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Shifting DCIO distribution offers opportunity for 401(k) advisers

July 19, 2017

In the large defined-contribution-plan market — the realm of plans larger than $1 billion — the norm is for money managers to sell directly to plan sponsors and work cooperatively with the plan's consultants. For smaller plans, the defined...

How to Invest for the Rest of 2017: Our Mid-Year 2017 Outlook

July 19, 2017

Heading into the second half of 2017, we believe the elongated U.S. credit and business cycle – currently eight years old and counting – will continue through the end of the year. Yet for the first time in almost a decade, the risks to the...

A shares live on, despite some hefty upfront sales charges

July 13, 2017

Remember the days when your clients paid you upfront to buy a mutual fund? Apparently, those days aren't entirely gone. The 15 largest A share classes saw net new cash flow of $8.1 billion over the past 12 months, according to Morningstar Inc....

Asset management revenue, profits down in 2016 for first time since 2008

July 12, 2017

Rising markets aren't a haven for money managers. For the first year since the 2008 financial crisis, revenue earned by asset management firms globally fell in 2016 along with profits, according to a report Tuesday by Boston Consulting Group....

Fund manager MFS sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plans

July 10, 2017

MFS Investment Management has been sued for self-dealing in its company 401(k) plans, becoming the latest fund firm to be targeted for stocking its retirement plan primarily with proprietary investments. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Velazquez...

Will new smart-beta strategies boost target-date funds' performance?

July 8, 2017

Target-date funds are the Energizer Bunny of the mutual fund world. As the industry struggles furiously for investors' money, target-date funds slide blithely by, with billions of dollars in new money flowing in. Now they're adding a little...

Dominated by women, tech-heavy fund is up 36% on the year

July 6, 2017

Zevenbergen Genea doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But so far, the $5.7 million fund is on a roll. The fund, which trades under the ticker ZVGNX, is a concentrated, go-anywhere fund that is largely focused in technology. So far this year,...

8 top performing mutual funds and ETFs for the first half of 2017, and one to avoid

June 30, 2017

The first half of 2017 is over, and it’s been a good one for investors: The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gained 9.2%, and the MSCI Europe, Australasia and Far East (EAFE) index jumped 12.6%. Here’s a look at some of the top-performing...

10 funds with largest 3-year outflows

June 26, 2017

Investors have been more open to a clown inviting them into the woods than they have been to buying actively managed mutual funds. And that’s understandable, given how poorly many managers have fared against passively managed index funds....

DOL fiduciary rule: Edward Jones changing stance on mutual fund commissions in IRAs

June 7, 2017

Edward Jones is reconsidering its ban on mutual fund commissions in individual retirement accounts under the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, and hopes to roll out a new account option by midsummer that would allow advisers to use such investments...

Are derivatives hiding risk in your bond portfolio?

June 1, 2017

Derivatives can be useful tools when used strategically. What investors need to know. Derivatives do not, on their own, have value. By definition they derive their value from the price of another asset. They can be valuable tools in modifying...

Fidelity launches two ESG index funds

May 15, 2017

Fidelity Investments has launched two environmental, social and governance index funds: the Fidelity U.S. Sustainability Index Fund and Fidelity International Sustainability Index Fund. The two funds — the firm's first ESG index funds —...

Best- and worst-performing fixed-income funds

May 14, 2017

CORE BOND Top 10 Portfolio net assets ($M) 1-year return 3-year return 5-year return Expense ratio* Miller Intermediate Bond Fund I (MIFIX) $162.50 7.74% N/A N/A 1.25% River Canyon Total Return Bond Fund Institutional (RCTIX) $27.50 6.25% N/A...

John F. Donahue, founder of Federated Investors, dies at 92

May 12, 2017

John F. Donahue, a founder and longtime leader of Federated Investors Inc., has died. He was 92. He died Thursday in Naples, Florida, of natural causes, Ed Costello, a company spokesman, said Friday in an email. Donahue, who served as chairman...

Finra cites Cetera for mutual fund sales charge improprieties

May 4, 2017

Cetera Advisors Network has signed a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent with Finra acknowledging that its advisers sold higher-cost mutual fund shares to retirement plans and charitable organizations instead of lower-cost versions for...

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...

How to pair your investments with your values and still come out okay

May 1, 2017

You don't necessarily have to compromise performance to invest in companies that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and have good governance. A company that is kind to the environment, fair to its employees and those it does business...

Vanguard fires another salvo in the fee war

April 28, 2017

Vanguard announced another round of fee reductions today as the mutual fund price war rages on. The nation's largest fund company lowered the expense ratio on four share classes of the nation's largest mutual fund, the $550-billion Vanguard...

Fixed-income investors: Do you know what you own?

April 26, 2017

It is extremely important to know what you are buying. Understanding the fixed-income market and what you own can go a long way. The fixed-income market in general is not well understood. At the same time, it is important for investors to understand...

Brinker Capital rolls out DOL fiduciary rule-friendly funds

April 12, 2017

Brinker Capital, an investment management platform geared toward financial advisers, is jumping on the fiduciary-rule bandwagon by converting $7 billion worth of managed account assets into a family of 10 mutual funds. The Destinations funds,...

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