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Investors Who Work with Advisors Feel Better Prepared for a Recession

Nearly 65% of adults who use a financial advisor say they feel more prepared now for a potential recession than they did in 2008, according to recent study sponsored by the Certified Financial Planner Board. So reports Yahoo Finance.

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Beware of Cash in Sweep Accounts

Brokerage sweep accounts are intended to be a temporary place to park cash resulting from trades and they currently yield just 0.25%. Therefore, they are a poor option for holding cash. So reports Barron’s.

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Year-over-Year Annuity Sales Climb

Overall sales of annuities during the first quarter of 2019 totaled $57.8 billion, up 17.5% year over year. So reports Insurance Net News.

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Fidelity, New York Life Launch Variable Annuity

Fidelity and New York Life Insurance Company have joined forces to launch the New York Life Premier Variable Annuity—P Series that will provide a minimum accumulation benefit rider. So reports ThinkAdvisor.

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Morningstar: Investor Fees Still Too High

Even though asset management fees have been declining, expenses for investors are still stubbornly high, says Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor. So reports Wealth Management

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Business Economists Have a Gloomy Outlook

The latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics has found that half of the organizations’ members believe the U.S. will slip into a recession by the end of next year and three quarters of its members say the recession will occur by the end of 2021. So reports ABC News.

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Sustainable Funds Make a Strong Showing in 2018

A recent study by Morningstar has found that 63% of sustainable funds finished in the top half of their respective categories in 2018. So reports Think Advisor.

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Shutdown Costs Economy at Least $6B

Lost productivity from furloughed civil servants and decreased economic activity among businesses during the most recent partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy at least $6 billion, according to S&P Global Ratings. So reports Reuters. Read more...

Blackstone Exec Issues Rosy Outlook for 2019

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy will remain accommodative this year, interest rates will stay low and the S&P 500 Index will gain approximately 15%. That's according to Byron R. Wien, vice chairman of the Private Wealth Solutions group at Blackstone. So reports Financial Advisor. Read more...

Equity Selloff Could Influence Monetary Policy

The October equity selloff could signal that investors are concerned that stimulus from U.S. tax cuts and government spending will fade sooner than previously anticipated. So reports Reuters. Read more...

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