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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,"...

American Funds veteran sees bright future for defensive active management

April 24, 2019

Joyce Gordon was 19 when Capital Group hired her in 1975 to sit outside the trading room and convert ticket orders into numeric code. She worked her way up through the ranks, going to college at night for 11 years to earn her bachelor's and...

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....

Thirst for diversification leads more advisers to interval funds

April 16, 2019

With the bull market now a decade old, financial advisers are showing an increased willingness to give up investment liquidity in exchange for strategies that don't move in sync with the broad equity markets. Interval funds, named for their...

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...

Latest price-war salvo pegs fees to low-risk performance

March 28, 2019

Westwood Holdings Group, a $16.6 billion Dallas-based asset manager, is hoping to catch a ride on the price-war bandwagon with a managed-account fee model that links fees to the risk taken by the portfolio manager. To underscore the lack of...

Bronfman Rothschild acquisition creates $10 billion RIA

March 26, 2019

Bronfman Rothschild is being acquired by NFP Corp. and will be combined with Sontag Advisory to create a $10 billion registered investment adviser, the companies announced this morning. NFP Corp. describes itself as an insurance broker, consultant...

Client onboarding presents a critical first impression

March 25, 2019

In the financial planning industry there are lots of ways to recruit new clients, but what comes next can make or break a satisfying and lasting relationship. Whether the client is leaving another adviser or working with an adviser for the first...

Don't write off ESG investments out of habit — the demand is real

March 23, 2019

Opportunities in the financial services industry rarely look as inviting as the current market for investments focused on environmental, social and corporate governance factors. At around $12 trillion, which is up 38% from two years ago, ESG...

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