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Some small-caps win in the long term — but which ones?

May 30, 2018

Many things work better in theory than in practice. For example, it's theoretically good to run five miles a day, provided you don't blow out your hamstring or get eaten by a bear. And in theory it's good to invest in small-company stocks for...

Retirement plan sponsors tread lightly with capital preservation

May 29, 2018

In providing capital preservation options for investment menus, some defined contribution plan executives have wound up in the crosshairs of participants' lawsuits alleging fiduciary breaches of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Some...

Blackstone woos wealthy with tax-free hedge fund

May 29, 2018

Blackstone Group has an enticing pitch for the ultra wealthy: Invest in hedge funds and avoid paying taxes forever. The private-equity firm's Lombard International is leading the charge to promote exclusive insurance vehicles that can contain...

Italy's woes spread to U.S. markets — and advisers' clients

May 29, 2018

Worries about Italy's political turmoil sent U.S. stocks falling like a Ferrari on a ski jump, and some advisers warned that the situation could become more serious in the short term. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 505 points at its low...

Former hedge fund CFO barred, ordered to pay $227,500 penalty

May 25, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Perry Gruss over his role as chief financial officer at D.B. Zwirn & Co., a once high-flying hedge fund that ceased operations in 2009. In the related civil case, a New York judge has imposed...

Separating fact from fiction with fund investor behavior

May 24, 2018

Despite what you may have heard, the least exciting aspect of our financial markets over the last 80 years has been the behavior of mutual fund investors during periods of volatility or crisis. And that's a good thing. The nearly $22 trillion...

Finra panel awards couple $800,000 in case against Oppenheimer

May 24, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has awarded a Florida couple $800,000 in compensatory damages against Oppenheimer & Co., in a case involving the recommendation and selection of energy stocks. The action brought by the Palm Beach...

Smartphones, emerging markets are pockets of value in today's market

May 23, 2018

Worried about rising volatility and the potential end of the bull market? Look no farther than your cellphone. A panel of three experts at the Investment Company Institute's general membership meeting in Washington agreed that sooner or later...

Running this bond ETF is like solving a $55 billion Rubik's Cube

May 22, 2018

If you think running a passive bond fund is a formulaic task that a robot could do, think again. When your underlying index is filled with thousands of fixed-income securities, tracking it isn't exactly a simple task. The crux of the problem:...

Gold bulls head for the exits on strong dollar, lack of fear

May 21, 2018

The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the price fell below $1,300 an ounce for the first time this year, spurring...

State regulators launch 'Operation Cryptosweep' to crack down on fraud

May 21, 2018

In a coordinated effort among its member regulators, the North American Securities Administrators Association has launched a series of enforcement actions by state and provincial securities officials in the United States and Canada to crack...

Stock buybacks hit record, but is that a good thing?

May 21, 2018

Flush with cash, companies are buying back stock and increasing dividends at a record pace, according to Standard & Poor's. Companies in the S&P 500 stock index bought back $178 billion of their own shares in the first quarter. That's an all-time...

The end of the Goldilocks credit markets?

May 21, 2018

"Goldilocks" was the byword for credit markets in 2017. The first synchronized global economic expansion since the financial crisis underpinned a strong rally in credit spreads. Economic growth and inflation ran "just right" to support asset...

Long-term outlook for gold is upbeat given tech, emerging markets

May 18, 2018

When asked to explain the popularity of the Grateful Dead, frontman Jerry Garcia said, "We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice." Gold investors are somewhat similar: People who...

Pope Francis wants financial advisers to work like fiduciaries

May 18, 2018

Pope Francis weighed in on the debate over the need for a universal fiduciary standard for financial advisers Thursday in a wide critique of global finance that admonished advisers who worked against the best interests of their clients. Issued...

Those in managed accounts, target-date funds get better returns than DIY investors

May 17, 2018

Defined contribution plan participants who use managed accounts or target-date funds enjoy better investment returns net of fees than participants who invest on their own, said a survey by record-keeper Alight Solutions. Over a 10-year period...

JPMorgan Chase to make alt investments available to the many

May 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to offer sophisticated investments to a much broader clientele. The bank is slashing requirements to participate in certain alternative investments that its asset management arm once offered mainly to institutions...

Value funds could wake from long slumber

May 16, 2018

The death of value investing has been greatly exaggerated, fund managers say, and an eye for cheap stocks will be vindicated once again. The drought for value investors has been epic: Large-company growth funds have gained an average 9.23% a...

ETrade's custodial unit adds new investment choices

May 15, 2018

In one of its first moves under new ownership, custodian TCA by ETrade — the rebranded Trust Company of America, which was purchased by the discount broker last month — has beefed up the offerings of its Money Manager X-Change platform.Morningstar...

ETF flows show tech is back in vogue

May 15, 2018

Investors are once again warming up to the year's hottest sector — technology. Even after regulatory and demand concerns cast a shadow over the industry, the S&P 500 Information Technology Index remains the best performer of 2018, gaining...

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