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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...

ETF alphabet soup obscures market risks

February 15, 2018

What's in a name? When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the answer could mean the difference between surviving a volatile market and getting wiped out. ETFs have tripled their assets to $3.4 trillion over the last six years, capitalizing on...

Innovative ETFs struggle to impress investors

February 15, 2018

ETF enthusiasts gathered recently in Hollywood, Florida, for the Inside ETFs conference, the industry's biggest party of the year. By many accounts it was the swankiest celebration yet. And for good reason. When Inside ETFs first convened in...

LPL rolls out robo-adviser to regional bank

February 13, 2018

Regional banks are now looking at offering robo-advice to expand their presence in the financial advice market. Webster Bank, a $26.4 billion financial institution with branches in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, announced...

Is ESG investing going mainstream?

February 10, 2018

It is still easy to find naysayers of investing based on environmental, social and governance factors, but those critics who once held the high ground of quantitative and rational analysis are starting to feel the ground slowly crumble beneath...

Credit Suisse to redeem volatility note

February 6, 2018

Credit Suisse Group is buying back one of its exchange-traded notes after volatility soared, triggering losses for the holders who had bet on muted market swings. The notes mirror the inverse performance of the Cboe volatility index, which on...

ETFs tied to volatility index suffer

February 6, 2018

The fallout from the implosion of a vast array of arcane bets against stock-market volatility mounted quickly Tuesday as Credit Suisse Group moved to liquidate one investment product and more than a dozen others were halted after their values...

Capital Group, sponsor of American Funds, wins 401(k) lawsuit

January 26, 2018

Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds brand of investment products, has won a lawsuit alleging the company profited at the expense of its employees by loading its 401(k) plan with costly in-house funds. The decision was sure to be...

BlackRock's CEO warns against sitting in cash

January 25, 2018

The heads of the world's biggest asset manager and largest hedge fund are anti-cash. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc., is urging investors around the world to stop keeping money in cash as stock markets reach new highs. There's too much savings...

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...

BlackRock's Fink asks top CEOs to reveal plans for spending cash flow from tax overhaul

January 16, 2018

BlackRock Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink is asking leaders of the world's biggest companies to say how they'll spend extra cash from the U.S. tax overhaul. "What will you do with increased after-tax cash flow, and how will you use...

BlackRock takes aim at sacred cow to bring factors to the masses

January 16, 2018

It's not enough for BlackRock Inc. to command one of every three dollars investors send to fund companies in America. Now it wants to control their minds, too. Operatives of the New York-based behemoth will be fanning out to brokerages around...

ETF assets boom in 2017

January 3, 2018

Investors aren't the only ones happy about 2017 returns. ETF sponsors are doing a happy dance, too. Net ETF issuance jumped to an estimated $473.2 billion last year, up 67% from $282.2 billion in 2016, according to the Investment Company Institute,...

Vanguard lags BlackRock in ETF sales

December 18, 2017

Vanguard Group is lagging BlackRock Inc. in ETF sales — but any sobbing you hear from the ETF industry probably isn't coming from the Malvern, Pa.-based behemoth. BlackRock's iShares welcomed $198.4 billion into its ETFs through November,...

BlackRock, Vanguard on track to manage $20 trillion within a decade

December 4, 2017

Imagine a world in which two asset managers call the shots, in which their wealth exceeds current U.S. GDP and where almost every hedge fund, government and retiree is a customer. It's closer than you think. BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group...

ETF issuers have new competitor for USAA's $5.5 billion investment: USAA itself

October 26, 2017

BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have a new competitor for the $5.5 billion that United Services Automobile Association has invested in exchange-traded funds: USAA itself. The San Antonio-based insurance and financial...

BlackRock wants ETF rule to help competition

October 24, 2017

BlackRock Inc. wants to take one for the team. The world's largest asset manager is calling for a new rule in the $3 trillion U.S. market for exchange-traded funds that would remove some of the impediments faced by wannabe issuers and potentially...

Pimco and Goldman lead push for bond ETF flexibility

October 6, 2017

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Pacific Investment Management Co. are leading a push for equal rights when it comes to running index funds tied to the global bond market. Pimco and Goldman are joined by OppenheimerFunds and Nuveen Fund Advisors...

Trump budget chief says no U.S. bailout for Puerto Rican debt

October 4, 2017

President Donald J. Trump's budget chief said not to take the president's suggestion that Puerto Rico's debt would be "wiped out" literally, as the territory's bonds plunged to a record low Wednesday. A benchmark general obligation bond due...

BlackRock finds steep risk in U.S. investment portfolios

August 29, 2017

Insurers got burned badly in the 2008 financial crisis. So almost a decade later, BlackRock Inc. scoured the industry's $5 trillion in U.S. investments to figure out how they would fare if markets crash so hard again. The answer: Worse. The...

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