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CFP Board ads to hit NPR airwaves this fall

August 12, 2012

Public-radio listeners will be encouraged to turn to a certified financial planner for investment guidance when advertisements touting CFPs hit NPR this fall. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. said last Friday at the group's...

Corn price as high as an elephant's eye — but beware

August 10, 2012

The best-performing commodity this year may be golden, but it isn't gold. The price of corn hit an all-time high Friday as the Agriculture Department cut its forecast for this year's crop by 16.9% to 10.7 billion bushels. Analysts were expecting...

Commodities head for worst monthly loss since recession of 2008

May 31, 2012

Commodities fell for a third day and are poised for the biggest monthly loss since the recession of 2008 as Europe's escalating debt crisis dimmed prospects for demand and sent crude oil into a so-called bear market. The Standard & Poor's GSCI...

Preparing for retirement plan audits

May 27, 2012

For some, “audit” can be the most feared word in the English language. And this year, the Labor Department is doing its utmost to spread the word. The buzz is that the department is stepping up its efforts to audit 401(k) plans and other employer-sponsored...

Elder adventurers

May 27, 2012

Financial advisers, take note: Your clients may be aging, but they aren't necessarily old, at least in terms of how they spend their vacations. Americans over 50 increasingly are picking exotic, out-of-the-way destinations, according to Alan...

Big year expected for cat bonds

May 27, 2012

New catastrophe bond issuance hit a record during the first quarter amid signs that the market may be poised for continued growth. Data compiled by GC Securities, an affiliate of Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC, showed the quarter to be the cat bond...

Money managers retool, close core investment strategies

May 27, 2012

Growing demand for higher-octane equity strategies is forcing many money managers to retool their old strategies and a few to close them down. The victims are value, growth and other “style box” managers, according to consultants. Managers...

Low rates flummox DB fiduciaries

May 27, 2012

Low interest rates have placed many named fiduciaries of defined-benefit plans in a particularly uncomfortable position. Poor investment performance has taken a toll on funding levels for pension plans, but harsh business conditions are making...

More baby boomers caring for aging parents

May 27, 2012

The changing nature of the modern family means that estate planning will have to evolve to meet some unexpected needs. Among the more notable developments, according to a report by the BMO Retirement Institute, is that more baby boomers are...

'End of an era' as analysts see great fall for gold

May 4, 2013

Gold's longest winning streak in at least nine decades is poised to end as diminishing trust in the metal's ability to preserve value spurred a majority of analysts to predict the first annual retreat since 2000. Prices will close the year at...

Top-performing SMAs for the 1st Quarter

May 20, 2012

DOMESTIC EQUITY The domestic-equity market enjoyed a solid quarter and one of its best six-month periods in the past 15 years, with the S&P 500 returning 25.9%. There was surprisingly little differentiation by size across the domestic market...

Letters to the editor: May 21

May 20, 2012

Thank you for the outstanding Just Thinking column “When the tax man cometh for our troops” (April 30). I agree 100% on no taxes for U.S. service members when stationed outside the United States, as they need all the help and support we...

Once again: Don't kill the messenger

May 20, 2012

In the fast-changing and complex financial advice business, developments of particular interest and importance to financial advisers can reflect negatively on some of the people, firms or products involved. Our job at InvestmentNews is to report...

60/40 allocation losing its luster, survey finds

May 20, 2012

Financial advisers no longer sing the praises of asset allocation models that use 60% stocks and 40% bonds to seek returns and balance investment risks. According to a new survey, advisers want new methods for portfolio construction. About half...

Fiduciary champion hit with more charges

May 20, 2012

The Labor Department filed suit last Wednesday against retirement plan fiduciary Matthew D. Hutcheson, alleging that he stole $3.2 million from plan sponsors. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, charges that...

That was quick: Gold back as traders turn decidedly bullish

April 27, 2013

Gold traders are the most bullish in a month after mints around the world said demand for bullion coins is surging and central banks added to reserves even as prices slumped the most in three decades. Fifteen analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expect...

Americans plan to work during traditional retirement years

May 13, 2012

Don't expect Gen X and Y to be spending much time with the grandkids. According to an online survey of 860 investors, almost seven out of 10 people between 21 and 50 plan to work either part time or full time during what are traditionally considered...

Investors find financial products confusing: Survey

May 13, 2012

Investors have spoken and advisers should take note: They're overwhelmed by the number of investment choices and find many to be overly complex. A February survey of 934 adults by MFS Investment Management found that a third feel inundated by...

Credit liquidity down, bond ETFs up

May 13, 2012

The regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis continues to shape the markets in unexpected ways. We're now seeing one unintended effect in the corporate-credit market, which has become significantly less liquid over the past year as primary...

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