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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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Vanguard crushed active investing. Now it could save it

March 9, 2018

Indexing pioneer Vanguard Group may be stock pickers' last hope. Investors are increasingly turning their stock picking over to computers. So-called smart beta exchange-traded funds track indexes that replicate traditional styles of active management,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Top tech-tracking ETF attracts $616 million in one day

March 9, 2018

The tech bet is back. At least that seems to be the case for buyers of exchange-traded funds. Investors just poured heaps of cash into the $21 billion Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund, the largest ETF globally tracking stocks of technology...

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....

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...

BlackRock's lowest-cost ETFs win almost half of U.S. inflows

March 13, 2018

A whopping 44% of all flows into U.S.-listed ETFs this year has gone to four low-cost funds from BlackRock Inc. At the top is the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA), which has taken in $13.7 billion since Jan. 1, according to data compiled by...

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