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Pimco's active BOND ETF being left in the dust

April 14, 2016

Pimco's much-celebrated Total Return Active ETF (BOND) is being ignored by investors who are opting for better-positioned rival products. It wasn't supposed to be this way. The fund's first-quarter net withdrawals topped $37 million, while the...

Sequoia fund gives departing shareholders stock instead of cash

April 14, 2016

The snakebit Sequoia fund is warning investors that large redemptions may be paid in securities, rather than cash. Sequoia (SEQUX), which has tumbled 24% the past 12 months on a big, bad bet on drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), notified...

DOJ's suit against activist investor could affect entire mutual fund industry

April 13, 2016

The $16 trillion U.S. mutual fund industry should be biting its nails over the Department of Justice lawsuit against activist investor ValueAct. Restricting shareholders from addressing important issues with corporate executives. President Obama's...

Gundlach calls negative rates 'dumbest, most horrible' idea

April 13, 2016

Jeffrey Gundlach, the widely-followed chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, took a swipe at negative-interest-rate policies, gave a nod to gold and gold miners, and said the big run for junk bonds is about done. In a fixed-income focused...

Investors flee actively managed funds for ETFs

April 12, 2016

Investors are dropping actively managed funds — and investment advisers have a big hand in that. Investors have sold a net $259 billion in actively managed stock funds the past 12 months, according to Morningstar, the Chicago investment trackers....

The file and suspend countdown

April 12, 2016

What a difference a day makes — particularly when that day is April 30, 2016. Anyone who is 66 or older by the end of April can still file and suspend their Social Security benefits by April 29 under existing rules that allow them to trigger...

Trian sells 9.9% stake in Legg Mason to Singapore's Shanda investing group

April 12, 2016

Activist investor Trian Fund Management agreed to sell its 9.9% stake in money manager Legg Mason Inc. to Shanda Group, a Singapore-based investing holding company. Trian is selling “substantially all” of the shares it owns, according to...

Post-DOL fiduciary rule, Wall Street gives the nod to low-cost fund companies

April 12, 2016

As mutual fund companies continue to ponder the effects of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, Wall Street is weighing in as well. The early results aren't favoring broker-sold fund companies. Even though there have only been four full...

Finra's REIT rule to raise transparency on prices takes effect

April 11, 2016

Independent broker-dealers on Monday began to adjust to a revised industry rule intended to give investors a clearer picture of what they are paying for investments: a change to customer account statements regarding the value of illiquid investments...

Smoking out the right way to invest in the marijuana movement

April 11, 2016

A public filing on Monday by cannabis social-networking company MassRoots Inc., which hopes to sell $6.5 million worth of shares and warrants, could move cannabis investing another step toward the mainstream. But, so far, most financial advisers...

Modern retirement planning means staying aggressive

April 11, 2016

Most financial planning overlooks a key element of modern retirement planning. Boomers don't want the retirement life their parents had; they want to keep growing. Five financial advisers share their thoughts on the DOL fiduciary rule. “What's...

4 reasons why pulling out of emerging markets doesn't make sense

April 10, 2016

Historically, long-term demographic and economic trends have been the key motivations for investing in the emerging markets asset class. As populations grow in the developing world and shrink in the developed world, economic growth will be focused...

President Obama's SEC nominees are being held up by fellow Democrats

April 8, 2016

Democrats are blocking President Obama's SEC nominees in a cat fight over the disclosure of political spending. Awkward. Fairly unusual opposition to Mr. Obama. Forcing the minimum wage up to $15 an hour sounds great in theory. In practice?...

Investors still looking for ways to bridge the gap between stocks and bonds

April 8, 2016

Since 2013 my firm, Legg Mason, has used a third-party service to conduct an annual global investment survey. We use it to try to measure where investors are allocating their investments and get a clearer sense for their thinking: what do they...

DOL rule described as 'workable' and a political success

April 8, 2016

The Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule received high marks for political diplomacy and for being “workable,” according to a panel of experts speaking Thursday during an InvestmentNews webcast. “My first impression is that a number...

ValueLine joins other asset managers by embracing liquid alternatives

April 8, 2016

ValueLine Funds is looking to be among the latest asset management shops to jump into liquid alternatives arena with a proposed acquisition of the Alpha Defensive Alternatives Fund (ACDEX) from Alpha Capital Management. If the acquisition is...

SIFMA says DOL fiduciary rule pertaining to IRA rollovers still too restrictive

April 8, 2016

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association is concerned that the Labor Department's new fiduciary rule will keep financial advisers from discussing specific investment options with investors who may want to move their assets into...

New DOL fiduciary rule, robo-advice dominate adviser concerns at SIFMA conference

April 7, 2016

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a lobbying group that advocates for large broker-dealers, is taking a hard look at the Labor Department's new fiduciary rule. Regulation is a top priority for SIFMA as it evaluates the...

Vanguard, Fidelity bank on robos, low-cost strategies to ride DOL fiduciary rule wave

April 7, 2016

In the shakeout over the Department of Labor's fiduciary rules for retirement accounts, mutual fund giant Vanguard is a clear winner — but archrival Fidelity won't be hurting, either. The rules, announced Wednesday, require that brokers act...

Seeing renewable energy through rose-colored glasses

April 7, 2016

A blindingly bullish outlook for wind and solar energy will get pinched in a hurry when oil prices start to recover. Meanwhile, SunEdison shares are trading at 34 cents, which is a point worth pondering. Shaping the power markets. Goldman's...

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