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Nontraded BDC sales in worst year since 2010

November 22, 2017

Sales of nontraded business development companies are on track to decline for a third consecutive year and are on the way to posting their worst year for equity raising since 2010, when the product was just beginning to be widely sold by independent...

These 401(k) lawsuits show the value of investment policy statements

November 22, 2017

An investment policy statement is essentially the business plan for a portfolio. For 401(k) fiduciaries, the IPS serves as a critical governing document, one that should be carefully crafted, periodically reviewed and updated, and diligently...

Bond investors should prepare for string of rate hikes in 2018

November 22, 2017

Yield-starved investors likely will have more to nibble on now through 2018, as the Federal Reserve is widely expected to introduce between four and five interest-rate hikes over the next 13 months. While the bond markets have been treading...

Insiders may not have as much investing savvy as you think

November 22, 2017

If you were to make broad generalizations about CEOs based on their portraits in annual reports, you'd assume they were all wise titans of business who spend most of their time with their arms crossed, peering into the distance. You might also...

Nontraded REITs to post worst sales since 2002

November 21, 2017

Sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts are headed for their worst year since 2002, with the industry on track to raise just $4.4 billion in equity in 2017, about $100,000 less than a year earlier, according to data from Robert A. Stanger...

Wealth managers inundated with questions on Bitcoin

November 21, 2017

At 74, Cumberland Advisors' David Kotok has guided wealthy clients through a long career's worth of bubbles and crashes. Now he's being inundated with questions about the latest soaring asset to confound investors — bitcoin. "Clients bring...

Advisers predict volatility will rise

November 21, 2017

Advisers expect an uptick in stock-market volatility over the next six months, but they don't seem to be particularly anxious, according to a recent survey of adviser sentiment by Eaton Vance. The firm's top-of-mind index of 1,000 advisers found...

Year's best performing alternative funds

November 20, 2017

Alternative funds, which mimic hedge-fund techniques to increase returns or reduce risk, soared in popularity in 2015 and 2016. How have they done this year? By and large, pretty badly. Hobbled by high fees and strategies designed to hedge downside...

Advisers ignore 'responsible investing' at their own risk

November 17, 2017

Financial advisers might be missing a big asset-gathering and client-satisfaction opportunity if they aren't familiar with the nuances of "responsible investing" trends, according to Marcus Valesco, managing director in the Wealth Management...

HSAs next cash cow for 401(k) plan advisers: expert

November 16, 2017

Financial advisers who manage a company's retirement plan should try to fill the same role for the firm's health savings accounts — a move that would position them to take part in one of the fastest growing areas of wealth management, an expert...

Jeffrey Gundlach attacks break for hedge funds in tax plan

November 16, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, said the congressional tax plan would expand the federal deficit and help a small fraction of the U.S. population, including hedge fund managers. "I'm very disappointed incidentally...

Morningstar's tax-cost ratios beat its fund rankings

November 15, 2017

In 1973, Burt Malkiel published the first of what would become nine editions of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street." He popularized the efficient markets hypothesis, in which stock prices accurately reflect future expectations so that stock-picking...

Clients want better investment management, survey finds

November 15, 2017

Wealthy clients are generally satisfied with their advisers but they want more in terms of investment returns and value for fees, a new survey from the Investments & Wealth Institute found. The group, formerly known as IMCA, found that investors...

GE shows what can go wrong with dividend strategy

November 14, 2017

General Electric's decision to slash its dividend in half is a sharp reminder to investors that dividends aren't forever — and that the income from funds and ETFs can come at a high price. In the long run, dividends produce a third to a half...

Yes, impact investing can be profitable

November 14, 2017

Impact investing is a growing movement capturing the attention of investors across the world. But too much capital is still sitting on the sidelines, which results in part from suspicions around financial performance. Throughout the industry's...

Cole Capital, once part of a company coveted by Nicholas Schorsch, is being sold

November 13, 2017

With sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts sagging, Vereit Inc., a large listed real estate trust, said on Monday after the market's close it was exiting the nontraded REIT business and selling Cole Capital for $120 million in cash...

Largest U.S. pension fund may slash exposure to stocks

November 13, 2017

The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension fund, is considering more than doubling its bond allocation to reduce risk and volatility as the stock bull market approaches nine years. Calpers is looking at a menu...

Jeffrey Gundlach called it on risky link between stocks and junk bonds

November 10, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach has been warning something's got to give. Based on the past two days, looks like we have our answer. Stocks fell around the world a second day and high-yield bonds headed for a fourth straight loss, resuming a historic correlation...

Advisers still wary of bitcoin as interest grows

November 9, 2017

Investment advisers still warn their clients about the dangers of bitcoin – but they are getting more inquiries about the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin began the year at $899.65, according to WorldCoinIndex.com, and was trading Wednesday at $7,229.39...

Bills to bolster accredited investors, alternative investments gain momentum

November 9, 2017

Legislation that would deepen the pool of sophisticated investors who can participate in private securities offerings and expand the lending capability of business development companies is gaining momentum in Congress. On Nov. 1, the House approved...

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