Investors have gotten more desperate in their pursuit of yield, reaching for ever-dicier products. What could possibly go wrong?
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing a sweeping set of rules to target mutual funds whose rapid growth and migration into more complex strategies could pose risks to the financial system, the agencys chairman said.
Calling it a good investment, Northwestern Mutual completed its $2.7 billion sale of asset manager Russell Investments to the London Stock Exchange Group after 15 years of ownership.
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John Jacobs, executive vice president of global information services at Nasdaq and pioneer of the QQQ ETF, reflects on the growth of the ETF industry and shares his predictions on upcoming trends.
Treasuries gained, sending 10-year yields a one-month low, as jobless claims rose, business- equipment orders fell and home sales were less than forecast, raising concern about the health of the economic recovery.
The likelihood that a powerful tech innovator such as Google will enter the asset management space and upend the market has increasingly become a matter of concern and speculation within the financial industry.
Despite the sector's underperformance this year, your clients may still want to consider U.S. small-cap funds over the long term.
Legg Mason attracted $5.1 billion into its bond funds in October, the most in more than seven years, after the departure of Bill Gross from Pimco prompted investors to reallocate billions of dollars.
Clients report Social Security's employees being uninformed of the agency's rules, or worse, providing wrong information; Plus, the downside of target-date funds
The Fix LA Coalition, an effort spearheaded by labor unions and its allies, wants Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to file a regulatory complaint against the underwriters involved in 2006 interest rate swaps saying the risks weren't disclosed.
At the heart of increasing employee resentment, and more than a dozen lawsuits against 401(k) plans, are a raft of obscure fees and services; Plus, your clients will see real advantages in using robo advisors.
Advisors examine their positions with Pimco and debate Bill Gross's influence as October saw a record $27.5 billion in outflows from Total Return Fund.
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The Pimco Total Return Fund suffered an estimated $27.5 billion of withdrawals in its first full month after the Sept. 26 departure of Bill Gross, its worst month ever for redemptions.
The Securities and Exchange Commission today sanctioned 13 firms for improperly selling Puerto Rico bonds in denominations below a $100,000 minimum denomination set in a $3.5 billion offering earlier this year.
Janus Capital is making waves in 2014 as it tries to climb toward the top of the asset management industry mountain.
BlackRock, the worlds biggest money manager, cut fees on certain share classes of three fixed- income funds as the departure of Bill Gross from Pacific Investment Management is sending billions of dollars to competing firms.
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Abigail Johnson has climbed the ranks of Fidelity Investments, the company started by her grandfather in 1946, over more than 25 years, starting as a stock analyst and working her way through almost every major division.
Bill Grosss Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund received $66.4 million in client deposits in September, the month Gross announced he was leaving Pimco to join Janus Capital Group Inc.
Before advisors recommend the increasingly popular hedged investment strategy, they better know the basics.
Withdrawals from a Pimco exchange-traded fund that was run by Bill Gross slowed yesterday after record redemptions the day the star trader left.
Morningstar Inc. cut the rating of Pacific Investment Management Co.s Total Return Fund, the worlds largest bond fund, to bronze from gold after co-founder Bill Grosss exit.
Bill Gross, co-founder and co-chief investment officer of Pimco, will join Janus Capital Group, the company said.
Some managers may out-perform short-term, but "you can't tell good luck from good skill, or bad luck from bad skill," the Nobel winner says.
In the past, most dividend payments have continued, and many increased, even when stock prices have fallen.
Clients often place too much importance on high performance and not enough on consistent returns.
When it comes to predicting where U.S. borrowing costs are headed, the bond market isn't taking Wall Streets advice seriously.
Investors have returned to equity funds now that the financial meltdown is a distant memory.
Mutual-to-stock conversions are facing new hurdles, as evidenced by events at a pair of Massachusetts mutuals. Depositors at Beverly Bank recently rejected its proposed conversion, while Reading Co-op Bank changed its bylaws to make it more difficult to convert.
A group of bondholders trying to recoup their investment in a failed Moberly, Mo. artificial sweetener plant has added as a defendant Raymond James Financial Inc. which acquired the bond deal's underwriter and lawsuit's original target.
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UBS is facing more than $600 million in damage claims filed by Puerto Rico investors in closed-end bond funds, the bank said in its second quarter earnings report Tuesday.
New rules will require institutional prime funds to allow NAV to float to market value.
U.S. investors are used to treating money-market mutual funds as the equivalent of a checking account. That is about to change for the riskiest of the funds.
Index mutual fund assets are at new heights but the pressure to keep costs down deters new entrants, says a Lipper analyst..
With $7.86 billion in assets, PIMCO has the largest share of the active ETF market. While these products are gaining ground, they still make up just a small fraction of the total ETF market and PIMCO has yet to break into the top 10 providers overall.
While there has been rapid growth in U.S. ETFs over the last few years, there has been almost exponential growth of these products worldwide.
U.S equity fund assets are near record levels, but in a reversal of last years trend, investors are putting more money into bond funds than U.S. stock funds.
Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla came out swinging with a defense of his economic and fiscal programs after Moody's Investors Service lowered the island's credit ratings farther into junk territory.
