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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...

BlackRock shakes up struggling active stock-picking unit

March 29, 2017

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, is shaking up its struggling stock-picking unit by cutting jobs, reorganizing funds and lowering fees. The revamp, which embraces quantitative strategies, moves $8 billion of the $201 billion...

The full list of 2017 Lipper Fund Awards winners

March 23, 2017

The Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards winners have been announced. Lipper measures the winners by their risk-adjusted returns over multiple periods. Award winners are rewarded for consistency over time, including the top 3-year, 5-year and...

Large advisory shops build custom target-date funds

March 19, 2017

Advisory practices with tens of billions in defined-contribution-plan assets are building custom target-date funds for advisers to use with clients, leveraging their scale to deliver low-cost funds to even the smallest retirement plans and,...

J.P. Morgan faces second suit alleging self-dealing in 401(k) plan

March 7, 2017

A second participant in the JPMorgan Chase 401(k) Savings Plan has sued plan executives and corporate executives, alleging that the plan favored parent-company investments over less-expensive options "Rather than engage in systematic, arm's...

SEC enforcement unit bracing for budget cuts under Trump

March 6, 2017

When Wall Street bond dealmakers congregated in Las Vegas last week for their annual get-together, one group of folks was conspicuously absent: SEC enforcement officials. For years now, they've been crashing the marquee event, trying to, somewhat...

Fidelity cuts commissions for online stock and ETF trades by nearly 40%

February 28, 2017

Fidelity Investments is lowering online commissions for trading in U.S. stock and exchange-traded funds by nearly 40 percent, to $4.95 from $7.95 a trade, for individual investors. The nation's largest online retail brokerage firm, with 17.9...

BlackRock's Laurence Fink watching how companies react to global upheaval

January 24, 2017

Laurence Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc., said in a time of global upheaval — from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump — it's imperative that companies constantly assess their strategy and adapt to changing markets. In his annual letter to...

Target-date fund managers evolve to capture burgeoning 401(k) market

December 5, 2016

For providers of target-date funds, it's no longer enough to be a one-trick pony. Over the last several years, TDF managers have engaged in a marketing bonanza of new products to stand out in an increasingly competitive — and lucrative —...

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...

Fidelity fires the latest salvo in ETF fee war

October 12, 2016

Fidelity Investments on Wednesday made the latest move in the exchange-traded fund fee war by removing commissions on “all the newly price-reduced U.S. iShares Core ETFs.” The announcement is promoted as building on Fidelity's alliance with...

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