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Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Focus on fiduciary boosts ETFs

June 7, 2018

Exchange-traded funds have been a quiet beneficiary of the increased focus on transparency and fiduciary responsibility, according to a panel presentation Wednesday at Pershing Advisor Solutions' annual Insite conference in Orlando, Fla. Dominic...

Watch out for stock ETFs with the largest inflows

June 7, 2018

You've probably warned clients against buying the hottest exchange-traded funds. You should also warn them against buying stock ETFs with the largest inflows, according to a study by the Leuthold Group. The stock ETFs that had the highest inflows...

Glut of smart-beta ETFs is pushing issuers toward bonds

June 6, 2018

The explosion of "smart-beta" exchange-traded funds last year was the latest gold rush to hit the fast-growing $3 trillion ETF industry. But as investors gather in New York City Wednesday and Thursday for a conference focused on smart-beta ETFs,...

Demand grows for structured notes

June 6, 2018

Financial advisers recently have grown more interested in structured notes, a type of debt with a return linked to the performance of a single security, an index of stocks or other investments, according to one executive from a leading distribution...

Teamwork makes the dream work at Pimco

June 5, 2018

The sun hasn't yet lit up the California sky when Daniel Ivascyn and Emmanuel "Manny" Roman join each other at side-by-side desks on the 20th-floor trading room of Pacific Investment Management Co. From their aerie overlooking a luxury shopping...

Vanguard: More than half of 401(k) participants invest solely in target-date funds

June 5, 2018

Participants in defined contribution plans are relying more on professionally managed investment options, especially target-date funds, Vanguard Group reported Tuesday. The portion of participants investing in these options climbed to 58% last...

Small-cap ETFs see surge in inflows

June 5, 2018

ETF investors haven't been this "America first" since Donald Trump won the presidential election — at least if flows to small-capitalization companies are any guide. Last month, roughly $7.5 billion poured into exchange-traded funds focused...

A smarter way to rebalance

June 5, 2018

As advisers begin midyear rebalancing of client portfolios, they face a dilemma. While investors have enjoyed the fruits of a nine-year bull market — including a 19% gain by the S&P 500 in 2017 alone — they've also seen a significant shift...

Keeping Eyes Peeled for a Bearish Turn 

June 5, 2018

Markets and economies move through multi-year periods of expansion and contraction. However, at 54%, secular bull markets have occurred only about half the time historically.1 Furthermore, the U.S. equity market has spent 70% of its time either...

Neil Hennessy: Active managers can grow their assets with acquisitions

June 5, 2018

Neil Hennessy is founder and chief investment officer of Hennessey Advisors Inc., a $6.6 billion publicly traded investment management company that offers 14 mutual funds to the public. Mr. Hennessy, who started his career as a PaineWebber broker...

Invesco sued for 'indiscriminately' loading 401(k) plan with in-house funds

June 4, 2018

Invesco has been sued for allegedly stacking its 401(k) plan with proprietary investments, joining the ranks of more than 20 asset managers who have had to defend against similar claims of mismanagement by employees seeking to claw back lost...

International funds continue to disappoint

June 1, 2018

International investors' long national nightmare hasn't ended — but if you're looking for a good entry point for relatively cheap stocks, it couldn't hurt to look abroad. For the past decade, international stocks have been a disappointment...

Kara Murphy appointed chief investment officer at United Capital

June 1, 2018

United Capital Financial Advisers has appointed Kara Murphy as its new chief investment officer.​ Ms. Murphy, who previously worked as CIO at SunAmerica Asset Management, is a chartered financial analyst and brings more than 20 years of investment...

Fees on savings apps can add up

June 1, 2018

While the early digital advice startups showed how technology can make financial advice more accessible for young, mass-affluent consumers, a new generation of mobile app-based robo-advisers are looking to introduce investing and saving to people...

Actively seeking opportunities in emerging markets

June 1, 2018

Despite recent news highlighting the threat of new trade wars and other potential instability around the world, the secular trends in emerging markets remain promising for long-term investors. Advisers seeking both diversification and growth...

Advisers can learn a lesson from Costco

May 31, 2018

Financial advisers — and plan sponsors — could help investors the most by taking a page from Costco: Offer fewer choices at lower cost. The takeaway: Providing lots of options isn't in the best interests of most investors, according to a...

Biggest U.S. banks cut municipal-bond holdings

May 31, 2018

More than a half dozen of the biggest U.S. banks reduced their holdings of state and local government bonds by billions of dollars after the federal government slashed corporate tax rates, making the securities less valuable to one of the market's...

Some small-caps win in the long term — but which ones?

May 30, 2018

Many things work better in theory than in practice. For example, it's theoretically good to run five miles a day, provided you don't blow out your hamstring or get eaten by a bear. And in theory it's good to invest in small-company stocks for...

Bill Gross had nightmare day as fears about Italy roiled markets

May 30, 2018

Bill Gross had his worst day in almost four years Tuesday. For other bond managers, it was more like Christmas in May. The steep decline in interest rates triggered by fears that Italy might leave the euro sent Mr. Gross's $2.1 billion Janus...

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