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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...

Mutual funds stand to gain as muni investors get first look at fees

April 23, 2018

On May 14, the municipal-bond market's biggest investors may be in for a shock. That's when new rules will require brokerage firms to start disclosing some of the fees they charge individuals to buy and sell state and local government debt....

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...

Principal sued for stacking its TDFs with proprietary funds

April 19, 2018

Principal Financial Group has been sued for allegedly loading its target-date funds with costly and underperforming in-house investments, in the latest example of 401(k) participants targeting financial firms for purportedly enriching themselves...

Wealthfront cutting costs on its risk parity mutual fund

April 18, 2018

Wealthfront Inc. is cutting costs on its proprietary mutual fund, less than two months after the fund was first announced. The digital adviser said Wednesday that it had transferred $500 million of client assets into the mutual fund, making...

Investing in virtue is hard when few companies qualify

April 18, 2018

It's not easy being a socially conscious investor. To see why, look no further than Facebook Inc. By any reasonable ethical standard, the social media giant doesn't measure up. The Cambridge Analytica debacle and its aftermath revealed that...

Plan advisers, consultants question value of managed accounts

April 16, 2018

A narrow majority of defined-contribution-plan advisers and consultants say managed accounts provide less benefit to participants than target-date funds, according to a survey by Pacific Investment Management Co. Fifty-one percent of respondents...

Investors flee high-yield bond funds and ETFs

April 13, 2018

Investors have been fleeing high-yield bond funds and ETFs. But why they are doing so is a puzzle. High-yield bond funds and ETFs have watched a net $19.2 billion walk out the door in the first three months of the year, and $29.7 billion has...

Growth in BlackRock ETFs likely to slow

April 12, 2018

Even as BlackRock Inc.'s assets advanced to $6.3 trillion and its growth appears unstoppable, there are signs the firm isn't invincible. Net flows for its global iShares exchange-traded funds declined 46% in the first quarter, to $34.6 billion...

Sector that's been hosed for five years finally sees light of day

April 12, 2018

A surge in oil prices has provided some fuel for long-suffering energy investors. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hit $66.14 a barrel at midday Thursday, closing in on this year's record $66.27 from Jan. 26. Crude hit a low of...

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...

U.S. target-date funds have strong home-country equity bias

April 10, 2018

Target-date funds generally still have a strong U.S. equity bias, according to a Mercer target-date report released Monday. The consulting firm's survey covered 68 off-the-shelf mutual fund and collective investment trust target-date series....

Pacer rolls out ETF that invests in veteran-friendly employers

April 10, 2018

Pacer ETFs has launched an exchange-traded fund that invests in companies with the best hiring records for veterans — a first for environmental, social and governance funds. The Pacer Military Times Best Employers ETF (VETS) selects publicly...

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...

Invesco increases its ETF position with acquisition of Guggenheim Investments

April 9, 2018

Invesco completed its acquisition of Guggenheim Investments' $39 billion ETFs Monday, and immediately moved to slash fees on some of those funds as it looks to lure new assets. It's a savvy move for the Atlanta-based firm, which is in a state...

5 star mutual fund managers you've never heard of

April 7, 2018

You've probably heard of most of today's best mutual fund managers: Will Danoff, the manager of Fidelity Contrafund, Dan Fuss of Loomis Sayles Bond, David Herro, the manager of Oakmark International. The problem is, so has everyone else. Who...

Matt Hougan: Exploring frontiers of cryptocurrency

April 6, 2018

Matt Hougan started as a freelance writer for IndexUniverse (now ETF.com) in 2006 and worked his way up to CEO. He joined Informa after that company bought ETF.com's events division, powering the largest ETF conference on the planet, Inside...

13 active fund managers agree to reveal closet indexing

April 6, 2018

After an investigation into mutual fund disclosures and fees, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has reached an agreement with 13 major fund firms to voluntarily disclose the extent of their closet indexing, revealing how actively...

Mutual funds and ETF closures mount despite hot markets

April 5, 2018

Fund companies may tell you (and your clients) to hold a fund until the last trumpet sounds, but the industry is willing to send funds straight to Sheol if things don't work out as planned. Most fund companies preach holding for the long term,...

Few places for advisers — or clients — to hide in this stock correction

April 4, 2018

If you're looking to escape this correction, you've got relatively few places to hide. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index has fallen nearly 10% since its all-time high on Jan. 26. You can choose your causes — the threat of a trade war with...

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