Investors can be forgiven if they feel overwhelmed by the proliferation of exchange traded funds. As of the end of June there were 1,478 exchange traded products in the United States with a combined $1.44 trillion in assets. Who can separate the winners from the landmines? Enter one of the world’s leading ETF analysts, Deborah Fuhr.
Like most people, financial advisors love technology that is easy to adopt and makes them more productive. That’s why the wealth management industry is keeping a close eye on tech guru Zohar Swaine, who, up until very recently, was building up the technology start-up inStream Solutions.
Merrill Lynch brokers, and bullish markets for most of the past year, helped Bank of America in the second quarter reach all-time highs in wealth management revenue, profit and profit margins as well as in loans and asset management fees.
Fidelity Institutional on Wednesday said it was reorganizing leadership of its clearing and custody business, to capture more assets from fast-growing sections of the wealth management business such as regional banks, third-party asset managers and consolidators.
When it comes to switching firms, advisors must plan their transition carefully. It requires thoughtful planning, a desire to run and grow your business, and unwavering dedication to do what is right for your clients....More
Research shows that while the average age of financial advisors has gone up, the percentage of advisors that don't have a succession plan in place has gone up as well. Why don't more advisors have a plan, and how can the industry better prepare for the future.
The U.S. corporate high yield market has grown from $250 billion to a $2.4 trillion industry. High yield has proven to be a solid asset class for investors, over time producing comparable returns to the S&P 500 with approximately half the volatility....More
Why do we make decisions that aren’t always in our own best interest? This group of articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor takes a fascinating look at behavioral finance and behavioral portfolio management....More
With the wind at their backs, sprinters have broken speed records. Similarly, the tailwind of a bull market has boosted the fortunes of equity investors over the past five years. In both cases, the pace cannot be sustained over a long period of time. Look back no further than the past 10 years for confirmation of the market’s lack of endurance....More