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Wall Street’s getting giddy again, with the S&P 500 yesterday, and the Dow today, back in record territory. In the long view, it’s not much to get excited about, really: the S&P 500 is up less than 20 points since its May 2015 high. Small matters like that aren’t likely to derail today’s “Everything is Awesome” mood on the Street. Yet, for a number of reasons, this is a rally unlike any we’ve seen, and when you look at the guts of it, there is far less to be excited about. “The rally in stock prices to new record highs is somewhat reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode. It is happening because not much is happening other than interest rates are at record lows,” Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research wrote. The low rates on government bonds are making yields in the equities market especially attractive, illustrated by the fact that the most interest-rate...

C.J. Lawrence today announced that it has been recognized with Top Guns status by Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN manager database in 4Q 2015. CJL Balanced was named a Top Gun across all six star categories, and CJL Bulldog Equity was named a Top Gun in the 1-Star Category. Utilizing a proprietary blend of Informa Investment Solutions’ top priority performance screens, PSN Top Guns ranks products in six proprietary star categories in over 50 universes. This is a highly anticipated quarterly ranking and is widely used by institutional asset managers and investors. Top Guns receive a star rating in the range from one to six. The stars indicate the continued performance over length of time. 1-Star Category: Products with this rating were top ten performers within their respective universes, based on quarterly returns. 2-Star Category: These products were top ten performers within their respective universes, based on returns for the one-year period. 3-Star Category: These products were...

Commodities haven’t just had a rough year. It’s been more like a rough half-decade, in which prices of raw materials and foodstuffs were halved. Once a mainstay ingredient in the investing soup, this asset class is now being shunned, and some people are making ever more bearish price forecasts. So is it time to jump back in and gain the well-documented investing benefits of adding metals, grains and energy into your investment pot? Maybe so, and there are good reasons to consider it (plus some pitfalls to avoid). First, there is the broad reason to own commodities, which is to reduce risk. Because the prices of commodities tend to be uncorrelated with the prices of other assets such as stocks and bonds, the overall volatility of a portfolio tends to be lower. And because most investors define risk as volatility, when it is lower there is less risk. “You have a smoother ride...