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Cash floods into money market funds

June 12, 2018

It's tempting to look at the wave of cash spilling into U.S. money-market funds and conclude that investors are sheltering themselves from political and economic turmoil around the globe. After all, the short-term debt funds experienced one...

These 10 funds offer yields of 5% or more

June 11, 2018

Thanks to a roaring economy and the Federal Reserve, the days of zero interest rates are over. In fact, you can now get yields of 5% or more on some mutual funds and ETFs. Risk-free? Hardly. When you're earning two percentage points more than...

Investors dump junk ETF

June 8, 2018

With interest rates all but certain to rise soon, investors are fleeing a popular exchange-traded fund that tracks short-term junk bonds. The $2.4 billion iShares 0-5 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (SHYG) had more than $465 million of outflows...

Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Neil Hennessy: Active managers can grow their assets with acquisitions

June 5, 2018

Neil Hennessy is founder and chief investment officer of Hennessey Advisors Inc., a $6.6 billion publicly traded investment management company that offers 14 mutual funds to the public. Mr. Hennessy, who started his career as a PaineWebber broker...

Biggest U.S. banks cut municipal-bond holdings

May 31, 2018

More than a half dozen of the biggest U.S. banks reduced their holdings of state and local government bonds by billions of dollars after the federal government slashed corporate tax rates, making the securities less valuable to one of the market's...

Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

Financial advisers must manage retirees' aversion to risk with behavioral finance skills

May 12, 2018

Any seasoned financial adviser already knows that the hard work of helping clients save and invest for retirement does not end with a client's retirement date. But based on where we are in terms of market cycles, advisers might soon find themselves...

Money managers parse the current state of the market, and how they advise their clients

May 9, 2018

Nothing -- from rising rates to blowout earnings -- has knocked the stock market out of its tight range over the past two months. Theories abound, but it's all a bit of a mystery. So we asked some of the sharpest money managers to explain just...

Fidelity manager hasn't been this excited by bonds in five years

May 7, 2018

Fidelity Investments fund manager Jeff Moore hasn't been this excited about the bond market in a long time. The sell-off in U.S. and Canadian bonds has raised yields due within 10 years to levels at which investors can finally get decent returns,...

Corporate bonds look risky after a decade of heavy issuance

May 4, 2018

Corporate debt investors, having partied like it's 1999, should remember what came after that: a big wave of defaults. The 2000 to 2002 recession looms only faintly in the minds of many on Wall Street, but it may be the best model for the potential...

Bill Gross says Treasuries are in 'hibernating bear market'

May 3, 2018

If billionaire bond investor Bill Gross is right, most of this year's excitement in the Treasury market is behind us and yields won't see a substantial move from here. The Janus Henderson fund manager doesn't see a blowout in yields to much...

America is turning out more millionaire retirees than ever

May 3, 2018

American retirees are healthier and wealthier than ever. But wiser? A new report throws a little doubt on that notion. Money manager United Income analyzed data from sources, including the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,...

What advisers should tell clients about the inverted yield curve

May 2, 2018

Some things seem so abnormal that people take them as omens of doom. For example, if the furnace shouts, "Get out!" every time you go into the basement, you might assume that your house wasn't such a bargain after all. And if the yield on the...

Finra's Board of Governors lacks transparency, critics say

April 28, 2018

After each of its board meetings, Finra posts a video with board members and executives providing a brief overview of what was discussed and giving a synopsis of the regulatory proposals advanced. "We get a report that says the board talked...

Indexed annuities likely to rebound after dip in sales last year

April 25, 2018

Sales of indexed annuities look like they are going to bounce back this year after dipping in 2017, a first for the product line in almost a decade. Broker-dealers and market observers indicate that a combination of trends — namely, an increase...

Why Schwab's CEO bets you won't be trading stocks on Amazon

April 25, 2018

Walt Bettinger, the CEO at Charles Schwab Corp., has some friendly advice for Amazon.com Inc.'s Jeff Bezos: Think twice before getting into the investment business. "If you're a FAANG-type company and you decide you want to come into our space...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

Things are looking up: IBDs soared in 2017

April 21, 2018

After a dismal 2016, the independent broker-dealer industry came back to life in 2017, with the top 25 IBDs collectively reporting $23.2 billion in revenue, a 13.1% annual increase, according to InvestmentNews research. InvestmentNews has been...

Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion for consumer-business missteps

April 20, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $1 billion to settle U.S. probes into mistreatment of consumers, the largest sanction of a U.S. bank under President Donald J. Trump, as the firm tries to resolve a year and a half of scandals across its operations....

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