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Running this bond ETF is like solving a $55 billion Rubik's Cube

May 22, 2018

If you think running a passive bond fund is a formulaic task that a robot could do, think again. When your underlying index is filled with thousands of fixed-income securities, tracking it isn't exactly a simple task. The crux of the problem:...

As it gets easier to start an ETF, is there still a role for white-label fund firms?

May 22, 2018

It's never been easier to start an exchange-traded fund — or so it seems. Just ask the two wannabe asset managers who are planning new funds by themselves, away from the third-party ETF expert they previously relied upon to usher them through...

Those in managed accounts, target-date funds get better returns than DIY investors

May 17, 2018

Defined contribution plan participants who use managed accounts or target-date funds enjoy better investment returns net of fees than participants who invest on their own, said a survey by record-keeper Alight Solutions. Over a 10-year period...

Value funds could wake from long slumber

May 16, 2018

The death of value investing has been greatly exaggerated, fund managers say, and an eye for cheap stocks will be vindicated once again. The drought for value investors has been epic: Large-company growth funds have gained an average 9.23% a...

ETF flows show tech is back in vogue

May 15, 2018

Investors are once again warming up to the year's hottest sector — technology. Even after regulatory and demand concerns cast a shadow over the industry, the S&P 500 Information Technology Index remains the best performer of 2018, gaining...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

'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...

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...

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...

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....

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