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How do you spell investor relief in a bear market? E-T-Fs

September 8, 2018

Nine years into a bull market with rocketing growth in stocks like Amazon and Apple, investors are wary of equities. Providers of exchange-traded funds have played to that sentiment by rolling out ETFs that attempt to protect investors from...

Active fixed-income management makes sense now more than ever

September 7, 2018

Cracks are beginning to appear in the case for passive investing, especially in the fixed-income world. Morningstar data show that the majority of actively managed bond funds in the intermediate-term bond category outperformed their passive...

Wells Fargo said to face Justice Department probe of wholesale banking unit

September 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is facing a Department of Justice investigation into whether employees in the company's wholesale banking unit improperly altered customer data, a person familiar with the matter said. The changes were made to meet a regulatory...

Many young staffers have benefits needs beyond a simple 401(k)

September 1, 2018

Advisers often bemoan the shortage of talent that's preventing a natural growth in their business — if only they could find the right person, and keep them. The trickle of graduates coming out of financial planning schools is one factor, but...

U.S. banks continue to slash exposure to muni-bonds made less valuable by tax cuts

August 27, 2018

Some of the biggest U.S. banks have continued to slash their exposure to state and city debt since the federal government cut corporate tax rates, leaving the securities less attractive to the companies. JPMorgan Chase & Co., State Street Corp.,...

Dollar weakens on Trump remarks about Fed interest-rate hikes

August 21, 2018

The dollar dropped with Treasuries early Tuesday after President Donald J. Trump criticized Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes. U.S. equity futures tracked gains in Europe and Asia, setting the scene for a potential S&P 500 record. Contracts...

The 4 biggest risks for U.S. equity investors

August 20, 2018

In recent weeks, U.S. stock markets have moved up and down in response to issues that go well beyond the traditional direct drivers of economic growth and corporate earnings. These "known unknowns," to borrow a phrase from former Defense secretary...

Wells Fargo tests investor patience with latest scandal

August 13, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. investors who were learning to live with an unprecedented penalty the Federal Reserve imposed on the bank for bad behavior will have their patience tested again as details emerge on another scandal. The bank disclosed earlier...

Social Security finances worsen as reliance on the program increases

August 9, 2018

You've heard of good news/bad news stories. This one is a bad news/worse news version. Two new reports from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business document an increase in American retirees' reliance on Social Security income...

Enough with the surveys saying millennials need to save more for retirement

August 7, 2018

A new survey finds many millennials are spending more each month on restaurants, clothes and coffee than they are saving for retirement. It must be a Tuesday. If you haven't heard, my generation loves coffee, avocado toast and killing beloved...

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase warns of 5% Treasury yields

August 6, 2018

Not content with a previous warning investors should brace for U.S. yields of 4%, Jamie Dimon went one further at the weekend, suggesting 5% was a distinct possibility. The JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO said Saturday that people should be prepared...

Wells Fargo discloses accidental foreclosures, tax credit probe

August 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. disclosed another round of lapses and potential scandals in a quarterly report Friday, saying that it faces a U.S. inquiry into its purchase of low-income housing credits and conceding that it may have unnecessarily foreclosed...

Wealthfront wants to help millennials take a sabbatical

July 25, 2018

The latest tool in Wealthfront's expanding financial planning utility belt is "Time Off for Travel," a service that lets the digital adviser's clients explore the possibility of taking an extended leave from work. Drawing on information provided...

Millennials err on the side of caution when it comes to investing

July 25, 2018

Millennials think cash is the best long-term investment. Unsurprisingly, they're not seeing good returns. Almost 1 in 3 millennials said cash instruments, such as savings accounts and certificates of deposit, are the best place to invest money...

In wake of tax reform, muni bond market gains footing

July 23, 2018

Six months after the sweeping tax-reform package that cut corporate and individual rates rattled the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, financial advisers say the fallout has proven to be a good thing for investors. With deductions for state...

Emerging markets have yet to reach bottom

July 13, 2018

With the Federal Reserve still boosting interest rates and President Donald J. Trump still raising tariff threats, the bottom for emerging markets remains some ways away, market players say. The selloffs in developing-nation currencies and stocks...

Analysts say yield curve will invert 'by mid-2019'

July 12, 2018

The Federal Reserve next March will probably map out an end to the contraction in its balance sheet, helping support longer-dated bond yields, which will drop below those on shorter-dated notes by the middle of 2019, according to Morgan Stanley....

Companies start paying employee student loan debt

July 9, 2018

Employers are trying to help employees alleviate the burdens of outstanding student loans by offering to pay off some of the debt — which totals more than $1.4 trillion in the U.S. alone, according to the Federal Reserve. It's a relatively...

Bond market portends end of boom times

July 9, 2018

It's abundantly clear that Americans as a whole are experiencing the best economy since the Great Recession. U.S. employers are adding so many workers that more people are growing encouraged to enter the labor force. Wage growth is well above...

Muni closed-end funds may be ripe for tax-loss sales

July 5, 2018

It's only July, but it's not too early to discuss selling municipal-bond closed-end funds to offset a capital gains tax liability, according to Greg Neer of Relative Value Partners. Almost 90% of closed-end funds monitored by Bloomberg posted...

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