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Mohamed El-Erian puts Democratic tax proposals in perspective

May 7, 2019

With nearly two dozen Democratic candidates now running for president, many of the contenders are trying to stand out from the crowd by proposing various forms of tax hikes on the wealthy and tax breaks for those who aren't yet wealthy. For...

The longest bull market in history can't shake the skeptics

May 3, 2019

With the S&P 500 Index up more than 16% from the start of the year, the current bull market is officially the longest on record. But the latest mutual fund flow data suggest retail investors might be getting tired of the run. This year through...

Asset managers preparing to launch nontransparent ETFs

May 1, 2019

Financial advisers would be wise to start boning up on the ins and outs of nontransparent exchange-traded funds, because they might be coming soon to a platform near you. For years, asset managers have been trying to quietly nudge the concept...

Advisers put fundamentals ahead of sell-in-May warning

May 1, 2019

Historically speaking, there's a strong case for following the Wall Street adage to sell in May and go away until late fall. But there are exceptions to every rule, and that isn't even technically a rule. While most financial advisers tend to...

Choppy stock market leads to fewer wirehouse reps fleeing the coop

April 30, 2019

The stock market correction at the end of last year is being credited with putting a damper on breakaway broker activity during the first three months of this year. The latest data from Echelon Partners show that just 94 advisers exited the...

Hot IPO market has some advisers seeing red

April 29, 2019

With 2019 shaping up to be one of the hottest years for initial public stock offerings since the late 1990s, financial advisers are often finding themselves in the position of disappointing clients who want their blessing to invest in the latest...

Focus on taxes, compensation turns into tech-industry niche

April 26, 2019

Rebecca Conner has found her niche in the financial planning space. Ms. Conner, founder of SeedSafe Financial in Seattle, is developing a bustling enterprise by blending her accounting background with her proximity to the tech industry and focusing...

A near-record quarter for RIA acquisitions

April 26, 2019

The total of 31 acquisitions of registered investment advisers that occurred during the first quarter is just one shy of the record and signals more good news for those advisers looking to sell their firms. "I would call it a blockbuster quarter,"...

Smart money is pouring into fixed income

April 19, 2019

Even with the roaring start to 2019 that has the S&P 500 Index up nearly 16% through Thursday, an increased appetite for fixed-income strategies suggests the emergence of a more conservative mindset among investors. While the first three months...

Vanguard sees nearly half of all fund inflows in first quarter

April 18, 2019

If there was any doubt about the growing appeal of low fees and indexed investing, investors drove the point home in the first quarter by plowing $62 billion worth of net flows into funds managed by the Vanguard Group. The quarterly total flowing...

Morgan Stanley rides wealth management train to solid first quarter

April 17, 2019

The first-quarter stock market rebound was cited as a driving force behind the strength of Morgan Stanley's wealth management business, which generated $4.39 billion in revenues during the quarter and beat analyst estimates by $200 million....

RIA succession plan takes the long view

April 15, 2019

In a financial planning industry constantly chastised for not taking succession planning seriously enough, Michael Chasnoff might be considered an anomaly: He's 12 years into a 22-year succession plan. Mr. Chasnoff, founder and chief executive...

Who benefits the most from non-transparent ETFs?

April 12, 2019

After years of scrambling and determination, it looks like the actively managed mutual fund industry might finally get its wish to manage exchange-traded funds without having to publish daily investing positions like all other ETFs. The question...

You won't believe how some advisers are hedging market risk

April 11, 2019

As stock market volatility starts creeping higher, some financial advisers are reading the signals and adjusting client portfolios to try to hedge the risk of a market pullback like the one investors experienced at the end of last year. "We're...

CFP Board's women mentoring program falls short of some expectations

April 11, 2019

When it comes to increasing the ranks of women in the financial planning industry beyond the current level of 15% of all advisers, mentoring has often been viewed as a logical step in the right direction. Unfortunately, as some organizations...

Alternative strategies earn their keep over six months of market extremes

April 3, 2019

It has been at least five years since Dick Pfister can recall a six-month period that has been so favorable to alternative investment strategies. Mr Pfister, founder and president of AlphaCore Capital, a firm that allocates between 15% and 30%...

Cerity Partners buys Blue Prairie Group to create $21 billion advisory firm

April 2, 2019

New York-based wealth manager Cerity Partners is taking a big step into the retirement plan space with the acquisition of Blue Prairie Group, which oversees $11 billion in retirement plan assets. The combined company, which will operate as Cerity...

How mid-cap growth funds owned the first quarter

April 2, 2019

The often overlooked and under-allocated mid-cap growth fund category cranked out one of its rare high notes during the first three months of 2019, with an 18.4% return that beat the eight other equity style boxes. Mid-cap growth's performance...

The need for a successor can sneak up on you, so plan ahead

March 30, 2019

InvestmentNews'​ new series on advisers' succession planning experiences has been well received by business owners struggling with the process — or even getting motivated to start the process. Last week's profile brought home the importance...

Some mutual fund investors might unwittingly already own shares of Lyft

March 28, 2019

As ride-sharing company Lyft closes in on its initial public offering, financial advisers and investors could be surprised to learn they might already own a piece of the company through a mutual fund. According to Morningstar, there are 36 mutual...

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