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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lawsuit against iShares puts spotlight on securities lending by ETFs

February 10, 2013

Exchange-traded funds' securities lending is back in the spotlight because of two pension funds that want a bigger cut of the profits. The Laborers Local 265 Pension Fund of Cincinnati and the Pipefitters Local No. 572 Pension Fund of Nashville,...

Lawsuit against iShares puts spotlight on securities lending by ETFs

February 5, 2013

Exchange-traded funds' securities lending is back in the spotlight because of two pension funds that want a bigger cut of the profits. The Laborers Local 265 Pension Fund of Cincinnati and the Pipefitters Local No. 572 Pension Fund of Nashville...

Diagnosis favorable for health care

January 6, 2013

Baby boomers are the overriding reason many advisers are betting that health care investments will be winners in 2013. “Health care is a good sector to be in,” said Joe Heider, a principal at Rehmann Financial LLC. “Ten thousand baby boomers...

Fees, indexes take center stage in ETF competition

January 6, 2013

Liquidity and cost trump all other benefits of exchange-traded funds for institutional investors. Yet the basic attributes of this rapidly growing category of products also have large investors shying away from most areas of index and asset...

Shopping spree

January 6, 2013

Advisers plan to go on an emerging-markets shopping spree this year — and experts say the timing couldn't be better. A majority of advisers — 51.4% — plan to increase their clients' allocation to emerging-markets equity this year, according...

With ETFs, commission-free doesn't mean cost-free

December 16, 2012

The Charles Schwab Corp. made a big splash three years ago when it offered the first exchange-traded funds to trade commission-free. Now the company may be on the verge of one-upping itself. Schwab is in the process of creating a commission-free-ETF...

INsider: The cost of commission-free ETFs

December 11, 2012

The Charles Schwab Corp. made a big splash three years ago when it offered the first exchange-traded funds to trade commission-free. Now the company may be on the verge of one-upping itself. Schwab is in the process of creating a commission-free-ETF...

Sector funds from Fidelity ready for spotlight

November 25, 2012

When Peter Dixon goes to the mall, he is looking for sales just like any other shopper. Unlike the rest of us, though, Mr. Dixon, who visits about five malls a month, isn't looking to shop. Instead, as the portfolio manager of the Fidelity Select...

iShares fee cuts pay off — with a little help from friends

November 2, 2012

BlackRock Inc.'s decision to cut the fees on several exchange-traded funds in order to appeal to the buy-and-hold crowd looks to be paying off. BlackRock's iShares led all ETF providers with inflows last month totaling $7.77 billion, more than...

BlackRock combines fund sales teams

October 21, 2012

BlackRock Inc. last week combined its mutual fund and exchange-traded-fund sales teams to create the largest sales force in the asset management industry. The sales juggernaut of 275 will be a mix of generalists who focus on combining actively...

In sales revamp, BlackRock targets buy-and-holders

October 18, 2012

BlackRock Inc. this week combined its mutual fund and exchange-traded-fund sales teams to create the largest sales force in the asset management industry. The sales juggernaut of 275 will be a mix of generalists who focus on combining actively...

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