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Market pullback presents robo-advisers with biggest test yet

February 6, 2018

Robo-advisers underwent their biggest stress test to date Monday as the market's slide drove a surge in the volume of investors trying to access their accounts at the fledgling companies, most of which aren't yet 10 years old. The experience...

Robos with the best and worst portfolios over the last two years

February 2, 2018

BackEnd Benchmarking published the sixth edition of The Robo Report, which assesses the performance of portfolios managed by digital advisers, on Thursday. For the first time, the report includes full two-year performance return numbers of robo-advisers...

Three incorrect assumptions all robo-advisers make about clients

January 31, 2018

United Capital CEO Joe Duran says the financial plan you've crafted for your client is wrong. In fact, the surer you are that it's accurate, the higher the chance that it's wrong. Speaking Wednesday at TD Ameritrade's 2018 National LINC conference...

Wall Street can't derail the move to lower fees

January 30, 2018

The Vanguard Group is bringing down the cost of investing and there's nothing Wall Street can do about it despite its best efforts. Some financial firms are making it more expensive — and in some cases impossible—for their clients to buy...

Fidelity pushes Vanguard to compete on brand in 401(k) plans

January 24, 2018

Fidelity Investments' move to impose an additional fee on Vanguard Group assets is going to test plan sponsors' loyalty to the index-fund giant, according to retirement plan advisers, as employers are forced to choose between sticking with a...

House panel backs bill to scrap floating prices for money funds

January 22, 2018

The House Financial Services Committee has advanced a bill that would eliminate some of the strictures placed on the $2.8 trillion money market mutual fund industry in the wake of the financial crisis. The legislation, which was opposed by Fidelity...

Fidelity charging new fee on Vanguard assets held in 401(k) plans

January 22, 2018

Fidelity Investments, the largest record keeper of assets held in defined-contribution plans, has begun charging employers a fee on 401(k) assets held in Vanguard Group investment funds. Starting this year, Fidelity will charge all new 401(k)...

Vanguard warns of 'idiosyncratic risk' in cryptocurrencies' wild ride

January 18, 2018

Vanguard Group's chairman is keeping a watchful eye on gyrations in Bitcoin and its rivals. "The cryptocurrency trading that's going on right now actually worries me a little bit," F. William McNabb said in an Bloomberg TV interview in Beijing....

2018 outlook in equity investing is mostly bright

January 6, 2018

Most investment strategists think 2018 will go down in history as "not quite as good as 2017." And that doesn't mean it will be a bad year. But in 2017, stocks ran to 20% gains, corporate earnings jumped to record highs, and volatility was as...

RIAs hedge market risk with actively managed funds

December 28, 2017

As the stock market closes in on a solid 22% gain for the year, marking a near-300% gain from the 2009 low point, a growing chorus of financial advisers are citing actively managed strategies as a reasonable hedge at this point in the market...

Interest in donor-advised funds surges in response to tax changes

December 20, 2017

With Congress passing the most sweeping tax law changes in a generation, the three major providers of donor-advised funds — Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., The Vanguard Group Inc. and Fidelity Charitable — report a high volume of new accounts,...

Vanguard lags BlackRock in ETF sales

December 18, 2017

Vanguard Group is lagging BlackRock Inc. in ETF sales — but any sobbing you hear from the ETF industry probably isn't coming from the Malvern, Pa.-based behemoth. BlackRock's iShares welcomed $198.4 billion into its ETFs through November,...

Vanguard will use blockchain to share index data

December 12, 2017

The meteoric rise of bitcoin may be dominating headlines, but cryptocurrencies are just the tip of the blockchain iceberg. Some say the technology's real opportunity is in revolutionizing the way information of all kinds is stored and shared....

Vanguard's Bogle sees pension pain in low bond returns

December 7, 2017

Jack Bogle isn't optimistic about the state of U.S. pensions over the next decade. The founder of Vanguard Group thinks a conservative portfolio of bonds will only return about 3% a year over the next decade, and stocks won't do much better,...

Blockchain will change the advisory business—someday

December 5, 2017

With the price of bitcoin continuing to soar, advisers find themselves inundated with questions about digital currencies and blockchain, the ledger technology that makes bitcoin possible. Those questions are bound to increase now that the Vanguard...

BlackRock, Vanguard on track to manage $20 trillion within a decade

December 4, 2017

Imagine a world in which two asset managers call the shots, in which their wealth exceeds current U.S. GDP and where almost every hedge fund, government and retiree is a customer. It's closer than you think. BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group...

401(k) managed account push rife with conflicts of interest

November 28, 2017

Record keepers are looking to managed accounts to be their next 401(k) cash cow, but the way some firms are promoting the products to investors is rife with conflicts. Several providers, including Nationwide, Voya Financial and ICMA-RC, offer...

ETF issuers have new competitor for USAA's $5.5 billion investment: USAA itself

October 26, 2017

BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have a new competitor for the $5.5 billion that United Services Automobile Association has invested in exchange-traded funds: USAA itself. The San Antonio-based insurance and financial...

DOL fiduciary rule, along with two other regs, could be a boon for ETFs

October 12, 2017

Three rules will make exchange-traded funds more accessible to new types of investors. In the U.S., the fiduciary duty and new insurance guidelines will enable retirement savers and insurers to raise their exposure to ETFs. In Europe, the Markets...

Pimco and Goldman lead push for bond ETF flexibility

October 6, 2017

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Pacific Investment Management Co. are leading a push for equal rights when it comes to running index funds tied to the global bond market. Pimco and Goldman are joined by OppenheimerFunds and Nuveen Fund Advisors...

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