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    Ranking the 10 biggest 529 plans - Ranking the top 10 529 plans

    Assets in 529 college savings plans are up to $204.5 billion as of the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Strategic Insight. This would represent a 6.9% increase in assets from the third quarter, and a 21.3% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. As more assets pour into 529 plans, ...

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    New NASAA chief: Time to beef up the SEC

    Ohio Securities Commissioner Andrea Seidt is concerned that the Securities and Exchange Commission is getting bogged down. As the newly appointed head of the North American Securities Administrators Association Inc., she wants state securities regulators to help the SEC get more federal funding and

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    American Funds retools approach to adviser market

    After five years of outflows — to the tune of $242 billion — American Funds is overhauling its approach to working with financial advisers. Jason Kephart has the details.

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    American Funds makes push to increase transparency

    Firm will share how portfolios are managed but won't reveal performance and holdings

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    Active management: More sales pitch than reality?

    This fall's market forecast calls for an increase in volatility, which means that financial advisers can expect to hear a lot about how active stock pickers can help cushion against a drawdown. However, much like the fabled stock picker's market, the message is more sales pitch than reality. The

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    Contrarian play on its way from American

    Capital Research and Management Inc.'s American Funds is preparing to launch its first pure-play emerging-markets-equity fund as the asset class suffers from growing pains.

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    Arbitration bill is introduced

    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced legislation that would end mandatory arbitration in broker and investment adviser agreements with clients, but the bill faces an uphill battle.

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    Risky alt investments being probed

    The Massachusetts securities cop last week sent subpoenas to 15 brokerages as part of a probe of sales of alternatives. Here are the products the regulator is zeroing in on.

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    Tussle over mandatory arbitration

    The Securities and Exchange Commission may be putting off reforming mandatory-arbitration clauses in brokerage contracts, but that doesn't mean state regulators are backing off their fight to change the system.

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    More advisers stay in touch by tweeting

    Financial advisers are warming up to social media. More advisers are jumping onto Twitter and using social-networking platforms to communicate news and information to clients, according to a new survey from American Century Investments. About 34% of advisers have Twitter accounts, an increase from

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    American Funds revs up its 401(k) business

    Amid outflows from its retirement fund share classes, American Funds is kicking its 401(k) business into high gear and courting advisers.

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    Which fund firm is the favorite of advisers?

    Despite outflows, American Funds remains top-of-mind; 'very successful relationship'

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    The Hartford makes 180-degree turn with reorganization

    The recession has forced a makeover of sorts at The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., where financial advisers are contending with a significantly different insurer than they did five years ago.

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    Stock market correlation leads to 'closet' indexing

    Maybe American Funds Growth Fund of America should be renamed American Funds Index Fund of America. The $115 billion fund, the largest equity mutual fund in the world, is tracking its benchmark more closely than ever before — and it is not alone.

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    Why Bruce Berkowitz's bullish AIG stance is paying off

    The following is excerpted from the July issue of the No-Load Fund Analyst newsletter published by The Litman Gregory Cos.