Interest in alternatives is rising among investors as they look to manage volatility in their portfolios - and advisor education is critical to meeting that tidal wave of demand.
Of the 296 funds that picked up Lipper U.S. Fund Awards this year, only nine were peer-group winners for all of the eligible time periods. See the list here.
As it turns out, larger and smaller RIA firms face similar compliance challenges.
Using recent research from the North American Securities Administrators Association, Harold Reimer -- head of private wealth management for Temenos in North America -- put together a list of advisory compliance best practices.
FINRA found that LPL didnt have a reasonable system in place to determine whether purchases of alternatives would cause a customers account to be unsuitably concentrated.
IMCA and CAIA are teaming up to fill in a knowledge gap about alternative investments, offering a new online education program that teaches the basics to the uninitiated.
RCS Capital is following through on its promise to launch a research division with the hiring of two non-traded investments analysts.
Vanguard Group, the third- largest U.S. provider of exchange-traded funds, has asked regulators for permission to open actively-managed ETFs.
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.
Firm's partners say they wanted 'control of our destiny -- we wanted to own our own equity.'
Investors may almost triple the amount of capital they put into hedge funds this year, boosting industry assets to a record, an annual survey by Deutsche Bank showed.
Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital made hedge-fund investors the most money for the second straight year in 2013.
U.S. stocks advanced as investors assessed corporate earnings and data showing factory orders fell less than estimated in December.
Have your clients started talking about adding oils to the portfolio? Here are a few guidelines to remember.
Clients misunderstand a lot of factors regarding the impact of property ownership on their tax obligations. Here's how to make sure they stay one step ahead.
New websites offer a higher yield alternative for the fixed-income segment of a portfolio.
An agency risk alert critiques the due diligence processes that investment advisors are using when recommending such investments as hedge funds, private equity funds, or funds of private funds.
FINRA alleges that the firms' advisors sold two types of highly risky ETFs that even they didn't understand.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could consider expanding exemptions for small lenders from its qualified mortgage rule after it goes into effect on Friday, according to Richard Cordray, the agency's director.
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.
The number of mergers and acquisitions of financial advisors is set to increase substantially in 2014 and beyond, according to research released by Tiburon Strategic Advisors.
Networking, marketing and educating female clients were popular topics at the Women Advisors Forum in Newport Beach, Calif., on Nov. 14. Here are some of the things we heard from top female advisors and other professionals during the one-day event
A top performer in the large growth category, Thornburg International Growth Fund is hard to pigeonhole.
Growing firms may need to rethink processes, tools, relationships and staffing strategies.
Vista Wealth Management specializes in working with executives from Silicon Valley, many of whom are young and newly wealthy.
FX Concepts LLC, the currency hedge fund founded by John Taylor in 1981, asked a bankruptcy court for permission to sell its trademark and trading models to Ruby Commodities Inc. for $7.48 million after an auction yesterday.
A select group of financial advisors have already reached more than $50 million in assets under management despite having less than five years of experience. What traits and behaviors help set this group apart?
Laurie Belew, an FPA member since 2004, will be the 2014 FPA president-elect of the association's NexGen community for members age 36 and younger.
Kathleen Gaffney got her own fund, Eaton Vance Bond, at a most challenging time - just as interest rates started to rise.
Here's how one firm used this technique to build a $325 million practice in five years.
Advisor Laura Tarbox doesn't target women, although she finds them anyway. What she does require: A $5 million minimum.
Tax treatment, good or bad, can make or break an investment decision. Are you helping your clients avoid these common blunders?
Managed futures have lost some of their luster, but AQR makes a compelling case for the category.
At Briaud Financial Advisors, the founder said she wanted a succession plan - until her daughter actually made her an offer.
Sovereign wealth funds, which control about $6 trillion of wealth globally, are boosting investments in alternative assets like real estate and private equity to boost returns, a survey by Invesco Ltd. found.
More than one in three investors plan to increase their allocations to defensive assets, such as cash, gold and other precious metals, and real estate in the coming year.
With heavyweights like PIMCO throwing its hat into the managed futures mutual fund ring, interest in this investment vehicle appears to be rising.
Amid ownership shifts, Hennessy Focus is still looking for a few (very few) reasonably priced stocks that it can hold for years.
Use these concepts to frame conversations with your clients.
A passion for indexing has helped Mark Hebner build Index Fund Advisors into a $1.8 billion financial planning firm.
Commonwealth Financial Network already stands out for its revenue mix. Now it has a new model for RIAs.
Raymond James is ramping up its pitch to attract independent advisors by opening up access to alternative investments.
Clients often dream of retiring overseas for a change of scenery and lifestyle. Heres what independent advisors say about some of the most popular overseas retirement destinations among their clients.
For the third year in a row, Financial Planning and the Foundation for Financial Planning jointly present the Pro Bono Awards to recognize both individual advisors and teams of planners who provide exceptional free planning help to those who could not afford it.
