Investing

Advisers’ Top Concern About Muni Bonds Is Yield

"As passive investing continues to grow, rather than simply accept an imperfect benchmark portfolio, municipal bond investors with a preference for passive solutions should think about adopting a smart beta approach,” suggests Catherine Stienstra, head of municipal investments at Columbia Threadneedle.

Wells Fargo Drops Plans to Use T Shares in Retirement Accounts

Asked whether Wells Fargo Advisors will reconsider T shares if the DOL’s fiduciary rule is revisited or the SEC pushes through a conflict of interest rule, the firm simply said, “Although we could offer them in the future, we have no current plans to do so.”

Demand for Private Debt Creates Crowded Market

Institutional investors’ interest in mid-market corporate direct lending is driving large capital flows into a squeezed portion of the market, according to Willis Towers Watson, resulting in downward pressure on returns and greater risk.

SSGA Merging TDF Series A Shares With I Shares

Greg Porteous, head of defined contribution intermediary distribution at SSGA based in Boston, says he sees the lowering of target-date fund (TDF) investment fees as a way to attract more 403(b) plan clients for two reasons.