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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...

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?...

ETFs see outflows for first time since 2016

March 28, 2018

Exchange-traded funds saw net outflows in February, the first monthly exodus since 2016, according to Cerulli Associates. As Standard & Poor's 500 stock index dropped 3.69% last month, investors dropped domestic stock ETFs like an annoyed cobra,...

Vanguard wrestles with new service problems

March 27, 2018

Vanguard investors complained Tuesday about getting erroneous messages about not having enough money in their settlement accounts to make trades. On the Bogleheads.org message board, about a dozen Vanguard investors complained about the same...

Digital investment firm launches new fund for women

March 27, 2018

Ellevest, the digital investment startup founded by Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck, is launching a new fund to invest in offerings that help advance women. "What we're hearing from women is that they want to take positive action," Ms....

BlackRock turns to robos to drive latest push into active ETFs

March 23, 2018

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, which has a multitrillion-dollar kingdom of passively managed portfolios, is turning to robots to drive its latest push into active exchange-traded funds. The firm is starting a suite of ETFs...

Fidelity maintains target-date volume; Vanguard comes out on top

March 22, 2018

Fidelity Investments remains the second-largest target-date fund provider, despite experiencing a total of $20 billion in outflows between the start of 2012 and the end of February. The company did have net inflows of $3.1 billion in 2017 after...

David Herro on the best opportunities in international investing

March 22, 2018

David Herro, chief investment officer for international equities at Harris Associates, has been a manager of the $47 billion Oakmark International fund (OAKIX) since 1992. He won Morningstar's International Stock Fund Manager of the Year in...

F-Squared's former president ordered to pay $12.4 million over false statements

March 21, 2018

A federal judge in Boston has ruled that the former head of what was once the largest ETF portfolio management firm must pay more than $12.4 million for lying to investors. In October, Howard Present, former chief executive of F-Squared Investments,...

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...

ETF outflows show growing distaste for U.S. dollar

March 20, 2018

Here's one sign that investors remain hostile to the dollar: Buyers of U.S.-listed funds are rushing into European and Japanese stocks without currency protection. Money managers have pulled $2.1 billion from the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity...

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...

Passive target-date funds? No such thing

March 17, 2018

If your clients ask for a passively managed target-date fund, you might have to explain to them that there's no such thing — although you should certainly steer them to a low-cost target-date fund. Passive investing has taken investors' fancy...

A great year in the markets, but few managers beat their indexes

March 16, 2018

Some active managers saw their performance improve in 2017, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, but over the long run, their records against their benchmarks are still nearly all awful. The S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) report for 2017 shows...

Stock funds and ETFs saw record inflows in latest week

March 16, 2018

Investors poured more money into U.S. stocks in the latest week than at any time since Bank of America Merrill Lynch started keeping records in 2002. A record $43.4 billion flooded into U.S. stocks in the week ended Wednesday, bringing the total...

ETF tracking broker-dealers and exchanges rakes in cash

March 14, 2018

As investors grow increasingly bullish on financial stocks, they're flocking to an exchange-traded fund that tracks a specific niche. The iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF (IAI) has taken in more than $70 million over the...

UBS plans to cut 840 funds from its platform

March 14, 2018

Following an emerging pattern among wirehouses, UBS Wealth Management plans to trim the number of mutual funds listed on the platform advisers use to select investments for clients. The move, described by UBS sources familiar with the strategy...

How advisers can hold on to their clients despite Vanguard's broadening reach

March 13, 2018

During a February speech, Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley said 58% of most advisers' work could eventually be done by computers. This would force a significant change in pricing for most in the industry. Shortly thereafter, Vanguard announced it would...

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