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Study: Alt ETFs growing on advisers

September 10, 2012

Advisers are increasingly turning their attention to exchange-traded funds for their alternative strategies even as interest in alternatives seems to be slowing down, according to a new report by Cogent Research. The use of alternatives ETFs...

BlackRock gearing up for a fee war

September 10, 2012

BlackRock Inc. chief executive Laurence Fink on Monday confirmed what many already had expected when he said he planned to cut the fees on a number of iShares exchange-traded funds to better compete with lower-cost providers. “We are going...

Old-school tactic could lure investors

September 9, 2012

David Hollond has turned to a standby investment strategy to play the housing recovery, and he thinks that financial advisers could use the approach to get clients back into equities. Mr. Hollond, co-portfolio manager of the $1 billion American...

Extracting value is suddenly hard

September 9, 2012

Precious-metals-mining companies broke out of a yearlong stock slump last month, but questions persist about whether investors are better off avoiding these middlemen and buying the commodities themselves. Mining operations historically have...

Heat is on as three fixed-income giants subadvise single small fund

September 7, 2012

You can't blame Matthew Eagan, vice president of Loomis Sayles & Co. Inc., if he suddenly feels like the Chris Bosh of mutual fund managers. Mr. Bosh, of course, plays for the NBA's Miami Heat. If he played on any other team, he'd be the top...

There's the rub: VIX bets turn cash into vapor

September 6, 2012

Thursday's good economic news was bad news for investors who bet big on volatility last month. An upside surprise in private payroll data and the European Central Bank's announcement of an unlimited short-term bond purchasing program sent stocks...

Pimco Total Return ETF is falling back to earth

September 2, 2012

The Pimco Total Return ETF's fast start seems to be slowing down. The exchange-traded fund version of the world's largest mutual fund made headlines when it nearly doubled the performance of the Total Return mutual fund. The ETF has a return...

Risk-parity funds: A delicate balancing act

September 2, 2012

Considering the Invesco Balanced-Risk Allocation Fund's (ABRIX) impressive three-year run, one might naturally assume that the entire fund industry would be ramping up to mimic the risk-parity strategy it employs. The Invesco fund, which invests...

Fidelity heir has big job ahead of her

September 2, 2012

Abigail Johnson is nearing the end of her long, circuitous journey to the top spot at Fidelity Investments. Now she just needs to figure out how to get the mutual fund behemoth back on top. Fidelity Investments promoted Ms. Johnson, the daughter...

High-flying Pimco Total Return ETF finally returns to earth

August 28, 2012

The Pimco Total Return ETF's fast start seems to be slowing down. The exchange-traded fund version of the world's largest mutual fund made headlines earlier this year as it nearly doubled the performance of the Total Return mutual fund. The...

Abigail Johnson up another rung at Fidelity

August 28, 2012

Fidelity Investments announced Abigail Johnson has been named president of newly formed Fidelity Financial Services, which will oversee all of the firm's core businesses. Ms. Johnson, the daughter of Fidelity chief executive officer Edward C....

High yield is the real deal, Clark says

August 26, 2012

Brendan Clark, president of Clark Capital Management Group, has been using exchange-traded funds to take advantage of what the bond market is offering, and right now that means high yield. “In the interest rate environment we're in and moving...

American Century won't backpedal on Lance Armstrong's charity

August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong may have given up his fight against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but mutual fund firm American Century Investments isn't giving up on him. Mr. Armstrong, the famous cancer survivor and bicycling superstar, was officially stripped...

Can ETFs plug the river of outflows at Columbia Funds?

August 20, 2012

Columbia Management Investment Advisers is one of the fund firms that has suffered the most from investors' shift from mutual funds to exchange-traded funds. Now it's betting active ETFs could help turn around the outflow woes. Columbia, the...

High-yield munis on a roll, if you can stomach them

August 19, 2012

High-yield municipal bond funds are getting a lot of love these days, thanks to their blistering performance and relatively high tax-free yields. With a year-to-date return just north of 10%, high-yield muni bond funds are neck and neck with...

Vanguard says beware of bonds

August 19, 2012

The Vanguard Group Inc. has sent a warning signal to bond investors. In a blog post on its website last Monday, the world's largest mutual fund manager cautioned investors about lower returns and heightened market sensitivity from the traditionally...

Preferred-stock ETFs stay hot with latest addition

August 17, 2012

Preferred-stock exchange-traded funds are hot, and the SuperIncome Preferred ETF (SPFF) from Global X Funds is helping to heat up the asset class. With the average corporate bond yields at an all-time low of 3.2%, investors are looking for ways...

Fixed-income saves the day at Janus

August 15, 2012

Janus Capital Group Inc. may be best known as a growth equity shop, but it was the firm's less popular fixed-income funds that attracted a Japanese insurer and sent its stock price soaring to its biggest one day gain in more than two years....

Son of Buffett: Five-star fund follows the Oracle's lead

August 13, 2012

As a portfolio manager, Richard Cook refuses to pretend he has the time, energy or resources to track and analyze thousands of individual stocks. Therefore, he limits his analysis to “hundreds of names” so he can invest in about a dozen...

Janus to sell stake to insurer — but will it stem the bleeding?

August 13, 2012

Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS), the fund company struggling to reverse 12 quarters of investor redemptions, lined up support from Japan's second-largest life insurer, sending its shares up the most in two years. Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. (8750),...

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