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Regional bank ETFs suffer as housing market cools

December 3, 2018

With interest rates rising and the housing market slumping, exchange-traded fund buyers aren't banking on regional banks. Investors pulled $547 million from the $4 billion SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) in November, its biggest monthly...

Are stocks ready for a rally?

December 3, 2018

The easing of U.S.-China trade tensions might not be as unabashedly bullish as investors had expected. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday was unable to sustain a 400-plus gain on news of the weekend agreement to delay a planned...

BlackRock emerging-market ETF had record month amid trade fight

December 3, 2018

The possibility of easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China is lifting global markets, particularly riskier assets. While emerging markets are benefiting, the reality is investors have been pouring in for at least a month. The $50 billion...

UBS Global Wealth Management will give ESG scores to funds

December 3, 2018

UBS Global Wealth Management will score the environmental, social and governance strategies of investment funds available to its advisers and clients starting next year. The scores will be placed on all long-only equity and bond mutual funds...

Investor confusion about target-date funds is alarming

December 1, 2018

Considering the immense popularity of target-date funds among participants in defined-contribution plans, it's important to understand why participants are picking these funds and what they understand about them. Do participants actually know...

Fear dictates ETF flows

November 30, 2018

From stocks to bonds to factor funds, safety was the name of the game for ETF investors in November. In a month dominated by midterm elections, trade tussles, Federal Reserve talk and concerns about slower growth, the message was clear: Steer...

Bitcoin ETFs stymied by lack of safeguards, says SEC chief Jay Clayton

November 28, 2018

The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that concern over a lack of investor protections makes it unlikely that his agency will approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund anytime soon. Chairman Jay Clayton said at a conference...

Value and growth ETFs stage tug of war

November 26, 2018

In the battle of investing styles, growth and value are on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. But with traders taking both sides of the bet using BlackRock ETFs, the question is who will turn out to be right. Two of the largest exchange-traded...

Traders put $1.3 billion into emerging-market ETFs

November 26, 2018

The move back to emerging markets gained momentum last week as traders shrugged off equity declines amid bullish calls from some of the world's largest investment firms. Inflows to U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds that invest across developing...

Waddell & Reed settles 401(k) lawsuit for $4.9 million

November 21, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. is settling a lawsuit that alleges it loaded its company 401(k) plan with costly in-house investments by agreeing to pay nearly $5 million. The class-action lawsuit claimed the asset manager breached its fiduciary...

As credit concerns grow, short-term bond ETFs see huge inflows

November 20, 2018

As the corporate credit market flashes caution signs, exchange-traded fund investors are seeking shelter in short-term bond funds. The JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST) saw its third-largest inflow for the past year on Friday, with more...

Vanguard cuts investment minimums in escalating price war

November 19, 2018

Vanguard Group cut investment minimums across dozens of index funds Monday, giving a greater number of investors access to its lowest-cost retail share class and escalating an ongoing battle among money managers to slash costs in a bid to attract...

Q&A with Abigail Johnson and Kathleen Murphy of Fidelity Investments

November 19, 2018

In an era of low-cost index funds, it's tough to be best known for your stockpickers. Fidelity Investments, the 72-year-old family-controlled company, made a splash in August with the industry's first zero-fee index funds. Abigail Johnson, who...

Morningstar: DOL fiduciary rule reduces inflows to mutual funds with high loads

November 15, 2018

The Labor Department's fiduciary rule reduced the amount of investor money that's allocated to mutual funds that pay brokers a premium to sell them, according to a Morningstar Inc. report released Thursday. Since the DOL measure died in court...

Finra finds Commonwealth Financial overcharged these investors

November 12, 2018

Commonwealth Financial Network becomes the latest firm caught up in Finra's focus on overcharging retirement plan investors via mutual fund share classes. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. found that over eight years through July...

SEC commissioner warns about use of leverage in ETFs

November 12, 2018

Investment products that use derivatives to improve returns are threatening the reputation of the $3.6 trillion market for exchange-traded funds, according to one of five commissioners at the Securities and Exchange Commission. "The risk with...

Tech sell-off becomes the roughest since 2011

November 12, 2018

Another beating in tech shares has thrust the correction that began last month into a league of its own versus past sell-offs. The numbers are getting ugly. A gauge of 30-day turbulence in the Nasdaq 100 has tripled in five weeks, pushing it...

JPMorgan says bond ETFs may help neutralize a 'credit bomb'

November 9, 2018

Working on ways to position for a potential collapse in corporate bonds? JPMorgan Chase & Co. has an idea: the exchange-traded funds that track the market. While ETFs would experience collateral damage if a "credit bomb" were to go off, their...

USAA retreats from asset management business with $850 million sale to Victory Capital

November 8, 2018

After several years of celebrated efforts to expand the distribution of its investment products beyond its loyal membership base of veterans and active-duty military members, USAA has found a solution in selling the $69.2 billion asset management...

Don't bet on a post-midterm market rally

November 6, 2018

After the U.S. midterm elections, campaign rallies will take a welcome hiatus. Rallies in risk assets could also be harder to come by. Investors warn that the widely expected outcome of a divided Congress may not be fully baked in to asset prices....

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