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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...

Potholes litter road to ETF investment by DC plans

May 19, 2014

With the very public launch of an ETF-only 401(k) plan option by Charles Schwab Corp., might some defined-contribution plan executives finally be willing to give exchange-traded funds a try? According to Steven Anderson, president of Schwab...

Investment managers report lackluster quarter

May 13, 2014

Publicly traded money managers saw rather anemic gains in assets under management for the quarter ended March 31, due in part to defined-benefit plans playing a smaller role in the institutional investment industry and also because equity markets...

Securities lending: Boon or bane?

April 20, 2014

The practice among exchange-traded funds of lending portfolio securities to other institutional investors has drawn attention lately. Some observers view it as an established, low-risk way for funds to generate additional income for shareholders....

Are active ETFs finally growing in popularity?

April 20, 2014

For years, the advice industry has been hearing about a coming wave of actively managed exchange-traded funds. Yet as each year passes, very little happens. Out of a total universe of 1,366 exchange-traded funds, the asset management industry...

Galvin's scrutiny of 401(k) matches misfires

March 3, 2014

The Massachusetts Securities Division targeted many of the wrong firms in questioning 401(k) record keepers about employers moving to an annual match instead of contributing each pay period. Among those queried that are not record keepers are...

After pioneering mutual funds, MFS sets sights on new horizons

January 9, 2014

MFS Investments is breaking new ground in the investment industry yet again. The company was the first to launch a modern mutual fund in the United States, and now it's become the first major mutual fund company to bring its stock-picking talent...

Companies start lining up floating-rate Treasury ETFs

November 18, 2013

WisdomTree Investments and State Street Global Advisors wasted no time getting ready to launch exchange-traded funds that will track the U.S. Treasury's latest innovation: floating-rate Treasuries. Both ETF companies filed with the Securities...

Morningstar upgrades Schwab target date funds

November 6, 2013

Morningstar Inc. has upgraded its ratings on The Charles Schwab Corp.'s target date funds to “neutral,” from “negative,” because of improved performance, new leadership and stability. In a report, Josh Charlson, a senior mutual fund...

Calvert launches diversified green-bond fund

October 31, 2013

Calvert Investments on Thursday launched the Calvert Green Bond Fund (CGAFX), packaging as a mutual fund a strategy the company has been managing as a separate account for more than two years. The actively managed intermediate-term fund will...

Fidelity late but not too late with new ETFs

October 23, 2013

Fidelity Investments is making its first big leap into the exchange-traded fund arena Thursday with the launch of 10 sector ETFs, but the question remains: Is it too little, too late? "ETFs still have a long way to go before they catch up to...

Fidelity launches cheaper line of ETFs

October 22, 2013

Fidelity Investments is set to make a splash with its first attempt at entering the exchange-traded fund market with sector ETFs that undercut rivals Vanguard Group Inc. and State Street Global Advisors on price. Fidelity plans to launch 10...

New ETF targets stocks with 25-year dividend history

October 20, 2013

ProShares this month ann-ounced a new exchange-traded fund that invests solely in S&P 500 companies that have raised their dividends for 25 straight years or more. The move takes the firm a step away from its traditional ETF products and creates...

With new dividend stock ETF, ProShares gives Vanguard, State Street some competition

October 14, 2013

ProShares last week announced a new exchange-traded fund that invests solely in S&P 500 companies that have raised their dividends for 25 straight years or more. The move takes the firm a step away from its traditional ETF products and creates...

In a class by itself, Vanguard had ETF inflows in August

September 8, 2013

A record $17.5 billion was pulled from exchange-traded funds last month, but don't expect to see any sweat on the brows of the Vanguard crew. The Vanguard Group Inc. was the only company among the five largest ETF companies that had more money...

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