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SEC-registered advisers continue riding the fee-based wave

September 6, 2018

Wealthy clients may represent the crown jewel for financial advisers, but regular earners still make up the overwhelming majority of clients being served across the financial planning industry. According to the 2018 Evolution Revolution report,...

Structured ETFs offer fresh twist on popular variable annuity strategy

September 6, 2018

There's nothing quite like the month of September to remind investors and financial advisers that the financial markets are fraught with risks, which is the kind of mindset that Innovator Capital Management is banking on with its new suite of...

Popularity of collateralized loan obligations widens thanks to demand from rich

September 5, 2018

Some of the world's wealthiest clans have been throwing their money into an esoteric piece of financial engineering that has Wall Street in its thrall. They're called collateralized loan obligations, and they transform riskier company loans...

DOL fiduciary rule caused $14 billion in stock losses for investment firms: report

September 5, 2018

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule led to "tremendous" losses for brokerage and other investment firms, causing billions of dollars to be shed from their market valuations as investors feared the rule would hurt profitability, according...

Fidelity sees two zero-fee index funds rake in almost $1 billion in first month

September 4, 2018

Investors poured almost $1 billion into Fidelity Investments' two zero-fee index funds in their first month of operation. The Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund attracted $753.5 million through Aug. 31, while the Fidelity Zero International...

Three disruptions reshaping fixed-income markets

September 4, 2018

Fixed-income markets are growing more efficient by the day, and with this, the old guard of bond fund managers is under pressure. Former stars at established firms are fading — in some cases fast — as market data grow wider, deeper, and...

As ESG investments boom, asset managers seek out fixed-income options

August 30, 2018

Wall Street's do-good investment boom is finally taking notice of the credit markets. Sustainable investment assets grew 37% last year, according to Bloomberg data, but the majority of those funds focus on stocks. That's leading to some awkward...

Advisers in a pickle over low-yielding cash sweep accounts

August 29, 2018

With interest rates edging higher and stock market valuations hitting peak levels, cash management is becoming a center-stage issue for financial advisers, and one that could have fiduciary implications. While cash typically makes up only a...

Crypto craze puts retirement savings at risk

August 29, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week rejected nine separate schemes to create the world's first bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which would open the door to investing in cryptocurrency in retirement accounts. This follows the SEC's...

Former hedge funder seeks to improve ESG investing

August 28, 2018

It's an age-old investing question. Can you do good and do well at the same time? Ethan Powell is on a mission to prove that you can. The 43-year-old former hedge funder is using his non-profit finance firm, Impact Shares Corp., to create a...

Equity index put writing: A strategy for uncertain markets

August 28, 2018

With the post-crisis market recovery now in its tenth year and equity indexes near all-time highs, investors understandably may be thinking that no bull market can charge ahead forever. We are now in a period in which market conditions are increasingly...

U.S. banks continue to slash exposure to muni-bonds made less valuable by tax cuts

August 27, 2018

Some of the biggest U.S. banks have continued to slash their exposure to state and city debt since the federal government cut corporate tax rates, leaving the securities less attractive to the companies. JPMorgan Chase & Co., State Street Corp.,...

Top private placement manager GPB to restate financial statements of certain funds

August 24, 2018

GPB Capital Holdings will overhaul and restate the 2015 and 2016 financial statements of certain funds as part of its accounting review, according to letters sent to broker-dealers. Last week, InvestmentNews reported that GPB Capital Holdings,...

Active managers fall further behind indexes

August 23, 2018

Fewer stock pickers are beating their indexes, with value managers among the worst performers. Just 36% of actively managed stock funds topped indexes in the year through June, down from 43% in 2017, according to a Morningstar Inc. report. Pickers...

Finra arbitrators order Pennsylvania brokerage to pay client $1 million in damages

August 23, 2018

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitrators ordered Pennsylvania-based Trustmont Financial Group Inc. to pay a client more than $1 million in damages. James E. Grimes accused Trustmont, headquartered in Greensburg, Penn., of breaching...

Historic bull market has advisers rethinking risk

August 23, 2018

With the U.S. stock market officially qualifying as the longest bull market in history earlier this week, financial advisers are rolling up their sleeves for what comes next. The market's relatively unabated rally since March 2009, which has...

Fund industry limits C-share investing, cutting 12b-1 fee income for advisers

August 23, 2018

The great share-class migration that has been building this year is starting to unfold, representing a significant pay cut for advisers relying on beefy 12b-1 fees for predictable income streams. Over the next few months, several fund companies...

Dollar weakens on Trump remarks about Fed interest-rate hikes

August 21, 2018

The dollar dropped with Treasuries early Tuesday after President Donald J. Trump criticized Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes. U.S. equity futures tracked gains in Europe and Asia, setting the scene for a potential S&P 500 record. Contracts...

Understanding client values builds deeper relationships

August 21, 2018

Often when advisers meet with clients or prospects, they spend the majority of the time discussing portfolio construction, risk-adjusted rates of return and other minutiae that make the average person's eyes glaze over. Since technology has...

JPMorgan offer of free trades hits discount brokerages

August 21, 2018

The biggest U.S. bank is joining an escalating battle for retail investors, and the news hit discount brokerages hard. JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s plan to roll out a mobile brokerage platform next week that includes free research and some free trading...

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