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Muni bonds' tax break looks safe for now

September 13, 2017

Donald J. Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have expressed support for maintaining the tax break on municipal bonds. The market takes them at their word. As the Republican president embarks on a push for tax cuts, top-rated state and...

It's been a good year for publicly traded brokerage firms — but not all

September 13, 2017

Wall Street's expectation of a pullback in securities regulation by the Trump administration and a delay or outright repeal of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has launched a rally this year in brokerage stocks — at least for most...

Betterment partners with BlackRock, Goldman to offer more portfolio options

September 13, 2017

Betterment has partnered with BlackRock and Goldman Sachs to push its digital platform further into the realm of more-complex investment strategies. The robo-advice platform, with $10 billion under management, announced Tuesday it is adding...

iShares dominating ETF inflows for 2017

September 13, 2017

In the battle for ETF dollars, iShares is breaking through the front lines. BlackRock's iShares saw an estimated net $9.1 billion in new money in August, according to Morningstar estimates, beating rival Vanguard's inflow of $8.7 billion. For...

Bull market leaves these stock fund categories behind

September 11, 2017

What could possibly be bad about being a stock fund manager during a honking big bull market? Watching on the sidelines while everyone else makes money. And there are a remarkable number of managers doing just that. We're not just talking about...

Morningstar ETF conference: Momentum, Bitcoin and Selena Gomez

September 8, 2017

Richard Thaler is the Nobel prize-winning Charles R. Walgreen distinguished service professor of behavioral sciences and economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He's also a principal with Fuller & Thaler Asset Management,...

Vanguard's Joe Davis: Automation of jobs is trend that will define our lifetimes

September 7, 2017

Joe Davis, Vanguard's global chief economist, kicked off Morningstar's ETF conference with the cheery thought that 47% of all of today's jobs will be automated away. And that's just in the U.S. That number rises to 69% in India and 77% in China....

Radio host arrested for ripping off investors of millions in alleged fake-ticket scam

September 6, 2017

Sports radio host Craig Carton was arrested and charged with ripping off investors of millions of dollars in an alleged fake concert-ticket scam, with U.S. regulators saying he used the money to pay off gambling debts. The arrest is the latest...

How to invest in frontier markets

September 6, 2017

In the normal course of a bull market, investors push up shares of big, stable companies. As those prices get steeper, they send mid-cap stocks soaring and then, before you know it, a small-cap ant farm supplier is the top-performing stock of...

Will This Bull Market Persist?

September 6, 2017

This secular bull market—the least loved in memory—is now more than 100 months old, and up by 265% from its bottom on March 9, 2009.1 It is also the second longest bull market on record (after the 1990s' dot-com boom) and fourth largest...

New trustee deal boosts total recovery for Madoff victims to $12.7 billion

September 6, 2017

The Irish investment fund that helped open a floodgate of European cash for Bernard Madoff's bogus securities firm in the early 1990s agreed to pay $687 million to victims of the fraud to resolve a trustee's lawsuit — the biggest settlement...

Rich times embolden private equity dealmakers to fly solo

September 6, 2017

In his almost two decades at KKR & Co., Adam Clammer helped lead some of its bigger investments in technology, such as Go Daddy and NXP Semiconductors. Then, he got the itch to do what a lot of his peers are doing: to go out on his own. With...

Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital to build ETF partnership with AdvisorShares

September 6, 2017

Like many active managers, Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Capital Management has some serious gripes about the rise of exchange-traded funds and the ascendancy of passive investing. And like many of those managers, he's also starting his own ETF...

Mounting evidence shows eco-friendly bonds outperform conventional ones

September 5, 2017

Evidence is mounting that bonds that finance environmental projects perform better than conventional ones, HSBC Holdings Plc said in a report. The U.K.'s largest bank said green bonds are trading closer to benchmarks than regular debt issued...

BLIND SPOT: Expectations, Emotions, and Investor Behavior

September 5, 2017

The following is from IMCA's “Inside the Mind of the Client, Part 1” article compilation. Dig into behavioral finance in part 1 of this series of articles and discover how to help your clients make good investing decisions—and avoid the...

Major events set stormy tone for financial markets in September

September 5, 2017

Welcome to the cruelest month for U.S. equities. The S&P 500 Index limps into September after stalling amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and historic flooding in Texas. Those broke a stretch of calm that'll be hard to replicate...

Junk bonds face wave of supply just as investors turn sour

September 1, 2017

After a tough summer for junk bonds, with investors yanking cash out of the market, the clouds are gathering for a potentially stormy fall. September is typically among the busiest periods of the year for debt sales, posing a risk to issuers...

Bulls see room to run after 8-month gain in emerging markets

September 1, 2017

You have to go back to 2004 for the last time emerging-market stocks racked up a longer series of monthly gains. And bulls say the good times should keep going. Mark Mobius of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Alejo Czerwonko at UBS Wealth Management...

Advice to drive your dividend income strategy

September 1, 2017

Build your portfolio of dividend-paying stocks to seek consistent income, not necessarily the highest income. Download transcript The views expressed are as of April 2017, may change as market or other conditions change and may differ from views...

Why gold is less of a haven these days

August 31, 2017

Having waited patiently for the "any-minute-now" moment, gold investors are taking comfort from the recent rise in price in response to geopolitical tensions. Yet the responsiveness of gold, as well as the overall price, appears weaker than...

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