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Are 'Smart Beta' Funds a Wise Choice?

Smart beta funds are one of the hottest trends on Wall Street and are generating increased media attention.

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New Book Sounds Warning on Target Date Funds

The soon to be released “Fiduciary Handbook for Understanding and Selecting Target Date Funds” maintains that some of the products over allocate assets to equities and that, contrary to popular belief, do not protect fiduciaries against all types of legal risks. So reports Think Advisor.

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How to Use Muni Bond ETFs

Exchange traded funds that focus on municipal bonds can be an attractive way to gain exposure to the assets class, which offers higher yields than U.S. Treasury securities and can be important for diversify portfolios. So reports the Journal of Financial Planning.

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Equities Typically Climb with Fed Rate Hikes

Since 1980, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rate 67 times and equities have climbed in 60 of the two-year periods following those increases. So reports MarketWatch.

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DOJ Investigating High Frequency Trading

The Justice Department is investigating if high frequency trading is violating insider trading regulations. So reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

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ETFs: Right or Wrong for Your Clients?

It’s no secret that exchange traded funds, or ETFs, are hot. Total assets in the products recently climbed to more than $1.7 trillion, according to ETF.com.

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SEC Inquiring About Russia, Ukraine-Related Investment Risk

Securities and Exchange Commission attorneys have been calling registered investment companies such as mutual funds to ask how the organizations are managing risks associated with Russia and the Ukraine. So reports Reuters.

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Ukraine Crisis Puts Frontier Markets Under the Microscope

Frontier markets have many of the same characteristics of emerging markets in that many are expected to generate strong economic expansion, which will help grow the ranks and spending power of the middle class. This, in turn, will provide increased opportunities for corporations to grow their revenues and earnings.

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Most RIAs Recommend 529 Plans

A survey by the Private College 529 Plan has determined that 92% of registered investment advisors recommend qualified tuition savings programs to their clients, even if they have concerns about the plans. So reports Financial Advisor.

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Emerging Markets Funds off to Rocky Start in 2014

Declining emerging markets stocks and currency weakness have caused many emerging market funds to suffer losses as high as 10% this year So reports Financial Advisor.

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