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Republicans likely fared better than Dems in market boom

October 1, 2018

The U.S. stock market is booming, but your share of the gains probably depends on whether you voted for Donald Trump in 2016. (More: Is the Trump effect over?) Following the election, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to increase their...

Stock market's blowout third quarter attracts retail investors

October 1, 2018

U.S. stocks delivered the best quarterly run in almost five years, luring retail investors back into the longest bull market on record just as Wall Street started sounding the alarms. Individual investors drew down cash balances at brokerage...

Boom in safest stocks rings alarm bells on Wall Street

October 1, 2018

In the world of the quants, there can always be too much of a good thing. This time, it's the relentless rally in companies with healthy fundamentals from low debt to high profitability — dubbed quality stocks — driven by investor appetite...

BlackRock is the winner and loser in this bond ETF fee fight

October 1, 2018

The fee fight continues in ETF land. But now it's happening within fund firms themselves. BlackRock Inc.'s $2.2 billion iShares Broad USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (USIG) took in a record $624 million last Tuesday. It appears that...

Focus Financial acquires TAMP for $235 million

September 28, 2018

Focus Financial Partners Inc. is acquiring Loring Ward Holdings for $235 million in cash and stock, in a bid to scale its outsourced services for independent advisers. Loring Ward, which offers a turnkey asset management program, manages $17...

Cash comes into focus as interest rates continue ascent

September 26, 2018

Cash, an asset class that's been in the doldrums for the better part of a decade, is beginning to show signs of life. The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate to near zero a decade ago in an effort to stoke the American economy in...

Managing wealth of the world's richest is still a man's domain

September 25, 2018

Men dominate the largest financial institutions globally even as their executives say they're trying to make Wall Street more welcoming for women. The situation is even worse at family offices, outfits which manage money for the world's richest...

High times for ultra-high-net-worth families

September 25, 2018

These are heady times for the world's richest clans. Family offices scored average returns of 15.5% last year, up from 7% in 2016 and 0.3% the prior year, according to UBS Group and Campden Wealth. Those in Asia led the way with a 16.4% return...

Bank-heavy ETFs see brisk demand amid rising interest rates

September 24, 2018

Investors of exchange-traded funds are chasing chunky yields and pouring cash into strategies holding banks, hoping to profit from higher interest rates. The $33 billion Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) took in $942 million last week,...

What advisers get wrong about investors

September 24, 2018

Investors are a diverse group — much more so than standard tropes might suggest — and this diversity has big implications for financial advisers, ranging from how they search for clients to the financial recommendations they make, according...

BlackRock, Thomson Reuters launch new diversity and inclusion ETF

September 24, 2018

BlackRock Inc. and Thomson Reuters are partnering on a new exchange-traded fund that invests in companies that promote diversity and inclusion practices. The new iShares Thomson Reuters Inclusion & Diversity UCITS ETF (OPEN) tracks an index...

LPL video about private equity looks like a swipe at Cetera

September 21, 2018

LPL Financial appears to be dissing its rivals, including Cetera Financial Group, in a video that is making the rounds of social media sites such as LinkedIn with the title, "How Financial Advisers Can Be Impacted by Private Equity Ownership."...

Advisers struggle with the highs and lows of marijuana investing

September 20, 2018

As marijuana moves closer to the mainstream, with medicinal use now legal in 47 states and nine states plus the District of Columbia allowing recreational use, financial advisers are increasingly being asked by clients about investment opportunities....

Investors pour money into ETF ahead of index reorganization

September 19, 2018

Investors are starting to shift their cash to maintain exposure to some big tech names like Facebook Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Netflix Inc. before indexers reclassify the stocks. State Street Corp.'s Communication Services Select...

Bank of America to sell alternative operations with $20 billion to iCapital

September 19, 2018

Bank of America Corp. agreed to sell businesses that administer alternative investment feeder funds to iCapital Network, a financial technology firm led by a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker. The operations for feeder funds, which pool...

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....

Seeking small-cap value in a momentum-driven market

September 18, 2018

Investment dollars have flooded into U.S. small-cap stocks this year, bolstering both the Russell 2000 Value and Growth indices. This is largely due to investor demand for exposure to the U.S. equity market, favorable tax policies and a perceived...

Advisers warn against fleeing stocks in favor of bonds

September 17, 2018

Investors continue to favor fixed-income strategies over equities, which is contrary to what most financial advisers consider prudent at this point in the market cycle and suggests investors are anxious. The latest data from ETF.com show that...

Stocks are doing OK. Asset managers' stocks? Not so much

September 14, 2018

The U.S. stock market is having another solid year. You wouldn't know it by looking at the shares of companies that manage money. The S&P index of 18 asset managers and custody banks is down almost 11% this year, compared with a gain of more...

Do-it-yourself deals are all the rage among rich investors

September 14, 2018

The champagne was flowing at a Hamptons gathering last month for members of Tiger 21, an investment club for the ultrawealthy. After some schmoozing, talk turned to a hot topic: do-it-yourself deal-making. Some attendees invested directly in...

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