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American Funds gets SEC approval for clean shares

January 13, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission gave the green light Wednesday to the Capital Group to issue “clean shares” through its American Funds — a share class without any distribution costs, such as 12-b(1) fees. The no-action letter to...

Health savings accounts front and center amid Obamacare repeal efforts

January 12, 2017

With Republicans in Congress moving aggressively toward replacing all or major parts of Obamacare, health savings accounts are expected to become a centerpiece of managing health care-related expenses going forward. As part of the campaign to...

Hedge funds take the 'short' out of long-short strategy

January 12, 2017

What happens when you take the “short” out of a long-short trading strategy? Some hedge funds are about to find out. Equity long-short fund managers, the biggest category in hedge funds, hold the fewest bearish stock bets on record, data...

Will Trump's tweets continue to move markets — and is that a good thing?

January 12, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump proved he can move markets, but how persistent the Trump effect will be remains to be seen. Mr. Trump said at his press conference Wednesday that pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder” on drug...

Even top notch firms feel sting from fickle investors

January 12, 2017

William Nygren has succeeded at a difficult task: picking stocks to deliver market-beating returns over long stretches of time. Both his $16.5 billion Oakmark Fund and his $5.6 billion Oakmark Select Fund have topped the S&P 500 by an annual...

Robos jumping into socially responsible investing space

January 11, 2017

Financial advisers who don't offer socially responsible investing choices are giving clients and prospects another reason to go robo. Several automated advice platforms have been created recently to pair ones' values with their investments,...

Smart-beta strategies hot with stocks, not with bonds

January 11, 2017

The rise in smart-beta stock funds has begged the question: Why not smart-beta bond funds? The answer may be that fundamental differences in the bond market may make smart-beta bond funds much more difficult to execute. Smart beta is the buzzword...

Gross says Treasury yield at 2.6% more important than Dow at 20,000

January 10, 2017

Investors should watch for 10-year Treasuries to move above 2.6% a threshold that would mark an end to the three-decade bond bull market and be a more important barometer than the Dow Jones Industrial Average passing 20,000, according to billionaire...

Cyberattack threats to nation's utilities pose credit risk for investors

January 9, 2017

Utility stocks and bonds, long a safe haven for income investors, are increasingly risky investments because of cyberwarfare threats, according to Moody's Investors Services. The December attack on the electric department in Burlington, Vt.,...

Will baby boomers be savior of bond market?

January 9, 2017

Investors mourning the end of a 30-year bull market in U.S. Treasuries can take solace from demographics: Thanks to the aging population there's a limit to how high yields can go. Over the next decade, as more of those born in the baby-boom...

Bob Doll's 10 predictions for 2017

January 6, 2017

The year ahead is full of potential, but much of it hinges on the success of Present-elect Donald Trump in living up to expectations, according to Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. Coming off a strong showing in 2016,...

Vanguard adds record $305 billion in 2016

January 6, 2017

Vanguard Group, the world's largest mutual fund manager, said it attracted a record $305 billion last year — an annual total that some firms need decades to reach. Vanguard's take, which tops the firm's previous record of $276.4 billion in...

Brace for thousands of new DOL fiduciary-friendly mutual fund share classes

January 6, 2017

Expect a barrage of new, DOL fiduciary-friendly T share classes from the mutual fund industry this year, according to Morningstar. The Chicago-based investment tracker says that as many as 3,800 new share classes — about as many as there are...

Smart-beta returns track their Morningstar categories

January 5, 2017

Your fund may have the smartest beta around, but your returns are still ultimately going to stem from the fund's primary investment playground. Smart beta funds are index funds that use a set of rules to modify performance, preferably for the...

The long and short of long-short funds

January 5, 2017

When you board an airplane, the one thing you don't want is a wide range of outcomes. If you're headed to Fort Lauderdale, you'd probably prefer not to land in Vladivostok. A trip that's supposed to end in New York City shouldn't end in Altoona....

Top emerging markets for investors in 2017

January 3, 2017

There are some clear favorites among investors for 2017. All things Russian and Indian are popular, as are Brazilian corporate bonds and Mexico's cheap peso. The top calls for this year are centered on markets where the political climate is...

Here's why your clients probably didn't beat the S&P 500 in 2016

January 3, 2017

Your clients had a great year in the stock market. But their first question might be, “Why didn't we get as much as the S&P 500?” The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index gained 11.96% with dividends reinvested in 2016, despite a rough start:...

How the biggest stock funds performed in 2016

December 29, 2016

For a year that started with a 10.5% decline in the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index, 2016 turned out pretty darn good for most investors, with the S&P 500 recording a 13.43% gain. Morningstar’s database has 14 U.S. diversified, open-ended...

Coming off a disastrous 2016, sales of nontraded REITs could bounce back in 2017

December 27, 2016

After a disastrous 2016, industry analysts and executives are cautiously optimistic that sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts will bounce back next year. There are a number of reasons why sales of nontraded REITs, declined from nearly...

Alternative energy funds have dim prospects under a Trump presidency

December 27, 2016

One thing you can learn from the Trump presidential victory: Making bets on the fallout is anything but certain. For example, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal. Investors don't believe it. VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (KOL),...

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