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American Funds, Empower forge partnership on 401(k) managed accounts

April 26, 2019

Empower Retirement, one of the largest retirement-plan record keepers, and Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds investment brand, have forged a partnership on 401(k) managed accounts that experts say offers a blueprint for how asset...

Robo researcher claims SoFi trades triggered capital gains tax hit

April 25, 2019

Customers of Social Finance Inc.'s robo-adviser may incur some unexpected capital gains taxes after the company reallocated managed portfolios using new proprietary exchange-traded funds. SoFi in February announced the coming of two ETFs with...

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...

American Funds veteran sees bright future for defensive active management

April 24, 2019

Joyce Gordon was 19 when Capital Group hired her in 1975 to sit outside the trading room and convert ticket orders into numeric code. She worked her way up through the ranks, going to college at night for 11 years to earn her bachelor's and...

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...

When disclosing conflicts of interest, wiggle words like 'may' may not be good enough

April 19, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission and journalists have something in common. Both are leery of wiggle words like "may." Editors always prefer that reporters file stories that offer certainty for readers. If they write that something "may"...

Smart money is pouring into fixed income

April 19, 2019

Even with the roaring start to 2019 that has the S&P 500 Index up nearly 16% through Thursday, an increased appetite for fixed-income strategies suggests the emergence of a more conservative mindset among investors. While the first three months...

SEC cracks down on share-class disclosure after self-reporting initiative ends

April 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlement of more than $125 million with 79 investment firms that failed to disclose payments they received for recommending certain mutual funds is not the end of the agency's effort on the issue....

Vanguard sees nearly half of all fund inflows in first quarter

April 18, 2019

If there was any doubt about the growing appeal of low fees and indexed investing, investors drove the point home in the first quarter by plowing $62 billion worth of net flows into funds managed by the Vanguard Group. The quarterly total flowing...

New ETF offers a way to bet on credit volatility

April 17, 2019

The short-volatility complex is coming to corporate debt ETFs. An exchange-traded fund that will test appetite for credit volatility as a standalone asset class arrived this month, smack in the middle of the calmest junk-bond markets since October....

Thirst for diversification leads more advisers to interval funds

April 16, 2019

With the bull market now a decade old, financial advisers are showing an increased willingness to give up investment liquidity in exchange for strategies that don't move in sync with the broad equity markets. Interval funds, named for their...

$4 trillion rally in S&P 500 has buyers flooding world's largest ETF

April 15, 2019

The S&P 500 has grown by $4 trillion since its December meltdown, and exchange-traded fund investors are betting there may be more room to run. Investors poured more than $5.6 billion into the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, known as SPY, last week,...

SEC cracks down on ETF names that could be misleading

April 12, 2019

Exchange-traded funds looking to tap some of the hottest investment trends are going undercover. A growing number of thematic ETFs are changing their identities before they even start trading to conform to a decades-old rule that dictates what...

Who benefits the most from non-transparent ETFs?

April 12, 2019

After years of scrambling and determination, it looks like the actively managed mutual fund industry might finally get its wish to manage exchange-traded funds without having to publish daily investing positions like all other ETFs. The question...

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...

You won't believe how some advisers are hedging market risk

April 11, 2019

As stock market volatility starts creeping higher, some financial advisers are reading the signals and adjusting client portfolios to try to hedge the risk of a market pullback like the one investors experienced at the end of last year. "We're...

Betterment adds Dimensional Fund Advisors to its adviser robo

April 11, 2019

Popular fund provider Dimensional Fund Advisors will soon make its mutual funds available on the Betterment for Advisors platform. Betterment CEO Jon Stein said the move is part of a number of enhancements designed to broaden the appeal of its...

BlackRock wages secret fee war for junk-debt ETF investors

April 9, 2019

A covert price war is raging between money managers looking to lure junk-bond investors. BlackRock Inc., the world's largest issuer of exchange-traded funds, has slashed the cost of its iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF by waiving...

ETF that doesn't reveal its assets poised to get SEC OK

April 9, 2019

An exchange-traded fund that doesn't have to reveal its assets is poised to get the regulator's blessing after a more than four-year wait. The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to issue an order granting Precidian Funds permission for...

Factor investing gets a reboot as ebbing demand bites at ETFs

April 5, 2019

A rough start to the year for more than $850 billion exchange-traded funds with quantitative strategies is fueling a product rethink. Smart-beta stock ETFs, which use characteristics such as a company's value, size or momentum to direct investments,...

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