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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,...

All that smart beta can obscure the big picture

May 8, 2018

A battle is raging among finance theoreticians, and investors should stay out of it. There's a growing recognition that a handful of active investing styles — also known as factor investing or smart beta — can be expected to beat the market...

Emerging Asia is where the growth is, but your index fund might not find it

May 8, 2018

The growing middle class is fueling growth in emerging markets in Asia — but you won't get much exposure to that in the typical emerging market index fund, said David Dali, portfolio strategist for Matthews Asia funds. More than half the world's...

Target-date-fund fees fall for ninth consecutive year

May 8, 2018

The average asset-weighted expense ratio for a target-date mutual fund series fell to 66 basis points in 2017, making it the ninth consecutive year the ratio has declined, said Morningstar's latest annual survey of target-date funds released...

What active share can and can't tell you

May 3, 2018

Thanks to an agreement with former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, 13 fund companies will voluntarily disclose the active share calculation for their funds. What exactly does the calculation show you? Active share is the percentage...

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...

No matter how bad the share-class violation, SEC won't oppress those who self-report

May 1, 2018

Settlement amounts won't vary based on the severity of the violation in a Securities and Exchange Commission effort to crack down on high-fee mutual fund share classes, the agency said Tuesday. Under its Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative...

'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...

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...

Funds that let investors tap into M&A fever

April 30, 2018

T-Mobile US Inc. plans to buy Sprint Corp. in a $26 billion deal that is just the most recent round of M&A activity in the U.S. this year. Why are so many companies feeling the urge to merge, and how can investors best take advantage of this...

Top-performing junk bond fund moves out of junk

April 30, 2018

One of the world's best high-yield bond investors is getting nervous about the riskier parts of the debt markets. The Absalon Global High Yield fund, which beat 97% of its peers in 2017, isn't now "actively investing in CCC credits due to poor...

More advisers use alts, but few understand them

April 28, 2018

Even as adviser use of alternative investments is on the rise, one overriding problem remains.​ Advisers often don't understand them, according to a panel of investment experts at the InvestmentNews Innovators in Investing event and webcast...

Fund fees head south

April 27, 2018

The price of investing is falling at a record rate. The average asset-weighted fee paid on U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds declined by about 8% last year, to 52 cents per $100 invested, according to a report from Morningstar Inc....

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...

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