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State Street Global Advisers to shutter 12 unloved ETFs

August 8, 2016

State Street Global Advisors is sending 12 of its exchange-traded funds to Palookaville, citing limited market demand. Most of the ETFs being liquidated are international with an out-of-favor BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) flavor. For...

Franklin Templeton sued by employees for self-dealing in 401(k) plan

August 1, 2016

Franklin Resources Inc., the asset management firm operating under the name Franklin Templeton Investments, has been sued for self-dealing in its own 401(k), joining a growing list of similarly situated companies targeted by their employees...

Active ETFs produce few stars and even fewer fans

July 28, 2016

Actively managed exchange-traded funds continue to represent one of the unsolved mysteries of the asset management industry. It is an incarnation that is less than a decade old that includes some glowing success stories, a general reluctance...

BlackRock, State Street, TIAA: Expect lower returns, higher volatility ahead

July 22, 2016

The mid-year forecasts are rolling in, and the outlook is mostly disappointing, with a chance of dread. From BlackRock: “We are living in a low return world. Equity market returns have leapt ahead of economic fundamentals since the financial...

New York Life sued by employees claiming excessive 401(k) fees

July 20, 2016

New York Life Insurance Co. is the newest member to the ever-growing list of asset managers and retirement plan providers being sued by their employees for fiduciary breach in the company 401(k) plan. Current participants in two New York Life...

Jeffrey Gundlach reaches for bond king crown as DoubleLine's active ETF closes in on Pimco

June 22, 2016

The ongoing battle for bragging rights between DoubleLine and Pimco is about to shift in favor of DoubleLine, as its actively managed bond ETF — with Jeffrey Gundlach at the helm — gets closer to eclipsing Pimco's version of the strategy....

State Street execs expect retirement savings law by 2018

June 15, 2016

Retirement and policy executives at asset management firm State Street Global Advisors expect Congress to pass comprehensive legislation overhauling the U.S. retirement savings system by the end of 2018. The firm's expectation is that it will...

Avoid the TIPS rally. It's merely an inflation head-fake

May 16, 2016

Once upon a time, back when the Federal Reserve was still primarily dedicated to being an apolitical body strictly focused on monetary policy, there was a thing known as inflation, which was often preceded by the threat of inflation. Nowadays,...

Investors pile into gold funds, ETFs

March 4, 2016

The gold rally is real and gaining momentum. The precious metal is already up nearly 17% from the start of the year, and some analysts are now suggesting the case for gold is getting even stronger. A relatively-weaker dollar, a less hawkish...

Broaden the message to employees

February 28, 2016

Now is a good time for advisers to encourage plan sponsors to broaden the conversation with participants from a narrow focus on retirement to a more holistic view on financial wellness. By shifting the conversation, you can help plan sponsors...

Advice for building retirement plans based on the number of years until retirement

February 14, 2016

Plan participants looking ahead to their lives in retirement can take a cue from recent retirees. It's not surprising that baby boomers are free spirits — the sentiments this generation held about life when they were in their teens and 20s...

How are retirement plan participants reacting to market volatility?

February 3, 2016

Fredrik Axsater of State Street Global Advisors explains why retirement savers' reactions to the recent volatility have been muted, and describes some effective communication methods for plan advisers.

Rough week doesn't derail the outlook for ETFs

December 18, 2015

Nagging market disruptions in the form of an historic Fed rate hike, plunging commodity prices, and the sudden collapse of the Third Avenue junk bond fund might require some portfolio rejiggering, but not enough to derail the positive momentum...

Not a born salesperson? Don't worry, prospecting can be taught

December 15, 2015

Prospecting new clients is always a priority for financial advisory firms with aggressive growth goals, and those that are training individuals to develop this important skill even before they become lead advisers are finding the most success....

Insurers slow to introduce QLACs for 401(k) market

December 4, 2015

In the year and a half since the Treasury Department issued guidelines on qualified-longevity-annuity contracts, or QLACs, just over 10 insurers have developed such products. However, aside from one insurer, MetLife Inc., all have launched QLACs...

Encouraging participants to roll assets into your plan can be a win-win

November 8, 2015

When I tell people what I do for a living, I'm often met with similar responses: “I have so many 401(k) accounts. I need to do something about that.” Over the years, I've heard dozens of confessions about retirement planning trials and tribulations....

5 simple ways to help clients understand advisory fees

October 19, 2015

To get clients to understand and appreciate the value of professional financial advice, they must grasp two key metrics: what they are paying and what services are being provided for these fees. While this equation sounds simple enough, the...

ETFs are the next frontier for liquid alternatives

October 11, 2015

To investors, State Street Global Advisors might be best known as the firm behind the plainest of plain-vanilla investment products: the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The exchange-traded fund attempts to duplicate the returns of the stocks of some...

Hillary Clinton's Tweet-induced biotech sell off has created buying opportunity

October 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton drew the attention of biotech investors recently when she tweeted out her angst over prescription drug prices, but, really, the Democratic presidential frontrunner was just adding water to a boat that's sprung a leak. At this...

Vanguard, once thwarted, launches a muni-bond rival to BlackRock's iShares

August 27, 2015

The Vanguard Group Inc. was playing catch up when it was getting ready to launch its first municipal bond index fund in 2010. Its competitors had already successfully brought similar products to the market, including State Street Global Advisors...

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