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Vanguard's Stockpickers Outperform Despite Firm's Passive Push

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Most of the 30 active stock funds Vanguard Group runs have actually beaten their respective benchmarks and the firm's own highly touted index funds.

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Shunning Apple Tops Long List Of Bad Market Calls In 2014

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Aversion to the iPhone maker is turning out to be one of the worst blunders in 2014 for money managers, who are trailing benchmark indexes by the most in almost a decade.

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Institutional Investors Say Stocks Are Winners For 2015

by FA Staff

Institutional investors are sticking to conservative bets for next year, according to a new survey.

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Franklin Income Fund Hit By Oil Slump, But Sees Opportunity

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The Franklin Income Fund is used to top-dog status among its mutual fund peers, but a 40 percent slide in oil prices since June has hammered its recent performance.

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Target-Date Funds Make Hedge Fund-Style Bets

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A fast-growing segment of U.S. retirement plans is using hedge-fund type strategies to bet a small but increasing slice of their assets.

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Worst Returns In Decades Hounding Active Stock Fund Managers

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Stock-picking fund managers are testing their investors’ patience with some of the worst comparative investment returns in 30 years.

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Fall Of The Bond King: Gross Lost An Empire As Pimco Cracked

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Gross’s exit -- an event that, not long ago, would have seemed unthinkable -- unleashed a crisis that Pimco is still trying to contain.

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Oil Price Collapse Roils U.S. High-Yield Bond Funds

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Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years.

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Managers Using More OTC Derivatives

by Greg Bresiger

The contracts that some blamed for the 2008 financial crisis are now more transparent, proponents say.

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Keeping Things Flexible

by Marla Brill

The managers’ ability to have wide latitude in stock and bond allocations has helped this fund handily outperform its peers.

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