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Blaming the 401(k) for lack of retirement savings

August 26, 2016

The case for how 401(k) plans have put retirement income further out of reach for some Americans. Pensions used to work, then pensions went away. The typical 401(k) is anything but automatic. Don't make the mistake of overlooking U.S. oil production...

The risky but necessary bet on dividends for income

August 25, 2016

Dividend-yielding stocks have been praised as a replacement for bond income ever since the Fed started standing with both feet on interest rates, but that doesn't make the strategy an automatic home run for every client. When it comes to portfolio...

Presidential candidates should focus on ETFs in 401(k) plans

August 25, 2016

It's time to push the conversation about including ETFs in 401(k) plans. If costs really matter — and they do — how can anyone overlook ETFs? The ETF as a political weapon. Active management might cost more and generally perform worse than...

BlackRock chops 10 ETFs with solid returns but limited investor appeal

August 24, 2016

BlackRock must have some pretty high standards. The asset management giant is sending iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America ETF (EEML) to the scrap heap despite a gain of more than 30% this year. The investors are just not that into these...

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...

When outperformance puts active managers out of business

August 22, 2016

The legal jargon about past performance not being indicative of future returns might need to be tweaked to suggest that past performance could be indicative of future underperformance. New research from S&P Global Market Intelligence and S&P...

A case for cash when stock prices are off the charts

August 22, 2016

Sometimes the best investment move is toward the sidelines, especially when stocks and bonds are both teetering near record highs. The case for cash. Former hedge funder, Steve Eisman, who is now with Neuberger Berman, says hedge fund fees are...

Fees matter most when it comes to active management performance: Morningstar

August 19, 2016

Morningstar's midyear analysis of active versus passive investing shows once again that higher fees have the biggest impact on performance. The semiannual report describes fees as “one of the only reliable predictors of success.” The research...

Smart beta finds fixed income

August 18, 2016

Fixed income shapes up as the next frontier for smart-beta strategies. A small but strong showing. The haters are gonna hate this, but things might be shaping up for the start of a bear market for bonds. The momentum is just getting started....

Rob Arnott says cheesy copy cats are hurting smart beta investing

August 11, 2016

Rob Arnott, a pioneer of smart-beta investing, says the growing popularity of the investing style has gotten out of hand. Perhaps he longs for the good old days when almost nobody believed in smart beta. “There are a lot of dumb ideas masquerading...

What's behind the gold price rally, and will it hold?

August 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless theories to explain the stunning gold-price rally this year, and most of them support more of the same for the precious metal. Global gold demand reached 2,336 tons through the first six months of the year, led by...

Bond-fund correlations increase interest-rate risk

August 4, 2016

If the direction of asset flows out of stock funds and into bond funds this year is any kind of guide, investors are seeking shelter and yield in fixed income. But they could be getting neither. Through the end of June, U.S. equity mutual funds...

When it comes to asset management, look for experience

August 3, 2016

In the midst of this heated and unorthodox presidential election year, the issue of experience is front and center. But, it turns out, experience is also a factor that should be considered when it comes to financial advice and asset management....

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...

REIT ETFs trouncing stocks thanks to low interest rates and flight to passive investing

July 21, 2016

Record-low interest rates, combined with growing turmoil across the global financial markets, has played right into the hands of exchange-traded funds that invest in REITs. Real estate investment trust ETFs picked up $4.9 billion year-to-date...

Goldman says U.S. investors should keep their portfolios local

July 21, 2016

Most U.S. investors, who are already too heavily exposed to domestic stocks, should keep investing along those lines. According to Goldman Sachs, the U.S. is the only real safe haven right now. The U.S. is still in better shape than the rest...

Investors pour into junk bond ETFs, signaling more upside for stocks

July 19, 2016

Investors are flocking to junk bond ETFs, showing another leg of risk-on investing. This is looking a lot like early 2012. If income is your goal, dividend stocks represent one of the few remaining choices. Time to get some REIT exposure. Allocation...

Japan's stock market rally has investors suddenly looking eastward

July 14, 2016

The sudden rally in Japan has some citing a turnaround, riding on the wave of Abenomics. Expanded stimulus program coming. The controversial use of stock-buyback plans is at least partially responsible for the stock market rally. The repurchasing...

As stock market soars, financial advisers batten down the hatches

July 11, 2016

As the S&P 500 Index notched another record high shortly after the stock market opened for trading Monday, financial advisers were doubling down on calls to proceed with caution. The index, which is up 5.5% from the start of the year, stands...

ETF liquidity a growing point of financial industry contention

July 10, 2016

For a lot of financial advisers, the primary appeal of exchange-traded funds boils down to low fees and liquidity. There is no disputing the low fees, which provide investors with varied and broad market exposure for mere basis points, in most...

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