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Tax reform boosts fund companies' bottom line

May 25, 2018

Mutual fund companies are seeing big benefits from tax reform. How they will use that money is an open question. The Jobs and Tax Cut Act of 2017 sliced the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%, although it also reduced or eliminated some deductions...

Separating fact from fiction with fund investor behavior

May 24, 2018

Despite what you may have heard, the least exciting aspect of our financial markets over the last 80 years has been the behavior of mutual fund investors during periods of volatility or crisis. And that's a good thing. The nearly $22 trillion...

No matter how bad the share-class violation, SEC won't oppress those who self-report

May 1, 2018

Settlement amounts won't vary based on the severity of the violation in a Securities and Exchange Commission effort to crack down on high-fee mutual fund share classes, the agency said Tuesday. Under its Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

U.S. target-date funds have strong home-country equity bias

April 10, 2018

Target-date funds generally still have a strong U.S. equity bias, according to a Mercer target-date report released Monday. The consulting firm's survey covered 68 off-the-shelf mutual fund and collective investment trust target-date series....

Few places for advisers — or clients — to hide in this stock correction

April 4, 2018

If you're looking to escape this correction, you've got relatively few places to hide. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has fallen nearly 10% since its all-time high on Jan. 26. You can choose your causes — the threat of a trade war with...

Gender of fund manager makes no difference in performance, Morningstar says

March 8, 2018

In "My Fair Lady," Prof. Henry Higgins famously turns to song to ask, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Using its vast troves of data, Morningstar Inc. has answered that question — at least as far as fund manager performance is concerned...

Vanguard extends TDF dominance with 'unbelievable' growth

March 6, 2018

Vanguard Group has extended its grip on the target-date-fund market over the past few years, as attention to low costs and passive management continues to offer substantial tailwinds for the fund giant. Vanguard controlled $623 billion in total...

Lipper awards: Vanguard the new victor

February 27, 2018

In terms of pure weight, no fund company collected more iron at this year's Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards than The Vanguard Group. The Tuesday evening award ceremony in New York saw the Malvern, Pa.-based fund complex capture 29 trophies by...

Full list of 2018 Lipper Fund Awards winners

February 27, 2018

The Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards winners have been announced. Lipper measures the winners by their risk-adjusted returns over multiple periods. Award winners are rewarded for consistency over time, including the top 3-year, 5-year and...

Investing in bond funds when interest rates rise

February 23, 2018

The last time investors faced rising interest rates, one of us was investing paper route money and other wasn't even born yet. In other words, the idea of a rising rate environment isn't something we, or most advisers, have ever had to deal...

Is the REIT sell-off over?

February 23, 2018

If you're a homeowner, you know that even though they aren't making any more real estate, property values sometimes act as if they are churning out new continents from time to time. This is one of them. Does this mean real estate is undervalued?...

Active TDF managers push to compete on fees

February 20, 2018

Asset managers with actively managed target-date funds are pushing to lower fees in an environment of heightened cost sensitivity. Litigation accusing employers of having high retirement-plan fees and the difficult-to-benchmark nature of TDF...

Sell-off grips credit funds

February 16, 2018

Investors pulled $14.1 billion from debt funds, the fifth-largest stretch of redemptions in the week through Feb. 14, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, citing EPFR data. High-yield bonds lost $10.9 billion alone, the second...

What's the right number of funds in a 401(k) plan?

February 16, 2018

Just what is the optimal number of funds to have in a defined-contribution plan? It's a tricky question, and depends on a number of factors such as the profile and mindset of the plan sponsor and its employees. However, there's a sweet spot...

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...

Target-date assets continue to climb

February 12, 2018

Target-date strategies continue to capture a growing portion of assets among the largest 1,000 U.S. retirement systems, Pensions & Investments' annual survey showed. For the 12 months ended Sept. 30, target-date strategies accounted for 20.4%...

SEC offers advisers amnesty to move clients out of high-fee mutual fund share classes

February 12, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday launched an initiative to waive fines against investment advisers who come forward and admit that they had been putting clients into high-fee mutual fund classes and agree to reimburse those clients....

Alternative funds suddenly look a whole lot better

February 8, 2018

If ever there were a time for alternative funds to shine, it would be now. And some of them are actually doing that. The Dow Jones industrial average has been gyrating like a dozen hamsters in an exercise wheel. Thursday, the blue-chip index...

In case of Ariel v. Ariel, the little Ariel triumphs

February 2, 2018

A federal appeals court in Illinois has reversed a lower court's decision that Florida-based RIA Ariel Capital Advisors had infringed on the trademarks of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, an asset manager. In March, a federal court in Chicago...

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