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Insurers slow to introduce QLACs for 401(k) market

December 4, 2015

In the year and a half since the Treasury Department issued guidelines on qualified-longevity-annuity contracts, or QLACs, just over 10 insurers have developed such products. However, aside from one insurer, MetLife Inc., all have launched QLACs...

Encouraging participants to roll assets into your plan can be a win-win

November 8, 2015

When I tell people what I do for a living, I'm often met with similar responses: “I have so many 401(k) accounts. I need to do something about that.” Over the years, I've heard dozens of confessions about retirement planning trials and tribulations....

5 simple ways to help clients understand advisory fees

October 19, 2015

To get clients to understand and appreciate the value of professional financial advice, they must grasp two key metrics: what they are paying and what services are being provided for these fees. While this equation sounds simple enough, the...

ETFs are the next frontier for liquid alternatives

October 11, 2015

To investors, State Street Global Advisors might be best known as the firm behind the plainest of plain-vanilla investment products: the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The exchange-traded fund attempts to duplicate the returns of the stocks of some...

Hillary Clinton's Tweet-induced biotech sell off has created buying opportunity

October 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton drew the attention of biotech investors recently when she tweeted out her angst over prescription drug prices, but, really, the Democratic presidential frontrunner was just adding water to a boat that's sprung a leak. At this...

Vanguard, once thwarted, launches a muni-bond rival to BlackRock's iShares

August 27, 2015

The Vanguard Group Inc. was playing catch up when it was getting ready to launch its first municipal bond index fund in 2010. Its competitors had already successfully brought similar products to the market, including State Street Global Advisors...

ETF providers step up to defend the status quo

August 18, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission's solicitation of perspectives on the state of exchange-traded products produced a fruitful, if predictable, bounty of views from the asset management industry. The 60-day comment period, which ended Monday,...

Losing edge in ETFs, State Street turns to hedge funds

June 18, 2015

State Street Corp., which lost its lead in exchange-traded funds after being a pioneer in the business more than two decades ago, is now betting on hedge funds. The firm is expanding hedge funds and alternative investment strategies that can...

Lessons from a walk through the ETF graveyard

May 29, 2015

Exchange-traded fund issuers and acolytes like to flaunt significant figures — nearly $3 trillion in assets under management globally, $2 trillion in the United States — but the industry is not exactly crowing about a recent milestone. With...

Advisers' clients want even more of the human touch

May 18, 2015

It's not your advice, it's you your clients value, according to a new survey by the Hartford Funds. The survey of 500 investors who work with a financial adviser found that only 32% of respondents valued financial performance more than a good...

How to become a more valued retirement plan adviser

April 21, 2015

As defined contribution investment-only providers, we often jump into the investment solution discussion with clients and prospects. However, we sometimes forget that people — not products or asset allocation — are the center of the retirement...

O'Hanley has work cut out for him at State Street Global Advisors

April 10, 2015

Ronald P. O'Hanley faces big challenges now that he is CEO of State Street Global Advisors. Mr. O'Hanley on April 1 replaced Scott Powers, marking his return to money management after quitting as president of asset management and corporate services...

State Street Global Advisors names former Fidelity exec O'Hanley CEO

March 31, 2015

Ronald O'Hanley was named president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, effective in April, said SSgA spokeswoman Alicia Curran Sweeney. Mr. O'Hanley will replace Scott Powers, who plans to retire later this year. Mr. O'Hanley left Fidelity...

Prudential and MassMutual in $2.5 billion pension risk transfer deal with Kimberly-Clark

February 24, 2015

Prudential Financial Inc. and MassMutual have inked a deal with Kimberly-Clark in which the hygiene products company will transfer to the insurers its $2.5 billion in pension liabilities. As part of the deal, Prudential will administer group...

A new entry point for gold investors takes on GLD

February 9, 2015

Just as gold is regaining its luster with investors, Bank of Montreal's new gold deposit receipt program offers a new way to tap into the market for the precious metal. The Bank of Montreal's gold deposit receipt program, GOLDRs, which is aimed...

State Street, facing historic redemptions, slashes ETF prices

February 3, 2015

State Street Corp., whose ETF lineup saw the largest redemptions in history last month, on Tuesday aggressively cut its prices on nearly a third of its funds. The Boston-based custody bank is one of the early pioneers in building exchange-traded...

Socially responsible strategies largely absent from ETF landscape

January 27, 2015

As the integration of passive strategies into institutional portfolios accelerates, another unequivocal trend — the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions — remains primarily a pivot point for...

Vanguard's funds reach new heights

January 26, 2015

Vanguard Group Inc. last week surpassed State Street Global Advisors as the second-largest exchange-traded fund provider, a new milestone following a year that was filled with them. According to, a data and analytic website, Vanguard...

Active managers get a seat at the ETF table

January 26, 2015

As top money managers gather at the conference this week, the invited guests include luminaries, from celebrity bond-picker Jeffrey Gundlach, to Merrill Lynch's former investment strategist Richard Bernstein and Charles Schwab's financial-markets...

Financial advisers rocket Vanguard to No. 2 in ETFs behind BlackRock

January 22, 2015

The Vanguard Group Inc. this week became the second-largest U.S. exchange-traded fund provider, as the indexing pioneer's focus on fee-based advisers lifted it to new heights in a fast-growing market. Vanguard's $436 billion in assets puts it...

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