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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...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

DoubleLine's Gundlach signals caution, sets cap on firm's growth

August 8, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach sees too much of a good thing — in financial markets and in his industry — and he wants no part of it. The co-founder and chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital LP says risky assets such as junk bonds and emerging-market...

Vanguard welcomes fee wars with rivals Fidelity and BlackRock

August 4, 2017

Vanguard Group has a message for competitors trying to undercut its prices: Game on. In recent years, rival asset managers such as Fidelity Investments and BlackRock Inc. have cut their fund fees to match or beat Vanguard, the low-cost investing...

BlackRock's cheap hedge fund doubles its assets in six months

August 2, 2017

BlackRock Inc. took a gamble by breaking the 1% fee barrier for a hedge fund. Now it's paying off. The Style Advantage fund more than doubled its assets in the first half of the year, to $1.6 billion, according to an investor document seen by...

Betterment funding values firm at $800 million

July 24, 2017

Online financial adviser Betterment has secured $70 million in new funding, boosting its valuation and giving it more clout to compete with rivals in an intensifying market. The new capital, raised from existing investors, values the New York-based...

Can Buckley run the house that Bogle built?

July 14, 2017

Tim Buckley has just been handed the keys to the house that Bogle built. But Buckley, Vanguard Group's new president, confronts something that founder Jack Bogle never did back in his prime: a world in which cheap market-tracking index funds...

Vanguard CEO McNabb to step down

July 13, 2017

Vanguard Group Chief Executive Officer F. William McNabb will step down at the end of the year and cede his role to Tim Buckley, a two-decade veteran of the world's second-largest money manager who serves as investment chief. McNabb, 60, who...

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...

Waddell & Reed latest active fund manager sued for 401(k) self-dealing

June 28, 2017

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., which sponsors the Waddell & Reed and Ivy-branded investment funds, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k) plan, joining a string of other asset managers to have been targeted recently for similar allegations....

Stocks of active managers outperform

June 21, 2017

They're beating the benchmark! Or at least, they've caught up with broader market. Shares of asset managers have been staging their own little bull market over the last few weeks, with an index of 18 stocks in the S&P 1500 advancing in nine...

Putnam, Fidelity win respective 401(k) lawsuits

June 20, 2017

Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments have prevailed in separate legal fights centering on their fiduciary duty to retirement plans, at a time when financial services companies are increasingly being targeted for 401(k) self-dealing. A...

Capital Group, the sponsor of American Funds, sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

June 15, 2017

The recent lawsuit lodged against The Capital Group Companies Inc. for alleged self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan is one of several similar legal battles being waged with large asset managers, and could prove difficult for plaintiffs...

Trump administration wants to rewrite Dodd-Frank regulations

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration laid out its highly anticipated plan for overhauling bank rules, calling on the government to ease, though not eliminate, many of the strictures that were imposed on Wall Street after the financial crisis. The changes,...

Vanguard founder John Bogle still prefers U.S. stocks

June 12, 2017

While a chorus of market experts is telling investors to look outside of the U.S. for big returns, at least one loud voice is singing a very different tune — Vanguard Group founder John Bogle. The 88-year-old investor, who started the first...

Wells Fargo, in 'atypical' outcome, wins 401(k) lawsuit

May 30, 2017

Wells Fargo & Co. has prevailed in a lawsuit alleging the firm breached its fiduciary duty to the company 401(k) plan by offering proprietary target-date funds. Minnesota district court judge David S. Doty granted Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss,...

Retirement plan advisers turning to RIA aggregators to build practices

May 21, 2017

Some retirement plan advisers are turning to so-called "RIA aggregators" that focus on the defined contribution market to help them build their practices, the primary allure being the scale and support afforded by a large, like-minded adviser...

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...

BlackRock paid CEO Laurence Fink $25.5 million last year

April 14, 2017

BlackRock Inc. CEO Laurence D. Fink received a $25.5 million pay package for 2016 as the company cut employee bonuses for the first time since 2011 and performance in its stock-picking business continued to lag behind peers. Mr. Fink, 64, got...

BlackRock sued for alleged self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

April 10, 2017

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, is being sued by a former employee for self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan, the latest excessive-fee case involving an asset manager offering proprietary investment funds to retirement...

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