New product developments announced over the last week include another step in the process of reorganization of FBR Funds into certain Hennessy Funds, five new strategies available from Jefferson National and CAPTRUST, Achaean Financial and Envestnet’s strategic partnership, and CLS’s move to make 12 new investment models available via Envestnet.
In addition, HNW launched a new retail banking practice, Russell said it completed of its annual index reconstitution, Dow Jones Indexes announced a new index launch, and Buffalo Funds announced a new name for its science and technology fund.
Here are the latest portfolio-product developments of interest to advisors:
1) FBR Funds Trustees Approve Hennessy Funds Merger
Hennessy Advisors Inc. announced June 25 that the board of trustees of the FBR Funds trust has approved the reorganization of the FBR Funds into certain Hennessy Funds. It has also recommended that FBR shareholders approve the plan of reorganization that will result in Hennessy Advisors Inc. becoming the investment advisor to each of the former FBR Funds. The vote by the trustees moves this transaction one step closer to completion.
The sale has also gained approval from the board of directors of FBR & Co., the board of directors of Hennessy Advisors, Inc., and the board of directors of Hennessy Funds. The transaction, while subject to regulatory review and the approval of the FBR Funds’ shareholders, is expected to be completed in October.
2) Jefferson National Partners With CAPTRUST to Launch Five New Strategies
Jefferson National announced that it has launched five new dynamic allocation models powered by CAPTRUST’s research. This partnership marks the first time that models powered by CAPTRUST are available within Jefferson National’s flat-fee variable annuity Monument Advisor.
Available to investors only through RIAs and/or broker dealers in Monument Advisor, these asset allocation models were designed by CAPTRUST to seek to generate superior risk-adjusted returns through portfolio construction, tactical asset allocation, and investment manager selection.
3) Achaean Financial Announces Strategic Partnership With Envestnet
Achaean Financial announced Tuesday a strategic partnership with Envestnet through which Achaean’s retirement-advice software tool, Retirement Outcome, will be integrated into Envestnet’s wealth management platform. While they can be used together today, the full integration is scheduled for November 2012.
Advisors can analyze a client’s income needs before and during retirement using Retirement Outcome, which will then be incorporated into a proposal on the Envestnet platform, where advisors can select appropriate investment solutions in order to achieve the investor’s goals. 4) CLS Offers 12 New Risk-Budgeted Investment Models via Envestnet
CLS Investments, LLC announced Tuesday that 12 risk-budgeted investment models are now available for use within client accounts through the Envestnet platform. They utilize a combination of ETFs or CLS’s proprietary funds, and emphasize investment growth and principal protection.
CLS specializes in providing risk-budgeted and actively managed strategies to give investors downside protection while helping to grow their portfolios.