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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...

Vanguard adds record $305 billion in 2016

January 6, 2017

Vanguard Group, the world's largest mutual fund manager, said it attracted a record $305 billion last year — an annual total that some firms need decades to reach. Vanguard's take, which tops the firm's previous record of $276.4 billion in...

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...

The race for lower fees shines a light on smart beta

October 6, 2016

As BlackRock Inc. throws down the gauntlet with some sweeping price cuts across its exchange-traded funds lineup, it's only logical to assume the increasingly popular smart beta strategies will be next in line to feel the spreading pressure...

Charles Schwab fires latest salvo in low-cost TDF war

August 25, 2016

Charles Schwab Corp. has upped the ante in the push to be the lowest-cost provider of target-date retirement funds, launching a new series of target-dated mutual funds on Thursday that edge out Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments to claim...

2016 Elite RIA Study

July 28, 2016

Advisory firms are facing a number of challenges – but some firms have demonstrated a clear path to success and their growth is outpacing the industry at a substantial clip. The new 2016 Elite RIA Study, conducted by InvestmentNews Research...

The case for favoring revenue bonds over general obligation bonds

June 13, 2016

A municipal bond is a municipal bond is a municipal bond. Anyone who believes that to be true has failed to see the increasingly idiosyncratic nature of the municipal marketplace. A testament to that fact: The Barclays Puerto Rico Index declined...

Bright side of the new DOL fiduciary rule: Tech and efficiency

April 24, 2016

Well, it's finally happening. The Labor Department's fiduciary rule has landed, and the effects of the historic final rule announced April 6 are starting to ripple through the financial advisory industry. But for all the bellyaching surrounding...

Increased SEC scrutiny may be making ETF providers uncomfortable

April 17, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission has its eye on the exchange-traded fund industry, and that increased scrutiny may be making ETF providers uncomfortable. The SEC is concerned about three areas: trading during exceptionally volatile periods,...

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