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Vanguard rolls out HSAs for 401(k) participants

November 15, 2018

Vanguard Group will start offering health savings accounts to its defined-contribution-plan clients, the retirement-plan record keeper and asset manager announced Thursday, capitalizing on the increased popularity of HSAs. Vanguard, the largest...

Quick change in plans has Bob Oros headed to HighTower

November 14, 2018

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Bob Oros was leaving HD Vest Financial Services after less than two years as its CEO. The company seemed OK with the decision and pleased that he was going to stay on until March as a consultant. How quickly...

Vanguard suffers consumer-satisfaction decline

November 13, 2018

Vanguard Group, famed for its low-cost investment products, just broke out of the pack in a consumer satisfaction survey. But not in a good way. The mutual fund firm with more than $5.3 trillion in assets under management suffered the largest...

InvestmentNews turns 20: A young industry evolves, as does our coverage

November 10, 2018

The 20 years since InvestmentNews launched in 1998 have involved tremendous change in and around the financial advice industry. Here are 20 events that rocked advisers and their clients — many of which will continue to shape the profession...

Chief operating officers lift advisory firms to the next level

November 2, 2018

If you're not sure whether your advisory firm is ready to hire a chief operating officer, it probably is. While COOs are often dismissed as simply an added expense, adding one can be a key ingredient in helping a firm grow to the next level,...

Bob Oros resigns as HD Vest chief executive

October 31, 2018

Less than two years after departing Fidelity Investments, where he was head of the RIA segment, Bob Oros has announced his resignation from broker-dealer HD Vest Financial Services. According to a statement from Blucora, HD Vest's parent company,...

Fidelity ramps up 401(k) managed account distribution

October 25, 2018

Fidelity Investments is trying to expand its reach into the 401(k) managed account market. The firm has made a number of changes to its managed accounts over the past year and a half, including the addition of more financial planning elements...

Don't be fooled by the numbers — the industry is in a dangerously vulnerable state

October 20, 2018

If one were to look at the financial advice industry solely by the numbers, it would look pretty good. Median assets grew a whopping 16.8% last year, while median revenue grew by 11.7%, according to the 2018 InvestmentNews Study of Pricing &...

Cheap is great; free will usually cost you

October 17, 2018

There is a basic, fundamental foundation upon which all of economics is built: Everything has a cost. The effort to get around this concept is described informally by the phrase "there's no free lunch." What is a free lunch? The notion historically...

401(k) record keepers seek new revenue streams to 'save themselves'

October 17, 2018

Record keepers of defined-contribution plans have begun seeking new sources of revenue, largely to defray relentless fee compression that's squeezing their bottom line, according to retirement plan advisers. Record keepers, which track participant...

How to survive the crash

October 15, 2018

Let's prepare for The Inevitable. One of the quirks of human nature is that upbeat investment books offering strategies to make money are routinely outsold by doomsday titles like "How to Survive the Coming Stock Market Crash." For most people,...

Fidelity sued again for 401(k) plan mismanagement

October 11, 2018

Fidelity Investments Inc. has been sued by participants in its company 401(k) plan for alleged self-dealing that caused the firm to profit at the expense of its employees saving for retirement. The lawsuit filed against Fidelity — Moitoso...

Charles Morrison, Fidelity head of asset management, to retire at year end

October 8, 2018

The president of asset management at Fidelity Investments is retiring after nearly 32 years with the Boston-based financial services conglomerate. Charles Morrison, 57, who has led the asset management division for nearly five years, is vacating...

Super-rich are piling up wealth in black-box charities

October 3, 2018

It's all the rage in charitable giving — and it's actually got some charities worried. Donor-advised funds — money that grows tax-free in individual accounts — are reshaping the landscape of U.S. philanthropy. After creating their account,...

Talking to Chuck about Schwab's $3.6 trillion edge on fintechs

October 2, 2018

Charles Schwab's cheeks redden in a mixture of amusement and outrage as he recites the ways people on Wall Street make money. They take little nicks, he says, gesticulating with his left hand as if gripping a kitchen knife. High fees, fat spreads,...

Former CEO of AllianceBernstein raises $4 billion to launch fund company

September 20, 2018

Peter Kraus, the Wall Street veteran who recently led AllianceBernstein Holding, is starting a mutual fund company — and aiming to shake up the industry's traditional fee model. Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali is backing Mr. Kraus's...

Bad things happen to good clients — and your response is critical

September 17, 2018

Life happens. Typically when you least expect it, something happens that's neither anticipated nor welcome. Bad news can arrive from many sources — your father's doctor, your doctor, the police, your spouse. The impact can be devastating,...

Stocks are doing OK. Asset managers' stocks? Not so much

September 14, 2018

The U.S. stock market is having another solid year. You wouldn't know it by looking at the shares of companies that manage money. The S&P index of 18 asset managers and custody banks is down almost 11% this year, compared with a gain of more...

Fidelity CEO says zero-fee funds aimed at attracting new customers

September 14, 2018

Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson said the company's decision to launch a series of no-fee mutual funds had a simple rationale: Bring in new customers. "The objective was to lower the friction and get more people to try Fidelity," Ms....

Fidelity launches two more zero-fee funds

September 13, 2018

Fidelity Investments said it will start two additional zero-expense-ratio mutual funds, stepping up its push to lure cost-conscious individual investors. The Fidelity Zero Large Cap Index Fund and the Fidelity Zero Extended Market Index Fund...

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