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Opaque, outdated 401(k) plan disclosures harming investors, advisers

June 20, 2018

Opaque and outdated 401(k) plan disclosures are harming investors and financial advisers trying to gauge whether rolling money out of a workplace retirement plan is in the client's best interest, Morningstar Inc. argues in a new report. The...

Small-cap stocks unfazed by trade tensions

June 19, 2018

Sometimes, you manage to get things half right, and that turns out to be all wrong. For example, you might be correct in assuming that the rope bridge is the best route across Casket Canyon. This would be wrong, however, if you overlooked an...

Which stock sectors are most likely to raise dividends? It matters a lot

June 15, 2018

Dividends are a significant part of the total return from stocks. But rather than evaluating stocks based on recent dividends, investors should ask: "How likely are my holdings to raise their dividends?" A recent research paper by Morningstar...

Fidelity cuts target-date fund fees

June 15, 2018

Fidelity Investments, which has been cutting prices to compete with low-cost rivals such as Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab Corp., is trimming fees on the target-date index funds it sells to retirement plans and rolling out new offerings that...

Tax planning doesn't stop on Tax Day

June 8, 2018

My father, Paul A. Samuelson, and I shared the same name and a strong interest in personal investing. While his primary job was professor of economics at MIT, he took on various investment advisory roles and served for many decades as a trustee...

Teamwork makes the dream work at Pimco

June 5, 2018

The sun hasn't yet lit up the California sky when Daniel Ivascyn and Emmanuel "Manny" Roman join each other at side-by-side desks on the 20th-floor trading room of Pacific Investment Management Co. From their aerie overlooking a luxury shopping...

The legacy of the DOL fiduciary rule: Almost gone, but never forgotten

June 2, 2018

Even as the Labor Department's​ fiduciary rule teeters on the edge of demise, its legacy will continue to profoundly influence how investment advice is delivered. The regulation's likely obituary will not be as heart-wrenching for its supporters...

Is David Lerner still chomping on the proprietary product apple?

May 31, 2018

Brokerage firms that sell lucrative proprietary products, such as mutual funds built and managed by company executives, face an inherent conflict of interest. It's a story that's as old as investing. When a registered rep sells a client such...

Advisers can learn a lesson from Costco

May 31, 2018

Financial advisers — and plan sponsors — could help investors the most by taking a page from Costco: Offer fewer choices at lower cost. The takeaway: Providing lots of options isn't in the best interests of most investors, according to a...

Legg Mason hopes to reverse TDF fortunes with MassMutual deal

May 30, 2018

Legg Mason is making another attempt at breaking into the target-fund market through a partnership with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., a move that hints at the challenges asset managers have faced in 401(k) distribution and emerging...

Bill Gross had nightmare day as fears about Italy roiled markets

May 30, 2018

Bill Gross had his worst day in almost four years Tuesday. For other bond managers, it was more like Christmas in May. The steep decline in interest rates triggered by fears that Italy might leave the euro sent Mr. Gross's $2.1 billion Janus...

Morningstar evolving well beyond its origins analyzing mutual funds

May 26, 2018

Seventeen months into his tenure as CEO of Morningstar Inc., Kunal Kapoor finds himself in a familiar situation — selling to advisers, yet competing with them in some areas. Morningstar has radically reshaped itself since the days when its...

Running this bond ETF is like solving a $55 billion Rubik's Cube

May 22, 2018

If you think running a passive bond fund is a formulaic task that a robot could do, think again. When your underlying index is filled with thousands of fixed-income securities, tracking it isn't exactly a simple task. The crux of the problem:...

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

May 11, 2018

Actively managed exchange-traded funds may be the investment of the future, but investors are greeting them with all the enthusiasm of a four-year-old faced with Brussels sprouts. Morningstar Inc. counts 247 actively managed ETFs in its database,...

10 fund managers with the largest TDF inflows in 2017

May 10, 2018

Last year was a banner year for target-date funds – the funds, which now hold $1.1 trillion, took in a record $70 billion of new money. Following are the 10 asset managers (out of roughly 40 providers) that saw the largest inflows into their...

Funds that let investors tap into M&A fever

April 30, 2018

T-Mobile US Inc. plans to buy Sprint Corp. in a $26 billion deal that is just the most recent round of M&A activity in the U.S. this year. Why are so many companies feeling the urge to merge, and how can investors best take advantage of this...

Fund fees head south

April 27, 2018

The price of investing is falling at a record rate. The average asset-weighted fee paid on U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds declined by about 8% last year, to 52 cents per $100 invested, according to a report from Morningstar Inc....

Multifactor ETFs thrive, but how do you use them?

April 20, 2018

Multifactor ETFs, which combine several investment strategies, are the hottest trend in the fund industry today. But the big question for advisers is how to integrate them in a portfolio. Factor investing began with using just one strategy to...

Investors flee high-yield bond funds and ETFs

April 13, 2018

Investors have been fleeing high-yield bond funds and ETFs. But why they are doing so is a puzzle. High-yield bond funds and ETFs have watched a net $19.2 billion walk out the door in the first three months of the year, and $29.7 billion has...

To invest during a trade war, think local and think small

April 9, 2018

How do you invest for a trade war? The current consensus, at least as measured by ETF returns, is to think U.S. and to think small. President Donald J. Trump fired the first salvo on trade March 9 when he announced $25 billion in tariffs on...

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