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Advisers tell clients market volatility is the new normal

April 2, 2018

Financial advisers had their hands full on the first trading day of the second quarter as the S&P 500 index dropped 2.2% Monday. The message financial advisers presented to clients was that volatility is back, but that doesn't mean it's time...

S&P 500 evolves to reflect makeup of the economy

April 2, 2018

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has come a long way since 1957, the year it was introduced. An index fund wasn't even a twinkle in Jack Bogle's eye back then, and corporate America looked a whole lot different. For one thing, 400 of the companies...

Stocks about to get a $400 billion dividend boost

March 30, 2018

Here's a fresh reason to celebrate the end of a lousy quarter in global equities: The new quarter kicks off with the potential adrenaline boost of as much as $400 billion in dividends. "We think it is no coincidence that spring is also a seasonally...

Smart-beta funds get mixed reviews in first quarter

March 30, 2018

Smart-beta exchange-traded funds, which use rules from active management to guide their securities selection, have been the hottest product in the industry. So how did they do in the first quarter, one of the most volatile quarters in years?...

Advisers should make the most of volatility for clients

March 29, 2018

How did your clients do during this year's early volatility? I'm not talking about their portfolios — how did they handle it, as people? Did it surprise and rattle them? Did they want to react? Go to cash? Such responses are common, as markets'...

ETFs see outflows for first time since 2016

March 28, 2018

Exchange-traded funds saw net outflows in February, the first monthly exodus since 2016, according to Cerulli Associates. As Standard & Poor's 500 stock index dropped 3.69% last month, investors dropped domestic stock ETFs like an annoyed cobra,...

Business development company language added to spending bill allows for increased leverage

March 23, 2018

Legislation that would allow business development companies to increase their use of debt and potentially boost returns became law Friday afternoon. The BDC measure was included in a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill approved by the House on...

BlackRock turns to robos to drive latest push into active ETFs

March 23, 2018

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, which has a multitrillion-dollar kingdom of passively managed portfolios, is turning to robots to drive its latest push into active exchange-traded funds. The firm is starting a suite of ETFs...

Thinking outside the style box

March 22, 2018

The popular "style box" developed by Morningstar Inc. goes back to 1992. Entire generations of mutual fund managers, financial advisers and investors have never been without the concept. An intuitive framework for equity investing, the style...

Stocks plunge, advisers tell clients to hang tight

March 22, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 724 points Thursday, and advisers are glad they have prepared clients for a more volatile market. "I don't get a lot of calls on days like this," said David Rae, president of DRM Wealth Management. "I'm...

More turnover at top of REIT manager CNL Financial

March 22, 2018

CNL Financial Group Inc., a leading manager and seller of nontraded real estate investment trusts, continues to see senior managers exit, with Neil Menard, the former president of CNL's wholesaling broker-dealer, leaving the company at the start...

David Herro on the best opportunities in international investing

March 22, 2018

David Herro, chief investment officer for international equities at Harris Associates, has been a manager of the $47 billion Oakmark International fund (OAKIX) since 1992. He won Morningstar's International Stock Fund Manager of the Year in...

Guggenheim's Minerd sees defaults, recession ahead

March 21, 2018

Companies that went on a borrowing binge may default on their debt as interest rates increase and the prospect of a recession grows, according to Scott Minerd, chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners. After skirting defaults and bankruptcies...

Jim Rogers says trade war is making him even more bearish

March 21, 2018

Veteran investor Jim Rogers is already predicting the worst bear market for stocks in his lifetime. And that's before you figure in a trade war. "The next bear market is going to be the worst in my lifetime — just because of the debt — but...

Managers allocate less to global equities, more to bonds

March 20, 2018

Money managers' global equity allocations continued to decline in March, while their global bond allocations rose from a record low, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch's monthly fund manager survey released Tuesday. Managers' global equity allocations...

ETF outflows show growing distaste for U.S. dollar

March 20, 2018

Here's one sign that investors remain hostile to the dollar: Buyers of U.S.-listed funds are rushing into European and Japanese stocks without currency protection. Money managers have pulled $2.1 billion from the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity...

UBS ordered to pay $204,000 in Puerto Rican bond claim

March 20, 2018

A Finra all-public arbitration panel has found UBS liable for breach of contract and unsuitability in a customer complaint involving Puerto Rican bonds, and ordered UBS to pay compensatory damages of $204,339, plus $66,000 in costs. The claimant...

Investors stood pat during February correction

March 19, 2018

Those flighty individual investors didn't flee the stock market during February's correction — which means the panicking was left to Wall Street's pros. Just 6% of individual investors were net sellers during the February correction, according...

Passive target-date funds? No such thing

March 17, 2018

If your clients ask for a passively managed target-date fund, you might have to explain to them that there's no such thing — although you should certainly steer them to a low-cost target-date fund. Passive investing has taken investors' fancy...

Stocks of brokerages, insurers rally after DOL rule struck down

March 16, 2018

Morgan Stanley and Principal Financial Group Inc. were among banks and insurers that rallied after a U.S. appeals court struck down a sweeping Obama-era rule that aimed to protect millions of Americans from conflicted investment advice. The...

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