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In wake of tax reform, muni bond market gains footing

July 23, 2018

Six months after the sweeping tax-reform package that cut corporate and individual rates rattled the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, financial advisers say the fallout has proven to be a good thing for investors. With deductions for state...

Adviser education key to solving 'ESG paradox'

July 21, 2018

Call it the "ESG paradox." About 80% of advisers report that clients bring up environmental, social and governance factors in investment conversations, according to research from InvestmentNews. But despite the investor interest, only about...

401(k) advisory firms with custom TDFs offer pain, solace to asset managers

July 20, 2018

Target-date funds built by firms with large networks of 401(k) plan advisers are beginning to gather significant assets, posing a direct threat to some asset managers trying to distribute their own products. Consider Retirement Plan Advisory...

Commission-free ETFs will become the norm, Schwab CEO says

July 20, 2018

When it comes to trading fees for exchange-traded funds, investors and financial advisers should get used to paying less. While The Vanguard Group fired a hefty salvo in the ETF low-fee battle earlier this month, Walt Bettinger, president and...

The regulatory hole around ETFs gets SEC scrutiny

July 19, 2018

A regulator's work is never done — and when it comes to exchange-traded funds, it seems it's only just begun. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is working on an ETF-specific oversight regime and considering reviving a proposal...

Target-date funds don't hit the retirement bull's-eye

July 18, 2018

The Vanguard Group published recently its "How America Saves 2018" report, a trove of data on more than 4.9 million retirement savers in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and other defined-contribution plans. My colleague Barry Ritholtz has already noted many...

Socially responsible ETFs now come with a twist

July 18, 2018

A nonprofit investment manager is starting a group of "socially responsible" exchange-traded funds that could change the face of values-based investing. Their twist: a little help from the experts themselves. Impact Shares Corp.'s NAACP Minority...

JPMorgan ups its ETF game

July 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally gaining ground in the competitive ETF landscape with its BetaBuilder brand. Two of the lender's exchange-traded funds — the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) and the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF (BBEU)...

BlackRock sees outflows from equity products

July 16, 2018

BlackRock Inc. saw outflows from equity products in the second quarter, as well as slower inflows into its exchange-traded funds as investors reacted to market uncertainty. Clients pulled $22.4 billion from BlackRock's equity products during...

Frenzy to get bitcoin ETF is clogging SEC email

July 16, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission is fielding a deluge of messages from cryptocurrency enthusiasts after an exchange sought SEC approval to list a bitcoin ETF. In the three weeks since the SEC asked for feedback on Cboe Global Markets Inc.'s...

Prospect of high cash distribution has investors chasing dividends through ETFs

July 13, 2018

A handful of dividend ETFs may owe President Donald J. Trump a thank you note. The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (ticker DGRO), Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) and Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) have absorbed more than $2...

Morningstar to replace funds in its managed portfolios with nine of its own

July 12, 2018

Morningstar Inc. will start replacing the mutual funds in its managed portfolios with nine funds of its own, removing a layer of costs embedded in the current fee structure, the company said Thursday. The Morningstar funds were declared effective...

MassMutual offers active target-date funds managed by T. Rowe Price

July 10, 2018

MassMutual has launched a family of target date funds that is managed by T. Rowe Price and features active management and dynamic tactical asset allocation. The MassMutual Select T. Rowe Price Retirement Funds are available exclusively to participants...

Bill Gross's bond fund sees $580 million of outflows in first half

July 10, 2018

Investors pulled a total of about $580 million from Bill Gross's bond fund in the first half of this year, and he turned in the worst performance among his peers during the period. June marked the fourth straight month of withdrawals for Mr....

Vanguard isn't taking in as much money; neither is anyone else

July 6, 2018

Vanguard Group is attracting a lot less money from investors this year compared with 2017. Turns out, the mutual fund giant's not alone. Vanguard, the world's second-largest money manager, collected $138 billion in the first half of 2018, down...

Muni closed-end funds may be ripe for tax-loss sales

July 5, 2018

It's only July, but it's not too early to discuss selling municipal-bond closed-end funds to offset a capital gains tax liability, according to Greg Neer of Relative Value Partners. Almost 90% of closed-end funds monitored by Bloomberg posted...

Goldman Sachs poses new threat to active mutual fund managers

July 5, 2018

Truly passive index and exchange-traded funds are winning over many financial advisers. There are some holdouts among these middlemen who look after perhaps as much as $25 trillion. They are not rushing to move their clients into cheap beta-style...

Vanguard expands commission-free trading to 1,800 ETFs

July 2, 2018

Ratching up the competition for investor dollars, Vanguard said it would offer commission-free online transactions for nearly 1,800 ETFs, up from the current 77. The commission-free ETFs include most of Vanguard's offerings, as well as ETFs...

Strategists see a blowout second half

July 2, 2018

A global trade war is looming and emerging markets are plunging. Time to pile into U.S. stocks. That's the message from Wall Street prognosticators, who have stuck with full-year forecasts during a first half that's been anything but smooth....

Trade fight puts ETF investors on the defensive

July 2, 2018

The threat of a global trade war is starting to show up in investor portfolios. Investors poured cash into exchange-traded funds that track producers of consumer staples and energy last month, and ditched holdings in industrial and financial...

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