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  • Tue, Nov. 29, 5:38 PM
    • Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE:MAA) and AmSurg (NASDAQ:AMSG) will join the S&P 500, effective after the close of trading on Thursday.
    • The stocks will replace Owens-Illinois (NYSE:OI) and Legg Mason (NYSE:LM), which will drop down to the S&P MidCap 400.
    • MAA and AMSG are making acquisitions - for Post Properties and Envision Healthcare, respectively - in deals that are expected to be completed on Dec. 1.
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 5:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 8:31 AM
    • The mutual fund shop last week rolled out the Legg Mason Emerging Markets Low Volatility High Dividend ETF (LVHE), with a 0.50% expense ratio.
    • The new fund completes a suite of low-vol, high dividend ETFs from Legg Mason (NYSE:LM) - the others being LVHD and LVHI.
    • LVHD was opened last December and has since accumulated $98M in assets. LVHI launched in July and has about $3M of assets.
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 8:31 AM
  • Fri, Nov. 18, 10:18 AM
    • The flood of money pouring into stocks since the election isn't helping mutual funds, which somehow saw $3B of outflows in the last week. Equity ETFs, meanwhile, had $27B of inflows, according to Goldman Sachs - the largest weekly amount on record.
    • Equity mutual funds had outflows of $4.4B, making YTD outflows of roughly $120B.
    • via Bryan Mortenson
    • Interested parties: BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF), Franklin Resource (NYSE:BEN), Legg Mason (NYSE:LM), Gamco (NYSE:GBL), Janus (NYSE:JNS), Invesco (NYSE:IVZ), T. Rowe Price (NASDAQ:TROW), AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB), Affiliated Managers (NYSE:AMG), Federated Investors (NYSE:FII), Waddell & Reed (NYSE:WDR)
    • Previously: Financial ETF sees fastest-ever inflows (Nov. 16)
    | Fri, Nov. 18, 10:18 AM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 10, 3:28 PM
    • "We've got to get rid of this," says hedge fund honcho and Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci, speaking about the DOL's fiduciary rule.
    • Set to take effect in April, the Department of Labor's new rule would hold retirement professionals to a "fiduciary" standard in which they must put client interests ahead of their own, rather than the current requirement that they recommend "suitable" products.
    • The Obama administration argues the move would save investors $17B a year in fees and lost returns. Asset managers, however, will probably spend a lot more setting up systems to try and figure out how to comply with the new standard. In Scaramucci's vision, a Trump administration would instead impose a "self-auditing process" for registered financial advisors.
    • Former assistant secretary of labor under Bush, Bradford Campbell has no doubt Trump isn't a fan of the rule, but isn't sure it can be fixed on day one with the stroke of a pen. A Trump administration, however, would have plenty of available tools to modify or eventually remove it, he says.
    • Source: FT
    • The asset managers continue on their post-election tear: BlackRock (BLK +2.7%), Och-ZIff (OZM +3.8%), Legg Mason (LM +4.4%), Gamco (GBL +1.9%), Janus (JNS +3.6%), Invesco (IVZ +3.3%), T. Rowe Price (TROW +3.6%), AllianceBernstein (AB +5.1%), Affiliated Managers (AMG +7.5%), Federated Investors (FII +6.6%), Waddell & Reed (WDR +4.4%).
    | Thu, Nov. 10, 3:28 PM | 19 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 2, 2:32 PM
    • With $250.6B of inflows through this year's first 10 months, Vanguard has already broken through the record level of inflows set during the entirety of 2015 (last year's total inflow was $236.1B). More than $200B of that amount has gone into low-fee index funds.
    • Vanguard's gains are generally at the expense of active fund managers like Fidelity, Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN), Legg Mason (NYSE:LM), Gamco (NYSE:GBL), Janus (NYSE:JNS), and AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB), to name a few.
    • Assets at rival BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) - a major player in both active and passive investing - recently topped $5T for the first time ever.
    • Passive investing top? Strictly a suburban outfit, Vanguard is nearing a deal for about 20K square feet of office space near Penn's campus in Philadelphia for a research and development hub.
    | Wed, Nov. 2, 2:32 PM | 7 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 28, 7:15 AM
    • Legg Mason (NYSE:LM) declares $0.22/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 2.85%
    • Payable Jan. 9; for shareholders of record Dec. 14; ex-div Dec. 12.
    | Fri, Oct. 28, 7:15 AM
  • Fri, Oct. 28, 7:01 AM
    • Legg Mason (NYSE:LM): Q3 EPS of $0.63 may not be comparable to consensus of $0.58.
    • Revenue of $784.4M (+16.5% Y/Y) beats by $33.2M.
    • Press Release
    | Fri, Oct. 28, 7:01 AM
  • Thu, Oct. 27, 5:30 PM
    | Thu, Oct. 27, 5:30 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 17, 2:00 PM
    • It's the kind of headline that makes one wonder if the bottom might already be in for traditional asset managers.
    • The numbers won't surprise anyone who's been following along for any length of time: Over the three years ended Aug. 31, investors added nearly $1.3T to passive mutual funds and ETFs, while pulling more than $250M from active mutual funds.
    • "Stock pickers, archetypes of 20th century Wall Street, are being pushed to the margins," write Anne Tergesen and Jason Zweig. "The pressure has gotten so great that passive has become the default,” says former Fidelity CIO Philip Bullen.
