The number of registered investment advisers continues to grow, as do the assets these firms manage, a trend driven in part by former brokers’ desire for independence and the ability to market themselves as fiduciaries who put clients’ interests first. Aiming to capitalize on this dynamic, Benjamin F. Edwards, the St. Louis-based brokerage with more than $25 billion in assets under management, is launching a corporate RIA for independent advisers.

Below, some of the best analysis and insight from WSJ writers and columnists, the Dow Jones Newswires team and occasionally beyond, on investing, the wealth-management business and more.



Escalating Tariffs Test Investors’ Faith in U.S. Growth: The sharp stock-market selloff of recent days is confronting investors with a quandary long avoided during the 10-year-old bull market: Riskier assets suddenly look very risky.


From Dow Jones Newswires

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The overwhelming majority of global fund managers don’t expect a global economic recession this year and a large number don’t expect this scenario during the first half of 2020 either, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global fund manager survey for May. Just 5% of fund managers polled expect a global economic recession in 2019. Two-thirds of the fund managers say there won’t be a recession until at least the second half of 2020. ([email protected]; @EmeseBartha)

Investors are well-hedged but not positioned for a trade deal breakdown, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global fund manager survey for May. Trade war remains investors’ “biggest tail risk” for the 11th time in the past 12 months, with China’s slowdown taking over the baton as biggest tail risk only in March, the survey shows. ([email protected]; @EmeseBartha)


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Whirlpool Makes the Case for Tariffs: The company’s CEO also discusses keeping factories in the U.S., the importance of online reviews and internet-connected devices.


Investors Optimistic for Renewable Energy Long-Term Despite Investment Decline: Environmentally focused investors remain optimistic for the future of renewables despite data showing that global investment in sustainable energy fell for the third year in a row in 2018.


Uber and Lyft Get Creative With Numbers, but Investors Aren’t Blind to the Losses: Uber, Lyft and other big startups have touted their new business models that disrupt old industries but lose historic amounts of money. To try to win over investors, they have also come up with unusual alternatives for measuring their performance. So far, investors aren’t buying it.


Art Speculators Bid to Lose: David Geffen, Peter Brant and other collectors pledge to bid on art they want but prearranged buyers stand to profit — even if rivals outbid them — by taking as much as one-third of the sellers’ proceeds above their pledged prices.

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