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Headwinds to annuities in 401(k) plans persist

September 4, 2019

The uptake of annuities in 401(k) plans has been muted and slow. There are several reasons for this state of affairs, such as administrative and legal challenges, which have withstood the industry's push to change the status quo and many advisers'...

Robo-advisers are dead. Long live digital advisers

August 27, 2019

"Humans solve human problems." So says Steve Wilbourne, CEO of Questis, a financial wellness fintech provider. Mr. Wilbourne, a former adviser, realized that technology alone will not solve the financial problems of the 90 million defined-contribution...

Vanguard supervisor sentenced to four years for fraud

August 23, 2019

A former employee of the Vanguard Group was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday for a $2.1 million fraud scheme he perpetrated while working at the company. Scott Capps, 48, pleaded guilty in March to charges of mail fraud, money laundering...

Vanguard social-investing error prompts funds to check controls

August 22, 2019

Managers overseeing trillions in exchange-traded funds have been quietly meeting around Wall Street this week to check the quality controls on their funds, rattled after Vanguard Group Inc. mistakenly added shares of 11 companies, including...

ETF providers quietly dial back production

August 22, 2019

When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the asset management industry has been experiencing what sports franchises might call a rebuilding year, as some of the most prolific ETF providers have been dialing back on new product launches. ETF.com...

Vanguard put shares of gun maker in a gun-free ETF

August 12, 2019

Vanguard Group Inc.'s biggest sustainable exchange-traded fund bought shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. and held them for more than a month, mimicking an error in the benchmark it tracks. Vanguard US ESG Stock ETF (ESGV) says it tracks...

How are low-volatility funds weathering the market turmoil?

August 6, 2019

The jarring start to August for stocks has presented an ideal test for increasingly popular factor-based investing strategies that are designed to help advisers customize client portfolios. A random sampling of exchange traded funds that target...

ETF strategists getting crowded out by big asset managers

July 25, 2019

With the flick of his wrist, Richard Michaud flashes his Apple Watch and presses on its sleek black screen. In a few taps, green and red squiggles appear, revealing how the market performed that day. But this isn't a benchmark like the S&P 500...

Biggest firms win fight for cash flooding muni funds

July 23, 2019

A handful of the biggest firms on Wall Street are landing the vast majority of cash pouring into the municipal-bond market. Vanguard Group's mutual funds focused on tax-exempt debt have received about $12.7 billion this year, or nearly a third...

Small 401(k) plans lag on important metrics

July 17, 2019

Small 401(k) plans lag their larger counterparts on important metrics such plan participation and automatic enrollment. Small retirement plans — those with less than $20 million — had a plan-weighted participation rate of 72% last year,...

Fidelity adds low-cost funds, stepping up fee war

July 16, 2019

Fidelity Investments is stepping up its rivalry with Vanguard Group by launching five new index mutual funds with expense ratios it says are lower than the equivalent products at its competitor. Tuesday, Fidelity, which has $2.8 trillion under...

Fidelity says it's entitled to alleged 'secret payments' in 401(k) plans

July 9, 2019

Fidelity Investments said it is legally entitled to payments it receives in connection with 401(k) investments and that the collection of such fees has become necessary for record keepers given the prevailing economics of the industry. Fidelity,...

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...

ETF traders push back against proposal for bond reporting lag

June 17, 2019

An audacious plan to give bond dealers more time to reveal large corporate-debt transactions has sparked a blowback from traders of exchange-traded funds. Jane Street Group, one of the largest ETF market-makers, hedge fund Citadel and an association...

Target-date fund design may be wrong for retirees

June 17, 2019

Prominent retirement researchers are questioning whether target-date funds, the golden goose of the 401(k) industry, are structured appropriately. TDFs have become the preferred investment for 401(k) savers, now holding about $1.1 trillion in...

401(k) savings rates have stagnated

June 12, 2019

401(k) plan design has by most accounts improved dramatically over the past decade. The number of retirement plans that automatically enroll employees has swelled more than 50%, and roughly a third of those plans automatically increase employees'...

Price war expands as Fidelity cuts fees for target-date funds

June 5, 2019

Fidelity Investments is cutting fees for a popular retirement vehicle called target-date funds as a price war among financial giants spreads across products. The Boston-based company announced Wednesday a 14% price reduction on entry-level share...

The growth of factor-based investing

May 18, 2019

The steady migration of investor assets out of actively managed mutual funds and into passively managed exchange-traded funds is fueling the growth of factor-based investing, an old idea that has taken on new appeal for financial advisers and...

Fate worse than zero hits fund land

May 15, 2019

The trend that's been driving fees in the world of asset management relentlessly lower has finally reached its (il)logical conclusion. The Securities and Exchange Commission has just approved an exchange-traded fund with negative fees. It's...

Capital Group, bastion of active management, rebounds to $1.9 trillion

May 14, 2019

It's been a trying decade for Rob Lovelace. Capital Group Cos., the money-management firm his father's father founded in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, took a beating after the financial crisis. Over seven straight years, clients pulled...

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