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ETF providers step up to defend the status quo

August 18, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission's solicitation of perspectives on the state of exchange-traded products produced a fruitful, if predictable, bounty of views from the asset management industry. The 60-day comment period, which ended Monday,...

Losing edge in ETFs, State Street turns to hedge funds

June 18, 2015

State Street Corp., which lost its lead in exchange-traded funds after being a pioneer in the business more than two decades ago, is now betting on hedge funds. The firm is expanding hedge funds and alternative investment strategies that can...

Lessons from a walk through the ETF graveyard

May 29, 2015

Exchange-traded fund issuers and acolytes like to flaunt significant figures — nearly $3 trillion in assets under management globally, $2 trillion in the United States — but the industry is not exactly crowing about a recent milestone. With...

Advisers' clients want even more of the human touch

May 18, 2015

It's not your advice, it's you your clients value, according to a new survey by the Hartford Funds. The survey of 500 investors who work with a financial adviser found that only 32% of respondents valued financial performance more than a good...

How to become a more valued retirement plan adviser

April 21, 2015

As defined contribution investment-only providers, we often jump into the investment solution discussion with clients and prospects. However, we sometimes forget that people — not products or asset allocation — are the center of the retirement...

O'Hanley has work cut out for him at State Street Global Advisors

April 10, 2015

Ronald P. O'Hanley faces big challenges now that he is CEO of State Street Global Advisors. Mr. O'Hanley on April 1 replaced Scott Powers, marking his return to money management after quitting as president of asset management and corporate services...

State Street Global Advisors names former Fidelity exec O'Hanley CEO

March 31, 2015

Ronald O'Hanley was named president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, effective in April, said SSgA spokeswoman Alicia Curran Sweeney. Mr. O'Hanley will replace Scott Powers, who plans to retire later this year. Mr. O'Hanley left Fidelity...

Prudential and MassMutual in $2.5 billion pension risk transfer deal with Kimberly-Clark

February 24, 2015

Prudential Financial Inc. and MassMutual have inked a deal with Kimberly-Clark in which the hygiene products company will transfer to the insurers its $2.5 billion in pension liabilities. As part of the deal, Prudential will administer group...

A new entry point for gold investors takes on GLD

February 9, 2015

Just as gold is regaining its luster with investors, Bank of Montreal's new gold deposit receipt program offers a new way to tap into the market for the precious metal. The Bank of Montreal's gold deposit receipt program, GOLDRs, which is aimed...

State Street, facing historic redemptions, slashes ETF prices

February 3, 2015

State Street Corp., whose ETF lineup saw the largest redemptions in history last month, on Tuesday aggressively cut its prices on nearly a third of its funds. The Boston-based custody bank is one of the early pioneers in building exchange-traded...

Socially responsible strategies largely absent from ETF landscape

January 27, 2015

As the integration of passive strategies into institutional portfolios accelerates, another unequivocal trend — the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions — remains primarily a pivot point for...

Vanguard's funds reach new heights

January 26, 2015

Vanguard Group Inc. last week surpassed State Street Global Advisors as the second-largest exchange-traded fund provider, a new milestone following a year that was filled with them. According to ETF.com, a data and analytic website, Vanguard...

Active managers get a seat at the ETF table

January 26, 2015

As top money managers gather at the ETF.com conference this week, the invited guests include luminaries, from celebrity bond-picker Jeffrey Gundlach, to Merrill Lynch's former investment strategist Richard Bernstein and Charles Schwab's financial-markets...

Financial advisers rocket Vanguard to No. 2 in ETFs behind BlackRock

January 22, 2015

The Vanguard Group Inc. this week became the second-largest U.S. exchange-traded fund provider, as the indexing pioneer's focus on fee-based advisers lifted it to new heights in a fast-growing market. Vanguard's $436 billion in assets puts it...

ETF managers awaiting key SEC decisions on active funds

October 13, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission is scheduled to make key decisions this month and next that could help expand the marketplace for active ETFs, paving the way for new offerings and expanding the number of money management firms offering...

Fidelity files for nontransparent, active ETFs

September 26, 2014

Fidelity Investments Friday asked regulators to allow it to offer actively managed exchange-traded funds that do not regularly disclose their underlying holdings. The company has already asked for permission to offer actively managed ETFs, but...

Schwab expands commission-free trading platform for ETFs

September 18, 2014

The Charles Schwab Corp. on Thursday unveiled a long-planned expansion of OneSource, its commission-free trading platform for ETFs, adding dozens of funds and managers, including Pimco. In addition to exchanged-traded funds offered by Pacific...

S&P might drop some Russian stocks from indexes

August 7, 2014

Index funds might have to divest Russian securities under new sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control under a directive of President Obama to tighten pressure on the country in connection with separatist...

J.P. Morgan jumps into white-hot ETF fray

June 16, 2014

J.P. Morgan Asset Management, one of the dominant U.S. mutual fund sponsors, is launching its first exchange-traded fund Tuesday — the latest product in the white-hot market for so-called “smart beta.” The move into ETFs by the bank-owned,...

State Street expanding adviser-facing salesforce in mutual fund push

May 28, 2014

State Street Corp. is tapping wirehouse expertise as it works to expand its reach with advisers beyond its characteristic benchmark trackers, including the first and most heavily traded exchange-traded fund on the market. The bank's asset management...

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