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National Holdings facing lawsuit for allegedly retaliating against whistleblower

July 16, 2019

A fired chief compliance officer is suing National Holdings Corp., claiming her 16-year career with the brokerage firm was terminated when she started investigating alleged insider trading by executives of the firm. A lawsuit filed last week...

Advisers scramble to help retirees navigate looming Fed rate cut

July 15, 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, financial advisers are having to prepare client portfolios for an interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, and the general consensus of advice is to try and not panic. "Stay away from bank-loan bonds...

ESG funds hitting their stride with record-level inflows

July 12, 2019

Sustainable investing strategies have suddenly become the magic bullet for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The latest data from Morningstar Inc. show funds that focus on environmental, social and governance issues attracted $8.9 billion...

Ariel Investments promotes Mellody Hobson to co-CEO

July 11, 2019

Ariel Investments, the nation's largest African-American-owned asset management firm, has expanded the role of company president Mellody Hobson by promoting her to co-chief executive officer. The $13 billion Chicago-based money manager, which...

Surging demand turns solar panels into the hottest summer investment

July 10, 2019

Investments in solar energy have been shining brightly this year, and it's not just the summer heat wave that's pushing these stocks and funds to double- and triple-digit gains. The 56.6% surge from the start of the year in the $390 million...

Embracing the highs and lows of cannabis investing

July 9, 2019

When it comes to investing risks and opportunities, there is currently nothing quite like cannabis. While its recreational use is still illegal at the federal level, the momentum behind a push to regulate marijuana alongside alcohol is unmistakable....

World bond index adds climate-risk screen

July 9, 2019

For the first time ever, the sovereign debt issued by the world's developed nations is being indexed according to each country's climate-risk factors. The FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted World Government Bond Index is the latest example of the expanding...

RIA acquisitions on record pace, despite sometimes volatile markets

July 8, 2019

The pace of consolidation in the registered investment advisory space hit a record in the second quarter and puts the industry on pace for its seventh-straight recording-setting year, according to consulting firm Echelon Partners. The 52 RIA...

Morningstar emphasizes fees, performance in upgrade of fund ratings

July 8, 2019

In the latest iteration of its forward-looking analysts' ratings,​ Morningstar Inc. is placing more emphasis on fees and raising the bar for actively managed funds, which will be required to beat both their benchmark and their peer group to...

How employee stock ownership becomes a succession plan

July 3, 2019

As succession strategies go, the employee stock ownership plan might be the ultimate twofer. For Joe Reeves and Ron Butt, co-founders of Louisville, Kent.-based ARGI, the pursuit of a viable succession plan for their $2.6 billion financial planning...

Morgan Stanley breakaway team forms $215 million RIA in N.J.

July 3, 2019

QP Wealth Management in Eatontown, N.J. joins the breakaway trend by leaving Morgan Stanley to establish a registered investment adviser with $215 million in client assets. Co-founders James Lloyd, Thomas Leidner and Lisa Heerwagen partnered...

Former brokers say breaking away to be RIA went better than they feared

July 2, 2019

An appetite for control, independence and an opportunity to build equity in a sustainable business continue to fuel the migration by wirehouse brokers toward the independent registered investment adviser ranks. A new report from TD Ameritrade...

Deutsche Bank to add 300 employees to wealth management ranks

July 1, 2019

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management plans to add 300 client-facing relationship and investment managers over the next two years, the company announced Monday. The additional representatives will increase the ranks of such managers at the bank by...

Active managers putting pressure on index funds

July 1, 2019

It's too early to claim a revival for active management, but based on the solid performance this year, it might also be premature to give up on active management all together. According to CFRA, in the first half of this year, 49% of actively...

10 best-performing funds of 2019, so far

July 1, 2019

It's been a good year so far for active management, with 49% of large-cap equity funds beating the S&P 500's 18.5% gain this year through June. Click through to see the top-performing funds in the first half of this year from among all the equity...

As AssetMark files for IPO, experts value TAMP at more than $1.2 billion

June 26, 2019

AssetMark could be the next financial services firm to jump into the public equity markets, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week. The Concord, Calif.-based turnkey asset management platform, which...

American Century taps DFA vets for new factor-based business

June 26, 2019

If there was any doubt about American Century Investments' commitment to its expansion into the exchange-traded funds space, the $168 billion asset manager has put those doubts to rest with the launch of Avantis Investors. The new Los Angeles...

Advisers step up efforts to help clients manage student loan debt

June 25, 2019

While many of the Democrats running for president are proposing new ways to shift the cost of college onto taxpayers, some financial advisers are focused on helping their clients to better understand and manage the financial burdens of higher...

Should financial advisers be paying more attention to private equity?

June 24, 2019

Excitement for greater access to private-equity investments was sparked by a Wall Street Journal story Monday that The Vanguard Group may be pondering a move into the space. While the $5.2 trillion Malvern, Pa.-based asset manager told InvestmentNews...

Give us a break, active managers say

June 22, 2019

Ten years into a historic bull market run that has proved an ideal environment for passive, index-based investing, active managers are champing at the bit for a break in the cycle that would let them strut their stuff. "We need a bust," said...

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