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TD Ameritrade to bolster lineup of commission-free ETFs

October 16, 2017

TD Ameritrade has expanded its commission-free exchange-traded funds platform to 296 from 100, effective Oct. 17. The participating ETF providers are AGFiQ QuantShares, First Trust Portfolios, iShares ETFs, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, PowerShares...

Hedging stock risk can hedge your business, too

October 16, 2017

Advisers who don't hedge against a bear market should remember that they could be more at risk from the stock market than their clients, according to a white paper by Meb Faber, chief investment officer of Cambria Investment Management. As much...

Why your portfolio may have too much equity risk (Hint: It's your bonds)

October 12, 2017

Industry-wide calls for interest rates to rise over the past five years may be inflicting an unintended toll on portfolios: Many are overexposed to equity and equity-like risk, with little to offset it. When the Fed dropped its target short-term...

Finra flags two ex-Ameriprise reps over margin snafus

October 10, 2017

Two brokers formerly registered with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. were fined and suspended Monday by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., in part due to securities industry rule violations involving customer transactions using...

Searing lessons from the crash of 1987

October 10, 2017

You may know intellectually that playing video games in the swimming pool is a bad idea, but if you actually experience it, you'll learn a lesson you won't quickly forget. Nearly thirty years ago, on Oct. 19, 1987, investors and advisers learned...

Finra's Focus on UITs

October 10, 2017

In recent years, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. has been scrutinizing its member broker-dealers' sales, recommendations and procedures relating to investments in unit investment trusts (UITs). Its 2017 Regulatory and Examination...

A primer on stable value funds for retirement plan advisers

October 9, 2017

Retirement plan advisers should not set and forget stable value funds. These funds can be an excellent supporting character in a diversified global portfolio for the right defined-contribution-plan clients. But good advisers take nothing for...

Momentum is on a roll. But will it last?

October 9, 2017

In the Great Circle of Life, everything comes back eventually. Vinyl albums, Swedish modern furniture and Marvel superheroes are all good fun. But no one really wants fallout shelters, air raid drills and flint tools to make a comeback. In the...

Finra denies WSJ report that regulator has underperforming portfolio

October 6, 2017

A spokeswoman for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority denies that its investment portfolio has underperformed relevant benchmarks, as a recent Wall Street Journal article asserts. "The portfolio has exceeded Finra's benchmark on a risk-adjusted...

Look for big improvement in funds' 10-year record

October 6, 2017

The next two years are going to be wonderful for a stock fund's 10-year record. The worst bear market since the Great Depression started ten years ago, on Oct. 9, 2007, with the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index at 1,565.15. When it ended, on...

How We're Investing in the Search for a Cancer Cure

October 6, 2017

I hate cancer. I've lost one too many friends to this insidious disease and I've made it a priority to be part of the effort to find a cure for it. Every day, I draw motivation from the people I've lost in my work as Portfolio Manager of Oppenheimer...

Creation of new interval funds outpacing that of nontraded REITs

October 6, 2017

Interval funds look like they are becoming a new favorite alternative investment for brokers and advisers, with the number of new interval funds outpacing nontraded real estate investment trusts for the second year in a row. Through the first...

Trump budget chief says no U.S. bailout for Puerto Rican debt

October 4, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's budget chief said not to take the president's suggestion that Puerto Rico's debt would be "wiped out" literally, as the territory's bonds plunged to a record low Wednesday. A benchmark general obligation bond due...

What you need to know about energy MLPs

October 2, 2017

At several different periods in time, people would have told you, convincingly, that there was such a thing as the Fountain of Youth, the Northwest Passage and a cure for male pattern baldness. They probably would have also told you that you...

Broker-dealer charged fraudulent markups of up to 270% on water disposal deals: Finra

October 2, 2017

Finra has charged a small broker-dealer that created and sold private placement investments in saltwater disposal wells with defrauding investors by charging exorbitant, undisclosed markups totaling more than $8 million on the deals. Sandlapper...

Advisers discover what investing innovations are coming their way

September 30, 2017

Creative innovations coming out of the investment world will provide financial advisers with outstanding new tools to use with clients in coming years, such as portfolios that mimic a client's personal index. Advisers attending the premiere...

Hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico also wreck its bonds

September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the storms' effects on the islanders will last for years. Far less dire – but still lingering – will be the effect on Puerto Rico's municipal bonds and the mutual funds that hold them....

Investors see stock market correction ahead — but most aren't doing anything about it

September 28, 2017

Investors expect the stock market to plunge. Their response: Whatever. A little more than half of U.S. investors anticipate a decline this year that will wipe out "significant gains," according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup poll results....

Ex-Morgan Stanley broker at center of Puerto Rico bond disputes

September 28, 2017

The Puerto Rico municipal bond mess has landed on the doorstep of Morgan Stanley, with mounting arbitration claims against the firm stemming from sales of the bonds and closed-end funds from a former broker in Miami. The broker, Angel Aquino-Velez,...

Active managers still losing to indexes

September 25, 2017

Index funds are still beating actively managed funds like a piñata at a 10-year-old's birthday party, according to Standard & Poor's. But the American Funds says advisers can avoid some truly awful funds with a few simple, additional screens....

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