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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Teamwork makes the dream work at Pimco

June 5, 2018

The sun hasn't yet lit up the California sky when Daniel Ivascyn and Emmanuel "Manny" Roman join each other at side-by-side desks on the 20th-floor trading room of Pacific Investment Management Co. From their aerie overlooking a luxury shopping...

Keeping Eyes Peeled for a Bearish Turn 

June 5, 2018

Markets and economies move through multi-year periods of expansion and contraction. However, at 54%, secular bull markets have occurred only about half the time historically.1 Furthermore, the U.S. equity market has spent 70% of its time either...

Vanguard: More than half of 401(k) participants invest solely in target-date funds

June 5, 2018

Participants in defined contribution plans are relying more on professionally managed investment options, especially target-date funds, Vanguard Group reported Tuesday. The portion of participants investing in these options climbed to 58% last...

Neil Hennessy: Active managers can grow their assets with acquisitions

June 5, 2018

Neil Hennessy is founder and chief investment officer of Hennessey Advisors Inc., a $6.6 billion publicly traded investment management company that offers 14 mutual funds to the public. Mr. Hennessy, who started his career as a PaineWebber broker...

A smarter way to rebalance

June 5, 2018

As advisers begin midyear rebalancing of client portfolios, they face a dilemma. While investors have enjoyed the fruits of a nine-year bull market — including a 19% gain by the S&P 500 in 2017 alone — they've also seen a significant shift...

Small-cap ETFs see surge in inflows

June 5, 2018

ETF investors haven't been this "America first" since Donald Trump won the presidential election — at least if flows to small-capitalization companies are any guide. Last month, roughly $7.5 billion poured into exchange-traded funds focused...

Invesco sued for 'indiscriminately' loading 401(k) plan with in-house funds

June 4, 2018

Invesco has been sued for allegedly stacking its 401(k) plan with proprietary investments, joining the ranks of more than 20 asset managers who have had to defend against similar claims of mismanagement by employees seeking to claw back lost...

International funds continue to disappoint

June 1, 2018

International investors' long national nightmare hasn't ended — but if you're looking for a good entry point for relatively cheap stocks, it couldn't hurt to look abroad. For the past decade, international stocks have been a disappointment...

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