Jenny Cosgrave, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Fund managers cut their exposure to both commodities and emerging market equities to record lows this month, as oil and metals seem unable to shrug off price weakness and China recession fears mount, new research shows.

U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Thursday, following gains in Europe on the back of strong bank earnings and a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine. Futures trimmed some gains as retail sales for January came in weaker than expected, down 0.8 percent and near December’s 0.9 percent decline. Retail sales ex-autos …

After countless oil price downgrades, analysts at Goldman Sachs have cut their outlook for the commodity sector as a whole. Goldman downgraded commodities on Wednesday—including energy, metals, agriculture and livestock—to “underweight” from “neutral” on a 3-month basis. “Despite the large declines in commodity prices, we see risks as still skewed to the downside over the …

Global investors have regained some of their risk appetite and invested more of their cash in spite of the continuing oil price weakness and concerns over corporate earnings and global growth. Fund manager cash positions are at their lowest in six months, with investors instead turning to U.S. stocks and real estate according to the …

Voices from two of Switzerland’s most famous and lucrative industries – banking and watchmaking — have expressed their dismay at the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) shock decision to scrap its anchor to the euro. Chief Investment Officer at UBS Wealth Management, Mark Haefele, said the central bank’s decision to ditch its minimum exchange rate of 1.20 …

The euro hit a fresh nine-year low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, taking it close to its starting point in 1999 when the single currency was launched in 11 European countries. The single currency fell as low as $1.17625 on Thursday, its lowest since December 2005 and dangerously close to the $1.1747 level at …

Despite the volatile swings in global equities, fund managers are still confident in stocks but the falling oil price is pushing them to add to their cash holdings, a leading industry survey has found. Cash now makes up 5 percent of fund manager portfolios on average, according to fund managers polled by the Bank of …

Assets under management in the passive index trackers or exchange traded product (ETP) market in Europe have doubled in size in the last five years, as investors tire of high fees and unpredictable returns. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), the most popular ETPs, are securities which track an index, commodity or basket of assets. Read More Investors …

Class, pay attention: university education for the whole Germany is free after lower Saxony became last state in the country to abolish tuition fees for students, including those from overseas. The decision, announced earlier this month, will likely push Germany up the rankings of the most popular destinations for further education – it’s currently in …

Fund data and ratings firm Morningstar downgraded Pimco’s flagship Total Return fund on uncertainty regarding outflows and management following the departure of Pimco co-founder Bill Gross. Morningstar late Monday cut the rating on the fund—of which Gross was founder and sole named manager–- to bronze from gold after Gross’ shocking resignation. Read More Bill Gross is NOT …

Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West and troubles in Middle East have dominated headlines all summer, but investors so far have managed to shrug off fears, with the market reaction remaining fairly contained. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31 on Tuesday, the lowest level since …

Printed jawbones and dental implants are set to lead the growth in commercial 3-D printing, with the sector expected to expand over 500 percent in the next 10 years, according to a new report. The dental sector is on the verge of a “mass uptake” of the technology and represents a “clear growth area” for …

High-yield bond funds have seen mass outflows in recent weeks as investors begin to take the threat of higher interest rates and a winding down of monetary stimulus more seriously. Now asset managers are wondering whether the sector is merely witnessing a “natural correction” or if it is time to cut and run. High-yield junk …

Investors are more protected against a sharp fall in equity markets than at any other point since October 2008 amid Fed worries and geopolitical fears, according to a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch survey. Unsure where to put money to work, fund managers have taken cash to its highest level since June 2012, with close to a third …

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has announced plans to takeover Dublin-based pharmaceutical company Shire in a deal worth around £32 billion ($54.7 billion), as AbbVie seeks to lower its tax rate by buying a foreign rival. The Shire board has backed an offer that will be made up of £24.44 in cash and 0.8960 AbbVie share per Shire share, meaning AbbVie …