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Factors to consider when choosing a 529 college savings plan

March 5, 2015

Certain nuances of Section 529 college savings plans should be considered when looking for an investment plan that will grow enough to pay for the increasing costs of college. Advisers should begin with an analysis of the cost of the plan, including...

Transamerica offers legacy variable annuity clients a buyout

March 5, 2015

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. recently unveiled a new variable annuity buyout program, offering a slice of its client base a lump sum payout in exchange for surrendering an existing VA contract. The insurer announced the rollout of its Alternative...

Hospital stocks ride a wave of potential insurance subsidies

March 5, 2015

Hospital stocks rallied on word the Supremes would be hearing arguments related to Obamacare subsidies. HCA, THC, CYH The dollar has hit an 11-year high against the euro. 'A continuation in the selling we've seen all week' An easy road map to...

IRA incentives help savers, but they need to keep a close eye on fees

March 4, 2015

IRA matching and bonus programs won't make everyday investors millionaires, but they help — provided clients faithfully contribute and make intelligent investing decisions. Fidelity Investments last week launched its matching contribution...

Cash-heavy mutual funds take downside protection to the extreme

March 4, 2015

For investors who truly cannot sleep at night out of fear that this roaring equity market is too risky, here are some mutual funds that are taking the slow lane by sitting on lots of cash. Downside protection to the max A Virginia financial...

Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

March 3, 2015

Mention Japan to an economist and she'll tell you about deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation. In fact, the ingredients of every policymaker's nightmare scenario and the situation Eurozone monetary...

Merrill Lynch tells its advisers to get some water

March 3, 2015

A top strategist at Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch unit is asking the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisers to consider an alternative asset to buoy sinking commodity returns: water. It may not be listed on the New York Mercantile...

How to manage equity market uncertainty

March 3, 2015

Will the U.S. equity markets keep going up at the pace of the last few years? Affluent investors seem to expect so — the Legg Mason Global Investment Survey showed 85% cited U.S. equities as the best opportunity over the next 12 months, up...

Smart money moving to the sidelines as earnings signal flashes red

March 3, 2015

The leading indicator of corporate earnings says stocks are getting scary expensive, and it might be time to follow the so-called smart money to the sidelines. A similar story across the blue chip universe Bill Gross, 70, says he's in no big...

Vanguard tiptoes into the liquid alternatives market

March 3, 2015

The liquid alternative investments market has received an unlikely endorsement from low-cost indexing stalwart The Vanguard Group Inc. Some money managers and financial advisers say the fund giant's registration on Friday for the Vanguard Alternative...

BlackRock's iShares avoids trip to the Supreme Court

March 3, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a lawsuit against BlackRock Inc. by investors who said the company keeps too much of what it makes from lending securities held by its iShares ETFs. The court's decision Monday, which came...

In possible gift to Bill Gross, Janus gets preliminary approval to offer ETFs

March 3, 2015

Janus Capital Group Inc. may be getting closer to offering an ETF managed by its legendary portfolio manager, Bill Gross. The fund company earned preliminary approval to offer a set of exchange-traded funds, including an initial fund that is...

Senator questions widespread tax dodges used by wealthy

March 3, 2015

The top Democrat on the Senate tax-writing committee called Tuesday for curbing complex investment tactics that help high-net-worth investors lower their taxes. A report released by the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee outlined...

When is a good time to convert to a Roth IRA?

March 2, 2015

When, if ever, is a good time to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth? It might make sense to convert even if you're already retired Two surface as likely successors to Warren Buffett. The 84-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway can't go on forever,...

Investors pile into bond ETFs ... at the wrong time

March 2, 2015

Investors bought exchange-traded bond funds in February at the fastest pace in four months, just in time for the biggest market selloff since 2013. U.S.-listed bond funds grew by $13.7 billion, the most since October, according to data compiled...

Nuveen Investments rethinks ETFs after pioneering, then abandoning, them

March 2, 2015

Nuveen Investments Inc. is rebooting a campaign that may culminate in the firm offering its own ETFs for the first time, 15 years after it pioneered, then dropped, efforts to bring the first bond exchange-traded funds to market. Nuveen's about-face,...

Japanese stock funds reflecting long-awaited economic turnaround

March 2, 2015

As an investment destination, Japan has had such a tarnished reputation for so many years it might not be the first place investors think about when considering international diversification, but the performance numbers are beginning to look...

ARCP reports "weakness" in financial reporting controls

March 2, 2015

The audit committee for troubled traded real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties Inc. said Monday it “found certain material weaknesses in the company's internal controls over financial reporting and its disclosure controls...

Fed Vice Chair Fischer says rate hike most likely June or September

March 1, 2015

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said on Friday the central bank looked most likely to raise interest rates in June or September, although economic developments might warrant different timing for liftoff. “I don't think there...

Tapping the potential of responsible investing by debunking the myths

March 1, 2015

Once perceived as a niche area of asset management with relatively limited appeal, responsible investment (RI) has evolved into a diverse, globally recognized discipline, encompassing a wide range of strategies that have gained momentum with...

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