March 20, 1996 |
Fidelity Investments said Tuesday that it plans to introduce a series of "funds of funds" called LifePlan funds--five portfolios that will invest in the firm's other mutual funds. "We're still in the research and development stage rather than the roll-out stage," said Charles Dornbush, executive vice president of Fidelity Institutional Retirement Services Co. Fidelity's LifePlan series will likely be available by the end of the year, Dornbush said.
December 17, 1996 |
T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. manages the best mix of U.S. stock mutual funds and Capital Research & Management Co. offers the best international funds. At least that's what Morningstar Inc. concludes in a study released this month. The Morningstar report also says that Colonial Management Inc. markets the best taxable bond funds and that Franklin Resources Inc. is the premier municipal bond fund manager in the U.S. Among the losers in the various categories are Merrill Lynch & Co.
September 5, 1998 |
In these rocky times, even the most respected names in the money management business are being devalued. Franklin Resources Inc., the biggest U.S. fund manager by market value and the only money management stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index of blue chips, has lost almost $8 billion in market capitalization since mid-April. The San Mateo, Calif.
June 30, 1998 |
After slowing in May as the stock market turned dicey, cash flows into U.S. stock funds have rebounded in June as blue-chip stocks have hit new highs, many fund companies say. Bond funds also continue to gain in popularity with investors, as some look to diversify stock-heavy portfolios, experts say. An estimated $21.1 billion in net new cash has gone into stock funds this month, up from $18.7 billion in May, according to Trim Tabs Financial Services, which tracks flows.
March 27, 1995 |
Investment firms, financial planners and business journalists have been drumming a message into Americans' heads for years: Your employer and the government will probably not sustain you through retirement; you must save and invest on your own. Baby boomers, who now see retirement on the horizon, appear to have gotten the message. So much so that many have reached the limits of their tax-deferred IRAs and 401(k) plans.
April 26, 1996 |
Fidelity Investments, the nation's No. 1 fund group, saw stock fund sales plunge an estimated 25% in April over March even as sales of U.S. stock mutual funds continued to boom along at near-record rates at other firms. The April growth in sales at most mutual fund groups was bolstered by the underlying strength of the retirement market, the companies said. Fidelity said equity fund sales were an estimated $2.3 billion in April, down from $3.1 billion in March.
October 6, 1996 |
Mutual fund company chief executives are earning more as the industry keeps getting bigger. Fund company CEOs will earn an estimated average of $1.02 million in total compensation in 1996, up 6% from $964,200 in 1995, according to a survey of 50 companies by Buck Consultants Inc. in Stamford, Conn. That's an average for the biggest mutual fund companies in the U.S., said Paul Gavejian, a compensation consultant at Buck Consultants.
October 10, 1996 |
For the second straight month, individual investors pumped money into U.S. stock funds at an unrelenting rate, helping fuel the rise in the Dow Jones industrial average to near the 6,000 mark. An estimated $16 billion was invested in equity funds in September, according to the Investment Company Institute, an industry trade group. Fund companies said the pace of new buying so far in October remains at equally high levels.
January 15, 2003 |
Investors who poured more than $700 million into Idealab, the Pasadena firm that nurtured young tech companies during the Internet boom, have returned to court with a third version of their fraud lawsuit against the so-called incubator and its founder, Bill Gross. The third amended complaint, filed late Monday, was made in response to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ralph Dau's demand for more specifics, as part of the preliminary sparring to shape the case.
April 14, 2000 |
Defense contractors are starting to command attention, as investors are betting that a period of dwindling profit and slumping share prices may be drawing to a close. Shares of Lockheed Martin Corp. (ticker symbol: LMT), the world's largest defense company, have risen 28% in the last month, while General Dynamics Corp. (GD) has climbed 35% and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) is up 28%. Lockheed and Raytheon Co.'