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Vanguard, iShares dominate ETFs in April

April 25, 2017

If you're an ETF provider, you'd probably like to have one of your products be on the list of the 10 highest asset flows for the year. Good luck with that. So far this year, Vanguard and iShares are the only ETF producers on the list of the...

New mutual funds under DOL fiduciary rule could save investors at least 0.50% in returns: Morningstar

April 18, 2017

New mutual-fund share classes being developed as a result of the Department of Labor's looming fiduciary rule will likely save investors at least 0.50% in returns when compared with the current selection, according to a new analysis published...

Even supporters of DOL fiduciary rule call for modifications

April 18, 2017

Even supporters of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule are still looking to tweak the measure. For instance, the Investment Adviser Association wants the regulation modified so that advisers who are already fiduciaries can promote their...

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...

An insider's view of the inaugural Icons and Innovators luncheon

April 12, 2017

I was honored and grateful to attend the inaugural InvestmentNews Icons and Innovators awards luncheon on April 3 as both a participant and an honoree. I have to confess I felt like the lightweight in the room. The awards luncheon, which took...

Beware the potential pitfalls of investing in infrastructure funds

April 5, 2017

Infrastructure funds have steamrolled much of their competition this year, and, with the promise of $1 trillion in infrastructure spending under the Trump administration, money has been pouring into the funds. But if your clients bring up the...

First quarter stock performance soars, though investors pay a high price for it

April 3, 2017

Here's what you need to know about first-quarter mutual fund returns: Large company stocks beat small company stocks, growth trumped value, and international equities bested the home-grown variety. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index gained...

Ned Davis: Passion for passive a 'bubble'

March 30, 2017

As assets continue to pour into passive index funds, backlash from active managers has risen. The latest salvo against passive investing comes from Ned Davis Research in a recent piece by the firm's founder titled "The Passive Investment Bubble."...

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...

Fidelity's RIA business: a strong No. 2 that's working harder

March 26, 2017

Fidelity lost its title as the largest mutual fund manager to archrival Vanguard Group in 2003, and in the race for RIA assets, Fidelity also plays second fiddle — in this case, to Charles Schwab & Co. But if you put all of its businesses...

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,...

Morningstar makes bid to offer mutual funds for exclusive use of advisers

March 10, 2017

Morningstar Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch nine mutual funds for use in its managed portfolios that are specifically for financial advisers. The March 6 filing explains that the move is designed to generate...

Brokers-dealers move to trim fund offerings as they adjust to DOL rule

March 8, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has led broker-dealers to take stock of the mutual funds they distribute, and the outlook isn't rosy for small investment providers. Many broker-dealers have decided to — or are at least considering...

Help protect clients from scam attacks

March 7, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission is holding advisers to higher standards of care related to cybersecurity. Yet, while we put more and more protections in place, our clients are facing ever increasing scam attacks, whether through the internet...

Bill Gross' Pimco successor, Dan Ivascyn, is on a hot streak

March 3, 2017

After star money manager Bill Gross left in 2014, Pacific Investment Management Co. seemed destined to fade from prominence and become just one of the many firms that dot the U.S. bond-industry landscape. But then Dan Ivascyn, the man tapped...

Get ahead of robo-advisers by combining personal and digital services

February 22, 2017

Can you combine technology and personal interaction to differentiate yourself from robo-advisers? Can this combination be used to make your clients more loyal? Can it help clients better understand risk and return? Can it even assist clients...

Buffer annuities, an index-variable hybrid, garner mixed reactions

February 1, 2017

While brokerage regulators and some attorneys have seen an uptick in complaints lodged against a type of annuity known as a “buffer annuity,” there's mixed reaction as to the validity of criticism lodged against the products. Buffer annuities,...

Morningstar announces top fund managers

January 26, 2017

David Herro was named international stock fund manager of the year by Morningstar Inc., the third time he has earned that distinction. Mr. Herro, who runs Oakmark International (OAKIX), was one of several fund managers to earn awards from Morningstar....

December stock flows highest since April 2000

January 19, 2017

Stock funds are back in fashion, but stock fund managers are about as popular as suits of armor. Investors poured an estimated net $27.8 billion into U.S. stock funds in December, the most since April 2000, according to Morningstar Inc. Another...

DOL fiduciary rule hastening death of L-share variable annuities

January 11, 2017

The specter of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is accelerating the demise of L-share variable annuities. Variable annuities sold in an L-share class had already been reeling prior to the DOL issuing the final version of its conflict-of-interest...

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