The wealth management business is receiving good grades, with a major caveat: Try harder, because things won't get easier.
After a strong response to our summer reading list for advisors, we decided to expand it. Here are the 20 books that financial advisors said -- via Twitter, LinkedIn, emails and phone calls -- were crucial to their practices.
Wheaton Wealth Partners reaches out to clients by "mind mapping" their emotional priorities first, then developing a plan and a portfolio.
Mark Tibergien, CEO of Pershing Advisor Solutions, wants to custody more client assets. Here's what he's offering in return.
Hedge funds have beaten the FDIC in a series of legal disputes over the assets of bankrupt holding companies, exposing a serious flaw in the regulator's system for recovering value from failed institutions.
Investment pitches by entrepreneurs and hedge funds may get a higher public profile on television, through social media and even at sporting events following the lifting of an 80-year-old rule by U.S. securities regulators.
In investors' epic search for yield, one strategy in particular has risen to the top this year: loan participation mutual funds and ETFs.
Non-traditional investment allocations in defined contribution plans, while commonplace in defined benefit pension portfolios, are a rare sight in today's retirement plan lineup.
Lenox Wealth Management thrives on its strong ties to Procter & Gamble's top management.
The FPA's president says advisors of all ages should be thinking about the next chapter of their careers.
While liquid alternative assets grew double-digits last year within the wirehouse segment, the asset class has also seemingly hit a wall.
Now is a good time to buy contemporary art, even though prices have never been higher, the Dallas-based collector Howard Rachofsky says as he digests his bratwurst.
Ron OHanley, Fidelity Investments president of asset management and corporate services, laid out his take on a number of economic trends through a game of red light/green light led by Morningstars head of global research Scott Burns.
With the number of alternative strategies rising, how can advisors pick the winners from the losers?
Buyer beware! The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an investor alert regarding the burgeoning alternative mutual fund asset class.
Huntington, NY-based Catalyst Capital Advisors has added George Amrhein as Director of Business Development to build upon the firms key distribution relationships and manage the continued expansion of its lineup of mutual funds.
Women advisors descended on Dallas for the recent Women Advisors Forum. The day of educational sessions, discussion and networking opportunities featured an array of topics from how to use complex assets for charitable giving to succession planning and what its like to start your own business after starting out at a wirehouse.
Defined contribution retirement plans could improve their risk-adjusted returns by broadening their investment options, according to a BNY Mellon report.
Separately managed accounts and alternative funds are poised for growth and fund firms need to be on top of their social media game to participate in the growing mutual fund space, according to a new report by Curian Capital.
The annual FP50 finds growth moderating, as well as firms strategizing to retain and build market share
The managers of the Brandywine Global Opportunities Bond Fund deal with low U.S. yields by looking all over the world.
The CEO of United Capital plans a nationwide network of planners with a consistent look and feel.
The strategy is not new - but the extent to which we use outside expertise is unusual.
Alternative mutual funds are making their way into the market via mutual fund firms, hedge funds, private equity shops and now banks.
The Board of Trustees of the Tatro Tactical Appreciation Fund (TCTNX), a series of the Northern Lights Fund Trust, has decided to shut down the fund in the best interests of its shareholders, according to a filing.
Financial Planning unveils its annual list of the largest independent broker-dealers in June. As a sneak peek, here's a list of the 10 top IBDs including networks.
Direxion Funds' CEO Dan O'Neill examines new products and strategies that will be the next phase in the evolution of ETFs.
Hedge funds returns have stayed lackluster this year, with the $2.3 trillion industry trailing the gains of the Standard & Poors 500 Index by about 10 percentage points, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
There is a way to be invested in stocks that can help mitigate volatility: Employ an investment strategy that seeks to take advantage of global stock market inefficiencies to profit in both up and down markets.
Credit Suisse has filed with the SEC to launch the Gold and Income Strategy Fund, which will be available in institutional shares
To bring alternative investments to a wider investor base, Goldman Sachs Asset Management has launched the Goldman Sachs Multi-Manager Alternatives Funds.
Looking for international investing ideas? Every year, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney unveils its list of global investment ideas. Its 2012 list generally posted strong gains led by emerging markets equities (up 19.1%), dividend aristocrats (up 16.9%), U.S. large-cap growth (up 15.3%), and global gorillas (up 13.4%).
Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners announced the launch of the AIP Dynamic Alternative Strategies Fund, its first mutual fund.
Advisors debate the merits of alternative investing for their clients at NAPFA in Las Vegas.
For the head of Ameriprise Financial's Personal Advisors Group, the ultimate compliment is to have a client turn to his planner in time of crisis.
While the planning profession has evolved considerably, there is still work to be done.
Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Jo White is pushing to adopt a rule allowing hedge funds to advertise in a move consumer advocates say could fail to protect unsophisticated investors, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The Goldman Sachs Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund is starting to take shape as it nears its launch.