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'Father of ETFs' warns about leveraged funds

April 30, 2018

Jim Ross, known as one of the fathers of exchange-traded funds, says leveraged ETFs aren't a viable long-term investment vehicle, and his company, State Street Global Advisors, will never sell them. Mr. Ross, who was part of the team that designed...

Funds that let investors tap into M&A fever

April 30, 2018

T-Mobile US Inc. plans to buy Sprint Corp. in a $26 billion deal that is just the most recent round of M&A activity in the U.S. this year. Why are so many companies feeling the urge to merge, and how can investors best take advantage of this...

Top-performing junk bond fund moves out of junk

April 30, 2018

One of the world's best high-yield bond investors is getting nervous about the riskier parts of the debt markets. The Absalon Global High Yield fund, which beat 97% of its peers in 2017, isn't now "actively investing in CCC credits due to poor...

More advisers use alts, but few understand them

April 28, 2018

Even as adviser use of alternative investments is on the rise, one overriding problem remains.​ Advisers often don't understand them, according to a panel of investment experts at the InvestmentNews Innovators in Investing event and webcast...

Tax reform leads to question: To be or not to be a REIT?

April 26, 2018

The sturdy, reliable REIT is facing an existential choice. Should it abandon its tax-free structure to meet pressing capital needs, using the new U.S. tax law as a stepping stone? Or hang on to a status that gives it access to its very own set...

Blackstone lures retail clients

April 26, 2018

Blackstone Group, the private-equity behemoth that's traditionally raised money from institutions, is making a bigger bet on individual investors. The $450 billion firm has expanded its private wealth group to about 100 employees, trained thousands...

How robos weathered Q1 market volatility

April 25, 2018

Volatility returned to markets in the first quarter of 2018, testing how robo advisers would handle a major pullback. Despite some hiccups with clients being unable to log in, the automated portfolios performed quite well, according to the latest...

U.S. exchange-traded products slowed in first quarter on market volatility

April 24, 2018

U.S. exchange-traded product assets paused their rapid growth during the first quarter after market volatility led to about $3 billion in net outflows in March and $10.6 billion in February. The 0.5% quarter-over-quarter growth rate was the...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

Cadaret Grant acquired by private-equity-backed Atria

April 19, 2018

In a move the market has been anticipating for years, the owner of independent broker-dealer Cadaret Grant & Co. has agreed to a sale. Arthur Grant, president, chief executive and majority owner of the 33-year-old IBD with $23 billion under...

Loomis Sayles' star bond manager talks about rising rates and trade wars

April 19, 2018

Dan Fuss has 59 years of experience in the investment industry, and 42 of them have been with Loomis Sayles. He has run Loomis Sayles Bond fund since 1991, rolling up an averaging an 8.99% annual gain. Over the past 15 years, the fund has outpaced...

Wealthfront cutting costs on its risk parity mutual fund

April 18, 2018

Wealthfront Inc. is cutting costs on its proprietary mutual fund, less than two months after the fund was first announced. The digital adviser said Wednesday that it had transferred $500 million of client assets into the mutual fund, making...

Investing in virtue is hard when few companies qualify

April 18, 2018

It's not easy being a socially conscious investor. To see why, look no further than Facebook Inc. By any reasonable ethical standard, the social media giant doesn't measure up. The Cambridge Analytica debacle and its aftermath revealed that...

Morgan Stanley warns of potential market downside

April 17, 2018

Investors need to prepare for downside because the end of the economic cycle is near and U.S. markets are priced for best-case scenarios, Morgan Stanley says. While fiscal stimulus is supportive of growth in the near term, the benefits are already...

Will global macro finally shine?

April 17, 2018

Following the Federal Reserve's latest decision to increase its benchmark interest rate in March, and as a growing number of central banks around the world reverse their policies of monetary stimulus, advisers and investors should take the opportunity...

Using smart beta in an outcomes-oriented portfolio

April 17, 2018

It's no secret that the active versus passive debate is not black and white. There are many flavors of both active and passive management, and thus the supposed competition between the two — as often framed by pundits — is a tad simplistic....

Plan advisers, consultants question value of managed accounts

April 16, 2018

A narrow majority of defined-contribution-plan advisers and consultants say managed accounts provide less benefit to participants than target-date funds, according to a survey by Pacific Investment Management Co. Fifty-one percent of respondents...

Investors flee high-yield bond funds and ETFs

April 13, 2018

Investors have been fleeing high-yield bond funds and ETFs. But why they are doing so is a puzzle. High-yield bond funds and ETFs have watched a net $19.2 billion walk out the door in the first three months of the year, and $29.7 billion has...

Many women get a rude financial awakening when they divorce

April 13, 2018

For some, it means liberation. For others, loss. For women in particular, the doubling of the divorce rate for the 50-plus crowd since the 1990s can mean something far more prosaic: a need to shoulder the big financial decisions they'd let their...

JPMorgan Chase sued for charging 'sky-high' fees for crypto purchases

April 12, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been sued for charging "sky-high" interest rates and fees to customers who used their credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Brady Tucker, a Chase credit card customer in Idaho, claims the bank in January...

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