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Wells Fargo sees big TDF outflows from mutual funds

November 20, 2017

Target-date funds are on track for a near-record year, but Wells Fargo & Co. doesn't seem to be participating in the boom. TDFs have catapulted to popularity over the past decade as 401(k) plan sponsors' preferred default investment, and flows...

TIAA subpoenaed over sales practices

November 10, 2017

The New York attorney general has subpoenaed insurance and pension giant TIAA, seeking information on its sales practices in the wake of a recent story in the New York Times. The TIAA practices drawing scrutiny also are the subject of a whistleblower...

Clayton: SEC targets 'complex, hidden fees'

November 8, 2017

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Wednesday the agency is targeting complex and hidden fees that can harm investors — both through enforcement and by clarifying disclosure requirements. In a speech at a Practising...

Millennials, women drive assets to ESG strategies

November 7, 2017

Two groups of people – women and Millennials – are responsible for the doubling of ESG assets to $8.1 trillion worldwide since 2014, said panelists at the InvestmentNews Focus on Investing event on Monday. "Women now control up to 50% of...

Wells Fargo launches hybrid robo-adviser

November 6, 2017

Wells Fargo officially got into the digital advice market on Monday with the launch of Intuitive Investor, the bank's new hybrid robo-adviser. The offering combines digital access to a portfolio of ETFs designed by the Wells Fargo Investment...

Brace clients for a big capital gains season

November 2, 2017

Brace yourself – and your clients – for big capital gains distributions this year. The number of funds with estimated distributions of 10% or more of their share price have already passed the 2016 mark, says Mark Wilson, CEO of Mile Wealth...

SEC penalizes UBS $3.5 million for overcharging on funds

October 30, 2017

UBS Financial Services Inc. has agreed to a cease-and-desist order, a censure and a civil penalty of $3.5 million in connection with charges that it failed to provide certain clients with the lowest-cost fund choices to which they were entitled....

Are Morningstar's ratings a good guide to mutual funds?

October 26, 2017

Stars. "I enquire now as to the genesis of a philologist and assert the following," Friedrich Nietzsche wrote (and Donna Tartt quoted). "1. A young man cannot possibly know what Greeks and Romans are. 2. He does not know whether he is suited...

Advisers: Morningstar's star ratings not much use, but clients love them

October 26, 2017

Investment advisers reacted to the Wall Street Journal's attack on Morningstar's star ratings with a single question: Why would you use measures of past performance to choose a mutual fund? The Journal's piece, The Morningstar Mirage, looked...

ETF issuers have new competitor for USAA's $5.5 billion investment: USAA itself

October 26, 2017

BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have a new competitor for the $5.5 billion that United Services Automobile Association has invested in exchange-traded funds: USAA itself. The San Antonio-based insurance and financial...

Advisers can harvest a surprising amount of tax losses for clients this year

October 25, 2017

It's harvest season: Time to boot the losers from your clients' portfolios and reap the tax benefits. And surprisingly, there's a bountiful harvest of losers to cull in this bull market year. Financial advisers aren't expected to be good farmers,...

These fund categories are lagging in the bull run

October 25, 2017

You're supposed to buy low and sell high. How does that work for mutual funds and ETFs? It's a starting point, not a strategy. Last year's stock laggards have become this year's leaders. Funds that invest in India, for example, gained just 0.65%...

10 funds that doubled in price this year

October 24, 2017

The best way to double your money in a hurry is to fold it in half and put it in your wallet. All joking aside, these 10 funds have doubled investors' cash this year, vs. 16.88% for the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index. Risky? You bet. Here...

Ric Edelman looks into the future of financial advice

October 24, 2017

Here are some high notes from Ric Edelman's latest book, "The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later" (Simon & Schuster, 2017). Expect to live longer, work longer, and get more free stuff, says the the executive...

BlackRock wants ETF rule to help competition

October 24, 2017

BlackRock Inc. wants to take one for the team. The world's largest asset manager is calling for a new rule in the $3 trillion U.S. market for exchange-traded funds that would remove some of the impediments faced by wannabe issuers and potentially...

Favorite fund companies of fee-based advisers

October 23, 2017

Despite the growing trend toward passive, indexed investing, fund companies known for active management topped the list of favorites among a survey of 1,355 fee-based financial advisers. Source: Cogent Reports.

Merrill Lynch fined $45.5 million for failing to report trades

October 23, 2017

Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch was fined 34.5 million pounds ($45.5 million) for failing to report two years' worth of exchange-traded derivatives transactions, making the bank the first in the U.K. to pay a penalty on that type of trades...

TD Ameritrade triples time before it charges fees on popular ETFs

October 23, 2017

Responding to feedback from financial advisers upset about the removal of some popular ETFs from its no-transaction-fee platform, TD Ameritrade is tripling the amount of time it will allow advisers to continue trading Vanguard and iShares Core...

T. Rowe Price steps up its game to serve financial advisers

October 21, 2017

T. Rowe Price rode the no-load revolution of the 1980s and 1990s, spurning brokers, advisers and the sales loads that enticed them. And to this day, the vast bulk of its $938 billion in assets remains in no-load shares. But in the last few years,...

Best performing funds since '87 crash

October 19, 2017

If you started saving 30 years ago, you got a quick education in the worst Mr. Market can dish out. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 508 points, or 22.61%, the worst one-day crash in history. Those who weren’t scared out of the stock...

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