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ETF providers quietly dial back production

August 22, 2019

When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the asset management industry has been experiencing what sports franchises might call a rebuilding year, as some of the most prolific ETF providers have been dialing back on new product launches. ETF.com...

Faith-based funds attract loyal investors

August 20, 2019

Applying religious screens to mutual funds and ETFs is sometimes compared to investing with one hand tied behind your back, but that's just fine for a large and growing number of investors. "If people are really interested in faith-based investing,...

Fidelity draws adviser wrath with 1.9% cash offer

August 7, 2019

As is typically the case when equity markets turn choppy, financial advisers are paying closer attention to the yields their clients are earning when they turn to the safety of cash. But for custodians and brokerage platforms that often default...

10 stocks millennials can't live without

August 7, 2019

An analysis of 658,000 investment accounts held by millennials ranks the top 100 favorite stocks, based on the percentage of overall portfolio holdings. It’s clear that millennials, as the group poised to become the largest generation, put...

Veteran small-cap manager navigates market cycles with a basic philosophy

August 7, 2019

Over the 18 years Robert Bergson has managed the Northern Small Cap Value Fund (NOSGX), he has navigated through just about every kind of market condition, which is probably why he's able to stay so calm during the current state of the financial...

7 retirement side gigs to help retirees make up the income gap

August 7, 2019

Many people these days are embracing the gig economy to earn extra - or needed - income beyond what they've planned for in retirement. Here are some creative suggestions for advisers to recommend to retired clients who are running low on cash...

How are low-volatility funds weathering the market turmoil?

August 6, 2019

The jarring start to August for stocks has presented an ideal test for increasingly popular factor-based investing strategies that are designed to help advisers customize client portfolios. A random sampling of exchange traded funds that target...

CFRA bulks up ETF research with acquisition of First Bridge

August 5, 2019

Investment research firm CFRA has acquired First Bridge Data in a move that will give CFRA access to global ETF data and analytics that until now it has been getting from third-party providers. For financial advisers, the addition of First Bridge...

Advisers say go for the gold as the perfect hedge for trade-war fears

August 5, 2019

As international tariffs and trade-war chatter has investors suddenly fleeing the equity markets, gold is rallying as a logical safe-haven play. The S&P 500 Index was down more than 2% in mid-day trading Monday, following the market's worst...

Hundreds of conventional funds add 'ESG' to prospectus just in case

August 1, 2019

If the evolving language inside mutual fund prospectuses is a guide, financial advisers should brace for an expanding selection of funds focused on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. The record $8.9 billion of net inflows...

SEC charges Commonwealth Financial with conflicts of interest in revenue-sharing agreement

August 1, 2019

Commonwealth Financial Network has been charged by the SEC with failing to disclose material conflicts of interest related to revenue sharing. The Securities and Exchange Commission complaint said that since at least 2007 Commonwealth had a...

Flood of RIA sales pushes industry toward a buyer's market

July 31, 2019

The record-setting pace of consolidation among advisory firms is only going to become more competitive, said David DeVoe, managing director at the investment bank DeVoe & Co. The first-half data released Wednesday by DeVoe & Co. show 65 acquisitions...

Lightyear sells Wealth Enhancement Group to TA Associates

July 31, 2019

Minneapolis-based Wealth Enhancement Group has extended its relationship with private-equity investors through a deal that will transfer a majority ownership stake in the $11.8 billion advisory firm to TA Associates. The deal, announced Wednesday,...

Dawn Bennett sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

July 31, 2019

Former financial adviser Dawn Bennett was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for her conviction on 17 federal charges related to a $20 million Ponzi scheme. Ms. Bennett, 56, who formerly operated Bennett Financial Group Services...

Capital One data hack puts financial advisers on high alert

July 30, 2019

The data breach at Capital One Financial involving more than 100 million people in the United States and Canada has given financial advisers a new reason to remind their clients about the need to take identity protection measures seriously....

New twist on private equity in RIA space: Silent minority ownership

July 29, 2019

Kudu Investment Management acquired a minority stake in First Long Island Investors in a deal that highlights a new twist on private-equity capital finding its way into the advisory space. The stake in the $1.6 billion RIA marks Kudu's seventh...

Morgan Stanley arms reps with ESG analysis tool

July 29, 2019

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on Monday armed its more than 15,600 reps with a tool to help investors align their portfolios with their socially and environmentally conscious beliefs. The Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient, colloquiallydubbed...

Advisers view diversity efforts as a complex, heavy lift

July 26, 2019

Discussions about the financial services industry's reputation for being mostly white and mostly male will usually trigger a raft of enthusiastic perspectives, but what most people agree on is that progress is slow and real diversity is still...

Advisory firm founder carries half his clients' fees into retirement

July 25, 2019

When it comes to succession planning, Jim Mohr is banking heavily on the abilities of the next generation of advisers at the San Diego-based advisory firm he founded 35 years ago. Mr. Mohr, 59, is not yet officially retired from Mohr Financial...

Low-cost gold ETFs introduce new fiduciary challenge

July 23, 2019

As threats of a global trade war and bond yields' move into negative territory spark renewed interest in gold as a portfolio ballast, financial advisers are faced with new choices among a growing list of gold-related exchange-traded funds that...

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