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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...

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...

The mutual fund men's club needs more women

January 30, 2018

By now we know that having more women on leadership teams enhances businesses. We also know that women have qualities that make them good investors, such as their approach to risk. Why then are there still so few women money managers? The figures...

Fidelity pushes Vanguard to compete on brand in 401(k) plans

January 24, 2018

Fidelity Investments' move to impose an additional fee on Vanguard Group assets is going to test plan sponsors' loyalty to the index-fund giant, according to retirement plan advisers, as employers are forced to choose between sticking with a...

House panel backs bill to scrap floating prices for money funds

January 22, 2018

The House Financial Services Committee has advanced a bill that would eliminate some of the strictures placed on the $2.8 trillion money market mutual fund industry in the wake of the financial crisis. The legislation, which was opposed by Fidelity...

Legislation would make it harder for investors to sue mutual funds over high fees

January 17, 2018

[Update: On Jan. 18, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Mutual Fund Litigation Reform Act, 31-25.] Legislation that would make it more difficult for investors to sue mutual fund companies for excessive fees was poised to advance...

Segall Bryant & Hamill acquires Denver Investments, creating $20B wealth manager

January 12, 2018

Chicago-based wealth management firm Segall Bryant & Hamill is acquiring Denver-based Denver Investment Advisors, creating a nearly $20 billion investment management and advisory firm. Segall, Bryant & Hammil is a 23-year-old firm with $12.4...

Morningstar sells Broadridge its board consulting services business

December 20, 2017

Morningstar Inc. has agreed to sell its board consulting services business to Broadridge Financial Solutions. The deal, which was announced Tuesday after the close of the stock market, is described as a way to expand the services that Broadridge...

ESG investing: Assessing the 'E,' 'S' and 'G'

December 19, 2017

During the holiday season, we like to turn our thoughts to good things: Puppies, charities and gift-wrapped Ferraris 488 GTBs. We may also turn our attention to investments that concentrate on a company's environmental, social and governance...

Finra censures Investacorp for laxity on fund sales

December 7, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured Investacorp, a subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., for its failure to have proper procedures in place to detect that its reps were selling high-priced funds...

Finra says BB&T overcharged retirement plans, charities

December 5, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured BB&T Investment Services for having overcharged retirement plans and charitable organizations in their purchases of mutual funds. The firm accepted the censure without admitting or...

Take Five with Daniel Chung of the Alger funds

December 1, 2017

Daniel Chung has been chief investment officer of the Alger funds since 2001 and CEO since 2006. Before that, he graduated from Harvard Law School, served as editor of the Harvard Law Review and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy....

Morningstar-WSJ feud gives CFRA opening to challenge bigger rival's methodology

November 30, 2017

In the wake of the big public feud between Morningstar Inc. and the Wall Street Journal, advisers are looking for alternative sources of mutual fund analysis — and at least one firm is promoting its differences with the Chicago-based fund...

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