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BlackRock expanding efforts on impact investing

February 9, 2015

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest money manager by assets, on Monday announced the launch of a unit that will cater to investors who want to bring social or environmental goals to their portfolios. The firm said it was installing Deborah Winshel,...

After Bill Gross, Pimco Total Return performance is back at the top

February 9, 2015

When it comes to performance, at least one influential third party says Pimco is back on top. At the end of January, Morningstar Inc. raised its star rating on Pimco Total Return's institutional share class, PTTRX, to the highest-possible mark,...

Chasing performance is too risky

February 8, 2015

Investors are assuming too much risk in their portfolios, according to a Vanguard Group Inc. analysis of data from Morningstar Inc. The questions are: Who is responsible, and what can be done about it? As reported in last week's InvestmentNews,...

REITs fall hard as investors fear rising interest rates

February 7, 2015

U.S. real estate investment trusts fell the most since September after a strong employment report renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve will boost interest rates in the first half of this year. The 166-company Bloomberg REIT index fell...

Art investors in a tizzy over a flood of Picassos

February 6, 2015

A nightmare for art investors is looming as Pablo Picasso's granddaughter plans to flood the market with thousands of original works from the famed Spanish painter. 'Letting go of the past' Want to build a million-dollar 401(k) portfolio? Start...

Mortgage-backed securities shape up as a solid cash alternative

February 6, 2015

For investors and financial advisers sitting on excess cash while waiting for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, a narrow band of the mortgage-backed securities market might be the right tool at the right time. A 1.75% yield and a...

Know a client's emotional biases to get through volatility

February 6, 2015

Helping clients through the volatility that seems to be the norm in today's equity markets will require advisers to communicate carefully and be willing to send clients packing, according to behavioral finance experts. Financial advisers need...

From stocks to bonds, the strong dollar hits global markets

February 6, 2015

For insight into the current state of financial markets, look no further than the strengthening U.S. currency. That's what Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Societe Generale SA, has been telling clients. What she calls the “dollar...

Bill Gross owns majority of Janus bond fund he runs

February 6, 2015

Bill Gross and his family own more than half of the bond fund he runs on behalf of Janus Capital Group Inc., after acquiring their shares through brokerage accounts at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab Corp. Mr. Gross and his family held a 51.2%...

Low mutual fund cash levels not telling the whole story

February 6, 2015

Headline numbers blasting that equity mutual fund cash levels are low and have dropped over the last year could be misleading advisers into thinking that the managers they're paying to invest client money are working hard on their behalf. One...

Warren Buffett pushes Obama to build the Keystone pipeline

February 5, 2015

Warren Buffett says Obama should ignore his radical base and approve the Keystone pipeline. 'By and large, Keystone should be done' Colorado took in so much tax revenue from marijuana sales that it might have to send out reefer refunds. When...

Bruce Berkowitz sticks to contrarian guns as investors exit Fairholme Fund

February 5, 2015

Bruce Berkowitz defended his strategy at Fairholme Capital Management of investing in stocks shunned by others after his marquee fund suffered its fourth straight year of outflows. “Buying hated companies requires patience and courage of conviction,”...

Pimco Total Return Fund drops another $11.6B even with decent performance

February 4, 2015

Pimco Total Return Fund notches 21 straight months of redemptions, including $11.6 billion in January. Meanwhile, since the September departure of Bill Gross, the $134.6 billion fund has beaten 94% of its peers. The fund is up 2.45% so far this...

American Funds to get approval to offer ETFs

February 4, 2015

In a move that could pave the way to a new order in the fund industry, securities regulators plan to approve a proposal by American Funds, the third-largest mutual fund brand, to offer ETFs for the first time. The decision, announced this week...

For investors seeing bond yields slip, munis offer solid alternative

February 4, 2015

It's only a little more than month into 2015, and the first act for bonds has been another unpredictable, off-script adventure. Defying expectations that this would be the Year of Rising Interest Rates, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury...

The battle for your clients' retirement dollars

February 3, 2015

The war for your clients' annuity dollars is on. Why annuity sellers are fighting for your IRA The way things are shaping up, what's good for consumers isn't so much for business. Corporate America feels downdraft while recovery lifts households...

The rest of 2015 may not look like January

February 3, 2015

January was a rough month for equity markets. Volatility increased and stocks endured some notable setbacks. For the month, the S&P 500 Index fell 3.0% after declining 2.8% last week. We believe, however, that the same factors pushing stock...

Fund managers warned on exotic ETFs

February 3, 2015

Smart beta, the increasingly popular index-investing strategy, is drawing fresh scrutiny from industry analysts and regulators who say new products need to be better tested before earning a place in investor portfolios. The funds, which straddle...

State Street, facing historic redemptions, slashes ETF prices

February 3, 2015

State Street Corp., whose ETF lineup saw the largest redemptions in history last month, on Tuesday aggressively cut its prices on nearly a third of its funds. The Boston-based custody bank is one of the early pioneers in building exchange-traded...

ARC REITs sign up KPMG as new auditor

February 3, 2015

A number of American Realty Capital nontraded real estate investment trusts and programs have signed up Big Four accounting firm KPMG as their new auditor. On Jan. 22, Grant Thornton, the accountant for eight ARC nontraded REITs and a handful...

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