    • And by the way, there's still plenty of room for the trend to continue - 66% of mutual and exchange-traded fund assets are still actively invested (down from 84% ten years ago).
    • Active fund firms that don't “position themselves for the sea change” will be “relegated to the dustbin of history," said Cohen & Steers (NYSE:CNS) in shareholder letter earlier this year.
    • Notable industry names: BLK, OZM, BEN, LM, GBL, CLMS, JNS, IVZ, TROW, AB, AMG, FII, WDR, APAM, MN, EV, AMP
    | Mon, Oct. 17, 2:00 PM | 9 Comments
  • Thu, Oct. 13, 9:33 AM
    • Legg Mason (NYSE:LM) had its tail in the air yesterday over a report suggesting it as a potential target for Japanese investment. The idea makes sense, says Gabelli's Macrae Sykes, noting the company already has a 10% Asian investor in Shanda Group.
    • He retains his Buy rating on the stock.
    • The stock's lower by 1.75% in early action today.
    | Thu, Oct. 13, 9:33 AM
  • Wed, Oct. 12, 12:45 PM
    • (NYSE:LM) Sept. 30 total AUM of $732.9B down form $737.2B at end of August.
    • Equity AUM of $168.4B vs. $167.2B. Fixed-income AUM of $396.9B vs. $396.9B.
    • Liquidity AUM of $95.6B vs. $101.5B.
    • Long-term outflows of $1.4B for month, with fixed-income outflows of $0.8B, Alternatives outflows of $0.5B and equity outflows of $100M.
    | Wed, Oct. 12, 12:45 PM
  • Thu, Oct. 6, 8:51 AM
    • In one of the highest quarterly amounts ever, investors moved $92B into ETFs in Q3, according to UBS, bringing AUM for U.S.-listed ETFs to about $2.4T.
    • For the year, $150B has flowed into ETFs, putting the vehicles on track for their third straight year of inflows north of $200B. The inflows stand in major contrast to either outright net exits or minimal inflows for mutual funds.
    • Still, even after doubling AUM since 2011, ETFs account for just 17% of mutual fund assets.
    • Interested parties: BLK, WETF, BEN, LM, GBL, CLMS, JNS, IVZ, TROW, AB, AMG, FII, WDR, APAM, EV
    | Thu, Oct. 6, 8:51 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Oct. 4, 6:27 AM
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  • Fri, Sep. 16, 8:31 AM
    • Just 9.5% of actively-managed large-cap domestic equity funds beat the S&P 500 in the five year ended August 31 - the worst 5-year record since 1999, according to Morningstar. By comparison, in the five years ended 2010, nearly 50% topped the S&P.
    • The lame results haven't gone unnoticed, with investors yanking $422B from roughly 3K mutual funds in the past five years, and putting that money and more into passive vehicles (ETFs).
    • In the year ended June 30, 85% of large-cap stock funds, 88% of mid-cap funds, and 89% of small-cap funds failed to match their bogeys. "Pretty appalling," says S&P's Aye Soe. "Given the choppiness in the markets we would have expected the active managers to come out looking better.”
    • Interested parties include BlackRock (NYSE:BLK), WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF), Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN), Legg Mason (NYSE:LM), Gamco (NYSE:GBL), Janus (NYSE:JNS), Calamos (NASDAQ:CLMS), Invesco (NYSE:IVZ), T. Rowe Price (NASDAQ:TROW), AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB), Affiliated Managers (NYSE:AMG), Federated Investors (NYSE:FII), Waddell & Reed (NYSE:WDR), Artisan Partners (NYSE:APAM)
    | Fri, Sep. 16, 8:31 AM | 8 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 13, 8:21 AM
    • LM Aug. 31 total AUM of $737.2B down form $741.9B at end of June.
    • Equity AUM of $167.2B vs. $161.1B.
    • Fixed-income AUM of $396.9B vs. $387.2B.
    • Liquidity AUM of $101.5B vs. $121B.
    • Long-term inflows of $1.5B for month, with fixed-income inflows of $2.1B and equity outflows of $600M.
    | Tue, Sep. 13, 8:21 AM
  • Wed, Sep. 7, 3:16 AM
    • "We think the asset management industry, which was always very fragmented and highly profitable (with low capital intensity), will become much more concentrated over the next five years - especially in U.S. retail with BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) and Vanguard clear winners," Credit Suisse says in a note.
    • Firm says it prefers stocks that will exceed net flow/earnings expectations and can maintain or expand valuation levels.
    • Top long is AMG, which CS thinks will post much stronger flows in 3Q16, has low exposure to the DOL rule (only 16% of AuM is from U.S. retail and less in retirement), and is one of the cheapest asset managers on cash earnings.
    • Also likes LM, which is mainly a valuation and improving earnings visibility play.
    • Likes BLK, which is one of the few beneficiaries of the DOL rule (through iShares and Aladdin/Solutions).
    • On a longer-term horizon, likes BX (high FE AuM growth + improving cash earnings) and WETF (improving net flows + LT M&A target).
    • Says BEN and WDR could both see among the largest net flow impacts from the DOL rule.
    | Wed, Sep. 7, 3:16 AM | 6 Comments