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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...

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...

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...

Bond mark-up transparency rule could help investors, cause more work for brokers

May 14, 2018

New regulations designed to illuminate the cost of bonds, which went into effect on Monday, are likely to help retail investors but cause more work for brokers. The regulations — one from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., the...

The passive-investing bid for equities is roaring back

May 14, 2018

It's January all over again for the biggest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index. Last week about $5.7 billion poured into ETFs from State Street Corp., BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. linked to the U.S. equity gauge, the...

Short-dated Treasury ETFs see huge inflows

May 14, 2018

There are signs that the bull market's putative Achilles' heel — crisis-era short-term dollar funding costs — might heal soon. Thank heavy inflows into low-duration funds. Investors seeking to pare interest-rate risk poured a hefty $1.1...

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

May 11, 2018

Actively managed exchange-traded funds may be the investment of the future, but investors are greeting them with all the enthusiasm of a four-year-old faced with Brussels sprouts. Morningstar Inc. counts 247 actively managed ETFs in its database,...

Warren Buffett be damned, case for value investing wanes

May 10, 2018

History is filled with great rivalries. When the Montagues and Capulets are around, firkins will be flung. If the Hatfields and McCoys run into each other, fussing and fighting commences. And if you put a value investor and a growth investor...

All that smart beta can obscure the big picture

May 8, 2018

A battle is raging among finance theoreticians, and investors should stay out of it. There's a growing recognition that a handful of active investing styles — also known as factor investing or smart beta — can be expected to beat the market...

Emerging Asia is where the growth is, but your index fund might not find it

May 8, 2018

The growing middle class is fueling growth in emerging markets in Asia — but you won't get much exposure to that in the typical emerging market index fund, said David Dali, portfolio strategist for Matthews Asia funds. More than half the world's...

How advisers can spot market bubbles

May 7, 2018

If there's one sign of just how wary advisers are in this market, it was the Monday kickoff presentation at the 2018 Investments & Wealth Institute Conference: Navigating Economic Uncertainty by Bubble-Spotting. The speaker, Vikram Mansharamani,...

Pimco's Dan Ivascyn on inflation risk and market volatility

May 7, 2018

Pimco has been riding a wave of success, reporting a fourth-quarter operating profit of $684 million, the highest since co-founder Bill Gross left the firm in 2014. Many have attributed the company's revival to chief investment officer Daniel...

Fidelity manager hasn't been this excited by bonds in five years

May 7, 2018

Fidelity Investments fund manager Jeff Moore hasn't been this excited about the bond market in a long time. The sell-off in U.S. and Canadian bonds has raised yields due within 10 years to levels at which investors can finally get decent returns,...

It's time to educate your clients, and yourself, about alternative investments

May 5, 2018

Individual investors are being tempted by alternative investments as they seek greater diversification of their portfolios, so advisers should be preparing to answer questions about them from their clients. Alternative investments generally...

Corporate bonds look risky after a decade of heavy issuance

May 4, 2018

Corporate debt investors, having partied like it's 1999, should remember what came after that: a big wave of defaults. The 2000 to 2002 recession looms only faintly in the minds of many on Wall Street, but it may be the best model for the potential...

Research Affiliates'Arnott sounds a warning on market bubbles

May 4, 2018

Rob Arnott, CEO of Research Affiliates, is using the B word. In this case, B stands for "bubble." "Several bubbles are evident today, most importantly a tech bubble, eerily similar to — albeit narrower than — the 'new economy' dogma of the...

3 insights on the Financial Engines-Edelman combination and how it might affect you

May 3, 2018

On Monday, Financial Engines announced that it was being taken private by the respected private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $3 billion in cash, a 30% premium over the pre-announcement closing price. Financial Engines will merge with Edelman...

Bill Gross says Treasuries are in 'hibernating bear market'

May 3, 2018

If billionaire bond investor Bill Gross is right, most of this year's excitement in the Treasury market is behind us and yields won't see a substantial move from here. The Janus Henderson fund manager doesn't see a blowout in yields to much...

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