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Real life investor portrayed in 'The Big Short' sees bubble in passive investing

September 4, 2019

Michael Burry shot to fame and fortune by betting against mortgage securities before the 2008 crisis, a trade immortalized in "The Big Short." [More: 4 adviser takeaways from 'The Big Short'] Now, Mr. Burry sees another contrarian opportunity...

Best returns in August came from ETFs loved by gold bugs

August 30, 2019

Investing in gold and silver miners paid off this month for investors in equity exchange-traded funds. BlackRock Inc.'s iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF, known as RING, has returned almost 14% in August, more than any other unleveraged stock...

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...

The upside of betting on inflation

August 29, 2019

With both interest rates and inflation near the floor, fixed-income investors are finding the best opportunity for yield in Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPs. "Right now, smarter people are jumping into TIPS because real rates...

There's a wrong way to use target-date funds

August 28, 2019

The benefits of using the increasingly popular target-date funds as turnkey solutions in retirement plans are sometimes diluted by retirement savers who pair the prepackaged products with other funds. "When it comes to target-date funds, it...

Vanguard social-investing error prompts funds to check controls

August 22, 2019

Managers overseeing trillions in exchange-traded funds have been quietly meeting around Wall Street this week to check the quality controls on their funds, rattled after Vanguard Group Inc. mistakenly added shares of 11 companies, including...

S&P 500 ETF separates truth from turbulence

August 21, 2019

The next time it seems as if the sky is falling, pull up the trading volume in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) for a reality check. Last Wednesday was one of those days. The S&P 500 Index was nearing a 3% drop, and it looked as if maybe this...

Faith-based funds attract loyal investors

August 20, 2019

Applying religious screens to mutual funds and ETFs is sometimes compared to investing with one hand tied behind your back, but that's just fine for a large and growing number of investors. "If people are really interested in faith-based investing,...

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...

Stock volatility spurs worst run of ETF withdrawals in six months

August 19, 2019

A volatile few months for global stock markets is taking its toll on exchange-traded funds. Almost $18 billion fled U.S.-listed equity ETFs during the past three weeks, the most since February, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence....

Falling rates expose duration risk in bond funds

August 16, 2019

Falling interest rates across the global fixed-income market have proven to be a boon for certain bond funds that are pushing the limits on interest-rate risk. For example, by delivering promised longer-duration exposure, both the Pimco Extended...

Volatility reignites debate about market timing

August 15, 2019

Increased stock market volatility, including the market's 3% drop on Wednesday, has put financial advisers back into a position of defending buy-and-hold investing strategies to nervous clients. "A big part of our job is convincing people they're...

Franklin Templeton fund biggest loser as Argentine assets plummet

August 14, 2019

The dramatic decline in Argentine assets is wreaking havoc on some of the largest U.S. money managers. (More: The 4 biggest risks for US equity investors) Funds with high exposure to the South American nation tumbled Monday after President Mauricio...

Decision on Bitcoin ETF put off again by SEC

August 13, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission again delayed a decision on approving two Bitcoin exchange-traded funds, dealing another blow to those in the cryptocurrencies community holding on to the belief that a favorable decision was imminent....

Vanguard put shares of gun maker in a gun-free ETF

August 12, 2019

Vanguard Group Inc.'s biggest sustainable exchange-traded fund bought shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. and held them for more than a month, mimicking an error in the benchmark it tracks. Vanguard US ESG Stock ETF (ESGV) says it tracks...

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...

How are low-volatility funds weathering the market turmoil?

August 6, 2019

The jarring start to August for stocks has presented an ideal test for increasingly popular factor-based investing strategies that are designed to help advisers customize client portfolios. A random sampling of exchange traded funds that target...

Advisers say go for the gold as the perfect hedge for trade-war fears

August 5, 2019

As international tariffs and trade-war chatter has investors suddenly fleeing the equity markets, gold is rallying as a logical safe-haven play. The S&P 500 Index was down more than 2% in mid-day trading Monday, following the market's worst...

CFRA bulks up ETF research with acquisition of First Bridge

August 5, 2019

Investment research firm CFRA has acquired First Bridge Data in a move that will give CFRA access to global ETF data and analytics that until now it has been getting from third-party providers. For financial advisers, the addition of First Bridge...

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