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The Power 25 Elite: Charles "Ed" Haldeman Jr.

March 19, 2001

Age: 52 Chief executive, Delaware Investments in Philadelphia Power play: When Mr. Haldeman became CEO of Delaware Investments a little over a year ago, he was basically being asked to right a sinking ship. Although Delaware's equity funds are...

Vanguard could face challenge down the road

March 12, 2001

The world's largest investor of pension funds has launched a web-based service for small institutional clients that could serve as a test run for a move into the retail market. If it strikes off in that direction, Barclays Global Investors,...

Industry leader's move sure to be followed by others

March 12, 2001

A new pricing model is emerging for investment advice to mutual fund investors. Would you believe free? The giant Vanguard Group, headed by John Brennan, is taking the lead on a move to free advice for 401(k) and retail customers that will likely...

Moving Up

March 5, 2001

* Allied Investment Advisors Inc. in Baltimore, a subsidiary of Allfirst Bank, has appointed Michael Odlum, 49, president and chief operating officer. Mr. Odlum was a principal with the Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pa., where he was chairman of...

New survey: Banks need to sharpen their publicity skills, not their image

February 12, 2001

Bank-run mutual funds, by reputation, have about as much momentum as a teller line right before 3 p.m. To put it bluntly, Morningstar Inc. senior analyst Scott Cooley says, "there is a general consensus that they stink." But running the numbers...

Investment Strategies: The ABCs of ETFs: Why they're flavor of the moment

February 5, 2001

In a world in which new financial products come and go in the blink of an eye, exchange-traded funds may well be considered the leading financial innovation of the past decade. Essentially index funds that are listed and traded on exchanges...

Fishy fund fees need new SEC sniff test

January 22, 2001

Federal regulators are on the verge of opening a 20-year-old can of worms. That's what some mutual fund watchers say will happen if the Securities and Exchange Commission follows through with a recommendation to review Rule 12b-1 fees. Controversy...

One on One: "Five years from now we ought to really be able to call ourselves a global firm"

January 22, 2001

Putnam Investments' Lawrence J. Lasser didn't get to where he is by being a nice guy. The longtime chief of the nation's No. 4 mutual fund company is known as much for his demanding, hard-driving management style as he is for his role in transforming...

TD Waterhouse to build overseas fund business

January 15, 2001

Over the next five years the nation's No. 3 online brokerage intends to aggressively boost the sale of its own mutual funds overseas to bolster its flagging online business at home, InvestmentNews has learned. TD Waterhouse Group Inc.'s goal...

Want protection? It'll cost ya, big

December 11, 2000

You might expect the Mafia to charge a lot for protection. You don't expect it from bond and money market mutual funds. But investors pay a relatively steep price for the safety that such funds offer in a volatile economy. Even though the funds...

Closing Quote

December 11, 2000

'`The big bite is just unacceptable and outrageous." - Vanguard Group founder John Bogle, on the level of bond and money market fund fees. Page 1

T. Rowe beats on against tide

December 11, 2000

Pardon George Roche if he sounds a bit smug. The chairman of Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. grappled last year with a potentially company-altering dilemma: Should it follow the pack into high-flying tech stocks or stick to its...

Scrooge pays a visit to charities

November 27, 2000

It's shaping up to be a blue Christmas for many U.S. charities. Thanks to a stomach-churning year on Wall Street, many Americans are behaving more like Scrooge than Santa when it comes to their favorite charities. During the crucial holiday...

Ouch! Taxes, losses -- and high costs too?

November 20, 2000

It's easy to forgive a mutual fund for being pricey when it's posting double-digit returns. But when returns suddenly take a nosedive, mercy is in short supply. So far, this year is shaping up to be the worst since 1994 to own stock in mutual...

Direct sellers leading the drive

November 13, 2000

The electronic-signature bandwagon is getting crowded. Little more than a month after the federal Electronic Signature and Global and National Commerce Act took effect, mutual fund giants are scrambling to let customers open accounts online....

Indexing vexing for advisers

October 30, 2000

Mutual funds tracking the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index sold like hot cakes last year. Now they're selling like yesterday's cabbage. But don't blame financial advisers and their clients. The defectors are primarily retail investors chasing...

THE MARKETS: What's new with variable annuities

October 23, 2000

equity income TOP 10 1-year % 3-year % Management company Alger American Income & Growth 37.28 22.91 Fred Alger Management Inc. MFS/Sun Life Equity Income 24.68 N/A MFS Investment Mgmt Seasons Moderate Growth 19.75 15.80 SunAmerica Asset Mgmt...

Goss: Advice website for the masses

October 23, 2000

Robert Goss, former president of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, has landed at a dot-com by way of happenstance and design. Mr. Goss says that he has accepted a job as a vice president at AdviceAmerica.com, a Fremont, Calif.,...

Newest wrinkle in 401(k)s: Do it yourself

October 23, 2000

They may be a minority, but they could lead the masses. That's what several 401(k) providers are betting as they eye plan participants who want more choice in picking investments. The providers are pushing plans that allow participants to choose...

CONFERENCE CALL: Fund chiefs want look-alike investments regulated

October 16, 2000

Give mutual fund executives an opportunity to sound off and they make the most of it by knocking the competition. At a panel discussion sponsored by the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, several of the executives said hedge...

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