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Don't write off ESG investments out of habit — the demand is real

March 23, 2019

Opportunities in the financial services industry rarely look as inviting as the current market for investments focused on environmental, social and corporate governance factors. At around $12 trillion, which is up 38% from two years ago, ESG...

BlackRock invests in pot stock

March 22, 2019

BlackRock Inc. funds are wading into the fast-growing cannabis industry as institutional investors grapple with betting on weed. Five actively managed BlackRock funds have become the largest institutional investor in Curaleaf Holdings Inc.,...

Big data: seeing investments in an entirely new way

March 22, 2019

Across American society, big data is shining a brilliant light on previously obscure relationships. Marketers use people's web searches and purchase histories to offer up their most irresistible offers. Political campaigns transform ages, education...

401(k) managed accounts becoming more diverse

March 21, 2019

Some record keepers of defined-contribution retirement plans are diversifying the managed-account products they offer to employers and their employees in a bid to boost uptake and diversify their revenue streams in an environment of fee compression,...

Staying active in a year of volatility

March 21, 2019

Two months ago, we made two broad predictions about the credit markets. The first was that 2019 would be characterized by volatility, with 2018-like ups and downs, albeit with much greater uncertainty and potential for more severe outcomes....

Brian Block continues his legal fight to stay out of prison

March 21, 2019

Convicted of securities fraud almost two years ago, Brian Block's fight to stay out of prison turned the page this week as he lost his bid for a new trial in federal court, but appealed to a higher venue for another attempt to prove his innocence....

As cash-back ETF hits funds market, signs of trouble appear

March 20, 2019

There's a whiff of desperation among asset managers in their seemingly never-ending war on fund fees. Last week, one ETF upstart created a minor splash by doing what was once unthinkable — offering to pay investors to buy into its exchange-traded...

Giving advisers ESG insight so they can grow

March 20, 2019

Whether it's due to reports of heat waves or polar vortexes, or the realization that businesses that are good stewards of the earth also tend to be responsible with investors' capital, the demand for socially conscious investment products has...

Saudi Arabia global ranking boosted by ETFs in US, UK

March 19, 2019

Exchange-traded funds in the U.S. and the U.K. focused on Saudi Arabian equities are piling up new money this year, placing the Middle Eastern kingdom high in a global ranking. A London-based ETF and another that trades in New York together...

Goldman to buy S&P portfolio unit to boost ETF sales

March 19, 2019

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to buy a new distribution channel for its expanding roster of exchange-traded funds. The acquisition of Standard & Poor's Investment Advisory Services gives the bank another vehicle to bring its funds to investors...

ESG options scarce in 401(k) plans

March 16, 2019

By virtually any measure, the demand for socially conscious investment products has never been greater. Thanks in large part to support from women and young investors, investment strategies that focus on environmental, social and governance...

529 plans also miss the boat when it comes to ESG

March 16, 2019

If​ ever there was a market ripe for ESG investments, it would seem to be the 529 college savings program, which turns 20 this year. Even though most contributors to college savings plans are young parents who tend to be more conscious of...

10 funds with the largest holdings of Boeing

March 14, 2019

Boeing Co. has been hit hard since one of its Max 737 jetliners crashed in Ethiopia Sunday, the second instance of a fatal crash involving that type of plane in less than five months. Countries around the world decided to ground 737 Max planes...

Brookfield buys Oaktree to build an alternatives giant

March 13, 2019

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. agreed to buy a majority stake in Oaktree Capital Group, a combination that would rival Blackstone Group as the world's largest alternative money manager. Brookfield will acquire a 62% stake in Oaktree in a cash...

Gundlach warns stocks don't always go up in the long run

March 13, 2019

Japan may hold the key to why decades-long stock rallies are not a sure bet. Or at least so says Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer at DoubleLine Capital. The billionaire money manager used the firm's Total Return Bond Fund webcast to...

Outlook for growth stocks debated

March 12, 2019

The economy is showing signs of stress. Do you buy or sell U.S. growth stocks? That depends on which gigantic investment bank you ask. Both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley cite an anemic economy, but they are building opposite cases for companies...

Forget zero fees. This ETF is offering to pay investors

March 12, 2019

Free is no longer cheap enough in the ultra-competitive market for exchange-traded funds. Salt Financial, which currently runs one $10 million ETF, plans to woo buyers with a fund that will temporarily pay them to invest, according to regulatory...

Lipper plans ESG scoring system for mutual funds

March 12, 2019

In the latest acknowledgment by the financial services industry of a more socially conscious investor universe, Lipper plans to roll out a system for grading mutual funds based on social, environmental and corporate governance parameters. The...

Concerns about GPB Capital trash hauling business come to the fore

March 12, 2019

The FBI's investigation of GPB Capital Holdings made headlines in InvestmentNews last week. But it is the investigation by New York City regulators that oversee the city's private trash industry that got the attention of news website ProPublica....

Morgan Stanley says market is overpricing Goldilocks scenario

March 12, 2019

It's possible that global economic growth will stabilize while inflationary pressure remains absent and the top central banks stay on hold for the next 24 months. But that scenario is being overpriced by the markets, according to Morgan Stanley....

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