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RIA consolidation on pace for sixth straight record year

October 18, 2018

The pace of consolidation among registered investment advisers slowed slightly during the third quarter but remains on track for a sixth consecutive record year. The latest report from Echelon Partners counted 43 RIA acquisitions during the...

Understanding the costs of ETF selection

October 18, 2018

When you shop for a car, you probably have a budget in mind. You likely also consider more than the sticker price, including implicit costs like reliability, fuel economy and how much it will cost to insure and repair. And you may consider opportunity...

Paul Allen's $26 billion estate could take years to unravel

October 18, 2018

Paul Allen's family office will live long and prosper. The billionaire's vast holdings at Vulcan Inc. -- with real estate, art, sports teams and venture capital stakes -- would take years to unravel, if that's even what he wanted. Mr. Allen,...

New ETF team at Bank of America picks funds

October 17, 2018

Mary Ann Bartels knew there'd be pushback. "We're like Einstein," she nervously joked to a colleague at Bank of America Corp. in the months before they unveiled their latest research, alluding to the deeply skeptical reaction that greeted the...

Tech turnaround might seem familiar to whipsawed investors

October 17, 2018

If the rebound in U.S. technology stocks from their jarring recent declines isn't giving investors a sense of deja vu, it probably should be. The biggest exchange-traded fund tracking the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index has taken back almost half...

Investors increasingly bearish on global growth

October 16, 2018

Pessimism on the global economy is piling up amid rising trade tensions and expectations the U.S. central bank will carry on tightening despite the tumult in equity markets. Fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch this month...

ETF investors are rewriting the rules on hedging risk

October 16, 2018

Investors are coming up with new ways to hedge credit risk as interest rates rise and the Federal Reserve appears to be on course for further tightening, with minutes from its last meeting scheduled to be released Wednesday. Amid a steep run-up...

Small-cap funds take a beating

October 16, 2018

Small-cap companies and funds have been buoyed for much of this year by the view that smaller, domestically focused companies were safe from the negative consequences of a trade war. But last week, as the stock market focused on rising interest...

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...

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 has been good enough to please financial markets. "Early in the season, any news is bad news," writes Christopher...

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,...

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,...

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