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Largest financials ETF sees outflows

October 15, 2018

Bank bears are back. Investors yanked more than $1 billion from the $29 billion Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) Friday, the largest outflow in more than a decade. In addition, trading in the fund hit $3.6 billion, more than double its...

How to survive the crash

October 15, 2018

Let's prepare for The Inevitable. One of the quirks of human nature is that upbeat investment books offering strategies to make money are routinely outsold by doomsday titles like "How to Survive the Coming Stock Market Crash." For most people,...

Earnings fail to rescue equity bulls

October 15, 2018

Equity bulls counting on strong earnings to arrest the steep decline in U.S. stocks have something to worry about: These days, nothing news has been good enough to please financial markets. "Early in the season, any news is bad news," writes...

How markets will likely react to a change in congressional power

October 13, 2018

With the midterm elections approaching, financial markets have already priced in a scenario in which Republicans cough up enough seats to lose their majority in the House of Representatives but maintain a majority in the Senate. "In a divided...

Wealthfront risk parity fund accused of underperforming

October 12, 2018

Wealthfront's risk parity strategy has been controversial since launching in February, but now it is facing accusations that the fund underperforms. The Wealthfront Risk Parity Fund (WFRPX) is underperforming similar risk parity funds like the...

Market forecasters dissect the sell-off

October 11, 2018

Wednesday's market moves were enough to induce motion sickness, as the S&P 500 index fell 3.3%, the Dow down 832 points and the Nasdaq dropped more than 4.4%. But investment strategists note that this week's slide follows a very subdued third...

Market slide awakens nervous investors, puts advisers back to work

October 11, 2018

Volatile financial markets are when some financial advisers do their best work — not necessarily with investments, but with clients. "I know there are four or five 'Nervous Nellie' clients that I need to make a phone call to," said Lee Baker,...

First-of-its-kind certification introduced for SRI investing

October 10, 2018

The College for Financial Planning has partnered with US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment to introduce the first certification for sustainable, responsible and impact investing. The "Chartered SRI Counselor" designation,...

Stocks slide deepens, with Dow off almost 600 points

October 10, 2018

A risk-off tone gripped financial markets Wednesday, with the rise in Treasury yields and fresh concerns over the trade war with China sending U.S. stocks tumbling by the most since June. The S&P 500 fell to a seven-week low, the Dow Jones Industrial...

Traders say bad day on Wall Street not a reason to panic

October 10, 2018

The S&P 500 fell the most since February and the Nasdaq 100 had its worst day in seven years. But while the size of Wednesday's declines were a shock, with the Dow plunging 831 points, Wall Street traders reported little in the way of panic....

Necessity begets stability

October 9, 2018

Coming out of the financial crisis, advisers could only dream of a nine-year bull market. Its reality now keeps most up at night.

Municipal bond slide may scare away key buyers

October 8, 2018

Municipal bonds suffered their worst week since early February last week, but the real test of the market lies ahead. Will slow-to-react individual investors pull their money out in droves, as they have during previous downturns? Individuals,...

Fix boomers' ESG dilemma with bonds

October 8, 2018

When it comes to ESG investing, Wall Street's product development boom has produced an abundance of ESG equity funds suitable for many investors with the risk tolerance for equities. This may work for millennials, but what are Baby Boomers or...

More big names in financial services enter the cryptocurrency world

October 4, 2018

TD Ameritrade and Ric Edelman are the latest to hitch their big brand names to the cryptocurrency bandwagon. TD announced Wednesday that it had made an investment in ErisX, a fully regulated derivatives exchange and clearing firm that plans...

Treasury sell-off enters second day

October 4, 2018

A rout in Treasuries extended into a second day as global investors priced in stronger U.S. economic growth and a faster pace of Federal Reserve rate hikes. Benchmark 10-year yields climbed above 3.20% for the first time since 2011 and the dollar...

True costs of an ETF lie far beyond its expense ratio

October 4, 2018

When advisers think about what an exchange-traded fund costs, the first and sometimes only factor that comes to mind is its expense ratio. But Maggie Dorn, vice president and ETF specialist with American Century Investments, said that conspicuous...

Tools of the Trade

October 4, 2018

Given the flow of investor money into exchange traded funds, or ETFs, it's clear they've become very popular. ETFs are portfolios of holdings in which their shares trade throughout the day, like stocks. But there are some differences to keep...

JB Investment Management joins RMB Capital

October 3, 2018

JB Investment Management has merged with RMB Capital of Chicago. JB Investment Management, which has $550 million in client assets and focuses on fixed-income strategies, will continue to operate out of its Brookfield, Wisc., office, but the...

Settlements at old Schorsch REIT could cost shareholders $730 million

October 3, 2018

Vereit Inc., a net lease real estate investment trust, could be on the hook for as much as $730 million in settlement payments stemming from an accounting scandal four years ago when the company was controlled by Nicholas Schorsch, the former...

10 best-performing fixed-income funds in Q3

October 2, 2018

While stocks raced ahead in the third quarter, bonds put in a less impressive performance. Fixed-income securities are overshadowed by rising rates, with the Federal Reserve’s 25-basis-point rate hike last Wednesday its eighth such move since...

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