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Fidelity dominates money-market industry as assets grow to $629 billion

December 10, 2018

Fidelity Investments is dominating a business that is thriving even as stocks and bonds struggle. Fidelity's money-market assets grew to $629 billion as of Oct. 31 — nearly twice as much as its closest rival, Vanguard Group, according to Crane...

BlackRock emerging-market ETF had record month amid trade fight

December 3, 2018

The possibility of easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China is lifting global markets, particularly riskier assets. While emerging markets are benefiting, the reality is investors have been pouring in for at least a month. The $50 billion...

Annuity and mutual fund interests at odds over 401(k) disclosures

November 29, 2018

A fight is breaking out over retirement legislation that the U.S. Congress is trying to jam through before year's end, pitting insurance and mutual fund groups, as well as large 401(k) providers, against each other. The rancor concerns just...

Vanguard cuts investment minimums in escalating price war

November 19, 2018

Vanguard Group cut investment minimums across dozens of index funds Monday, giving a greater number of investors access to its lowest-cost retail share class and escalating an ongoing battle among money managers to slash costs in a bid to attract...

Robo Acorns said to seek funding at $700 million valuation

November 16, 2018

Acorns Grow Inc. is in talks with investors for a new funding round that would give it a valuation north of $700 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Acorns, which is one of a growing number of startups offering digital wealth...

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...

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...

New Schwab adviser technology chief Andrew Salesky brings veteran pressure to his team

November 3, 2018

If Andrew Salesky, head of adviser technology at Charles Schwab, is in the hot seat, he's not showing it. The Schwab veteran, who took up his latest post in June, possesses an unexpected calm as he talks about Schwab's efforts to convince its...

Vanguard CEO Buckley to add role of chairman

November 1, 2018

The Vanguard Group announced that its CEO, Tim Buckley, will take on the additional role of chairman of the $5.3 trillion asset management company on Jan. 1. As chairman, he succeeds Bill McNabb. "Tim has been a strong, focused leader at Vanguard...

6 myths about millennials that could harm adviser businesses

October 27, 2018

Financial advisers, like society at large, get an awful lot wrong about millennials — that group of 20- and 30-somethings who are an obsessive focus of generational discussion. To a certain extent, it's not entirely advisers' fault. Seemingly...

Here's how the 401(k) world will evolve over the next three years

October 23, 2018

The financial services industry moves at a snail's pace, set up to resist change and repel outsiders. The last major disruptors were Charles Schwab and Vanguard Group's John Bogle, both very old men now. But the 401(k) world is about to change...

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...

Vanguard experiences technical problems during Wednesday sell-off

October 11, 2018

Vanguard Group, the biggest U.S. mutual fund firm, experienced technical problems Wednesday that made it difficult for some customers to access its website by phone or the internet amid the market rout. The company blamed "periodic network connectivity...

Investment firm co-founded by Al Gore involved in $2.2M fintech deal

October 9, 2018

Al Gore's Generation Investment Management and Canadian pension fund Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec teamed up to acquire control of wealth-management services provider FNZ in one of the year's largest fintech deals. The acquisition of...

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,...

How to get investors excited about ESG ETFs

September 18, 2018

Let's be honest: Exchange-traded funds that focus on environmental, social and governance have been a giant dud. They only have about $6 billion in assets, or just 0.2% of all money invested in ETFs, despite to-die-for PR that eludes most categories....

Mutual fund fee wars will encourage bad behavior

September 6, 2018

Fidelity Investments introduced two mutual funds last month that cost investors nothing. One is focused on U.S. equities and the other on international assets. This is not a gimmick. The funds have already attracted almost $1 billion. The move...

Fidelity sees two zero-fee index funds rake in almost $1 billion in first month

September 4, 2018

Investors poured almost $1 billion into Fidelity Investments' two zero-fee index funds in their first month of operation. The Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund attracted $753.5 million through Aug. 31, while the Fidelity Zero International...

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