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Putnam kicks off expanded ESG effort

May 3, 2017

Putnam Investments has hired Katherine Collins to head a new sustainable investing effort that could lead to the introduction of the firm's first standalone ESG funds. In her new role, Ms. Collins will head a team responsible for overseeing...

Bill Gross' Pimco successor, Dan Ivascyn, is on a hot streak

March 3, 2017

After star money manager Bill Gross left in 2014, Pacific Investment Management Co. seemed destined to fade from prominence and become just one of the many firms that dot the U.S. bond-industry landscape. But then Dan Ivascyn, the man tapped...

Lower taxes could hit municipal bond yields

February 13, 2017

The one drawback to lower tax rates: Muni bond prices could take a hit, according to Peter Hayes, BlackRock's head of municipal bonds. People buy municipal bonds primarily because their interest is free from federal, and sometimes state, income...

How to pick the right active manager

February 7, 2017

Volatility has ripped through the equity markets due to concerns surrounding slowing growth in China, a Fed shifting from hawk to dove, the Brexit vote, a turbulent U.S. election cycle and a surprise win by Donald Trump. For any adviser trying...

Most advisers think the industry will continue down a fiduciary path despite rule delay

February 3, 2017

News that President Donald J. Trump plans to order a stop to the DOL fiduciary rule drew mixed reactions from financial advisers. Find out how they think the efforts to implement the rule will impact their businesses and the industry going forward....

Another salvo in the fee wars: Schwab cuts expense ratios on index funds

February 2, 2017

Charles Schwab & Co. has fired the latest round in the mutual fund cost-cutting battle, slashing expenses on several of its open-ended index funds. Schwab said Thursday that it would cut the expenses on its index funds to the same level as their...

Smart beta could give funds an entry into ETF market

January 24, 2017

More than 2,200 people met at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., this week, and it was all about product — smart beta product, specifically. The record attendance follows record flows to ETFs in 2016, with more than $280 billion...

December stock flows highest since April 2000

January 19, 2017

Stock funds are back in fashion, but stock fund managers are about as popular as suits of armor. Investors poured an estimated net $27.8 billion into U.S. stock funds in December, the most since April 2000, according to Morningstar Inc. Another...

No-fee trading platforms can save money in other ways

January 18, 2017

Most unintended consequences are a bad thing. But sometimes, unintended consequences are good. Case in point: Exchange-traded funds that trade on commission-free platforms have lower bid/ask spreads than those that trade with commissions. A...

Fred Alger Management scoops up Boston-based asset manager

January 18, 2017

Alger Associates, the parent company of Fred Alger Management, is acquiring Weatherbie Capital, a Boston-based registered investment adviser with $800 million under management. The deal, expected to close in March, represents Alger's first acquisition...

American Funds gets SEC approval for clean shares

January 13, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission gave the green light Wednesday to the Capital Group to issue “clean shares” through its American Funds — a share class without any distribution costs, such as 12-b(1) fees. The no-action letter to...

Will Trump's tweets continue to move markets — and is that a good thing?

January 12, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump proved he can move markets, but how persistent the Trump effect will be remains to be seen. Mr. Trump said at his press conference Wednesday that pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder” on drug...

Smart-beta strategies hot with stocks, not with bonds

January 11, 2017

The rise in smart-beta stock funds has begged the question: Why not smart-beta bond funds? The answer may be that fundamental differences in the bond market may make smart-beta bond funds much more difficult to execute. Smart beta is the buzzword...

Brace for thousands of new DOL fiduciary-friendly mutual fund share classes

January 6, 2017

Expect a barrage of new, DOL fiduciary-friendly T share classes from the mutual fund industry this year, according to Morningstar. The Chicago-based investment tracker says that as many as 3,800 new share classes — about as many as there are...

The long and short of long-short funds

January 5, 2017

When you board an airplane, the one thing you don't want is a wide range of outcomes. If you're headed to Fort Lauderdale, you'd probably prefer not to land in Vladivostok. A trip that's supposed to end in New York City shouldn't end in Altoona....

Smart-beta returns track their Morningstar categories

January 5, 2017

Your fund may have the smartest beta around, but your returns are still ultimately going to stem from the fund's primary investment playground. Smart beta funds are index funds that use a set of rules to modify performance, preferably for the...

Here's why your clients probably didn't beat the S&P 500 in 2016

January 3, 2017

Your clients had a great year in the stock market. But their first question might be, “Why didn't we get as much as the S&P 500?” The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index gained 11.96% with dividends reinvested in 2016, despite a rough start:...

Alternative energy funds have dim prospects under a Trump presidency

December 27, 2016

One thing you can learn from the Trump presidential victory: Making bets on the fallout is anything but certain. For example, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal. Investors don't believe it. VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (KOL),...

Dan Ivascyn, Bill Gross' successor at Pimco, not as flamboyant as the old bond king, but he has produced results

December 27, 2016

The old bond king's pomp no longer fits the circumstance. The dethroned monarch, of course, is Bill Gross, the Pimco money manager known for his flamboyant public appearances, investor letters with paeans to his cat, sweeping market calls and...

Outlook for 2017: Strategists from Vanguard, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Ameriprise, BlackRock and others weigh in

December 20, 2016

Economists make predictions because people ask them to, and the same holds true for market strategists. Here's a roundup of predictions for 2017 from major fund companies and brokerages. VANGUARD: JOE DAVIS, CHIEF GLOBAL ECONOMIST, AND TEAM...

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