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Gun violence hits investment strategies, sparks political debates with advisers

February 16, 2018

It is perhaps a sad sign of the times when the latest episode of deadly gun violence doesn't bring a fresh wave of calls from clients seeking to screen out investments in weapons manufacturers. Financial advisers who specialize in various forms...

ETF alphabet soup obscures market risks

February 15, 2018

What's in a name? When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the answer could mean the difference between surviving a volatile market and getting wiped out. ETFs have tripled their assets to $3.4 trillion over the last six years, capitalizing on...

Innovative ETFs struggle to impress investors

February 15, 2018

ETF enthusiasts gathered recently in Hollywood, Florida, for the Inside ETFs conference, the industry's biggest party of the year. By many accounts it was the swankiest celebration yet. And for good reason. When Inside ETFs first convened in...

Vanguard rolls out active-factor ETFs

February 15, 2018

The Vanguard Group has launched six new factor-based, actively managed exchange-traded funds and one factor-based mutual fund. The six ETFs — Vanguard U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF (VFMV), Vanguard U.S. Value Factor ETF (VFVA), Vanguard U.S....

Infrastructure funds aren't yet feeling the love

February 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program Monday, which may be one of the worst reasons to buy an infrastructure fund. But there are plenty of other reasons to go down that road — eventually. The infrastructure...

Volatility-tied note that crashed was meant for hedge funds: Credit Suisse CEO

February 14, 2018

Credit Suisse Group CEO Tidjane Thiam said an exchange-traded note tied to volatility that lost most of its value last week is a tool created for hedge funds and professionals. "This is a daily trading tool for very sophisticated investors,...

Active funds shone during sell-off

February 13, 2018

For years, it's been the same refrain: Don't bail on active management, you'll regret it when the market turns sour. And while the sell-off that ripped through equities this month has been too short to prove anything, early returns suggest there's...

Newbridge target of investor complaints over REIT sales

February 13, 2018

Newbridge Securities Corp. could face two dozen investor complaints from police, fireman and other Philadelphia public employees alleging millions in damages from the sale of illiquid nontraded real estate investment trusts managed by one-time...

Inflation bogeyman looms

February 12, 2018

The tug-of-war between stocks and bonds is at the heart of the shakeout roiling financial markets. This week's U.S. inflation report could hold the key to the next phase. Seemingly every time 10-year Treasury yields approached a four-year high...

ETF at heart of market turmoil lures record cash

February 12, 2018

You just can't keep a good trade down. The ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures fund, which lost more than 80% of its value last Tuesday, took in the most cash on record last week. The product, which goes by the ticker SVXY, was the fifth-most...

Schwab: Lower minimums, uniform pricing for funds boost flows

February 12, 2018

Charles Schwab & Co., which dropped the minimum investment on its funds and ETFs a year ago, has found that the move not only means greater flows from smaller investors, but a surprising uptick in assets from small retirement plans. Since eliminating...

Muni money funds show signs of life

February 12, 2018

If 2017 was the year the municipal money market funds stopped bleeding assets, 2018 is the year they've started growing again. Tax-exempt money market fund assets have increased by almost $7 billion since the beginning of the year, seven times...

Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility says buy now

February 12, 2018

The Morgan Stanley strategist who predicted volatility would ramp up in 2018 says the damage has been done and it's time to buy stocks. Michael Wilson, the firm's chief U.S. equity strategist, said the "volatility shock" that hit equity markets...

Record $23 billion flees world's largest ETF

February 12, 2018

Investors actively abandoned the world's biggest passive fund during the onset of market mayhem. The SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund (SPY) suffered a record $23.6 billion in outflows last week amid the worst momentum swing in history for the...

Make sure clients don't take the wrong lessons from the drop

February 10, 2018

Financial advisers and their clients deserve a pat on the back for their response to the recent, dramatic market volatility. Advisers have counseled their clients not to panic in market downturns and to invest for the long run, and, according...

Is ESG investing going mainstream?

February 10, 2018

It is still easy to find naysayers of investing based on environmental, social and governance factors, but those critics who once held the high ground of quantitative and rational analysis are starting to feel the ground slowly crumble beneath...

Franklin Templeton boosts bet against Treasuries

February 9, 2018

Michael Hasenstab has been waiting since at least 2016 for his wager on rising U.S. rates to come good. Now he's adding to the position. The Franklin Templeton bond chief, known for staking vast sums on conviction trades, has been loading up...

Fidelity halts investor purchases of three volatility-focused ETFs

February 9, 2018

Fidelity Investments is halting investor purchases of three volatility-focused exchange-traded funds to protect customers from outsized risk. The products are: ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures, VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term...

Advisers expect candor and clarity from new Fed chairman

February 9, 2018

As trials by fire go, there probably couldn't have been a better script for Jerome Powell's first week on the job as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. His Monday swearing-in coincided with a record 1,175-point drop by the Dow Jones industrial...

Jim Rogers expects next bear market to be the worst he's seen

February 9, 2018

Jim Rogers, 75, says the next bear market in stocks will be more catastrophic than any other market downturn that he's lived through. The veteran investor says that's because even more debt has accumulated in the global economy since the financial...

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