Investments

  • FSI Releases White Paper on Outside Business Activities FSI Releases White Paper on Outside Business Activities

    To develop 'greater clarity of expectations' for advisors

    To develop ‘greater clarity of expectations’ for advisors of WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Financial Services Institute (FSI) released its white paper on outside business activities (OBAs). The white paper was written in conjunction with FSI Partner Law Firm sponsor Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP and members of the FSI Compliance and Investment Advisory Services Councils. ... read more
  • Half of Investors Have Taken No Action to Reevaluate Their Investment Approach as Investment Landscape Shifts Half of Investors Have Taken No Action to Reevaluate Their Investment Approach as Investment Landscape Shifts

    Six in Ten Investors Age 55+ Have Yet to Plan or Will Not Adjust Their Investment Approach

    According to new research released today by Dreyfus, a pioneer in U.S. investing, half of individual investors (49%) have indicated they have yet to take any action to reevaluate their investment approach in light of the possibility of a shifting investment landscape, as we head into the eighth year of the economic recovery. read more
  • How Do Millennials View Saving & Retirement? How Do Millennials View Saving & Retirement?

    New study reveals savings and retirement attitudes, financial concerns, practical advice

    In May 2017, Pentegra Retirement Services surveyed over 100 millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) regarding how they view saving for retirement, what they see as financial priorities, and when they realistically think that they will be able to comfortably retire. read more
  • Mixed Markets Continue Mixed Markets Continue

    Consumer sentiment dampened; Retail sales soften

    Markets remained mixed last week as the Dow closed at another record high, while the NASDAQ fell and the S&P 500 held steady. read more
  • Women & Wealth Women & Wealth

    A new report examines women millionaires and their attitudes toward money

    A new report from Spectrem Group, Successfully Growing Your Business with Wealthy Women, offers a comprehensive analysis of how wealthy women in America view their work, how they balance their career with family life, their views on gender wage disparity... read more
  • Ultra-Low Volatility: #ThisTimeIsDifferent Ultra-Low Volatility: #ThisTimeIsDifferent

    Complacency is the best bubble-indicator there is

    by Axel Merk

    We increasingly see claims low volatility in the markets may be structural. Even as we agree that some of the analyses we see make good points, we are concerned we may be setting ourselves up for a major shock. Let me explain. read more
  • Ten Ways to Stop Financial Elder Fraud Ten Ways to Stop Financial Elder Fraud

    Learn how a son helped his dad combat financial elder abuse and get back on track financially

    Last year, Mike Conner,* age 57, a chief marketing officer for a health care technology firm in Chicago, offered to help his 86-year-old father with taxes. While visiting his father in Dallas, Conner had noticed that his father, a retired aerospace engineer, had letters on his desk from the Internal Revenue Service related to an unfiled 2014 tax return. read more
  • Advice Everlasting Advice Everlasting

    Predicting the market should be easy, right?

    by Steve Selengut

    I've been thinking about starting a stock market prediction business. Clearly, there is a huge market for timely information of this type read more
  • U.S. Investors Poised to Return to Prime Money Market Funds, Global Money in Motion U.S. Investors Poised to Return to Prime Money Market Funds, Global Money in Motion

     Responding to an evolving climate of rate and regulatory change

    Fifty percent of U.S. liquidity investors who transitioned assets from a prime to government money market fund (MMF) cited "comfort levels with floating NAV (FNAV)" as the primary factor in reconsidering prime MMFs. read more
  • Vanguard: Sponsors Implemented Meaningful Changes to 401(k) Plans Over Past Decade Vanguard: Sponsors Implemented Meaningful Changes to 401(k) Plans Over Past Decade

    Dramatic increase in automated features fosters retirement readiness for employees

    Implementation of automated features in defined contribution (DC) plans has skyrocketed over the past decade, driving up plan participation rates, saving rates, and balanced asset allocation strategies, according to How America Saves 2017. read more
  • The Corporate Stall: Many Companies Not Ready for Internal Changes The Corporate Stall: Many Companies Not Ready for Internal Changes

    Collective head-scratching over implementation of new revenue-recognition standards

    Many companies are not ready to implement the new revenue recognition standard by its 2018 effective date, and CFOs and CIOs are not fully aligned as to why. read more
  • Trustworthiness of Financial Professionals in Question Following Recent Bank Scandals Trustworthiness of Financial Professionals in Question Following Recent Bank Scandals

    One in Three Americans Think Financial Advisors Are Likely to Take Advantage of Them; Lack of Trust Causing Consumers to Avoid Financial Advisors

    With a steady stream of news about overcharges and conflicts of interests, Americans seem to be having doubts about whom they can trust with their finances. read more
  • Are We Witnessing Largest Competitive Re-Alignment in Asset Management History? Are We Witnessing Largest Competitive Re-Alignment in Asset Management History?

    Asset managers are feeling the pressure to find 'competitive advantage'

    According to a new whitepaper from asset management strategy consultancy Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, the industry is likely to experience "the largest competitive re-alignment in asset management history" through merger and acquisition activity from 2017 to 2020. read more