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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...

Morgan Stanley: Correction worse than February looming

July 31, 2018

The market's leaders have gone missing this earnings season. For Morgan Stanley, that's a worrying sign that the stock rally may have exhausted itself. Even though more than 85% of S&P 500 members beat analyst estimates, the type of pro-cyclical...

Schorsch REIT listing a billion-dollar disaster for investors

July 30, 2018

The history of nontraded real estate investment trusts is littered with stories of companies that appear to have value and promise one day only to reveal a hideous portrait the next. Several REITs that raised money in the years before the 2008...

Tech bloodletting approaches $300 billion

July 30, 2018

The rush to get out of U.S. tech stocks entered its third day Monday as concerns mounted over how the storied FAANG bloc will fare amid rising interest rates and slower growth. All of the FAANGs retreated, with Facebook Inc. sinking 3.3% and...

A new tax break for impact investing has arrived

July 30, 2018

Financial advisers have a new way to deliver impact investing to wealthy clients — one that comes with substantial tax benefits — courtesy of a fledgling federal tax law. The law created a way to invest in "qualified opportunity zones,"...

Cash management platform gains appeal among advisers amid rising interest rates and frothy markets

July 27, 2018

The ever-frothy equity markets coupled with rising interest rates are starting to make cash look a lot more attractive to investors and financial advisers. It's a pattern that should play right into the hands of Gary Zimmerman, founder and CEO...

Cash floods into muni bond funds

July 26, 2018

Bondholders are no longer seeing losses from their investments in state and local-government debt — and they're pouring money back into the market. Mutual funds that focus on municipal bonds picked up $1.68 billion in the week through July...

Invesco joins the do-it-yourself indexing trend

July 26, 2018

In the cut-throat world of exchange-traded funds, it pays to keep up with the Joneses. Invesco Ltd., the fourth-largest issuer in the U.S., is starting eight fixed-income ETFs backed by benchmarks designed by the firm, following the likes of...

Focus Financial IPO falls short of expectations

July 26, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' initial offering price of $33 was bid up by investors when the stock started trading Thursday afternoon. Despite the below-target offering price, the stock closed its first day of trading at $37.55, representing a 13.8%...

Millennials err on the side of caution when it comes to investing

July 25, 2018

Millennials think cash is the best long-term investment. Unsurprisingly, they're not seeing good returns. Almost 1 in 3 millennials said cash instruments, such as savings accounts and certificates of deposit, are the best place to invest money...

With money on their minds, Generation Z is ready to invest

July 25, 2018

While most members of Generation Z are still only teenagers, it's not too early for this young generation to start thinking about the stock market. Known for their frugality and tendency to stockpile cash for the future, the members of Generation...

Judge dismisses amended complaint in Wells Fargo stock-drop case

July 24, 2018

A U.S. District Court judge in Minneapolis dismissed for the second time a lawsuit by participants in the 401(k) plan of Wells Fargo & Co., saying plaintiffs failed to prove their complaints of fiduciary breaches regarding the management of...

Wealth Enhancement Group adds $350 million planning firm in Florida

July 24, 2018

Wealth Enhancement Group, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based hybrid overseeing $8.9 billion in assets, has agreed to acquire Retirement Strategies Inc., a registered investment adviser and planning firm managing more than $350 million in assets and...

Amazon could be in prime place to shake up asset management industry

July 24, 2018

Amazon.com Inc. is well positioned to shake up the asset management industry, according to a new strategy report from Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. The Seattle-based company's broad customer base and online platform would give it an edge among...

In wake of tax reform, muni bond market gains footing

July 23, 2018

Six months after the sweeping tax-reform package that cut corporate and individual rates rattled the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, financial advisers say the fallout has proven to be a good thing for investors. With deductions for state...

Adviser education key to solving 'ESG paradox'

July 21, 2018

Call it the "ESG paradox." About 80% of advisers report that clients bring up environmental, social and governance factors in investment conversations, according to research from InvestmentNews. But despite the investor interest, only about...

How advice is changing

July 21, 2018

Adviser use of exchange-traded funds continues to rise, as does their interest in investments that take environmental, social and governance factors into consideration. Various surveys over the last couple decades bear out this trend. Two decades...

Wells Fargo takes $8.7 million arbitration hit over Puerto Rican bonds

July 20, 2018

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitration panel has awarded clients of Wells Fargo almost $8.7 million over the firm's handling of sales of Puerto Rican municipal bonds. The panel found that Wells Fargo and Marc Rogers, one...

401(k) advisory firms with custom TDFs offer pain, solace to asset managers

July 20, 2018

Target-date funds built by firms with large networks of 401(k) plan advisers are beginning to gather significant assets, posing a direct threat to some asset managers trying to distribute their own products. Consider Retirement Plan Advisory...

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