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Goldman Sachs sounds the alarm on bond duration risk

October 18, 2016

Goldman Sachs is sending out a warning on the realities of duration risk in bond portfolios. Now would be a good time to rethink that long-dated bond exposure. Just a modest backup in rates could inflict outsized losses. Regardless of which...

Prudential Investments joins the fee-cut bandwagon

October 18, 2016

Prudential Investments has become the latest asset manager to jump on the lower-fees bandwagon, which is gaining momentum stemming from the release of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule last spring. Prudential announced fee cuts for...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

Small-cap stocks have more room to run

October 10, 2016

Despite the run-up by small-cap stocks this year, the longer-term view still favors smaller company stocks over larger companies, according to some market watchers. Small-cap growth funds tracked by Morningstar gained an average of 6.6% since...

American Funds sees the no-load light

October 10, 2016

American Funds has seen the light and is now offering no-load access on the Fidelity and Schwab platforms. The latest evidence of how the DOL fiduciary rule is reshaping the asset management industry. Pioneer Investment's John Carey says you...

Schwab cuts ETF fees again, as expense war with rivals BlackRock, Fidelity and Vanguard heats up

October 7, 2016

Charles Schwab & Co. (SCHW) re-entered the ETF fee war Friday, announcing fee cuts to five of its exchange-traded funds. While the expense cuts were modest — one basis point, or 1/100th of a percentage point — the move underscores the fierce...

The race for lower fees shines a light on smart beta

October 6, 2016

As BlackRock Inc. throws down the gauntlet with some sweeping price cuts across its exchange-traded funds lineup, it's only logical to assume the increasingly popular smart beta strategies will be next in line to feel the spreading pressure...

Fidelity's billionaire Johnson family vs. the average investor

October 6, 2016

Fidelity Investment's private venture capital business gets called out for lining the pockets of the company's close-knit ownership circle at the expense of ordinary mutual fund shareholders. The Johnson clan gets richer. In the race to the...

Alternative investments shop 361 Capital 'diversifies' into long-only management

October 4, 2016

In a move that goes against the grain of the broader asset management industry, alternative investments shop 361 Capital announced Tuesday plans to acquire long-only manager BRC Investment Management. 361 Capital has already filed to launch...

Advisers weigh pros and cons of Janus-Henderson merger

October 3, 2016

The announced merger between Janus Capital Group Inc. and London's Henderson Group is getting mostly good reviews from the industry, including the financial markets. In mid-day trading Monday, the day the all-stock deal was announced, Janus...

Janus Capital agrees to merge with London's Henderson Global

October 3, 2016

Janus Capital Group Inc. has announced an all-stock merger with London's Henderson Group Plc, creating a global active management complex with $320 billion under management. The combined market capitalization will be approximately $6 billion....

DOL fiduciary rule expected to put new pressure on mutual fund expenses

September 23, 2016

The ripple effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is expected to put new pressure on mutual fund fees, and could even lead to fewer fund share classes, according to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The DOL rule, which...

Smart beta complexity is hurting investors

September 19, 2016

The biggest risk of smart-beta investing might be that the strategies are becoming too complex for their own good. Timing smart-beta investing. The SEC's fuzzy rules on dodgy accounting violations. From a slap on the wrist to jail time. Does...

Old school fund companies Goldman, JPMorgan wade deeper into ETF market

September 16, 2016

Old-line asset management shops are continuing to wade deeper into the ETF market, seemingly embracing the notion that 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' Over the past few weeks, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, JPMorgan Asset Management, and...

Investors pile in as REITs move closer to S&P 500 sector status

September 15, 2016

The establishment of real estate as an eleventh sector of the S&P 500 Index is morphing into a near-term investment strategy, according to some market watchers. The real estate play, ahead of REITs' elevation to sector status on Friday, is seen...

The gloves come off in the legal fight between Pimco and Bill Gross

September 15, 2016

Things are getting ugly in the court battle between Pimco and Bill Gross. The latest claim is the that renowned Bond King may have destroyed documents relevant to the lawsuit. “The only party trying to play 'hide the ball' is Pimco.” Meb...

Time to start navigating that minefield of mutual fund capital gains

September 9, 2016

Heading into capital gains distribution season for mutual funds, there are some potential pitfalls worth noting for financial advisers. Don't assume a fund will always be tax friendly. The muni-bond lovefest continues. Investors are pouring...

Morningstar to help advisers compare ETFs to mutual funds

September 8, 2016

Morningstar Inc. is embracing the model used by more financial advisers by combing exchange-traded funds and open-end mutual funds into the same peer groups when calculating fund ratings. The financial-data tracking firm also announced Thursday...

Are junk bonds becoming the new equities?

September 1, 2016

It's a well-known reality that high-yield bonds are generally more correlated to equities than they are to higher-quality bonds, but is it possible to actually substitute junk bonds for stocks? That argument is being made on a selective basis...

Protect client assets from aggressive unclaimed property rules

September 1, 2016

Who doesn't like a good treasure hunt? State governments have claimed more than $41 billion in lost property from U.S. taxpayers over the past few decades. All you have to do is prove that the property is yours — assuming you even knew it...

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