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JPMorgan offer of free trades hits discount brokerages

August 21, 2018

The biggest U.S. bank is joining an escalating battle for retail investors, and the news hit discount brokerages hard. JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s plan to roll out a mobile brokerage platform next week that includes free research and some free trading...

Active money management isn't going to disappear

August 13, 2018

There's a line of argument in the financial press that suggests that active money management is dying, a victim of high fees and underperformance versus low-cost indexing that captures average market returns. News flash: This is anything but...

Many of the best financial jobs for women aren't on Wall Street

August 10, 2018

Women who want to manage money seem to be having better luck doing it someplace other than Wall Street. U.S. firms with the highest share of female portfolio managers are located thousands of miles from Manhattan, according to new Morningstar...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Wells Fargo 401(k) lawsuit

August 6, 2018

A federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld a U.S. District Court judge's dismissal of an ERISA breach claim against Wells Fargo & Co. by a participant in the company's 401(k) plan, who alleged fiduciaries could have offered a better-performing...

American Funds offering TDFs in collective investment trusts

August 3, 2018

Capital Group, the asset manager behind the American Funds investment brand, is planning to offer its target-date mutual funds in a collective-investment-trust-fund vehicle later this year, in a move to seize on the growing popularity of CITs...

Vanguard exec: Investors should look for 'the catch' in Fidelity's no-fee funds

August 3, 2018

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the free funds unveiled by Fidelity Investments this week, according to Vanguard Group chief investment officer Greg Davis. Vanguard's rival stoked the investing industry price war Wednesday by...

Fidelity's zero-fee funds unleash the power of free

August 2, 2018

Fidelity Investments fired a shot heard around the investing world Wednesday: It announced it would roll out two index mutual funds Friday that charge no fees. Both funds will track market cap-weighted Fidelity indexes. The Fidelity Zero Total...

Fidelity's zero-cost funds raise issues for 401(k) advisers

August 2, 2018

Fidelity Investments is making 401(k) advisers' lives a little more complicated. The Boston-based behemoth dropped some eye-popping news Wednesday: as of Friday, it will begin offering two index mutual funds with a price tag of 0.00%. Yes, funds...

Fidelity resets the fee-war bar with zero-expense index funds

August 1, 2018

Fidelity Investments has pushed the limit in the wealth management industry's fee wars by launching two index funds with expense ratios of zero. The $7 trillion asset manager's seemingly blatant effort to capture more market share also includes...

Systems glitch sends erroneous text messages to some Vanguard customers

July 25, 2018

Some participants in 401(k) accounts administered by the Vanguard Group received an erroneous text message Tuesday night saying that a loan from the account was being processed and the proceeds would soon be sent to the account holder's bank....

New focus on workers who don't take a full match

July 24, 2018

Participants in defined contribution plans are increasingly contributing enough to take full advantage of employer matches, thanks to plan design changes and a greater emphasis by employers on targeting communications to those who are falling...

TD Ameritrade latest brokerage refusing to lead in cutting ETF commissions

July 24, 2018

Commission-free ETF trading appears to be the trend that isn't going away, but TD Ameritrade is the latest company to acknowledge it will not lead in the race to the bottom. "We're not going to lead [on cutting commissions], but we need to prepare...

Commission-free ETFs will become the norm, Schwab CEO says

July 20, 2018

When it comes to trading fees for exchange-traded funds, investors and financial advisers should get used to paying less. While The Vanguard Group fired a hefty salvo in the ETF low-fee battle earlier this month, Walt Bettinger, president and...

The regulatory hole around ETFs gets SEC scrutiny

July 19, 2018

A regulator's work is never done — and when it comes to exchange-traded funds, it seems it's only just begun. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is working on an ETF-specific oversight regime and considering reviving a proposal...

Target-date funds don't hit the retirement bull's-eye

July 18, 2018

The Vanguard Group published recently its "How America Saves 2018" report, a trove of data on more than 4.9 million retirement savers in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and other defined-contribution plans. My colleague Barry Ritholtz has already noted many...

JPMorgan ups its ETF game

July 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally gaining ground in the competitive ETF landscape with its BetaBuilder brand. Two of the lender's exchange-traded funds — the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) and the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF (BBEU)...

Vanguard isn't taking in as much money; neither is anyone else

July 6, 2018

Vanguard Group is attracting a lot less money from investors this year compared with 2017. Turns out, the mutual fund giant's not alone. Vanguard, the world's second-largest money manager, collected $138 billion in the first half of 2018, down...

Midsize asset managers face a squeeze

July 6, 2018

Rumors of the demise of medium-sized asset managers have proved to be greatly exaggerated, so far. But in the next five years, a combination of rising costs, a stagnant pool of profit and dwindling revenue will hasten a divide in the industry...

Goldman Sachs poses new threat to active mutual fund managers

July 5, 2018

Truly passive index and exchange-traded funds are winning over many financial advisers. There are some holdouts among these middlemen who look after perhaps as much as $25 trillion. They are not rushing to move their clients into cheap beta-style...

SEC proposes making it easier to start ETFs

June 28, 2018

The fast-growing $3.6 trillion U.S. market for exchange-traded funds is closer to getting a shot in the arm after Wall Street's main regulator advanced a proposal for streamlining its approval process for the products. The Securities and Exchange...

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