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Green energy investing takes center stage

December 1, 2015

The two-week global climate summit in Paris coupled with Bill Gates' efforts to lead a coalition of billionaires to invest in climate research is sparking fresh interest in clean-energy investment opportunities. “Anything green seems to be...

$25B institutional money manager takes a leap into retail

November 30, 2015

Pzena Investment Management, a relatively obscure $25 billion institutional money manager, is hoping to tap into the potentially lucrative retail investor market by creating a distribution team to promote three fledgling mutual funds. Even though...

Sallie Krawcheck dishes on being downsized

November 30, 2015

Sallie Krawcheck says the economy is evolving at such a rapid pace that producing great results isn't doesn't equal job security. She knows a thing or two about job security. That point when you realize the company is going in a different direction....

3 steps to get going on harvesting those tax losses

November 30, 2015

Given the volatility in various financial markets, 2015 is shaping up as a year that will offer many investors ample opportunities for tax-loss harvesting. Tax-loss harvesting, a strategy in which an investor sells one or more depreciated assets...

Where to begin when planning for clients' 2015 taxes

November 29, 2015

There are tax-loss harvesting, charitable giving, exemptions and deductions, and required minimum deductions to think about. But when beginning to plan for clients' 2015 taxes, the place to start is the investment strategy. “Do the portfolio...

As robo-advice spreads, so should the caution warnings

November 25, 2015

As robo-advisers flood the zone, investors (and human financial advisers) should continue to proceed with caution. Handing your retirement savings over to a robot. Some sage advice to get you through your next industry conference adventure....

As market volatility spikes, investors plan to lift allocation to alternatives: Survey

November 25, 2015

Self-directed IRA investors are becoming more acclimated to nontraded alternative assets, according to a new study from Pensco Trust Co. An increase in market volatility this year is changing the way investors allocate their assets, with 62%...

Mutual fund outflows add to the pain of capital gains distributions

November 24, 2015

It's that time of year again, when turkeys get stuffed, halls get decked and mutual fund investors get hit with year-end capital gains distributions. For investors and financial advisers, it is a frustration as old as the actively managed mutual...

Alternative investments combined with fee-based services are changing the investing world

November 24, 2015

The growing popularity of alternative investments is having a profound impact on investment firms and the growing practice of fee-based advisory services. And it's not just alternative specialists who are affected, but the entire asset-management...

SEC taking deep dive into role of ETFs in Aug. 24 market drop

November 24, 2015

The role of exchange-traded funds in the market chaos that erupted on Aug. 24 remains a big focus at the SEC. Good or bad? Chairwoman Mary Jo White: 'You'll see us boring into that.' Inflation, inflation, inflation. It's in the headlines but...

S&P's global financial literacy test is out

November 23, 2015

Would you pass the global financial literacy test? When you go out to dinner with a Norwegian, a Swede or a Dane, let them calculate the tip. With AIG Advisor Group reportedly on the block, the question is who's kicking the tires? Return of...

Shakeup in senior management of AR Capital products

November 23, 2015

The president of the Business Development Corporation of America, or BDCA, was removed amid a shakeup in the leadership of two of AR Capital's alternative investment products. On Friday, Robert Grunewald “was removed from his position as president,...

Blending Mars, Venus can energize a fund

November 22, 2015

If there's one thing that can definitively be said about female mutual fund managers it is that they are rare. The financial services industry has always been represented mostly by men, but the portfolio management area stands out as an extreme...

Investing in women a worthy strategy

November 22, 2015

Gender equality has garnered significant attention in the investment community — and our society as a whole — in recent months. The #HeForShe campaign continues to gain steam, companies like Google and Intel are pledging significant capital...

How to avoid becoming a tax scam victim

November 20, 2015

After the IRS' big data breach, you might want to file this under 'do as I say, not as I do.' But give the agency credit for trying. The IRS' 7 steps to avoid becoming a tax-scam victim. Does the strong debut for mobile payments company Square...

Fidelity, Schwab to halt AR Capital sales

November 19, 2015

A major clearing firm, Fidelity Clearing & Custody, and a leading custodian for registered investment advisers, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., have halted or will halt by the end of the week sales of AR Capital products. Nicholas Schorsch's AR Capital's...

December looking more likely for Fed rate hike

November 19, 2015

Ground Control to Major Yellen. Commencing countdown, engines on. October Fed minutes stress potential for December liftoff. Speaking of rising rates, have you checked out your bond fund lineup recently? Now's not a bad time to see what you're...

How investors get yield wrong and how dangerous that can be

November 19, 2015

The way many retired investors think about the yield of their investment portfolios is complicated and puzzling. Too often, they blur the distinction between yield as an investment characteristic and yield as a source of income for retirement...

Pimco loses another crown, this one for emerging markets bonds

November 18, 2015

Pimco loses another crown. It's hard to survive a 62% drop in assets. Don't go too crazy cheering when a company you own announces a big stock buyback. It might boost the share price but there is — there always is — a down side The cannibalized...

How ETFs can help mitigate the impact of market bubbles

November 18, 2015

Financial markets suffer from irrationality. In the last 15 years, policy makers such as Alan Greenspan and Nobel Prize winners such as Robert Shiller and Paul Samuelson have noted “irrational exuberance” and “macro inefficiencies” as...

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