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Fund kickback scandal has silver lining

October 30, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - A Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into kickbacks a third-party fund administrator allegedly paid fund advisers has thrust the issue of mutual fund board independence back into the spotlight. Proponents of a controversial...

Mutual funds in Japan on the verge of a boom

October 9, 2006

TOKYO - To understand the future of the money management industry in Japan, consider Kin-san and Gin-san - twin sisters who became almost instant pop stars when they reached the age of 100 in 1992. For their accomplishment, Kin-san and Gin-san...

OTS rule proposal puts investors and bankers at odds

October 2, 2006

WASHINGTON - A regulatory proposal is pitting hedge funds and mutual funds against community-based thrift mutual holding companies. The Office of Thrift Supervision in Washington is proposing a rule change that would allow mutual holding companies...

American College of Surgeons launches fund

October 2, 2006

BOSTON - The American College of Surgeons has launched its first mutual fund in a bid to help many of its roughly 70,000 members - especially younger ones - save money now that the medical profession isn't as lucrative as it used to be. The...

Contrafund on pace for worst year since 1997

September 25, 2006

BOSTON - Fidelity Contrafund, the biggest stock fund at the biggest U.S. mutual fund company, is on pace for its worst year against the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index since 1997. The $64.4 billion fund, offered by Boston-based Fidelity Investments...

Dunham decides to put its money where its mouth is

September 25, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO - Talk about putting up or shutting up. Stealing a page from the playbook of the hedge fund industry, San Diego-based investment firm Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel Inc. has launched 11 mutual funds that allow its subadvisers,...

Former luminaries are causing consternation among investors

September 5, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Investors are losing patience with some well-known mutual fund managers, and they are voting with their feet. Judging by the anonymous rants and raves appearing on Internet message boards, three managers apparently are being singled...

SEC may soon OK distribution of settlement money

August 28, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Investors who are due millions of dollars from mutual fund settlements that resulted from the fund trading scandals may soon get their due. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to have gotten comfortable with a number...

More real estate funds look abroad

August 28, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Mutual funds that invest primarily in foreign real estate are few and far between, but that's beginning to change. At least five such funds made their debut so far this year. Surprisingly, the run-up in the U.S. real estate market...

Canadians are overcharged by mutual funds, study says

August 28, 2006

OTTAWA - Canadians are being ripped off by mutual fund providers, according to a recent study. Although Canada and the United States are alike in many ways, "their mutual fund fees differ dramatically," according to the study, "Mutual Fund Fees...

Investors apply more pressure

August 21, 2006

DETROIT - The developing proxy fight to gain control of Seligman Quality Municipal Fund (SQF), a $98 million closed-end mutual fund, is being interpreted by some industry observers as a sign of things to come for the $325 billion closed-end...

Hondros expected to exit Gartmore

August 7, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Several industry sources expect former Fidelity Investments marketing whiz Paul J. Hondros to leave the Gartmore Group, the asset management firm he helped build. The "honeymoon" between Mr. Hondros, Conshohocken, Pa.-based Gartmore's...

Settlement $ may exceed payouts, some say

July 17, 2006

WASHINGTON - The cost of getting the money from the mutual fund trading and revenue-sharing settlements to 401(k) plan participants is likely to far exceed the amount of money the participants actually will receive, 401(k) administrators are...

Price war heats up at donor-advised funds

July 17, 2006

NEW YORK - The price war among donor-advised mutual funds is heating up. The latest salvo was announced recently by San Francisco-based Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., which dropped the fee it charges for administering the first $500,000 deposited...

Study: Performance depends on asset class

July 10, 2006

BOSTON - Asset class matters when it comes to deciding between actively managed mutual funds and index - or passive - strategies, according to a study to be released July 17. The study, conducted by wealth management advisory firm FundQuest...

ETFs may pose threat to funds in 401(k)s

June 12, 2006

BOSTON - If exchange traded funds gain traction in the 401(k) market, it could spell trouble for large actively managed mutual funds with lackluster performance or for "life cycle" funds with high fees, according to some experts. ETFs, most...

Some Vanguard trustees invested in few funds

June 12, 2006

BOSTON - Although Vanguard Group Inc.'s chairman and chief executive, John J. Brennan, puts his money where his mouth is, the same can't be said for some other trustees overseeing the Malvern, Pa., behemoth's mutual funds. Mr. Brennan has more...

Morningstar to publish dollar-weighted returns

June 5, 2006

NEW YORK - Morningstar Inc. is betting that investors will want to know what the returns of their mutual funds are - the dollar-weighted returns, that is. The Chicago-based fund tracker plans to publish such returns - alongside the total returns...

Conversion clause fund trims discounts

June 5, 2006

NEW YORK - While Claymore Advisors LLC's effort to stoke interest in its new closed-end fund by adding a provision aimed at eliminating any discount was successful, it remains to be seen whether that success is sustainable. If so, it could create...

Most investors turn to advisers before buying fund shares

June 5, 2006

BOSTON - The vast majority of investors turn to financial advisers for information before purchasing shares in a mutual fund, according to the results of a survey from the Investment Company Institute. Seventy-three percent of recent fund investors...

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