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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....

Loomis Sayles' star bond manager talks about rising rates and trade wars

April 19, 2018

Dan Fuss has 59 years of experience in the investment industry, and 42 of them have been with Loomis Sayles. He has run Loomis Sayles Bond fund since 1991, rolling up an averaging an 8.99% annual gain. Over the past 15 years, the fund has outpaced...

Will global macro finally shine?

April 17, 2018

Following the Federal Reserve's latest decision to increase its benchmark interest rate in March, and as a growing number of central banks around the world reverse their policies of monetary stimulus, advisers and investors should take the opportunity...

Boring stocks outperforming by most in two years

April 12, 2018

Investors are learning to love boring. ​ From trade tensions and missiles to election meddling and economic misses, a world awash in uncertainty is playing out in dizzying financial markets. For emerging-market and European equity investors...

Advisers answer common investor concerns with these talking points

April 5, 2018

Now that stock market volatility has awakened from its more than year-long slumber, investors are getting understandably nervous, which is putting financial advisers on notice. With that in mind, we combed the financial planning universe for...

Wells Fargo wealth-management used similar incentives to those behind fake-account scandal

April 5, 2018

Credit card and savings customers may not be the only ones who were misled by Wells Fargo & Co. Some clients of the bank's wealth-management division were steered into investments that maximized revenue for the bank and compensation for its...

Volatility is back. Should investors stay or go?

April 5, 2018

It's the eternal debate. Stocks are teetering. Volatility's back. Do you ride it out, or take the money and run? The question is obvious, the answer is not. Like now. Is it the end? Facebook and Amazon are in free fall, the yield curve is flat...

Few places for advisers — or clients — to hide in this stock correction

April 4, 2018

If you're looking to escape this correction, you've got relatively few places to hide. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has fallen nearly 10% since its all-time high on Jan. 26. You can choose your causes — the threat of a trade war with...

Tech rout sinks stocks

April 2, 2018

The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as renewed presidential criticism of Amazon.com and retaliatory tariffs from China rattled markets. Treasuries and gold rose on safe-haven...

Rising rates sound alarm for debt-laden U.S. consumers

April 2, 2018

A healthy economy can be a dangerous thing. Americans have a history of loading up on debt in good times, then paying dearly when the bills come due. Adding to the pain: A booming economy is often accompanied by rising interest rates, which...

Fed and its projected rate hikes 'likely exaggerated,' says Bill Gross

March 22, 2018

Don't believe the Fed. That's what Bill Gross, the billionaire bond manager with Janus Henderson Group Plc, said in an investment outlook released Thursday. "The Fed's purported three to four hikes this year beginning in March are likely exaggerated,"...

Guggenheim's Minerd sees defaults, recession ahead

March 21, 2018

Companies that went on a borrowing binge may default on their debt as interest rates increase and the prospect of a recession grows, according to Scott Minerd, chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners. After skirting defaults and bankruptcies...

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates

March 21, 2018

Federal Reserve officials, meeting for the first time under Chairman Jerome Powell, raised the benchmark lending rate a quarter point and forecast a steeper path of hikes in 2019 and 2020, citing an improving economic outlook. Policy makers...

Dividend ETF sees 27th week of inflows

March 20, 2018

Investors continue to bet that interest rates won't shoot through the psychological 3% barrier. One sign: their long-running love affair with a dividend-focused equity exchange-traded fund. The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) took in...

Senate votes to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank

March 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would ease constraints on regional and community banks while mostly snubbing Wall Street, giving the finance industry its best chance in years of rolling back rules adopted in the wake of the 2008 crisis....

Gundlach says 10-year Treasury above 3% would drive down stocks

March 14, 2018

If the yield on the 10-year Treasury note breaks above 3%, there's a high chance U.S. stocks will end the year down, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer at DoubleLine Capital. "My idea that the S&P would go down on the year...

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