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LPL posts 13% drop in commission revenue in second quarter as DOL fiduciary rule takes its toll

July 28, 2016

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. reported a drop in commission revenue during the second quarter as it continues to adapt to heightened regulatory scrutiny of fees. Commission revenue fell 13% to $446 million in the second quarter from the same period...

Investing in the most hated bull market: When your clients say they can't stomach stocks

July 26, 2016

In this stock market, the biggest challenge for advisers isn't stopping clients from taking big fliers — it's getting them to invest enough in stocks to meet their goals. It's rare that a stock market rally has been so hated. The Standard...

BlackRock, State Street, TIAA: Expect lower returns, higher volatility ahead

July 22, 2016

The mid-year forecasts are rolling in, and the outlook is mostly disappointing, with a chance of dread. From BlackRock: “We are living in a low return world. Equity market returns have leapt ahead of economic fundamentals since the financial...

RIAs boost profitability while gaining clients, Charles Schwab study shows

July 15, 2016

Registered investment advisory firms increased profitability last year as they embraced technology and gained clients, according to Charles Schwab & Co. Profitability rose about 4% last year and is up 27% since 2011 as firms become more efficient...

BlackRock's stock buyback plan at odds with CEO Larry Fink's statements

July 15, 2016

That awkward moment when an ongoing policy of buying back shares of your own stock conflicts with the CEO's mantra of the downside of the practice. Welcome to BlackRock. Larry Fink has been critical of the buyback trend, but that hasn't stopped...

SunAmerica fund picks just 30 stocks once a year and clobbers the competition

July 8, 2016

A fund that sets its 30-stock portfolio once a year and sits still is running rings around the competition. SunAmerica Focused Dividend Strategy fund (FDSAX) chooses 30 stocks with above-average dividends each year and sits on them. “We watch...

Treasury bonds beat stocks the past 10 years. You heard it right

July 6, 2016

If you've been telling your clients that stocks beat bonds over the long term, you might want to mention that the long term has been getting steadily longer. Long-term Treasury securities have outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index...

What to say when clients hate you for advising international investments

June 24, 2016

If you're a financial adviser, you probably get occasional questions about your investment recommendations. And if you've put 15% to 20% or more of your client's assets in international funds, many of those questions may have been more pointed...

Leuthold Group: Long-term stock indicator wildly bullish

June 14, 2016

Wall Street has become the new Yellowstone: You can't turn a corner without running into a bear. But here at the 28th annual Morningstar Investment Conference, the Leuthold Group said one reliable long-term indicator has turned “wildly bullish.”...

Invesco, Longleaf funds stashing cash as bear market cushion

June 8, 2016

You might have clients who want to get in to the stock market, but don't want to take much risk, particularly as the Standard and Poor's 500 stock index flirts with new highs. Your first job, of course, is to explain that this is like wanting...

T. Rowe Price to pay out $194 million to shareholders in four mutual funds, other clients

June 6, 2016

T. Rowe Price said Monday it would pay about $194 million to fund shareholders and other clients for an error it made in voting on the 2013 buyout of Dell. The shareholders held about 31 million Dell shares at the time. At the time of the buyout,...

T. Rowe Price makes a $190 million misstep

June 3, 2016

T. Rowe Price is discovering that when you vote the wrong way in a buyout deal, you repent at leisure — and with millions of dollars. The Baltimore mutual fund giant made a rare error by voting in favor of the 2013 buyout of Dell by founder...

UBS' U.S. wealth management unit posts flat Q1 revenue but record managed account assets a bright spot

May 3, 2016

Revenue at UBS Group AG's wealth management unit for the Americas in the first quarter was little changed from the first quarter a year ago, but the unit got a boost from a rise in managed account assets. The division's managed account assets...

LPL's earnings bounce back, but commission revenue continues to erode

April 28, 2016

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. reported flat first quarter earnings on a year-to-year basis Thursday, but they were a vast improvement from the previous quarter. LPL, which operates the nation's largest independent broker-dealer, reported net income...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Market turmoil hurts revenue at Morgan Stanley wealth unit

April 18, 2016

Market volatility hurt revenue at Morgan Stanley's wealth-management business in the first quarter amid investors' concerns about the health of the global economy. The unit's $3.7 billion of revenue was down 2% from last year's fourth quarter...

Wells Fargo adds Credit Suisse brokers under recruiting agreement

April 15, 2016

Wells Fargo & Co. successfully recruited about half the brokers from Credit Suisse Group AG that it looked at under the terms of a recruiting agreement it made with the Swiss firm, acording to bank officials. “We have successfully completed...

DOL fiduciary rule will impact less than 10% of Bank of America wealth assets, CFO says

April 14, 2016

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule will impact less than 10% of the $2 trillion in assets at Bank of America Corp.'s wealth management business, chief financial officer Paul Donofrio said Thursday morning during a first-quarter earnings...

LPL Financial's problems keep piling up

April 3, 2016

Last October, a month after an activist investor took a large stake in LPL Financial Holdings Inc. and claimed that its shares were undervalued, the company announced a plan to boost its stock price. It was going to borrow $700 million and spend...

Tech stocks for dividends no longer a joke

February 21, 2016

Here's a proposition that should produce gales of laughter from your clients: Consider tech stocks for dividends. The thing is, tech stocks can be a great source of dividends backed by some of the nation's strongest companies. If you can stop...

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