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Invesco joins the do-it-yourself indexing trend

July 26, 2018

In the cut-throat world of exchange-traded funds, it pays to keep up with the Joneses. Invesco Ltd., the fourth-largest issuer in the U.S., is starting eight fixed-income ETFs backed by benchmarks designed by the firm, following the likes of...

Cash floods into muni bond funds

July 26, 2018

Bondholders are no longer seeing losses from their investments in state and local-government debt — and they're pouring money back into the market. Mutual funds that focus on municipal bonds picked up $1.68 billion in the week through July...

Focus Financial IPO falls short of expectations

July 26, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' initial offering price of $33 was bid up by investors when the stock started trading Thursday afternoon. Despite the below-target offering price, the stock closed its first day of trading at $37.55, representing a 13.8%...

Millennials err on the side of caution when it comes to investing

July 25, 2018

Millennials think cash is the best long-term investment. Unsurprisingly, they're not seeing good returns. Almost 1 in 3 millennials said cash instruments, such as savings accounts and certificates of deposit, are the best place to invest money...

With money on their minds, Generation Z is ready to invest

July 25, 2018

While most members of Generation Z are still only teenagers, it's not too early for this young generation to start thinking about the stock market. Known for their frugality and tendency to stockpile cash for the future, the members of Generation...

Judge dismisses amended complaint in Wells Fargo stock-drop case

July 24, 2018

A U.S. District Court judge in Minneapolis dismissed for the second time a lawsuit by participants in the 401(k) plan of Wells Fargo & Co., saying plaintiffs failed to prove their complaints of fiduciary breaches regarding the management of...

Wealth Enhancement Group adds $350 million planning firm in Florida

July 24, 2018

Wealth Enhancement Group, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based hybrid overseeing $8.9 billion in assets, has agreed to acquire Retirement Strategies Inc., a registered investment adviser and planning firm managing more than $350 million in assets and...

Amazon could be in prime place to shake up asset management industry

July 24, 2018

Amazon.com Inc. is well positioned to shake up the asset management industry, according to a new strategy report from Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. The Seattle-based company's broad customer base and online platform would give it an edge among...

In wake of tax reform, muni bond market gains footing

July 23, 2018

Six months after the sweeping tax-reform package that cut corporate and individual rates rattled the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, financial advisers say the fallout has proven to be a good thing for investors. With deductions for state...

How advice is changing

July 21, 2018

Adviser use of exchange-traded funds continues to rise, as does their interest in investments that take environmental, social and governance factors into consideration. Various surveys over the last couple decades bear out this trend. Two decades...

Adviser education key to solving 'ESG paradox'

July 21, 2018

Call it the "ESG paradox." About 80% of advisers report that clients bring up environmental, social and governance factors in investment conversations, according to research from InvestmentNews. But despite the investor interest, only about...

Wells Fargo takes $8.7 million arbitration hit over Puerto Rican bonds

July 20, 2018

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitration panel has awarded clients of Wells Fargo almost $8.7 million over the firm's handling of sales of Puerto Rican municipal bonds. The panel found that Wells Fargo and Marc Rogers, one...

401(k) advisory firms with custom TDFs offer pain, solace to asset managers

July 20, 2018

Target-date funds built by firms with large networks of 401(k) plan advisers are beginning to gather significant assets, posing a direct threat to some asset managers trying to distribute their own products. Consider Retirement Plan Advisory...

Philanthropy a growing part of advisory relationship

July 19, 2018

More advisers and their high-net-worth clients are discussing philanthropy these days, but clients are less motivated by the tax benefits of giving than advisers believe, according to a study by U.S. Trust. The survey found that a higher proportion...

The regulatory hole around ETFs gets SEC scrutiny

July 19, 2018

A regulator's work is never done — and when it comes to exchange-traded funds, it seems it's only just begun. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is working on an ETF-specific oversight regime and considering reviving a proposal...

JPMorgan ups its ETF game

July 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally gaining ground in the competitive ETF landscape with its BetaBuilder brand. Two of the lender's exchange-traded funds — the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) and the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF (BBEU)...

Fidelity adds more financial planning to its 401(k) managed accounts

July 17, 2018

Fidelity Investments, the largest record keeper of defined-contribution plans, has upgraded its managed account service to encompass more holistic financial planning and advice for 401(k) investors. Observers say the move signals a trend that's...

Focus Financial raises goal for IPO to $600 million

July 17, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' announcement Monday that it plans on raising six times as much money — $600 million instead of its original $100 million — in an initial public stock offering is another endorsement of the registered investment...

Genstar Capital buys majority stake in Cetera Financial Group

July 17, 2018

Cetera Financial Group, a network of six independent broker-dealers with about 8,000 brokers and advisers, said Tuesday evening that private-equity firm Genstar Capital will buy a majority equity stake in the company. Cetera's holding company,...

Clients have zero interest in crypto, BlackRock CEO says

July 16, 2018

Don't look to BlackRock Inc. to revive demand for cryptocurrencies. The world's largest asset manager isn't buying, because its clients have zero interest. "I don't believe any client has sought out crypto exposure," CEO Larry Fink said in an...

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