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The passive-investing bid for equities is roaring back

May 14, 2018

It's January all over again for the biggest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index. Last week about $5.7 billion poured into ETFs from State Street Corp., BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. linked to the U.S. equity gauge, the...

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

May 11, 2018

Actively managed exchange-traded funds may be the investment of the future, but investors are greeting them with all the enthusiasm of a four-year-old faced with Brussels sprouts. Morningstar Inc. counts 247 actively managed ETFs in its database,...

Short-dated Treasury ETFs see huge inflows

May 14, 2018

There are signs that the bull market's putative Achilles' heel — crisis-era short-term dollar funding costs — might heal soon. Thank heavy inflows into low-duration funds. Investors seeking to pare interest-rate risk poured a hefty $1.1...

SEC bars Howard Present, former head of F-Squared Investments

April 30, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Howard B. Present, former chief executive of F-Squared Investments, from all segments of the securities industry over which it has direct or indirect regulatory authority. In an administrative...

'Father of ETFs' warns about leveraged funds

April 30, 2018

Jim Ross, known as one of the fathers of exchange-traded funds, says leveraged ETFs aren't a viable long-term investment vehicle, and his company, State Street Global Advisors, will never sell them. Mr. Ross, who was part of the team that designed...

U.S. exchange-traded products slowed in first quarter on market volatility

April 24, 2018

U.S. exchange-traded product assets paused their rapid growth during the first quarter after market volatility led to about $3 billion in net outflows in March and $10.6 billion in February. The 0.5% quarter-over-quarter growth rate was the...

Bond ETFs are awash in cash

May 1, 2018

Investors sought shelter in bonds over stocks in April on the heels of equity volatility and interest-rate fears. More than $14 billion was added to U.S.-listed exchange-traded debt funds last month, the most since October 2014, according to...

Multifactor ETFs thrive, but how do you use them?

April 20, 2018

Multifactor ETFs, which combine several investment strategies, are the hottest trend in the fund industry today. But the big question for advisers is how to integrate them in a portfolio. Factor investing began with using just one strategy to...

Do investors know Barclays is shutting their ETN?

April 11, 2018

If you own an exchange-traded note sold by Barclays, go check your mail. Now. The British bank is retiring or replacing roughly half of its U.S. offerings Thursday, according to statements from the company. The plan affects 50 ETNs with about...

Smart-beta funds get mixed reviews in first quarter

March 30, 2018

Smart-beta exchange-traded funds, which use rules from active management to guide their securities selection, have been the hottest product in the industry. So how did they do in the first quarter, one of the most volatile quarters in years?...

Dividend ETF sees 27th week of inflows

March 20, 2018

Investors continue to bet that interest rates won't shoot through the psychological 3% barrier. One sign: their long-running love affair with a dividend-focused equity exchange-traded fund. The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) took in...

Lawsuit over exchange-traded note shows peril in democratized investing

March 19, 2018

XIV, the now infamous exchange-traded note that imploded last month, is dead and buried. But its legacy lives on in the court system. Credit Suisse Group, which issued the derivative-based product, was sued this week by an investor accusing...

To invest during a trade war, think local and think small

April 9, 2018

How do you invest for a trade war? The current consensus, at least as measured by ETF returns, is to think U.S. and to think small. President Donald J. Trump fired the first salvo on trade March 9 when he announced $25 billion in tariffs on...

Innovative ETFs struggle to impress investors

February 15, 2018

ETF enthusiasts gathered recently in Hollywood, Florida, for the Inside ETFs conference, the industry's biggest party of the year. By many accounts it was the swankiest celebration yet. And for good reason. When Inside ETFs first convened in...

Smart-beta ETFs are hot for teachers

February 28, 2018

An unlikely superstar is emerging in the battle for ETF supremacy: the professor. Over the last six months, the $3.6 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund industry has plucked several prominent academics out of the classroom and put them on the...

Worried about rising rates? These ETFs may offer limited value

February 26, 2018

If you were to meet an alien from newly discovered exoplanet Ross 128 b, the one thing he's likely to know about Earth is that interest rates are rising. But would he know how to invest in a rising-rate environment? Probably not. He wouldn't...

Inside ETFs CEO departs for cryptocurrency venture

February 20, 2018

Having helped establish a global reputation for Inside ETFs, Matt Hougan is now setting his sights on the potential of cryptocurrencies. Mr. Hougan, 41, has stepped away from his role as CEO of Inside ETFs to join San Francisco-based Bitwise...

Investors pile into cash ETF

February 20, 2018

Someone call Ray Dalio: Investors are feeling less stupid about owning cash. The SPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill exchange-traded fund (BIL) took in $580 million last week, tops among U.S. fixed-income products. During an interview in...

ETF alphabet soup obscures market risks

February 15, 2018

What's in a name? When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the answer could mean the difference between surviving a volatile market and getting wiped out. ETFs have tripled their assets to $3.4 trillion over the last six years, capitalizing on...

Volatility-tied note that crashed was meant for hedge funds: Credit Suisse CEO

February 14, 2018

Credit Suisse Group CEO Tidjane Thiam said an exchange-traded note tied to volatility that lost most of its value last week is a tool created for hedge funds and professionals. "This is a daily trading tool for very sophisticated investors,...

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