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The best and worst liquid alternative funds over the past 10 years

August 16, 2017

The financial crisis spawned a rebirth of alternative-strategy mutual funds designed to help investors through the next downturn. The strategies don’t promise to keep pace with the stock market, but here are the five-best and five-worst performers...

Eduardo Repetto to leave Dimensional Fund Advisors

August 15, 2017

Eduardo Repetto, co-CEO and co-CIO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, will leave DFA in September, the company said Tuesday. Gerald O'Reilly, currently co-CIO, will become co-CEO with David Butler. David Booth, the company's founder, will continue...

How to Invest for the Rest of 2017: Our Mid-Year 2017 Outlook

July 19, 2017

Heading into the second half of 2017, we believe the elongated U.S. credit and business cycle – currently eight years old and counting – will continue through the end of the year. Yet for the first time in almost a decade, the risks to the...

Shifting DCIO distribution offers opportunity for 401(k) advisers

July 19, 2017

In the large defined-contribution-plan market — the realm of plans larger than $1 billion — the norm is for money managers to sell directly to plan sponsors and work cooperatively with the plan's consultants. For smaller plans, the defined...

LPL to roll out new mutual fund platform as DOL fiduciary rule takes effect

July 13, 2017

LPL Financial announced Thursday it plans to roll out a new mutual fund platform to advisers early next year to eliminate perceived conflicts of interest in compensation as the Labor Department's fiduciary rule is set to take full effect. LPL,...

A shares live on, despite some hefty upfront sales charges

July 13, 2017

Remember the days when your clients paid you upfront to buy a mutual fund? Apparently, those days aren't entirely gone. The 15 largest A share classes saw net new cash flow of $8.1 billion over the past 12 months, according to Morningstar Inc....

Fund manager MFS sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plans

July 10, 2017

MFS Investment Management has been sued for self-dealing in its company 401(k) plans, becoming the latest fund firm to be targeted for stocking its retirement plan primarily with proprietary investments. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Velazquez...

Will new smart-beta strategies boost target-date funds' performance?

July 8, 2017

Target-date funds are the Energizer Bunny of the mutual fund world. As the industry struggles furiously for investors' money, target-date funds slide blithely by, with billions of dollars in new money flowing in. Now they're adding a little...

Dominated by women, tech-heavy fund is up 36% on the year

July 6, 2017

Zevenbergen Genea doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But so far, the $5.7 million fund is on a roll. The fund, which trades under the ticker ZVGNX, is a concentrated, go-anywhere fund that is largely focused in technology. So far this year,...

Fidelity, American Century adopting new TDF fee tactic as cost pressures grow

July 5, 2017

Two of the largest managers of target-date-fund assets, Fidelity Investments and American Century Investments, are changing how they assess fees in the multi-asset funds, at a time of heightened cost scrutiny and as TDFs capture an increasing...

8 top performing mutual funds and ETFs for the first half of 2017, and one to avoid

June 30, 2017

The first half of 2017 is over, and it’s been a good one for investors: The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gained 9.2%, and the MSCI Europe, Australasia and Far East (EAFE) index jumped 12.6%. Here’s a look at some of the top-performing...

10 funds with largest 3-year outflows

June 26, 2017

Investors have been more open to a clown inviting them into the woods than they have been to buying actively managed mutual funds. And that’s understandable, given how poorly many managers have fared against passively managed index funds....

Collective investment trusts getting more attention from 401(k) advisers

June 21, 2017

Mutual funds hold the lion's share of 401(k) assets, but another investment vehicle -— collective investment trusts — are quickly emerging as a contender. Indeed, among the largest 401(k) plans, or those with more than $1 billion in assets,...

DOL fiduciary rule: Edward Jones changing stance on mutual fund commissions in IRAs

June 7, 2017

Edward Jones is reconsidering its ban on mutual fund commissions in individual retirement accounts under the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, and hopes to roll out a new account option by midsummer that would allow advisers to use such investments...

Best- and worst-performing international funds

May 14, 2017

EQUITY INTERNATIONAL MULTI-CAP CORE Top 10 Portfolio net assets ($M) 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Expense ratio* Oakmark International Fund Investor (OAKIX) $29,763.20 21.82% 2.87% 11.02% 1.05% PIMCO StocksPLUS International Fd...

Best- and worst-performing fixed-income funds

May 14, 2017

CORE BOND Top 10 Portfolio net assets ($M) 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Expense ratio* Miller Intermediate Bond Fund I (MIFIX) $162.50 7.74% N/A N/A 1.25% River Canyon Total Return Bond Fund Institutional (RCTIX) $27.50 6.25% N/A...

John F. Donahue, founder of Federated Investors, dies at 92

May 12, 2017

John F. Donahue, a founder and longtime leader of Federated Investors Inc., has died. He was 92. He died Thursday in Naples, Florida, of natural causes, Ed Costello, a company spokesman, said Friday in an email. Donahue, who served as chairman...

Finra cites Cetera for mutual fund sales charge improprieties

May 4, 2017

Cetera Advisors Network has signed a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent with Finra acknowledging that its advisers sold higher-cost mutual fund shares to retirement plans and charitable organizations instead of lower-cost versions for...

Putnam kicks off expanded ESG effort

May 3, 2017

Putnam Investments has hired Katherine Collins to head a new sustainable investing effort that could lead to the introduction of the firm's first standalone ESG funds. In her new role, Ms. Collins will head a team responsible for overseeing...

Vanguard fires another salvo in the fee war

April 28, 2017

Vanguard announced another round of fee reductions today as the mutual fund price war rages on. The nation's largest fund company lowered the expense ratio on four share classes of the nation's largest mutual fund, the $550-billion Vanguard...

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