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Testing the limits of ETF tax efficiency

September 28, 2016

Investors in exchange-traded funds don't normally have to fret about tax bills, because tax efficiency is one of the main sales pitches right along with transparency, liquidity and lower fees. But thanks to recent adjustments in certain indexes...

The downside of negative interest rates

September 27, 2016

Don't buy the hype; negative interest rates hurt more than they help. Benefitting borrowers, but taxing savers and retirees. What central bankers see that nobody else does. Measuring the gravity of the DOL rule has 18% of advisers thinking of...

Tonight's presidential debate puts the markets on edge

September 26, 2016

Tonight's presidential debate will be watched as a potential disruptor for the equity markets. It all depends on how well the candidates can execute their fight plans. “The markets may react to a perceived shift in momentum.” Taking a look...

DOL fiduciary rule expected to put new pressure on mutual fund expenses

September 23, 2016

The ripple effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is expected to put new pressure on mutual fund fees, and could even lead to fewer fund share classes, according to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The DOL rule, which...

Old school fund companies Goldman, JPMorgan wade deeper into ETF market

September 16, 2016

Old-line asset management shops are continuing to wade deeper into the ETF market, seemingly embracing the notion that 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' Over the past few weeks, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, JPMorgan Asset Management, and...

Investors pile in as REITs move closer to S&P 500 sector status

September 15, 2016

The establishment of real estate as an eleventh sector of the S&P 500 Index is morphing into a near-term investment strategy, according to some market watchers. The real estate play, ahead of REITs' elevation to sector status on Friday, is seen...

The gloves come off in the legal fight between Pimco and Bill Gross

September 15, 2016

Things are getting ugly in the court battle between Pimco and Bill Gross. The latest claim is the that renowned Bond King may have destroyed documents relevant to the lawsuit. “The only party trying to play 'hide the ball' is Pimco.” Meb...

The presidential election fear factor puts economy at risk

September 13, 2016

What the majority of Americans fear most about the upcoming presidential election is the election itself — and that might be the scariest part of all. A new survey by Bankrate.com found that 61% of Americans believe the election's outcome...

Financial advisers navigate Federal Reserve comments and Hillary Clinton's health

September 12, 2016

Financial advisers are bracing for typical September stock market gyrations, that will likely include a few new twists related to the unorthodox presidential election. Stocks rebounded slightly on Monday, following a jarring 2.5% drop on Friday...

Time to start navigating that minefield of mutual fund capital gains

September 9, 2016

Heading into capital gains distribution season for mutual funds, there are some potential pitfalls worth noting for financial advisers. Don't assume a fund will always be tax friendly. The muni-bond lovefest continues. Investors are pouring...

Markets, financial advisers get nervous as Donald Trump closes in on Hillary Clinton

September 9, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign is anything but ordinary, which is a big part of the reason financial advisers should not be banking on ordinary election-year stock market results. “I don't think the market is moving with any precision towards...

Morningstar to help advisers compare ETFs to mutual funds

September 8, 2016

Morningstar Inc. is embracing the model used by more financial advisers by combing exchange-traded funds and open-end mutual funds into the same peer groups when calculating fund ratings. The financial-data tracking firm also announced Thursday...

Financial-sector ETFs bet on a possible interest-rate hike pays off

September 7, 2016

With the most recent employment report coming in weaker-than-expected, the odds of an interest-rate hike in September have dropped into “unlikely” territory. But don't tell that to investors in financial-sector exchanged-traded funds. Similar...

Investors gobbled up risk assets in August

September 2, 2016

Investors showed a voracious appetite for risk in August. Last month's net flows into U.S.-listed ETFs topped $28 billion. The Fed's next big idea: Renaming zero interest rates as moderately low. That should do the trick. A genuine conundrum...

Are junk bonds becoming the new equities?

September 1, 2016

It's a well-known reality that high-yield bonds are generally more correlated to equities than they are to higher-quality bonds, but is it possible to actually substitute junk bonds for stocks? That argument is being made on a selective basis...

The markets are tilting toward Hillary Clinton for president

September 1, 2016

Forget all the debates and the actual voting, because the stock market has already decided Hillary Clinton will be our next President. If the research is sound, investors might be expecting another Democrat in the White House. The not-so mind-boggling...

Advisers are bracing for a September market storm

August 31, 2016

As financial advisers prepare to relax over the Labor Day weekend break, many are also bracing for an increased focus on the kinds of market volatility that typically comes with September. With perspectives ranging from, it happens every year...

Blaming the 401(k) for lack of retirement savings

August 26, 2016

The case for how 401(k) plans have put retirement income further out of reach for some Americans. Pensions used to work, then pensions went away. The typical 401(k) is anything but automatic. Don't make the mistake of overlooking U.S. oil production...

Presidential candidates should focus on ETFs in 401(k) plans

August 25, 2016

It's time to push the conversation about including ETFs in 401(k) plans. If costs really matter — and they do — how can anyone overlook ETFs? The ETF as a political weapon. Active management might cost more and generally perform worse than...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

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