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10 bold predictions about the financial advice industry's future

August 17, 2017

InvestmentNews invited its 40 Under 40 winners to a think-tank event in New York in June called "The Future of Our Business by the Future of Our Business," sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Alumni from all four classes of the project (which...

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...

401(k) savings continue to hit record highs

August 3, 2017

It's happened again: Retirement savings account balances have hit all-time highs. A string of record 401(k) and IRA account totals now stretches across three consecutive quarters, according to second-quarter data from Fidelity Investments. The...

Fidelity Investments fires another salvo in the fee wars

July 31, 2017

The great fee war rolls on: Fidelity Investments Monday announced fee cuts to 14 of its stock and bond index funds, saying that they now have cheaper comparable funds than archrival Vanguard. The average expenses across Fidelity's stock and...

Morningstar: Advisers are overreacting to fund manager changes

July 24, 2017

If you're quick to move clients out of a fund because of a management change, a new paper by Morningstar has a word of advice for you: Knock it off. The paper, released Monday, looked at returns from actively managed stock and bond fund from...

Managed accounts look attractive to 401(k) advisers, but how do you measure performance?

July 18, 2017

For 401(k) advisers, managed accounts are a tough nut to crack. On one hand, many advisers believe managed accounts will compete with target date funds as the most popular type of default investment option in 401(k) plans as soon as they become...

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...

Former broker gets 30 months for defrauding investors

July 12, 2017

A federal court in Boston has sentenced Stephen Eubanks of Hingham, Mass., to 30 months in prison for defrauding investors of $437,000. Mr. Eubanks, who also was ordered to pay that sum in restitution to the more than 20 people he defrauded,...

Fidelity: Will Goldilocks market have a happy ending?

July 7, 2017

A Fidelity Investments analyst is warning that a fairy tale stock market may not have a fairy tale ending. What makes the current stock market such a wonderland? "Investors have enjoyed the best of all worlds," said Jurrien Timmer, Fidelity's...

Advisers envision a disrupted advice industry if Amazon shows up

July 6, 2017

News that Amazon is buying Whole Foods has some financial planners envisioning a transformed advice industry if the internet giant buys its way into the business of delivering personal financial services. The prospect is not much of a stretch...

Fidelity, American Century adopting new TDF fee tactic as cost pressures grow

July 5, 2017

Two of the largest managers of target-date-fund assets, Fidelity Investments and American Century Investments, are changing how they assess fees in the multi-asset funds, at a time of heightened cost scrutiny and as TDFs capture an increasing...

Fintech sales take off after DOL fiduciary rule's partial implementation

June 29, 2017

Adviser demand for a technological answer to meeting new requirements of the DOL fiduciary rule has jumped in the three weeks since part of the retirement advice regulation was implemented. Technology providers said interest in their fiduciary...

Voya's win in 401(k) fee suit involving Financial Engines bodes well for other record keepers

June 22, 2017

The dismissal of a lawsuit against Voya Financial Inc. for its relationship with 401(k) robo-adviser Financial Engines could be a harbinger of success for other major retirement-plan record keepers locked in similar legal battles. Judge Lorna...

Most advisers could be doing a lot more with tech

June 20, 2017

Only two in five financial advisers are implementing technology throughout their businesses, but those who do are earning more and serving more millionaire clients than their peers, a new study shows. The number of advisers who use technology...

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...

Grad students could fund IRAs with stipends under Senate bill

June 19, 2017

A bi-partisan Senate bill that would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account has been introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and...

New York Life's MainStay lays off defined-contribution wholesalers amid challenging market

June 16, 2017

MainStay Investments, the mutual fund and exchange traded fund distribution arm of New York Life Insurance Co., has laid off some of its wholesalers calling on retirement plan advisers and consultants, as the defined contribution market grows...

Fidelity launches funds that can make RMDs for aging baby boomers

June 12, 2017

Fidelity Investments is hoping to rouse interest in an otherwise sleepy market for managed-payout funds by launching funds that can make required minimum distributions for investors, at a time when the first baby boomers have just started reaching...

401(k) record keepers making big bets on managed accounts

June 1, 2017

Fidelity Investments and Empower Retirement are making big bets on 401(k) managed accounts, and competing defined-contribution-plan record keepers are poised to follow suit. What isn't yet clear is if these bets will pay off for retirement plans...

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