End of 2006 Sees Increase in World Mutual Fund Assets

Combined assets of the world’s mutual funds increased 7.6%, to $21.76 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006 and 22.5% for the year, according to the Investment Company Institute (ICI).

Fixed Income Reigns in March 401(k) Transfers

Participants in 401(k) plans seemed to be looking for stability in their investments in March, moving $572 million from equities to fixed income over the month, according to the Hewitt 401(k) Index.

Advisers Have Faith in International Equities

Nearly half (43%) of advisers believe that international investing continues to offer the best opportunities for portfolio diversification, although they say that correlations are increasing across the globe.

March Sees $9B Growth in ETFs

Twenty-two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) launched in March and total assets of U.S. ETFs increased by $9 billion, according to State Street Global Advisors.

Most Target Date Fund Strategies Flawed

A recently released white paper from JPMorgan Asset Management Group suggests most industry assumptions for target-date funds are oversimplified.

Asset Allocation Funds Need Advice

Asset allocation funds offer a tremendous opportunity for all involved, including advisers, investors and the industry, said Jim Tracy, National Sales Director of The Hartford Mutual Funds.

February Sell-Off a 'Squall'

“Terrible Tuesday,″ February 27, 2007, “wasn’t the big one,″ it was just a squall, according to Quincy Krosby, Chief Investment Strategist at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Spamalot Op Trips Tips

If your email has been as plagued with stock “tips″ as much as mine, you’ll be happy to know that the SEC is on the case.

ETF Assets Reached $431B in February

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) grew by about 2.1% in February to $431 billion, according to a new report from State Street Global Advisors (SSgA).

Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Index Launches

In response to the rapid growth of investor interest in emerging markets and foreign exchange as asset classes in recent years, AIG Financial Products Corp (AIG-FP) has launched the AIG Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Index, a new family of investable indexes.