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ESG and impact investing: Do you know the difference?

February 20, 2018

As investors increasingly rally behind the concept that their investment choices yield the ability to positively impact social or environmental issues, interest in impact investing has skyrocketed. Of the more than 22,000 investors worldwide...

Keep calm and carry on: DC participants appear to take market's volatility in stride

February 20, 2018

Record keepers and researchers say the recent stock market volatility prompted an increase in inquiries from defined contribution plan participants, but trading activity didn't always fit what might be considered a typical response of moving...

2017 largest variable annuity providers

February 17, 2018

VA sales have trended downward for five years, and the third quarter brought more bad news: the 
product line saw the lowest sales in 20 years. However, experts think interest may slowly pick up as advisers and insurers get more comfortable...

Inside the $700 billion bond empire in Newark

February 16, 2018

A quartet of bond managers ensconced in a glistening tower in Newark, New Jersey, say historically low long-term Treasury yields are here to stay. And they've got a growing pile of money backing that view. For the crew at PGIM Fixed Income,...

Indexed annuities' performance may not be what you expect

February 16, 2018

At first glance, indexed annuities may sound quite similar to index mutual funds. Their names suggest as much. Consumers can buy annuities that are linked to the Standard & Poor's 500 index, like their mutual-fund counterparts. Plus, indexed...

Pimco reports Q4 earnings of $684M

February 16, 2018

The turnaround at Pimco is complete. The bond manager owned by German insurer Allianz SE on Friday reported a fourth-quarter operating profit of 546 million euros ($684 million), the highest since co-founder Bill Gross quit the firm in the third...

What's the right number of funds in a 401(k) plan?

February 16, 2018

Just what is the optimal number of funds to have in a defined-contribution plan? It's a tricky question, and depends on a number of factors such as the profile and mindset of the plan sponsor and its employees. However, there's a sweet spot...

Gun violence hits investment strategies, sparks political debates with advisers

February 16, 2018

It is perhaps a sad sign of the times when the latest episode of deadly gun violence doesn't bring a fresh wave of calls from clients seeking to screen out investments in weapons manufacturers. Financial advisers who specialize in various forms...

Sell-off grips credit funds

February 16, 2018

Investors pulled $14.1 billion from debt funds, the fifth-largest stretch of redemptions in the week through Feb. 14, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, citing EPFR data. High-yield bonds lost $10.9 billion alone, the second...

ETF alphabet soup obscures market risks

February 15, 2018

What's in a name? When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the answer could mean the difference between surviving a volatile market and getting wiped out. ETFs have tripled their assets to $3.4 trillion over the last six years, capitalizing on...

Innovative ETFs struggle to impress investors

February 15, 2018

ETF enthusiasts gathered recently in Hollywood, Florida, for the Inside ETFs conference, the industry's biggest party of the year. By many accounts it was the swankiest celebration yet. And for good reason. When Inside ETFs first convened in...

Vanguard rolls out active-factor ETFs

February 15, 2018

The Vanguard Group has launched six new factor-based, actively managed exchange-traded funds and one factor-based mutual fund. The six ETFs — Vanguard U.S. Minimum Volatility ETF (VFMV), Vanguard U.S. Value Factor ETF (VFVA), Vanguard U.S....

Infrastructure funds aren't yet feeling the love

February 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program Monday, which may be one of the worst reasons to buy an infrastructure fund. But there are plenty of other reasons to go down that road — eventually. The infrastructure...

Volatility-tied note that crashed was meant for hedge funds: Credit Suisse CEO

February 14, 2018

Credit Suisse Group CEO Tidjane Thiam said an exchange-traded note tied to volatility that lost most of its value last week is a tool created for hedge funds and professionals. "This is a daily trading tool for very sophisticated investors,...

Newbridge target of investor complaints over REIT sales

February 13, 2018

Newbridge Securities Corp. could face two dozen investor complaints from police, fireman and other Philadelphia public employees alleging millions in damages from the sale of illiquid nontraded real estate investment trusts managed by one-time...

Active funds shone during sell-off

February 13, 2018

For years, it's been the same refrain: Don't bail on active management, you'll regret it when the market turns sour. And while the sell-off that ripped through equities this month has been too short to prove anything, early returns suggest there's...

Schwab: Lower minimums, uniform pricing for funds boost flows

February 12, 2018

Charles Schwab & Co., which dropped the minimum investment on its funds and ETFs a year ago, has found that the move not only means greater flows from smaller investors, but a surprising uptick in assets from small retirement plans. Since eliminating...

ETF at heart of market turmoil lures record cash

February 12, 2018

You just can't keep a good trade down. The ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures fund, which lost more than 80% of its value last Tuesday, took in the most cash on record last week. The product, which goes by the ticker SVXY, was the fifth-most...

Inflation bogeyman looms

February 12, 2018

The tug-of-war between stocks and bonds is at the heart of the shakeout roiling financial markets. This week's U.S. inflation report could hold the key to the next phase. Seemingly every time 10-year Treasury yields approached a four-year high...

Record $23 billion flees world's largest ETF

February 12, 2018

Investors actively abandoned the world's biggest passive fund during the onset of market mayhem. The SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund (SPY) suffered a record $23.6 billion in outflows last week amid the worst momentum swing in history for the...

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