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Looking for consistent top performance? Most active funds don't have it

December 15, 2016

If the fund industry was hoping for breakout performance from actively managed funds, its hopes were once again dashed by S&P Dow Jones Indexes. “It's the persistence of nonpersistence,” said Aye M. Soe, Senior Director, Global Research...

How to keep clients from going wild when the Dow hits 20,000

December 14, 2016

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes in on 20,000, analysts are talking about animal spirits — specifically, bullish ones — returning to Wall Street. Are your clients clamoring to charge into the market? What do you tell them? First,...

Muni funds take on water as rates rise

December 5, 2016

Municipal bond funds are starting to sink as interest rates rise. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has soared from a low of 1.37% July 8 to 2.40% Monday, sending bond prices plummeting. Municipal bond funds, whose interest is...

Trump's policies could be tough on emerging markets — and ignite a trade war with China

December 2, 2016

The election has clearly given the U.S. stock market a big boost, but how will a Trump presidency play out in China and other emerging markets? The effects of the election ripple out from the U.S. “The biggest effect in the U.S. will be monetary:...

Lesson one from Trump rally: Don't sell your stocks on short-term fears

December 1, 2016

If you needed a reason to give clients not to sell their stocks in a panic, here's one: The election of Donald J. Trump as president. Partisans on both sides were warning of the dire effects of a Trump or Clinton presidency. Expectations were...

Women underrepresented in global fund industry: Morningstar

November 29, 2016

Women are more likely to be at the helm of a passively managed fund or a fund of funds than an actively managed one, a new Morningstar study found. They are also more likely to be on a team-managed fund than serving as a solo manager. Women...

Emerging markets sink after Trump victory

November 23, 2016

Emerging markets have been sinking since the election of Donald Trump, led lower by Latin America and India. The average diversified emerging markets fund has fallen 4.4% since the Nov. 9 election, according to Morningstar, vs. a 3.5% gain for...

Some funds doling out capital gain pain

November 23, 2016

If your clients don't believe taxes are important, here's a nugget for them: Out of 367 large-company blend funds with five-year records, just 30 have beaten the Vanguard 500 Index fund after taxes. On average, those 367 funds lost 1.75% in...

Fund flows make screeching U-turn after election

November 18, 2016

Exchange-traded fund flows made a violent U-turn in the middle of Wall Street after the presidential election. Investors have been making a massive exodus from stock ETFs and open-ended funds for years. In the 12 months ended October, investors...

What you can learn from 30 years of stock-picking

November 10, 2016

You can learn a lot about investing in 30 years, and if you don't believe it, check out the class of 1986 — fund managers who have each run their fund the past 30 years. That's exactly what the Ariel funds did Wednesday, gathering together...

The markets fear a contested presidential election

November 7, 2016

The biggest concern for investors right now should be a contested presidential election. Fearing the hanging chads. Regardless of who wins the election, the best bet might be gold. The one certain winner. Could $500,000 be the new number for...

Handful of mutual funds set up for big capital gains distributions

November 4, 2016

So far, 2016 doesn't look like a year in which investors will be hit hard with mutual fund capital gains distributions. But there are some noteworthy standouts. A “handful of doozies.” The official word from Wells Fargo is that the SEC is...

UBS Wealth Management Americas sees record profit in boost from fee-based assets, lending

October 28, 2016

UBS Group AG's wealth management business in the Americas posted record profitability in the third quarter even as it saw the lowest third-quarter volume in client transactions since 2009. The unit produced unprecedented pretax profit of $328...

Janus in a double whammy as assets flee and revenue drops

October 27, 2016

Janus Capital Group, in process of being bought by Henderson Group, saw $2 billion in assets flee in the third quarter. To make matters worse for Janus, revenues have dropped from lower fees. If you think that regulators are done scrutinizing...

Why the AT&T-Time Warner merger bodes ill for the market

October 26, 2016

Think the AT&T/Time Warner merger is a good thing for the stock market? Think again. History suggests it could be more of a trick than a treat. The odds of getting a tax hike through the House of Representatives are long indeed. Still, the wealthy...

Volatility seen as best way to hedge against political risk

October 26, 2016

Let's say that you were worried about political risk because the elections scare you more than going down to the basement to investigate a screaming furnace. What would be the best way to hedge against it? Forget gold and bonds. Volatility is...

Investor exodus forcing hedge fund managers to take big pay cuts

October 21, 2016

The hits just keep on coming to the hedge fund space as managers are now expecting a 34% pay cut. Squeaking by on just $300,000. Yikes. Hints of new European monetary stimulus has pushed the greenback to a seven-month high. Leaving un ultra-loose...

Morgan Stanley may not follow Merrill Lynch's lead to ban IRA commissions

October 19, 2016

Morgan Stanley may not be following Bank of America Merrill Lynch's lead in discontinuing commission-based IRAs. In a conference call Wednesday on its third-quarter earnings CEO James Gorman said Morgan Stanley would announce its plans concerning...

Commodities funds may offer inflation hedge, but many overweight energy

October 19, 2016

If you look in the average investor's closet of anxieties, inflation is probably the biggest, scariest monster of them all. And increasingly, investors have been looking at commodities funds as a way to offset the effects of inflation and diversify...

Bank of America CFO says decision to stop paying IRA commissions won't incite Merrill Lynch brokers to quit

October 17, 2016

Bank of America Corp.'s chief financial officer Paul Donofrio on Monday dismissed the notion brokers working for its Merrill Lynch brokerage unit will defect en masse because of the firm's decision to stop paying commissions on individual retirement...

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