Jan 09, 11:05 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Dan Caplinger 01/09/19 AT 10:34 PM Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have taken the investing world by storm, and investors have piled into them to take advantage of the opportunities that they provide. All told, investors have put about $3.5 trillion into ETFs as of October 2018, according to the Investment Company Institute's statistics, and hundreds of different ETFs are available for purchase.The popularity of ETFs owes itself to their unique characteristics and features. We'll go into great detail below about what ETFs are and why they're useful for investors, but above all, ETFs have opened the door to a wide variety of investments to which many investors had never before been able to gain access. With their efficiency, diversification, simplicity, and broad focus, ETFs have benefits that no other investment vehicle can match.What are ETFs?Exchange-traded … [Read more...] about What Is An ETF?
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Published September 27, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print This week on Industry Focus, we check back on three companies that have experienced major changes in the last year -- recent IPO Hudson Ltd (NYSE: HUD), Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) activist investor influence, and GoPro's (NASDAQ: GPRO) push to recovery. Tune in to find out more about the latest developments for each business and what investors should follow going forward. Continue Reading Below A full transcript follows the video. 10 stocks we like better than WalmartWhen investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.* David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Walmart wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys. Click … [Read more...] about Key Investor Updates for GoPro, Hudson, and Procter & Gamble
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investors expect banks and other financial institutions to announce large returns of capital to shareholders after the Federal Reserve publishes the first set of results from its annual “stress test” late Thursday. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Even so, gains in financial shares may be muted. Many of the 38 financial firms undergoing the test are expected to boost dividends and share buybacks due to higher profits on the back of tax cuts and rising net interest income. Banks will be able to unveil capital return plans for the coming year next week after the Fed issues its second set of results that determine how much of a capital buffer the banks need. The Fed examines the health of the balance sheets of the biggest financial firms every year to ensure that they have enough capital to withstand a shock to the system in the wake of the … [Read more...] about Bank investors await U.S. stress test results for capital returns
Telstra announced plans to invest in its future yesterday, and the share price plunged more than 10 per cent. Investors were shocked – shocked! – that a company would decide to hold on to some profit to invest in the development of the company, rather than showering it on shareholders. In announcing it would cut its dividend by around 30%, Telstra explained (emphasis added): In adjusting the capital management framework and resetting the dividend policy we have balanced the importance of providing consistent returns to shareholders with the long term sustainability of returns and strategic direction of the company. We realise this is a material reduction from the historic level of our dividend reflecting the lower payout ratio. We do not underestimate the impact of this on our shareholders. It is for this reason we are providing advance notice of this change and why the Board has maintained a 31 cents per share dividend this year. Owning shares, over the long-term, is a … [Read more...] about Telstra stock got creamed, and it exposes a problem in Australian share investing
Paris, May 17, 20181Q18 resultsNew Dimension well embarked with:Reported revenues up +3% at €2.4bn and reported Net income up +15% at €323m1Q18 marked by market volatility andan average -15% depreciation of the US dollar againt the euro vs. 1Q17SOLid growth and improved profitability across our business linesunderlying net revenues(1) and gOI(1) up +8% and +16%, at constant exchange rateBusinesses' underlying roe(1) improving across the board at 16.9%AWM - Our resolutely active positioning well fitted to volatile marketsPositive momentum for net inflows at +€6bn, particularly marked across long-term high fee strategies withRetail & Wholesale clients (+€8.1bn)Significant increase in net revenues: +20% YoY at constant exchange rate (+10% current)Significant increase in gross operating income: +48% YoY at constant exchange rate (+34% current)Fee rate increase in both Europe and North America: 31bps overall in 1Q18 (+3.6bps YoY)CIB - Dynamic activity levels and … [Read more...] about NATIXIS :2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS