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Smart money is pouring into fixed income

April 19, 2019

Even with the roaring start to 2019 that has the S&P 500 Index up nearly 16% through Thursday, an increased appetite for fixed-income strategies suggests the emergence of a more conservative mindset among investors. While the first three months...

Vanguard sees nearly half of all fund inflows in first quarter

April 18, 2019

If there was any doubt about the growing appeal of low fees and indexed investing, investors drove the point home in the first quarter by plowing $62 billion worth of net flows into funds managed by the Vanguard Group. The quarterly total flowing...

InvestmentNews announces 2019 Innovation Awards winners

April 17, 2019

Six firms received InvestmentNews Innovation Awards Wednesday night for their creative and effective approaches to helping advisers run better businesses, improve client outcomes and tackle other planning industry challenges. The winners were...

Massachusetts charges adviser with concealing information in marijuana deals

April 17, 2019

Massachusetts securities regulators have charged a state-licensed investment adviser representative with various forms of misconduct in an investment scheme involving medical marijuana ventures. (More:​ Advisers struggle with the highs and...

Financial advisers at risk if they don't consistently innovate

April 17, 2019

Financial advisers are innovating their practices too slowly and that could have negative implications for their growth prospects, especially in the face of major disruptions like Charles Schwab Corp.'s new subscription pricing, according to...

New ETF offers a way to bet on credit volatility

April 17, 2019

The short-volatility complex is coming to corporate debt ETFs. An exchange-traded fund that will test appetite for credit volatility as a standalone asset class arrived this month, smack in the middle of the calmest junk-bond markets since October....

Thirst for diversification leads more advisers to interval funds

April 16, 2019

With the bull market now a decade old, financial advisers are showing an increased willingness to give up investment liquidity in exchange for strategies that don't move in sync with the broad equity markets. Interval funds, named for their...

BlackRock rebounds as clients move from cash to fixed income

April 16, 2019

BlackRock Inc. rebounded from a rocky end of last year, as customers jumped into its fixed-income products and showed interest in illiquid alternatives. The world's largest asset manager saw $65 billion in net inflows in the first quarter, the...

$4 trillion rally in S&P 500 has buyers flooding world's largest ETF

April 15, 2019

The S&P 500 has grown by $4 trillion since its December meltdown, and exchange-traded fund investors are betting there may be more room to run. Investors poured more than $5.6 billion into the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, known as SPY, last week,...

Help parents plan early, realistically around their kids' college costs

April 13, 2019

The price of college and the burden of student loan debt is frequently cited as a barrier to young people's efforts to buy a home, marry and start a family. What receives less attention is the impact that paying for college can have on parents,...

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act takeaways

April 12, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in late 2017 but individuals are now grappling for the first time with many of its temporary provisions as they prepare their 2018 income tax returns. Wealthy donors may be eyeing the chance to pass more...

A digital twist on investing in rare collectibles

April 12, 2019

Investors often turn toward luxury collectibles like expensive cars and paintings as alternative investments. But owning physical assets doesn't always make sense, even for the ultra-wealthy. A car-loving billionaire, for instance, may be looking...

SEC cracks down on ETF names that could be misleading

April 12, 2019

Exchange-traded funds looking to tap some of the hottest investment trends are going undercover. A growing number of thematic ETFs are changing their identities before they even start trading to conform to a decades-old rule that dictates what...

Creativity matters when planning for lone retirees

April 12, 2019

When a client is an older woman, who has never married and has no children, or close relationships with other natural heirs to leave her considerable wealth to, extraordinary planning steps and creative thinking are needed. Multiple professionals...

There are big benefits to investing in family-controlled businesses

April 12, 2019

Investing in family-controlled businesses requires a good amount of patience and a measure of faith, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Exactly what constitutes a family-controlled business varies, but a general definition is one in which...

6 big takeaways from Larry Fink's letter to shareholders

April 12, 2019

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, published his annual letter to shareholders this week, and InvestmentNews scoured its contents to find the most important nuggets for financial advisers. Here's what the head of the world's largest...

Betterment adds Dimensional Fund Advisors to its adviser robo

April 11, 2019

Popular fund provider Dimensional Fund Advisors will soon make its mutual funds available on the Betterment for Advisors platform. Betterment CEO Jon Stein said the move is part of a number of enhancements designed to broaden the appeal of its...

BlackRock wages secret fee war for junk-debt ETF investors

April 9, 2019

A covert price war is raging between money managers looking to lure junk-bond investors. BlackRock Inc., the world's largest issuer of exchange-traded funds, has slashed the cost of its iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF by waiving...

Clayton wants retirement investors to have more access to private funds

April 9, 2019

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton wants retirement investors to have greater access to private funds. In an interview Tuesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Mr. Clayton said managers of traditional defined-benefit...

ETF that doesn't reveal its assets poised to get SEC OK

April 9, 2019

An exchange-traded fund that doesn't have to reveal its assets is poised to get the regulator's blessing after a more than four-year wait. The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to issue an order granting Precidian Funds permission for...

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