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Advisors Expect to Increase Use of ETF Wraps

A survey of fee-based advisors shows that the professionals anticipate increasing their use of ETF-based wrap accounts by 23% and mutual fund wraps by only 7%. So reports MainSt.

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Success of Active ETFs Questioned

Rick Ferri, author of The ETF Book, says actively managed exchanged traded funds won’t become very popular. So reports The Journal of Financial Planning.

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Guaranteed Annuities May Fail With Severe Market Decline

Annuities with guaranteed living benefits, which as their name implies provide guaranteed income, may fail if capital markets experience a catastrophic decline. So warns Michael Kitces in his Nerd’s Eye View blog.

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Bill Gross: Easy Money Policies Are Risky

PIMCO bond manager Bill Gross says that the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks are playing a dangerous game by maintaining their easy money policies. So reports ThinkAdvisor.

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Treasury Dept. Considers Creating Bonds with IRA Characteristics

Workers who don’t have access to qualified retirement plans could invest in government securities that provide tax advantages similar to Individual Retirement Accounts under a concept being evaluated by the U.S. Treasury Department. So reports FinancialAdvisor.

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Retirement Accounts Rebound from Financial Crisis

The average 401(k) balance now exceeds the average prior to the 2008 financial crisis, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. So reports Pensions & Investments.

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Energy, Manufacturing Renaissance Creating Investment Opportunities

Middle America can be viewed as an emerging market as many U.S. states are enjoying an energy and manufacturing renaissance.

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Role of Gold in Diversification Diminishes

During the market rally from 2009 to 2011, gold had a -0.13% correlation to the S&P 500. However, that has decreased by 65% since 2011, causing many advisors to question the role of the asset class for improving asset diversification. So reports Investment Week.

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More Advisors Expected to Embrace Emerging Markets

A recent Cogent Research study shows that nearly half of advisors expect to increase their allocations to emerging markets funds. So reports LifeHealthPro.

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