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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...

Are index funds 'positively un-American?'

May 2, 2013

The age old debate between active and passive management took an odd, patriotic turn at the Investment Company Institute General Membership Meeting on Thursday. “Index investing is positively un-American,” said Alan Reid, CEO of Forward...

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...

Gross' ETF trouncing his flagship fund

April 8, 2013

Pacific Investment Management Co.'s 13-month-old exchange-traded fund is attracting more cash than the firm's flagship Total Return mutual fund as investors join Bill Gross in preferring ETFs for bond investing. About $263 million was funneled...

Tracking error on the rise

March 31, 2013

Advisers today can access more-exotic locales and asset classes than ever before, thanks to exchange-traded funds. The evolution of the ETF universe, however, means advisers need to be more aware of tracking error. It's usually an ETF's expense...

WisdomTree an ETF innovator

March 31, 2013

In the $1.42 trillion exchange-traded fund industry, where three dominant firms represent more than $1.1 trillion in assets, WisdomTree Investments Inc., with $24.3 billion under management, might seem like an afterthought. But don't tell that...

Fidelity heats up ETF battle, but some advisers grouse

March 17, 2013

Fidelity Investments last week upped the ante in the battle for exchange-traded assets, but the plan barely got off the ground before some advisers were seeing red. The mutual fund giant last Wednesday announced that it was bolstering its partnership...

Vanguard steers clear of high-yield funds

March 3, 2013

Don't hold your breath for a high-yield-bond exchange-traded fund from Vanguard. High-yield-bond ETFs from the two largest ETF companies, BlackRock Inc.'s iShares and State Street Global Advisors, have seen their assets more than quintuple to...

PowerShares makes powerful push with innovative ETFs

March 3, 2013

A decade ago, exchange-traded-fund company PowerShares was a tiny entrant in a field dominated by two giants. Today it is No. 4 in the industry and swatting at a swarm of some 40 smaller competitors. Now called Invesco PowerShares Capital Management...

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