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U.S. exchange-traded products slowed in first quarter on market volatility

April 24, 2018

U.S. exchange-traded product assets paused their rapid growth during the first quarter after market volatility led to about $3 billion in net outflows in March and $10.6 billion in February. The 0.5% quarter-over-quarter growth rate was the...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

Loomis Sayles' star bond manager talks about rising rates and trade wars

April 19, 2018

Dan Fuss has 59 years of experience in the investment industry, and 42 of them have been with Loomis Sayles. He has run Loomis Sayles Bond fund since 1991, rolling up an averaging an 8.99% annual gain. Over the past 15 years, the fund has outpaced...

Cadaret Grant acquired by private-equity-backed Atria

April 19, 2018

In a move the market has been anticipating for years, the owner of independent broker-dealer Cadaret Grant & Co. has agreed to a sale. Arthur Grant, president, chief executive and majority owner of the 33-year-old IBD with $23 billion under...

Wealthfront cutting costs on its risk parity mutual fund

April 18, 2018

Wealthfront Inc. is cutting costs on its proprietary mutual fund, less than two months after the fund was first announced. The digital adviser said Wednesday that it had transferred $500 million of client assets into the mutual fund, making...

Investing in virtue is hard when few companies qualify

April 18, 2018

It's not easy being a socially conscious investor. To see why, look no further than Facebook Inc. By any reasonable ethical standard, the social media giant doesn't measure up. The Cambridge Analytica debacle and its aftermath revealed that...

Morgan Stanley warns of potential market downside

April 17, 2018

Investors need to prepare for downside because the end of the economic cycle is near and U.S. markets are priced for best-case scenarios, Morgan Stanley says. While fiscal stimulus is supportive of growth in the near term, the benefits are already...

Will global macro finally shine?

April 17, 2018

Following the Federal Reserve's latest decision to increase its benchmark interest rate in March, and as a growing number of central banks around the world reverse their policies of monetary stimulus, advisers and investors should take the opportunity...

Using smart beta in an outcomes-oriented portfolio

April 17, 2018

It's no secret that the active versus passive debate is not black and white. There are many flavors of both active and passive management, and thus the supposed competition between the two — as often framed by pundits — is a tad simplistic....

Plan advisers, consultants question value of managed accounts

April 16, 2018

A narrow majority of defined-contribution-plan advisers and consultants say managed accounts provide less benefit to participants than target-date funds, according to a survey by Pacific Investment Management Co. Fifty-one percent of respondents...

Investors flee high-yield bond funds and ETFs

April 13, 2018

Investors have been fleeing high-yield bond funds and ETFs. But why they are doing so is a puzzle. High-yield bond funds and ETFs have watched a net $19.2 billion walk out the door in the first three months of the year, and $29.7 billion has...

Many women get a rude financial awakening when they divorce

April 13, 2018

For some, it means liberation. For others, loss. For women in particular, the doubling of the divorce rate for the 50-plus crowd since the 1990s can mean something far more prosaic: a need to shoulder the big financial decisions they'd let their...

JPMorgan Chase sued for charging 'sky-high' fees for crypto purchases

April 12, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been sued for charging "sky-high" interest rates and fees to customers who used their credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Brady Tucker, a Chase credit card customer in Idaho, claims the bank in January...

Sector that's been hosed for five years finally sees light of day

April 12, 2018

A surge in oil prices has provided some fuel for long-suffering energy investors. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hit $66.14 a barrel at midday Thursday, closing in on this year's record $66.27 from Jan. 26. Crude hit a low of...

Boring stocks outperforming by most in two years

April 12, 2018

Investors are learning to love boring. ​ From trade tensions and missiles to election meddling and economic misses, a world awash in uncertainty is playing out in dizzying financial markets. For emerging-market and European equity investors...

Family foundations beginning to shame public companies to invest more in ESG causes

April 12, 2018

John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil Co., and as a result was the richest person on the planet when he died in 1937. Yet, some of his 200-plus living descendants have embarked on a mission to challenge Standard Oil offspring Exxon Mobil...

Riskiest funds fare best over time — but can you keep clients in them?

April 11, 2018

If you could go back in time 30 years, you'd probably have some words of advice for your younger self. For example, no one is really impressed by your ability to throw a Frisbee. At some point, you run out of things to do with a crate of bananas....

Earnings season only pouring 'fuel on fire' for stocks

April 11, 2018

Don't pin your hopes for stock markets in the U.S. and Europe on first-quarter profit updates. That's the message from London & Capital's Roger Jones, who argues that now is not the time to load up on risk assets. As investors prepare to shift...

Do investors know Barclays is shutting their ETN?

April 11, 2018

If you own an exchange-traded note sold by Barclays, go check your mail. Now. The British bank is retiring or replacing roughly half of its U.S. offerings Thursday, according to statements from the company. The plan affects 50 ETNs with about...

Pacer rolls out ETF that invests in veteran-friendly employers

April 10, 2018

Pacer ETFs has launched an exchange-traded fund that invests in companies with the best hiring records for veterans — a first for environmental, social and governance funds. The Pacer Military Times Best Employers ETF (VETS) selects publicly...

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