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The chief ETF cost that advisors often overlook

September 16, 2019

If there is one hallmark of exchange traded funds most advisors agree on, it's the investment vehicle's low cost. That cost is typically measured by an ETF's expense ratio, a number that has become the de facto ETF yardstick. In fact, many advisors...

Cetera Advisors charged with defrauding clients

August 30, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Cetera Advisors Thursday with breaching its fiduciary duty and defrauding its retail advisory clients in connection with the sales of mutual funds, earning more than $10 million to which it was...

Finra fines former Morgan Stanley rep for impersonating a client

August 20, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined former Morgan Stanley broker John Tillotson $5,000 and suspended him for 15 days for impersonating five clients in five phone calls to a mutual fund company so that he could transfer...

Cost to play bigger role in investment recommendations

August 19, 2019

Cost will soon play a more important role in the investment recommendations brokers make to clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission, as part of its recent overhaul of investment-advice standards for brokers and financial advisers, explicitly...

Veteran small-cap manager navigates market cycles with a basic philosophy

August 7, 2019

Over the 18 years Robert Bergson has managed the Northern Small Cap Value Fund (NOSGX), he has navigated through just about every kind of market condition, which is probably why he's able to stay so calm during the current state of the financial...

Top 50 equity mutual funds, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 Kinetics Internet Fund;No Load (WWWFX) 21.92% 18.16% 19.14% $138.70 1.84% 2 OCM Gold Fund;Investor (OCMGX)...

Fidelity adds low-cost funds, stepping up fee war

July 16, 2019

Fidelity Investments is stepping up its rivalry with Vanguard Group by launching five new index mutual funds with expense ratios it says are lower than the equivalent products at its competitor. Tuesday, Fidelity, which has $2.8 trillion under...

Fidelity says it's entitled to alleged 'secret payments' in 401(k) plans

July 9, 2019

Fidelity Investments said it is legally entitled to payments it receives in connection with 401(k) investments and that the collection of such fees has become necessary for record keepers given the prevailing economics of the industry. Fidelity,...

Target-date fund design may be wrong for retirees

June 17, 2019

Prominent retirement researchers are questioning whether target-date funds, the golden goose of the 401(k) industry, are structured appropriately. TDFs have become the preferred investment for 401(k) savers, now holding about $1.1 trillion in...

Overlooked fund category is dominating 2019

May 29, 2019

The stock market's volatility over the past several months has generally favored actively managed investment strategies, in a switch from passive strategies' generally stronger performance in recent years. But the biggest surprise so far this...

Capital Group, bastion of active management, rebounds to $1.9 trillion

May 14, 2019

It's been a trying decade for Rob Lovelace. Capital Group Cos., the money-management firm his father's father founded in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, took a beating after the financial crisis. Over seven straight years, clients pulled...

Actively managed TDFs are getting edged out

May 9, 2019

Passively managed target-date funds are sucking the life force from their actively managed counterparts. The money flowing into passive TDFs — those that invest primarily in funds that track a broad market index like the S&P 500 — has increased...

Muni funds land a year's worth of cash in four months

April 25, 2019

It's only four months into 2019, and already mutual funds that invest in state and local-government debt have raked in more cash than they usually do in a year. Investors added $1.1 billion to such funds in the week ended April 17, the fifteenth...

Franklin plans to cut up to 5% of workforce

April 23, 2019

Franklin Resources Inc. plans to cut as much as 5% of its workforce to help save at least $75 million as the fund company faces continued outflows. Franklin, the parent of Franklin Templeton Investments, started with voluntary buyout offers...

6 big takeaways from Larry Fink's letter to shareholders

April 12, 2019

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, published his annual letter to shareholders this week, and InvestmentNews scoured its contents to find the most important nuggets for financial advisers. Here's what the head of the world's largest...

Morningstar improving bond fund data reporting

April 4, 2019

Morningstar Inc. is changing up the way it reports fixed-income data for investors and financial advisers. The switch relates to how Morningstar, which provides data and research on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, reports important fixed-income...

Bots are forging the next generation of index funds

March 26, 2019

Kensho Technologies was focused on analyzing North Korean missile launches, earthquakes and elections when John van Moyland joined in 2014. The Central Intelligence Agency was among its early backers. Now its focus has shifted to finance. S&P...

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.,...

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...

SEC says 79 firms will return $125 million to clients as part of clemency program

March 11, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that 79 investment firms agreed to return $125 million to clients to whom they had sold inappropriate high-fee mutual funds. The restitution, most of which went to retail investors, is...

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