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TD Ameritrade to bolster lineup of commission-free ETFs

October 16, 2017

TD Ameritrade has expanded its commission-free exchange-traded funds platform to 296 from 100, effective Oct. 17. The participating ETF providers are AGFiQ QuantShares, First Trust Portfolios, iShares ETFs, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, PowerShares...

State Street cuts fees, renames 15 ETFs

October 16, 2017

State Street Global Advisors has lowered the expense ratio of 15 of its exchange-traded funds – one by 48 basis points – and renamed them SPDR Portfolio ETFs. Three of the funds will track new indexes, SSGA said in a release. Expense ratios...

General Electric 401(k) participants sue over poor-performing GE Asset Management funds

September 28, 2017

Three participants in General Electric Co.'s 401(k) plan filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging it violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 by breaching its fiduciary duties. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court...

Investment managers have found a new way to give back

August 22, 2017

The popularity of companies that give back — such as Warby Parker and TOMS, which donate a pair of glasses or shoes for every pair you buy — is spreading to investments. Investment manager Infrastructure Capital Advisors, for one, is giving...

State Street's Brie Williams: How financial advisers can protect clients with cognitive decline

July 7, 2017

Advisers need to take note of changes in their clients’ behaviors as they age, and help protect them from unnecessary financial fraud or loss, according to Brie Williams, head of practice management at State Street Global Advisors.

State Street's Brie Williams: The story behind the 'Fearless Girl' statue

June 22, 2017

The idea started with the creation of a statue to coincide with International Women's Day, and the results surpassed expectations, according to Brie Williams, head of practice management at State Street Global Advisors.

Pershing to roll out a no-transaction-fee ETF platform

June 15, 2017

BNY Mellon's Pershing is rolling out a no-transaction-fee ETF platform in an effort to give financial advisers more access to what they desire, the company announced Thursday. The new platform, FundVest ETF, was unveiled by Pershing chief executive...

Popularity of index funds and ETFs driving down average costs: Morningstar

May 23, 2017

As assets continue to flow into index mutual funds, ETFs and institutional share classes, investors paid less in fund expenses in 2016 than ever before, said Morningstar, Inc., in its annual fund fee study. The asset-weighted average net expense...

Gold shines in an uncertain bull market

April 7, 2017

Gold is only happy when it rains — and if your clients have gold in their portfolio, today would be a good reason to remind them why. Gold pays no dividends and has no earnings. Anyone looking for growth has no business investing in the yellow...

Record $132 billion flowed into ETFs in first quarter

April 4, 2017

Inflows into exchange-traded funds totaled a record-breaking $132 billion from January through March, beating the previous record of $106 billion set in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to State Street Global Advisors. Inflows of $35.5...

Metamorphosis of DC investment-only wholesalers

March 19, 2017

In the 1949 Arthur Miller play "Death of a Salesman," 63-year-old Willy Loman confronts his future. Bombastic and unrealistic, Mr. Loman looks in the mirror and sees few, if any, viable or attractive alternatives. Though it's not as bleak, financial...

John Hancock picks robo for retirement accounts

January 10, 2017

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services will integrate NextCapital's digital 401(k) platform and begin offering its automated retirement plans and IRA rollovers over the next 12 months. NextCapital's robo-platform allows retirement plan participants...

Outlook for 2017: Strategists from Vanguard, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Ameriprise, BlackRock and others weigh in

December 20, 2016

Economists make predictions because people ask them to, and the same holds true for market strategists. Here's a roundup of predictions for 2017 from major fund companies and brokerages. VANGUARD: JOE DAVIS, CHIEF GLOBAL ECONOMIST, AND TEAM...

Target-date fund managers evolve to capture burgeoning 401(k) market

December 5, 2016

For providers of target-date funds, it's no longer enough to be a one-trick pony. Over the last several years, TDF managers have engaged in a marketing bonanza of new products to stand out in an increasingly competitive — and lucrative —...

Technology can offer support to advisers with aging clients

October 27, 2016

Financial advisers increasingly worried about serving aging clients who may suffer from dementia or even Alzheimer's Disease can begin to look toward technology for some relief. New fintech efforts focus on arming financial advisers with tools...

Testing the limits of ETF tax efficiency

September 28, 2016

Investors in exchange-traded funds don't normally have to fret about tax bills, because tax efficiency is one of the main sales pitches right along with transparency, liquidity and lower fees. But thanks to recent adjustments in certain indexes...

Legislation supporting multiple employer plans could become reality by year-end

September 22, 2016

A policy mechanism that's somewhat of an industry darling when it comes to the notion of boosting retirement-plan coverage is now within reach, following the Senate Finance Committee's unanimous approval of retirement legislation on Wednesday....

Charles Schwab fires latest salvo in low-cost TDF war

August 25, 2016

Charles Schwab Corp. has upped the ante in the push to be the lowest-cost provider of target-date retirement funds, launching a new series of target-dated mutual funds on Thursday that edge out Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments to claim...

ETF providers scramble to put Aug. 24 'flash crash' in rearview mirror

August 23, 2016

If there is an upside to the Aug. 24, 2015 “flash crash” that saw volatility spike and trigger nearly 1,300 individual trading halts, it is that the asset management industry and the exchanges are now scrambling to work with regulators to...

Fidelity, American Century and Jefferies offer upbeat outlooks for second half of 2016

August 9, 2016

Reading most financial firms' outlook for the second half of 2016, you'd get the impression that the stock market is on a one-way toboggan ride to a desolate wasteland of low returns and high volatility. But a few companies have managed to produce...

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