Amid an outreach overhaul, the agency's Division of Investment Management says it wants asset managers to give advisors and investors a 'clear and concise' picture of their investment strategies.
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Kathleen Tarr says AT&T Inc. employees looked to her as their de facto 401(k) expert. Visiting their homes and offices, she advised them on their retirement plans as they called up balances on computer screens.
In grading investment performance, it turns out that consistency is even more important than asset allocation.
Financial advisor use and recommendation of ETFs is continuing to grow, outpacing all other investment vehicles surveyed by the FPA's Journal of Financial Planning and the FPA Research and Practice Institute.
If youre comparing a multi-asset client portfolio to the S&P 500, youre setting yourself up for trouble.
BlackRock's Laurence D. Fink, who oversees the world's biggest exchange-traded fund lineup, said leveraged ETFs are a structural problem and have the potential to "blow up" the industry.
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High-speed trading isnt such a big problem for investors - but the underlying structure of the U.S. financial markets just might be.
The fund association maintains the industry is already heavily regulated, and in the event of failure a single fund can exit the market in an orderly process with little disruption, unlike banks.
As interest rates edge up, advisors should understand which asset classes fare best during times of higher inflation.
Mohamed El-Erian, who quit Pimco in January amid reports of clashes with Bill Gross, said the legendary bond manager is still one of the world's great investors.
Alternative mutual funds will be examined by the SEC to assess whether managers are complying with leverage and liquidity rules.
"Advisors will want to know what will happen to the firms' cultures. Will Nuveen be able to keep its culture? Which firms' culture will prevail?"
The third-largest U.S. bank cut 200 to 300 jobs in its division handling stock and bond trades to shrink costs amid a slump, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Investors looking to acquire dividend-oriented equity funds must navigate a number of portfolio options -- and a related set of challenges.
World's largest mutual fund company pulled in more than 90% of the more than $15 billion that investors poured into U.S.-listed ETFs in Q1, adding to fears that Vanguard is becoming a near monopoly.
Pimco's Bill Gross recommends staying in bonds maturing in five years and less even after comments last month from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sent shorter-maturity yields surging.
The value of municipal bonds plunged Thursday as the prospect of rising interest rates triggered a selloff, with short-term bonds taking the hardest hit.
James E. Stowers Jr., who built a billion-dollar fortune as founder of the American Century Investments mutual fund company, then gave most of it away for medical research, has died.
The asset management industry has stepped up marketing efforts aimed at advisors, hoping to boost both sales and credibility.
Financial advisors who use active management may have a lower-cost option when considering actively managed ETFs but some advisors express doubts on the real value for clients.
Puerto Rico came to market with $3.5 billion of general obligation debt Tuesday, tapping the municipal bond market with GOs for the first time in two years.
Bill Gross questions whether he is truly a great investor as he ponders his legacy in a new era of shrinking bond returns in his April investment outlook.
Household wealth in the U.S. increased from October through December, as gains in stock portfolios and home prices boosted Americans' finances.
The focus on dual registrants grows out of concern that the different compensation structures of the two business lines can create conflicts of interest and potentially harm investors, according to an SEC director.
Redemptions from Bill Gross's Pimco Total Return Fund slowed to a 10-month low in February, the first month after the resignation of CEO Mohamed El-Erian.
The number of investment products focused on environmental, social and governance factors has risen steadily in the last seven years
Financial advisors to some of the wealthiest Americans see struggling Puerto Rico as an outlier in the $3.7 trillion local-debt market, leading them to add municipal bonds as the steepest federal tax rates in more than a decade loom.
The extra yield U.S. corporate bonds offer compared with Treasuries approached a six-year low as investors speculated the economy will pick up after the North American winter ends.
ETFs and mutual funds are well-positioned for rising interest rates because they have most of their fixed income holdings in short-term government bonds, according to Morningstar Inc.
The mutual fund and ETF industries are creating new products that could offer the benefits of hedge funds without the high fees and minimums.
Bank of Nova Scotia's ING Direct unit sees growth potential in wealth management after it completes efforts to add deposits and customers and introduces a credit card, said Peter Aceto, who heads the business.
Fidelity Investments said Ronald P. O'Hanley, the firm's head of asset management since 2010, will leave at the end of February, without giving a reason.
Municipal bond mutual funds recorded their lightest outflows since May 22when they last registered inflows. But money still flowed from funds for a 33rd straight week, Lipper FMI numbers showed.
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The number of consecutive weeks of outflows, as well as their overall amount, surpasses those of the last great exodus from muni bond funds that occurred back between late-2010 and early 2011.
Scandals surrounding the setting of some of the worlds most important financial benchmarks, which influence the prices people pay for everything from oil to mortgages, have shaken confidence in vital markets.
Hedge funds got less bullish on gold for the seventh time in eight weeks as the U.S. economy strengthens and inflation fails to accelerate, driving prices to the biggest annual drop in more than three decades.
U.S. stocks were little changed, after the Standard & Poors 500 Index reached an all-time high last week and headed toward its biggest annual gain since 1997.
Five years after the equity bull market started, U.S. investors returned to stocks in 2013, just in time for the best relative returns versus bonds on record.
Outflows, weak supply, rising interest rates, and mediocre returns are forecast for the municipal market as it prepares to ring in 2014 in other words: more of the same.