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LPL rolls out blockchain separately managed account

June 18, 2018

LPL Financial has rolled out a new blockchain strategy separately managed account that LPL's advisers can offer their clients or use to build client portfolios. Blockchain is the driving force behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies,...

Which stock sectors are most likely to raise dividends? It matters a lot

June 15, 2018

Dividends are a significant part of the total return from stocks. But rather than evaluating stocks based on recent dividends, investors should ask: "How likely are my holdings to raise their dividends?" A recent research paper by Morningstar...

Crypto coins surge on SEC reprieve

June 14, 2018

Ether investors got a reprieve Thursday when a top U.S. regulator said transactions involving the token aren't subject to federal securities rules, ending months of speculation that had weighed on the second most valuable digital currency. Ether...

Fidelity hedges the Fed by expanding into factor-based bond ETFs

June 14, 2018

With the Federal Reserve inching interest rates higher, more creativity will be called for fixed-income allocations, which is the wave Fidelity Investments is hoping to catch with two new factor-based strategies. Rolling out low-cost factor-based...

BlackRock, Wells Fargo reportedly preparing ESG funds for 401(k) plans

June 13, 2018

Doing good and saving for retirement may soon get easier. BlackRock Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are developing their first-ever ESG funds for retirement savings plans, seeking to tap into growing demand for ethical investing. Both firms plan...

ETF fans, bulls versus bears, and booth people

June 12, 2018

InvestmentNews senior reporter John Waggoner has been covering the annual Morningstar Investment Conference this week in Chicago. Here are some highlights from the conference. Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, touched on fees...

Former Schorsch REIT reaches $90 million settlement with Vanguard

June 12, 2018

Vereit Inc., a net lease real estate investment trust, has agreed to pay mutual fund giant Vanguard $90 million as part of a settlement stemming from an accounting scandal four years ago when the company was controlled by Nicholas Schorsch,...

Advisers seek guidance on ETFs

June 12, 2018

Financial advisers have one big question for the ETF industry: How the heck do you use these things, anyway? And the question is coming more frequently as smart-beta and multifactor ETFs proliferate. Most advisers are fairly well-versed on basic...

Cash floods into money market funds

June 12, 2018

It's tempting to look at the wave of cash spilling into U.S. money-market funds and conclude that investors are sheltering themselves from political and economic turmoil around the globe. After all, the short-term debt funds experienced one...

Impact investments made by more than 70% of millennials and Gen Xers

June 12, 2018

A large majority of affluent millennials (77%) and Generation X investors (72%) have made an impact investment, according to a study from Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity. This compares with just 30% of affluent donors from...

Winning over the ultra-rich means cutting them in on mega deals

June 11, 2018

America's last Gilded Age had its "List of 400": the people said to be worthy enough, or at least rich enough, to climb the pinnacles of high society. Today, in an age of affluence not even the Astors and Vanderbilts might have imagined, there...

How advisers can navigate ESG investing in 401(k) plans

June 11, 2018

Despite three attempts in the last four years by the Department of Labor to clarify if, when and how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can be used in the investment due-diligence process for retirement plans, advisers are still...

Investors dump junk ETF

June 8, 2018

With interest rates all but certain to rise soon, investors are fleeing a popular exchange-traded fund that tracks short-term junk bonds. The $2.4 billion iShares 0-5 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (SHYG) had more than $465 million of outflows...

Research Affiliates targets advisers

June 8, 2018

Research Affiliates, which produces investment research and asset allocation advice for institutional investors, is looking at a new market: advisers. The company's academic and quantitative work is used to manage $201 billion in assets worldwide,...

Tax planning doesn't stop on Tax Day

June 8, 2018

My father, Paul A. Samuelson, and I shared the same name and a strong interest in personal investing. While his primary job was professor of economics at MIT, he took on various investment advisory roles and served for many decades as a trustee...

Focus on fiduciary boosts ETFs

June 7, 2018

Exchange-traded funds have been a quiet beneficiary of the increased focus on transparency and fiduciary responsibility, according to a panel presentation Wednesday at Pershing Advisor Solutions' annual Insite conference in Orlando, Fla. Dominic...

Yield curve points to recession in about 22 months

June 7, 2018

Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd has his eye on the yield curve and says it's not looking good. "If you look at the historical path that we've been on, we are just around the point where we would be, let's say, maybe 22 months away from a recession,"...

Watch out for stock ETFs with the largest inflows

June 7, 2018

You've probably warned clients against buying the hottest exchange-traded funds. You should also warn them against buying stock ETFs with the largest inflows, according to a study by the Leuthold Group. The stock ETFs that had the highest inflows...

Glut of smart-beta ETFs is pushing issuers toward bonds

June 6, 2018

The explosion of "smart-beta" exchange-traded funds last year was the latest gold rush to hit the fast-growing $3 trillion ETF industry. But as investors gather in New York City Wednesday and Thursday for a conference focused on smart-beta ETFs,...

Demand grows for structured notes

June 6, 2018

Financial advisers recently have grown more interested in structured notes, a type of debt with a return linked to the performance of a single security, an index of stocks or other investments, according to one executive from a leading distribution...

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