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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...

More ETFs getting put on deathwatch

May 3, 2017

According to the Morningstar database, 471 exchange-traded funds have been shuffled off to the dustbin of history in the past five years. How do you know if an ETF is headed towards the Choir Invisible? And how much does it matter? The growth...

In departure from previous administration, SEC approves quadruple-leveraged fund

May 3, 2017

In an apparent departure from the previous administation, the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a pair of quadruple-leveraged exchange-traded funds from Exchange Traded Managers Group. ForceShares Daily 4X US Market Futures Long...

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...

House approves bill to lift restrictions on brokers' ETF research reports

May 2, 2017

The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would enable brokers to publish research reports about exchange traded funds. The chamber passed the bill, the Fair Access to Investment Research Act, 405-2, Monday night in a fast-track...

Fund analysts debate Morningstar's move into money management

May 2, 2017

Morningstar has come a long way from its origins as a quarterly newsletter produced in founder Joe Mansueto's Chicago apartment. That was 33 years ago, back when it took persistent effort just to get fund companies to publish the names of their...

Trump agenda spawns new ETFs that align with his policies

May 1, 2017

The first hundred days of Donald Trump's presidency have seen a slew of new exchange-traded funds that seek to capitalize on the administration's policies and platforms. A few have proven to be decent bets. Thematic ETFs have proliferated as...

Equity ETF rankings for first quarter 2017

April 29, 2017

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return Net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 3-month average daily volume 1 Rex VolMAXX Short Vix Weekly Futures Strat ETF (VMIN) 58.46% N/A $10.8 1.45% 10,317 2 Columbia India Small Cap...

John Bogle says investors don't need to own international stocks​

April 29, 2017

John Bogle founded The Vanguard Group — the nation's largest mutual fund company, introduced the world to index funds, and has saved investors trillions of dollars in fees and commissions. And he doesn't care for international investing. "Everyone...

Smart-beta ETFs shine

April 29, 2017

Smart-beta ETFs​ have been the fund industry's latest passion. That's not usually a good thing: A rush of new funds in a particular area is usually a prelude to a long period of buyer's remorse from investors and mockery from the press. So...

Fixed-income ETF rankings for first quarter 2017

April 29, 2017

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return Net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 3-month average daily volume 1 iShares International Preferred Stock ETF (IPFF) 7.72% 12.35% $62.4 0.55% 96,561 2 iShares Currency Hedged MSCI...

Is it time to go international?

April 29, 2017

The question for advisers now: When will the hurting stop? More importantly, if international investing is worthwhile, what do you need to tell clients? No less a personality than John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, has expressed skepticism...

9 fund companies poised to be best business partners for advisers: Morningstar

April 28, 2017

Blackrock (BLK), the American funds, T. Rowe Price (TROW) and Vanguard will be some of the best business partners for advisers in the next decade, according to a new study by Morningstar. The Chicago-based investment trackers evaluated the 100...

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...

Conduct due diligence on bond funds beyond a performance review

April 27, 2017

When sorting through the bond mutual fund universe, what's inside may be different than you expected and can be harmful (or rewarding) for your client's portfolio. Despite increased pressure from lower-cost passive mutual funds and ETFs, actively...

BlackRock's two-tier ETF pricing system is working

April 26, 2017

BlackRock Inc. signaled its willingness to engage in a price war last October by cutting fees on 15 exchange-traded funds, going head-to-head with faster-growing ETF rivals Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab Corp. in the fight for investors flocking...

Dimensional Fund Advisors' David Booth on competition, the DOL fiduciary rule and his company's future

April 25, 2017

David Booth is co-founder of mutual fund powerhouse Dimensional Fund Advisors and now executive chairman of the company. He stepped back from his role as co-CEO (along with Eduardo Repetto) in February, and David Butler has stepped up as co-CEO....

Vanguard, iShares dominate ETFs in April

April 25, 2017

If you're an ETF provider, you'd probably like to have one of your products be on the list of the 10 highest asset flows for the year. Good luck with that. So far this year, Vanguard and iShares are the only ETF producers on the list of the...

Nuveen adds direct real estate to target-date funds

April 24, 2017

There are plenty of reasons why owning direct real estate inside a registered mutual fund could present challenges to a portfolio manager, but Nuveen is focusing on the potential upside by adding real estate to it TIAA-CREF Life Cycle Funds....

New mutual funds under DOL fiduciary rule could save investors at least 0.50% in returns: Morningstar

April 18, 2017

New mutual-fund share classes being developed as a result of the Department of Labor's looming fiduciary rule will likely save investors at least 0.50% in returns when compared with the current selection, according to a new analysis published...

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