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Project M

Birth Year Beats Data in Personal Asset Choices


Recent studies show how the era people grow up in can affect their investment choices. For example, Depression babies avoided stocks, Generation X favors them and the latest generation is shunning stocks once again. Project M explains.

What's New in the DOL's Final Rule?


Peter Lefkin and Bradford Campbell have been scrutinizing the US Department of Labor's fiduciary duty rule ever since it was first proposed last year. Find out what changed in the final rule—for better and for worse—and why it matters to advisors.

Raymond Chan

Keys to the New 'Mega Plan' Guiding China to 2020


China's new Five-Year Plan is focused on the quality of the country's growth, not the speed, and on central government-directed planning. CIO Equity Asia Pacific Raymond Chan outlines five key policy targets that are worth investors' attention.

Neil Dwane

More Volatility Hits Markets as Growth Remains Dull


Neil Dwane says investors should expect growth to remain slow, low and fragile, and expect volatility to continue buffeting the markets. To make the most of this environment, take an active approach to stock selection and asset allocation.

employment report

Mixed April Jobs Report Offers Little Fodder for Fed


Our US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team says the mixed April jobs report reduces the likelihood the Fed will raise rates in June, making the economic releases between now and then all that more meaningful.

Employment Report

Fed's Words Mean More Than Actions


The Fed holding steady on rates in April was long anticipated. But expectations for the Fed’s next meeting in June are looking a lot less certain according to our US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team.

Greg Meier

Decision Days: Key Data Points to Watch for in the Week Ahead


All eyes are on the Bank of Japan and the Fed as policymakers are set to meet next week—bringing monetary decisions to the forefront for global investors, says US Investment Strategist Greg Meier.

Webinar: The New Rules for Retirement-Plan Advice


For actionable advice on how the DOL's fiduciary ruling will affect retirement-plan advisors, register for the April 28 Pensions & Investments and InvestmentNews webinar with Glenn Dial.

Paul Strand

Despite Meltdown, Oil-Price Outlook Improving


With oil production falling and demand expected to grow, inventories should decline and prices should increase. Portfolio Manager Paul Strand says the "right" price for oil is near the mid-$50s, which makes energy an attractive buy at today's levels.

Walter Price

Are FANG Stocks Long in the Tooth?


It's hard to get too negative on the outlook for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, writes Portfolio Manager Walter Price. Just keep in mind that even fast-growing companies eventually reach their market potential and see their growth rates decline.

Neil Dwane

What Does 'Brexit' Mean for Investors?


UK citizens will soon vote on a potential "British exit" from the European Union, which Neil Dwane says would have distinctly different effects on the UK and EU. But even if the referendum fails, other political issues will vex Europe and the markets.

Project M

A Better Way to Manage Risks at the Plan Level


A recent series of financial shocks has raised questions about some fundamental risk-management strategies—particularly diversification. Tactical asset allocation is one answer, says our Multi Asset team, but dynamic risk mitigation may be more viable.

Peter Lefkin

Final Fiduciary Duty Rule Is Just Getting Started


At 923 pages, the US Department of Labor's recently released final fiduciary duty rule is a long and complex slog. Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, provides some clarity to help financial advisors move forward.

Call Replay: Final Fiduciary Rule—What You Need to Know


Now that the Obama administration has issued its long-anticipated final fiduciary rule, many in the financial services industry are facing a radically new regulatory environment. Learn about the new rule's full impact with our recent conference call.

Webcast Replay: How a Fiduciary Standard and the 2016 Elections Could Change Your World


If you've got questions about how the DOL fiduciary rule or 2016 presidential race could affect your clients, we've got answers. Listen to our free InvestmentNews webcast featuring Consuelo Mack, Peter Lefkin and Kristina Hooper.


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