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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...

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,...

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....

Why Pimco fixed-income fund fell as long bonds rallied

August 19, 2019

The rally that lifted long-term U.S. bonds this month eluded the world's largest actively managed fixed-income fund. Dan Ivascyn's $130 billion Pimco Income Fund lost 1.07% since July 31. Its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. bond aggregate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Franklin Templeton to build asset-class agnostic ETF

August 2, 2019

Franklin Templeton has a wonky plan to simplify stock and bond allocations. The San Mateo, California-based asset manager wants to start a new exchange-traded fund that will invest in equities, debt, commodities and currencies — rather than...

ETF trading spikes to 2019 highs as Trump, Fed rattle stocks

August 2, 2019

The renewed bout of equity volatility sent exchange-traded fund volumes through the roof this week. More than 142 million shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) changed hands Thursday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That was the...

Hundreds of conventional funds add 'ESG' to prospectus just in case

August 1, 2019

If the evolving language inside mutual fund prospectuses is a guide, financial advisers should brace for an expanding selection of funds focused on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. The record $8.9 billion of net inflows...

Leveraged and inverse ETFs may be too risky to sell, says state regulator group

July 31, 2019

The North American Securities Administrators Association is alerting broker-dealers that they should carefully consider whether to permit purchases of leverage and/or inverse exchange-traded funds in retail customer accounts. (More:​ Vanguard...

ETF strategists getting crowded out by big asset managers

July 25, 2019

With the flick of his wrist, Richard Michaud flashes his Apple Watch and presses on its sleek black screen. In a few taps, green and red squiggles appear, revealing how the market performed that day. But this isn't a benchmark like the S&P 500...

Disruptive ETFs face an ESG disruption

July 25, 2019

ETFs have new competition, and its name is ESG. Exchange-traded funds have been one of the most disruptive forces in investing in recent years. Burned by decades of high fees and underperformance in actively managed mutual funds, investors have...

Low-cost gold ETFs introduce new fiduciary challenge

July 23, 2019

As threats of a global trade war and bond yields' move into negative territory spark renewed interest in gold as a portfolio ballast, financial advisers are faced with new choices among a growing list of gold-related exchange-traded funds that...

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