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JPMorgan ups its ETF game

July 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally gaining ground in the competitive ETF landscape with its BetaBuilder brand. Two of the lender's exchange-traded funds — the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) and the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF (BBEU)...

Midsize asset managers face a squeeze

July 6, 2018

Rumors of the demise of medium-sized asset managers have proved to be greatly exaggerated, so far. But in the next five years, a combination of rising costs, a stagnant pool of profit and dwindling revenue will hasten a divide in the industry...

Vanguard isn't taking in as much money; neither is anyone else

July 6, 2018

Vanguard Group is attracting a lot less money from investors this year compared with 2017. Turns out, the mutual fund giant's not alone. Vanguard, the world's second-largest money manager, collected $138 billion in the first half of 2018, down...

Goldman Sachs poses new threat to active mutual fund managers

July 5, 2018

Truly passive index and exchange-traded funds are winning over many financial advisers. There are some holdouts among these middlemen who look after perhaps as much as $25 trillion. They are not rushing to move their clients into cheap beta-style...

SEC proposes making it easier to start ETFs

June 28, 2018

The fast-growing $3.6 trillion U.S. market for exchange-traded funds is closer to getting a shot in the arm after Wall Street's main regulator advanced a proposal for streamlining its approval process for the products. The Securities and Exchange...

Vanguard files for two ETFs with ESG focus

June 27, 2018

Vanguard filed a preliminary registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for two exchange-traded funds to complement its existing environmental, social and governance (ESG) mutual fund. The two new funds, the Vanguard...

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...

BlackRock expands risk analytics tool to wealth managers overseeing billions in assets

June 12, 2018

Almost three decades ago, BlackRock Inc. created software to obsessively monitor the then-fledgling firm's financial risks. Now, after turning it into an essential tool on Wall Street, the firm is zeroing in on another kind of client: financial...

Vanguard: More than half of 401(k) participants invest solely in target-date funds

June 5, 2018

Participants in defined contribution plans are relying more on professionally managed investment options, especially target-date funds, Vanguard Group reported Tuesday. The portion of participants investing in these options climbed to 58% last...

More institutional money managers joining the $1 trillion club

May 30, 2018

Among institutional money managers, a two-company battle has emerged for the most assets under management, even as more firms have joined the $1 trillion-plus AUM club. BlackRock Inc. (BLK) and Vanguard Group Inc. retained the top two positions...

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...

The passive-investing bid for equities is roaring back

May 14, 2018

It's January all over again for the biggest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index. Last week about $5.7 billion poured into ETFs from State Street Corp., BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. linked to the U.S. equity gauge, the...

Financial advisers embrace virtual offices

May 12, 2018

Less than a year after starting her financial planning practice in Oklahoma City in 2015, Amy Hubble was faced with a dilemma. She had been accepted to the University of Georgia to work on her doctorate in financial planning and consumer economics....

Target-date-fund fees fall for ninth consecutive year

May 8, 2018

The average asset-weighted expense ratio for a target-date mutual fund series fell to 66 basis points in 2017, making it the ninth consecutive year the ratio has declined, said Morningstar's latest annual survey of target-date funds released...

Wells Fargo wouldn't be the first to push proprietary products on 401(k) plan participants

April 27, 2018

The disclosure of an alleged Labor Department investigation of Wells Fargo sales practices — including those in its retirement-plan services division — is sure to raise a few eyebrows, but should this sort of thing really be a revelation...

Vanguard divides record-keeping duties amongst 2 firms

April 25, 2018

Vanguard Group on Wednesday announced several changes to its defined contribution plan services, assigning record-keeping duties of its self-directed brokerage to TD Ameritrade and transferring record-keeping duties of its non-qualified plan...

Invesco increases its ETF position with acquisition of Guggenheim Investments

April 9, 2018

Invesco completed its acquisition of Guggenheim Investments' $39 billion ETFs Monday, and immediately moved to slash fees on some of those funds as it looks to lure new assets. It's a savvy move for the Atlanta-based firm, which is in a state...

Morgan Stanley continues its mutual fund overhaul

March 30, 2018

Morgan Stanley continues to overhaul its product platform, this week announcing changes that include cutting poor performing funds and converting buy-and-hold clients from one share class of mutual fund to another. The ongoing changes at Morgan...

Vanguard wrestles with new service problems

March 27, 2018

Vanguard investors complained Tuesday about getting erroneous messages about not having enough money in their settlement accounts to make trades. On the Bogleheads.org message board, about a dozen Vanguard investors complained about the same...

Cost-cutting takes precedence in competitive defined-contribution environment

March 23, 2018

U.S. target-date fund managers are continuing to find ways to cut costs amid heightened fee scrutiny from plan executives and consultants, increased competition among managers, and a desire among managers to help improve participants' retirement...

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