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Investment managers have found a new way to give back

August 22, 2017

The popularity of companies that give back — such as Warby Parker and TOMS, which donate a pair of glasses or shoes for every pair you buy — is spreading to investments. Investment manager Infrastructure Capital Advisors, for one, is giving...

High-grade U.S. bonds run at fastest pace ever past $1 trillion

August 22, 2017

Blue-chip companies have sold more than $1 trillion of bonds in 2017, passing that milestone for the sixth straight year, as Federal Reserve rate hikes spur companies to borrow while it's still cheap. Sales from Amazon.com Inc. and Philip Morris...

Active ETFs are ripe for transparent, low-cost strategies

August 22, 2017

Over the last decade, active U.S. large cap strategies with lower turnover and greater concentration have delivered solid performance, better down-market capture and higher Sharpe ratios than more diversified, higher turnover active strategies.*...

401(k) advisers value active management in some categories, despite indexing craze

August 21, 2017

Index funds are continuing their push into 401(k) plan menus, but some retirement plan advisers and analysts still see areas where active management makes sense. The number of 401(k) plans offering index funds to employees swelled to 89.4% of...

Big gains attract new money to emerging markets, but should investors stay?

August 19, 2017

Emerging markets​ have offered all the thrill of a 10-foot slide into a cobra pit for much of the past decade. But right now, emerging-market stocks are in a sweet spot: They have low prices, lots of momentum and a flood of new cash pouring...

Best- and worst-performing emerging-market funds

August 19, 2017

U.S. open-end diversified emerging-market funds TOP 10 Name Current fund-level net assets YTD return 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Net expense ratio Ashmore Emerging Markets Value Instl (EMFIX) $10,064,105 31.19% 41.24% 3.52% 6.70%...

Emerging issues affecting financial advice

August 19, 2017

Management guru Peter Drucker once described predicting the future as driving down a country road at night with no lights on while looking out the rear window. Admittedly, no one can precisely predict how advisers and firms will work too far...

Mutual fund class of 2016 gets boost from international investments

August 18, 2017

The mutual fund class of 2016 — those that made their debut last year — has a certain worldly air about it that has helped performance this year. Morningstar's database lists 327 mutual funds and 246 exchange-traded funds launched in 2016....

Will Jeffrey Gundlach's Trump-like approach on Twitter work in financial services?

August 18, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach's new aggressive Tweeting style has sparked a discussion as to whether it makes sense in the financial services industry. The founder and CEO of DoubleLine Capital, a $111 billion asset management firm specializing in fixed...

International investing: How to set an allocation you — and your clients — can live with

August 16, 2017

Life is full of complicated, eminently debatable questions. Could the Red Sox beat the Dodgers this year? What will happen next year when Vanguard has all the money in the world? And what is the correct allocation between international and U.S....

ETFs making emerging markets vulnerable to sudden outflows: Citi

August 16, 2017

Add Citigroup Inc. to the list of analysts and investors concerned by the bumper inflows into emerging-market ETFs this year. After attracting almost $47 billion of new cash so far this year, exchange-traded funds have made developing nations...

401(k) DCIOs: Some are folding, holding and doubling down

August 16, 2017

Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 18, based on additional information received from Russell Investments. All segments of the 401(k) market are going through the early stages of maturity, led by record keepers and broker-dealers,...

The best and worst liquid alternative funds over the past 10 years

August 16, 2017

The financial crisis spawned a rebirth of alternative-strategy mutual funds designed to help investors through the next downturn. The strategies don’t promise to keep pace with the stock market, but here are the five-best and five-worst performers...

Alternative strategies boomed after crisis, but haven't been tested

August 15, 2017

Closing in on the 10-year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, and the stock market peak that preceded it in the fall of 2007, alternative-strategy mutual funds linger like an umbrella waiting for a storm. Alternative funds, which...

European junk bonds posted highest returns after financial crisis

August 15, 2017

If you'd bought European high-yield bonds the day the global financial crisis erupted, closed your eyes and held onto them through the unprecedented events of the following decade, you would now be sitting on a 100 percent return. On the other...

Dividend investing in the Trump era: Dispelling three misconceptions

August 11, 2017

It's easy to feel good these days as stocks keep hitting new highs. But seasoned advisers know there's plenty of uncertainty out there ? a tumultuous political environment, the Federal Reserve revving up its tightening cycle, federal spending...

North Korea: How should advisers react?

August 11, 2017

If the events in North Korea go terribly wrong, it won't matter whether your clients buy or sell stocks. Should the world avoid global thermonuclear war, however, Korea could have big, short-term effects on your clients' portfolio — and you...

Investors pour money into bonds, international in July

August 10, 2017

If you're an adviser, you're probably wondering: Who is pouring all that money into bond funds? It's not an easy question to answer, but at least part of the answer can be found in the mirror. Most mutual fund inflows come via the institutional...

Pimco and T. Rowe Price warn investors it's time to reduce risk

August 9, 2017

Two of the biggest money managers have a message for investors: it's time to dial back risk. Investors should pare U.S. stocks and high-yield debt while shifting to lower-risk assets, such as Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, according...

Is inflation a real and present danger?

August 9, 2017

Inflation has been deader than a dinosaur's doorknob ever since the end of the financial crisis. But a growing number of fund groups and research firms have started to make the case for higher inflation in the next few years. Only time will...

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