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Puerto Rico sales-tax bonds soar on news of debt deal

August 9, 2018

Puerto Rico bonds soared as much as 30% after the island reached a debt restructuring deal with owners of its sales-tax backed securities, marking a significant milestone in the government's record bankruptcy. The U.S. territory's subordinated...

Bill Gross sees bond fund assets hit lowest level since November 2014

August 9, 2018

Investors pulled money from Bill Gross's bond fund for the fifth consecutive month in July, reducing the fund's assets to the lowest since November 2014, less than two months after Mr. Gross took over the go-anywhere pool. The Janus Henderson...

Sell-off in cryptocurrencies reaches new low

August 8, 2018

This year's sell-off in cryptocurrencies plumbed new depths Wednesday after the Securities and Exchange Commission dented enthusiasts' hopes for a VanEck exchange-traded fund backed by bitcoin. A broad selloff in coins of all types reduced the...

Big finance firms want in on theme ETFs

August 8, 2018

A colorful corner of the $3.6 trillion market for exchange-traded funds is going mainstream, thanks to some of the world's biggest finance firms. State Street Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are planning a series of ETFs with themes that...

Private banks are the new hedge funds

August 8, 2018

Who needs hedge funds when a $2.4 trillion private bank is offering global macro trades to navigate late-cycle markets — mimicking fast-money strategies with leverage to boot. UBS Group's wealth management arm, the world's largest, is pitching...

Investors rekindle love affair with hedge funds

August 7, 2018

Investors are back to loving hedge funds, if you can still call them that. Net demand for allocating to hedge funds is the highest in at least three years at 28%, compared with 12% a year prior, according to a Credit Suisse Group AG survey released...

FAANGs are really solo acts, not a supergroup

August 7, 2018

It's time for FAANG stocks to break up, at least in investors' minds. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet can't get away from one another. Every time one grabs the spotlight — as Apple did last week when it became the...

Vanguard, Fidelity, Pimco are top three fund firms among RIAs

August 7, 2018

Vanguard, Fidelity and Pimco remained the three leading fund complexes attracting the strongest purchase consideration from RIAs this year, according to a study by research firms Market Strategies International and Morpace. The researchers defined...

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase warns of 5% Treasury yields

August 6, 2018

Not content with a previous warning investors should brace for U.S. yields of 4%, Jamie Dimon went one further at the weekend, suggesting 5% was a distinct possibility. The JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO said Saturday that people should be prepared...

Why investors should diversify more than just their assets

August 4, 2018

The next generation of investors demands more from their portfolios. While they still expect to generate returns that will fund a home, their children's education and retirement, a growing number also expect their investments to make a difference....

Vanguard exec: Investors should look for 'the catch' in Fidelity's no-fee funds

August 3, 2018

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the free funds unveiled by Fidelity Investments this week, according to Vanguard Group chief investment officer Greg Davis. Vanguard's rival stoked the investing industry price war Wednesday by...

Bitcoin trade gone bad leaves counterparties holding the bag

August 3, 2018

A massive wrong-way bet on bitcoin left an unidentified futures trader unable to cover losses, burning counterparties and threatening to dent confidence in one of the world's largest cryptocurrency venues. The long position in bitcoin futures...

New ETFs seek to hedge a stock market slide

August 3, 2018

Some investors worry that exchange-traded funds will be front and center in the next big stock market correction. So naturally, you can now buy ETFs aimed at protecting you from it. Innovator Capital Management is readying three new funds that...

American Funds offering TDFs in collective investment trusts

August 3, 2018

Capital Group, the asset manager behind the American Funds investment brand, is planning to offer its target-date mutual funds in a collective-investment-trust-fund vehicle later this year, in a move to seize on the growing popularity of CITs...

Fidelity's zero-fee funds unleash the power of free

August 2, 2018

Fidelity Investments fired a shot heard around the investing world Wednesday: It announced it would roll out two index mutual funds Friday that charge no fees. Both funds will track market cap-weighted Fidelity indexes. The Fidelity Zero Total...

Private equity chasing healthy returns at RIAs and broker-dealers

August 2, 2018

Why are private-equity investors swarming over the wealth management industry? As Willie Sutton supposedly said when asked why he robbed banks, "That's where the money is." Looking to buy businesses with annual rates of return of 20% to 25%...

3 ways advisers should prepare for ESG conversations with 401(k) clients

August 2, 2018

Retirement plan advisers likely won't know when environmental, social and governance investing — also known as sustainable investing and impact investing — factors will be of interest to clients. That's why they need to develop a plan in...

Where does the proposed indexing of capital gains leave retirement accounts?

August 1, 2018

There has been talk in Congress about indexing capital gains for inflation. This talk was largely under the radar until this week, when the story hit the front page of the New York Times. Its story says that the White House might try to make...

Fidelity resets the fee-war bar with zero-expense index funds

August 1, 2018

Fidelity Investments has pushed the limit in the wealth management industry's fee wars by launching two index funds with expense ratios of zero. The $7 trillion asset manager's seemingly blatant effort to capture more market share also includes...

Indexing capital gains for inflation would be tax windfall for clients

July 31, 2018

A proposal being floated by Treasury Department officials to index capital gains to inflation would, if enacted, bestow a significant tax windfall on many clients of financial advisers. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has indicated he is considering...

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