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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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  • Lipper Fund Flows: Monthly updates and analysis of fund trends, backed by Lipper data and commentary. We provide synopses to get you to your next meeting well-armed with the latest fund trend intelligence.
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From around the web

  • PlanSponsor

    QBI Launches Fiduciary Service

    QBI has launched a fiduciary support service for plan sponsors. The service is being offered by QBI affiliate Fiduciary Administration. (PlanSponsor)
  • PlanAdviser

    PSA Adds Fiduciary Execs

    PSA Insurance & Financial Services hired David Saunders as senior investment consultant and Victor Traub senior relationship manager in its fiduciary consulting group. Saunders was previously a portfolio manager and partner at Credo Capital and Traub was a consultant at Coastal Pension Services. (PlanAdviser)
  • Reuters

    Risk Council Eyes Asset Managers

    The Financial Stability Oversight Council has requested information on asset managers' key risks as part of an attempt to determine whether the industry poses a threat to markets, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who chairs the council, said. Lew said it wasn't clear what steps the council would take. (Reuters)
  • InvestmentNews

    SEC Considers Use Of Auditors To Cover Advisers

    Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo Whites said her agency is effectively using its resources to increase examination coverage of investment advisers, but that it is also considering use of third-party auditors. White rejected suggestions that the SEC shift examination funding for private funds and broker-dealers to investment adviser oversight. (InvestmentNews)
  • InvestmentNews

    Wells Fargo Settles AML Charges

    Wells Fargo Advisors agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle charges from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that it failed to comply with anti-money laundering requirements. FINRA said between 2003 and 2012, the firm failed to properly vet some 220,000 new customer accounts by doing the necessary identity verification. (InvestmentNews)
  • Bloomberg

    PIMCO Hires Schroders Execs

    PIMCO has hired Giles Money as a money manager in global growth equity strategies and Lucrecia Tam as an equity analyst focused on industrials. They both join from Schroders. (Bloomberg)
  • Investment Company Institute

    Funds See Outflows

    Long-term mutual funds posted outflows of $8.96 billion for the week ended Dec. 10, according to the Investment Company Institute. Equity funds lost $3.28 billion. (Investment Company Institute)
  • PlanAdviser

    Pentegra Names Regional Director

    Pentegra Retirement Services named Philip Gould regional director for plan sales in Texas. He reports to Pete Swisher. (PlanAdviser)
  • PlanAdviser

    Lincoln Hires Annuities Exec

    Lincoln Financial Distributors named Tad Fifer national sales manager responsible for annuities distribution. He reports to John Kennedy. (PlanAdviser)

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