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Brace for steepest rate hikes since 2006 in new year

December 11, 2017

Wall Street economists are telling investors to brace for the biggest tightening of monetary policy in more than a decade. With the world economy heading into its strongest period since 2011, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. predict average...

Bitcoin futures debut with 26% rally

December 11, 2017

Bitcoin has landed on Wall Street. Futures on the world's most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 percent in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market....

GE shows what can go wrong with dividend strategy

November 14, 2017

General Electric's decision to slash its dividend in half is a sharp reminder to investors that dividends aren't forever — and that the income from funds and ETFs can come at a high price. In the long run, dividends produce a third to a half...

Trump picks Jerome Powell to lead Federal Reserve at a tricky time

November 2, 2017

Jerome Powell, said to be President Donald Trump's pick to be the next Federal Reserve chairman, is set to take the reins of the world's most important central bank when the U.S. economy is rolling along at a pace he'll be under pressure to...

Morgan Stanley's broker protocol exit: How did we get here?

November 2, 2017

Morgan Stanley dropped an industry bombshell this week upon announcing it would leave the broker protocol, a 13-year-old agreement that governs how financial advisers could leave one brokerage firm for another without getting in legal trouble....

Broker says she was fired for raising red flag about a wealthy client

November 1, 2017

More than eight years after she was fired from JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s private wealth management group, Jennifer Sharkey told jurors the experience was "like your whole life is taken away from you." Sharkey testified at her trial in Manhattan...

Wealthy families are winning deals away from private equity

October 20, 2017

Michael Gottdenker glimpsed the future over a bowl of pasta earlier this year, and he liked what he saw. The chief executive officer of Hargray Communications, a telecommunications company servicing South Carolina and Georgia, was having lunch...

Fed's two-day meeting to conclude with decision on interest-rate hike

September 20, 2017

Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates again this year? That's the big question investors are hoping policy makers clarify when they conclude a two-day meeting Wednesday. Fed officials are widely expected to leave rates unchanged as they...

Big U.S. banks could see profits jump 20% with deregulation

August 24, 2017

The deregulation winds blowing through Washington could add $27 billion of gross profit at the six largest U.S. banks, lifting their annual pretax income by about 20 percent. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley would benefit most from changes...

High-grade U.S. bonds run at fastest pace ever past $1 trillion

August 22, 2017

Blue-chip companies have sold more than $1 trillion of bonds in 2017, passing that milestone for the sixth straight year, as Federal Reserve rate hikes spur companies to borrow while it's still cheap. Sales from Amazon.com Inc. and Philip Morris...

Betterment funding values firm at $800 million

July 24, 2017

Online financial adviser Betterment has secured $70 million in new funding, boosting its valuation and giving it more clout to compete with rivals in an intensifying market. The new capital, raised from existing investors, values the New York-based...

Despite efforts to change image, Wall Street fails to regain trust of Americans

July 19, 2017

Bad news for financial titans like JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Lloyd Blankfein: Most Americans hold unfavorable views of Wall Street banks and corporate executives, and distrust billionaires more than they...

Waddell & Reed latest active fund manager sued for 401(k) self-dealing

June 28, 2017

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., which sponsors the Waddell & Reed and Ivy-branded investment funds, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k) plan, joining a string of other asset managers to have been targeted recently for similar allegations....

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...

Morgan Stanley to arm its financial advisers with algorithms to take over routine tasks

May 31, 2017

Call them cyborgs. Morgan Stanley is about to augment its 16,000 financial advisers with machine-learning algorithms that suggest trades, take over routine tasks and send reminders when your birthday is near. The project, known internally as...

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,...

Betterment targets more affluent investors

May 24, 2017

Citigroup Inc. doesn't think its richer customers will drop their high-priced money managers in favor of automated investing, but Betterment is betting it can prove the big bank wrong. The robo-adviser — the largest of the independent digital...

Millions go to Madoff fund lawyer, nothing for investors

May 23, 2017

A firm hired by the U.S. to distribute $4 billion to victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme has racked up $38.8 million in billings over four years. The investors are still waiting for their first checks, though. The Justice Department disclosed...

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