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Life insurance is not for saving

September 11, 2018

Stop buying life insurance as a savings strategy. Stop buying it as a tax-deferral vehicle for retirement savings. Stop spending thousands of dollars a month on life insurance premiums, at least until you read the rest of this column. Life insurance...

Warburg Pincus invests $33 million in new hybrid robo

September 10, 2018

This summer's consolidation of robo-advisers isn't stopping new money from flowing into hopeful startups. Warburg Pincus is leading a $33 million investment in Facet Wealth, a new company that believes its unique growth strategy will avoid the...

How do you spell investor relief in a bear market? E-T-Fs

September 8, 2018

Nine years into a bull market with rocketing growth in stocks like Amazon and Apple, investors are wary of equities. Providers of exchange-traded funds have played to that sentiment by rolling out ETFs that attempt to protect investors from...

Slow down! Lessons from a flash crash

September 8, 2018

A little over three years ago — Aug. 24, 2015 — the S&P 500 plunged 5.3% in just a few minutes. The flash crash spooked stock investors, but it was particularly terrifying for investors in exchange-traded funds: iShares Select Dividend ETF...

TD Ameritrade adds socially aware portfolios to retail robo adviser

September 7, 2018

TD Ameritrade is adding five new "socially aware" portfolios to Essential Portfolios, the company's retail robo-adviser. The portfolios will offer ETFs with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, as assessed by the Morgan Stanley...

Galvin orders SII to pay restitution on nontraded REIT sales

September 7, 2018

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin banged away Friday on another independent broker-dealer for sales of nontraded real estate investment trusts, this time ordering SII Investments Inc. to pay money back to clients who...

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...

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...

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...

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...

With history as a guide, September puts advisers on notice

September 4, 2018

With summer technically over, the financial markets roll into the dreaded month of September, which leads up to the contentious midterm election season that has financial advisers paying extra-close attention to client portfolios. "I'm not worried,...

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...

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...

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