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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...

Vanguard stands firm amid rush to the ETF exits

September 4, 2013

A record $17.5 billion was pulled from exchange-traded funds in August, 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...

Target funds amass assets

August 18, 2013

Vanguard sees continued increases in assets going to target date funds, which will be a “dominant theme” for the firm's defined-contribution business, according to Chris McIsaac, managing director and head of Vanguard's institutional investor...

Address the elephant in the room

August 14, 2013

By John Anderson A short while back, Burton Malkiel wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “You're Paying Too Much for Investment Help.” Just about every day, I see advertisements telling investors how easy it would be for them...

10 intriguing ETFs you should know about - 10. SPDR Blackstone/GSO Senior Loan

July 18, 2013

Launch date: 4/3/2013 Ticker: SRLN AUM: $378 million Expense ratio: 0.9% YTD performance: -0.48% The lowdown: If you hear bond traders talking about sirloin, it may not be a conversation about steak. Instead they could be talking about the State...

New SSgA ETFs undercut iShares, Vanguard on price

July 14, 2013

State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds, is making a push to join the ranks of low-cost ETF providers by offering the cheapest Russell 1000, 2000 and 3000 ETFs on the market. SSgA launched the SPDR...

Fee war redux? State Street ETFs undercut iShares and Vanguard

July 9, 2013

State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds, is making a push to join the ranks of low-cost ETF providers by offering the cheapest Russell 1000, 2000, and 3000 ETFs on the market. SSgA launched the SPDR...

CalPERS switches to all-passive DC plans

June 19, 2013

The California Public Employees' Retirement System's investment committee has voted to replace the stand-alone actively managed funds in its supplemental-income plans with passive options. The $1.64 billion defined-contribution plans, including...

Why John Bogle is both gratified and terrified by Vanguard's success

June 15, 2013

The runaway success of Vanguard Group Inc. over the past five years has, surprisingly, left its founder John Bogle with some ambivalent feelings. But he remains convinced that the index fund — his brainchild — cannot be improved upon. Vanguard's...

Vanguard maintains blistering pace of asset growth

April 15, 2013

It's Jack Bogle's world. The rest of the asset management business is just living in it. Fresh off setting a record for most net inflows in a single year, The Vanguard Group Inc., which Mr. Bogle founded in 1975, took in $53.6 billion in the...

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