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AT THE BELL

May 4, 1998

Vanguard plans online trading The Vanguard Group is reconfiguring its little-known discount brokerage operation in order to make it more competitive with online giants like Charles Schwab & Co. It confirms plans to add online trading capabilities...

PRODUCT WATCH

May 4, 1998

Vanguard adds three index funds: one mid-cap and two small-cap Vanguard Group has added three no-load mutual funds to its index trust. They are Mid Capitalization Stock Portfolio, which seeks to parallel the investment performance of the Standard...

SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

April 27, 1998

John Bogle, senior chairman of the Vanguard Group, will award $2,500 scholarships to two students next month in memory of Nicholas Green, son of Reg Green, formerly of the Mutual Fund News Service. The boy, 7, was murdered in a robbery attempt...

Q&A: MICHAEL HIRSCH -- "THE DAYS WHEN I COULD WALK INTO FIDELITY AND STROLL AROUND THE FLOOR ARE OVER"

April 20, 1998

Michael Hirsch, the self-proclaimed grandfather of the fund of funds concept, feels vindicated. In 1975, when he became one of the first to create a portfolio of mutual funds that invest in other funds, people looked at him as if he was crazy....

BANC ONE COMBINE HAS ASSET TOOLS: NO. 2 IN MERGER NEWS BUT NO. 1 IN MONEY MANAGEMENT

April 20, 1998

One could forgive the honchos at Banc One Corp. and First Chicago NBD Corp. if they cursed their luck last week when their "history-making" merger was overshadowed by news on the same day of the biggest bank combination ever. But it's the new...

FEDS WANT 401(K) PARTICIPANTS TO LEARN WHAT PLANS COST THEM: EDUCATIONAL BOOKLET WILL HELP INVESTORS UNEARTH BURIED FEES

April 13, 1998

The U.S. Labor Department is planning to help participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans figure out how much of their savings might be lost to fees. The help is expected to come in the form of a booklet to educate investors in 401(k)-type...

TRUST COMPANY TRYING HARDBALL WAY TO DO WELL BY DOING GOOD: AMERICAN GUARANTY CHALLENGING FUND GIANTS BY MARKETING TAX SHELTERS THROUGH ADVISERS

April 6, 1998

Forget warm and fuzzy. American Guaranty and Trust Co. is making a hard-nosed bid to compete with giants like Fidelity and Vanguard in its quest to manage more charitable contributions. The Wilmington, Del.-based trust company -- whose bread...

DEAL WATCH: BANKS HAVE THEIR EYES ON RECORDKEEPERS IN 401(K) PUSH -- HAVING A SIDELINE IN THE ADVISING BUSINESS MAKES A COMPANY A MORE APPEALING TARGET

April 6, 1998

Bank acquisitions of regional recordkeepers for 401(k) plans are picking up as banks look to build scale in the fast-growing retirement-plan business. Moreover, as more of these third-party administrators -- or TPAs, as they are known in the...

ADVISERS NOT WINNING ROTH CONVERTS: FEW CLIENTS MOVING A TAX-FREE ACCOUNTS, BUT FUND COMPANIES TELL A DIFFERENT TALE

April 6, 1998

To hear the discount brokerages and mutual fund companies tell it, the new Roth individual retirement account is a big hit. But you couldn't prove it by talking to most financial advisers. Owing to the Roth, new IRA accounts are pouring in at...

CONFERENCE CALL BARBASH WARNING: TITANIC WAS BIG, TOO

March 30, 1998

Using the ill-fated Titanic to illustrate the dangers of being too big, Barry P. Barbash, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment management division, warned mutual fund executives to pay more attention to the rules of...

INDEX FUNDS FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES NEXT IN LINE: CALIFORNIA FIRM READIES 10 FOR SEC REGISTRATION

March 23, 1998

Hoping to extend indexing mania to the international realm, a California mutual fund firm appears to be laying the groundwork for a set of international index funds targeted to specific countries, according to investment advisers the firm has...

A $200 MILLION OPPORTUNITY IN WORDS PERFECT -- BIG BUSINESS: WRITING SO YOU CAN READ IT

March 23, 1998

Mutual fund companies are finding out that learning plain English isn't easy. It ain't cheap, either. Heeding the Securities and Exchange Commission's recent call for "reader-friendly" mutual-fund prospectuses, fund groups are scrambling for...

RUNNING HARD, GOING NOWHERE OVERSEAS: U.S. FUNDS GET COLD SHOULDER ABROAD; ASSETS DOUBLE BUT MARKET SHARE SLIPS

March 9, 1998

American mutual fund companies aggressively wooing overseas investors are in for a shock: As a group they've failed to boost market share relative to the locals. In addition to veteran players like Fidelity Investments, the growing list of U.S....

A DILLAR, A DOLLAR, TIAA-CREF NOT JUST FOR SCHOLARS: PENSION POWERHOUSE GOING PUBLIC WITH MUTUAL FUNDS

March 2, 1998

TIAA-CREF, the $213 billion pension system for college and university employees, squelched any remaining doubts last week that it has ambitions far beyond the cozy world of academia. New York-based Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College...

WHICH SECTOR FUND IS HOT? THEY ALL ARE: ADVISERS LOOKING TO THEM AS A WAY TO BEAT S&P 500; ASSETS AT $100B AS OFFERINGS MULTIPLY LIKE MOSQUITOES

March 2, 1998

"Sector funds, Benjamin" might be the words whispered in Dustin Hoffman's ear if "The Graduate" were being filmed today instead of the 1960s. Thanks in part to some astonishing returns in certain funds as well as financial advisers' determination...

DREYFUS STILL HAS ITS PRIDE, BUT NOW IT CAN REVEAL PERFORMANCE NUMBERS: NEW BOSS HELPS TURN $945 MILLION ASSET LOSS TO $2.5 BILLION INCREASE

February 23, 1998

For years, Dreyfus Corp. was one of the few major mutual fund companies that refused to say how much its funds took in and how much they lost in redemptions. No wonder: The New York company's mutual fund assets grew by a meager 10% between 1992...

VANGUARD PINCHING PENNY UNTIL LINCOLN SAYS 'OUCH!'

February 23, 1998

The Vanguard Group is seeking to make its funds even leaner. The Valley Forge, Pa.-based mutual fund giant is asking investors to approve administrative measures intended to slash millions in fund expenses. Vanguard's 95 no-load funds already...

NEW JOBS

February 23, 1998

Skyline Asset Management LP of Chicago, a small-cap equity management firm, has appointed Stephen F. Kendall a partner and chief operating officer. Mr. Kendall, 43, comes from RJR Nabisco, where he was a regional vice president. The Securities...

STATS: GUESS WHO'S IN THE VANGUARD OF LOW-COST STOCK FUNDS?

February 16, 1998

Agressive Growth lowest cost Expense 1-YEAR Rank FUND Ratio Return 1 Vanguard Horizon Aggressive Growth 0.38 15.88% 2 USAA Aggressive Growth 0.74 3.75% 3 Putnam Voyager Y 0.77 20.75% 4 Value Line Leveraged Growth 0.86 19.27% 5 Arch Small Cap...

3D PARTY NOSES UNDER 401(K) TENT: BACK-OFFICE PAPER-PUSHERS WANT PIECE OF ADVISER BIZ

February 2, 1998

Watch out, advisers. Look who's moving in on 401(k)s. Regional third-party administrators -- after years of being severely squeezed while Fidelity Investments, Vanguard Group and other big providers of so-called bundled 401(k) plans snatched...

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