all of Australia's biggest brown coal power station and the nation's biggest coal mine.





Newcrest stock hit by Lihir issue




Barry FitzGerald THE share price of Newcrest Mining was slammed after the group revealed serious maintenance issues at its Lihir gold mine in PNG.

Crown on a roll with VIP punters




Gavin Lower, HIGH rolling gamblers have helped boost first-half profit by 79pc at James Packer’s Crown casino company.





Danes make new move on Ludowici




Lisa Macnamara THE takeover battle for Ludowici continued today, with FLSmidth upping its bid to $11 per share to beat a new $10 rival Weir offer.





Google, others halt user-tracking




Julia Angwin A COALITION of internet giants including Google has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most web browsers.

Jordan slam dunks sports chain




Laurie Burkitt BASKETBALL star Michael Jordan has cried foul and plans to sue a Chinese sportswear chain over the use of of his name.

Apple has more cash than it needs




APPLE CEO Tim Cook knows this much: the world's most valuable company has more money than it needs.







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Banks stand out as market lifts




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