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May 16, 2014 - Tom Roseen

Fund Investors Embrace Municipal Debt Yields

For the week ended May 14, 2014, fund investors were net purchasers of fund assets (including those of conventional funds and exchange-traded funds [ETFs])—for a second consecutive week, injecting a net $14.7 billion.

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May 15, 2014 - Nick Jardine

Voya Financial Hires Two In Retirement Plan Push

Voya Financial, formerly ING U.S., has added two to its team to boost its service to larger retirement plan clients.

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May 16, 2014 - Stan Wilson

MMF Rule May Be Shield Against SIFI Designation

The possibility of the Securities and Exchange Commission adopting a tough money market fund rule might head off moves to designate big fund complexes as systematically important financial institutions (SIFIs), according to observers of Washington’s systemic risk discussions.

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May 16, 2014 - Dervedia Thomas

Marketing Fixed-Income Funds? Focus On Risk Management

Mutual fund firms are churning out new fixed-income products to satisfy so called “yield starved” investors.

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May 16, 2014 - Nick Jardine

Fund Firms Plan To Move Away From Broad Marketing Terms

Fund firms that brand their products with catch-all terms such as “liquid alternatives” or “smart beta” may soon move away from using such broad terms to describe their offerings.

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From around the web

  • PlanAdviser

    Beaumont Capital Adds Strategies

    Beaumont Capital has launched two strategies on its ASSETMark platform. The BCM Decathlon Moderate Aspect strategy and the BCM Decathlon Growth Aspect strategy invest in long-only exchange-traded funds. (PlanAdviser)
  • Reuters

    PIMCO Emerging Markets Head Departs

    PIMCO's head of emerging markets equities, Masha Gordon, has left the firm. The firm said Virginie Maisonneuve is now running the emerging markets equity strategy. (Reuters)
  • Company Announcement

    361 Capital Plans Equity Fund

    361 Capital has filed to launch a long-short equity fund. The 361 Global Long/Short Equity Fund will be sub-advised by Analytic Investors. (Company Announcement)
  • FundWeb

    Aviva Adds To Multi-Strategy Range

    Aviva Investors added Wei-Jin Tan, Trevor Leydon and Ben Maynard to its newly formed multi-strategy absolute return fund range. The firm also hired Mary Nicola as an investment strategist in Singapore. (FundWeb)
  • FundWeb

    Axa To Lunch Fund Range

    Axa Wealth is launching a restricted fund range and to offer its Architas multi-asset funds across its platforms. The firm said the offering will be made up of around 80 to 100 active and passive funds. (FundWeb)
  • InvestmentNews

    Morgan Stanley Names Chief Marketer

    Morgan Stanley has named Mandell Crawley chief marketing officer. He replaces Susan Smith Ellis. (InvestmentNews)
  • FundWeb

    Polar Capital Adds Threadneedle Manager

    Polar Capital has hired Nick Davis for its European income team. Davis managed two funds at Threadneedle. (FundWeb)
  • FundWeb

    Vestra Manager Joins Brooks Macdonald

    Vestra Wealth manager Jim Mackie has left the firm to join Brooks Macdonald. Mackie joined Vestra in June 2008. (FundWeb)
  • InvestmentNews

    SEC: Advisers Address Cyber Threats, But Approaches Vary

    Advisers and brokers are assessing cybersecurity, but their approaches vary widely, according to early results from the Securities and Exchange Commission's exam sweep. "Although most do it, it really varies in how they do it and how frequently they do it," Jane Jarcho, national associate director of the SEC's investment adviser and investment company examination program, said. (InvestmentNews)

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