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Smart beta could give funds an entry into ETF market

January 24, 2017

More than 2,200 people met at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., this week, and it was all about product — smart beta product, specifically. The record attendance follows record flows to ETFs in 2016, with more than $280 billion...

Meet the ETF Class of 2016

January 17, 2017

As the exchange-traded fund industry gears up for the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Fla., a look at last year's new funds provides some insights as to what's hot and what's not. Morningstar (MORN) lists 239 ETFs that made their debut...

Smart-beta returns track their Morningstar categories

January 5, 2017

Your fund may have the smartest beta around, but your returns are still ultimately going to stem from the fund's primary investment playground. Smart beta funds are index funds that use a set of rules to modify performance, preferably for the...

Will product pricing pressures carry over to advisory fees?

November 30, 2016

As low-cost index funds and ETFs continue to take market share from higher-cost actively managed funds, financial advisers could soon find themselves caught up in the downward pressure on fees. Emily Sweet, senior analyst at Cerulli Associates,...

Jack Bogle looks back on the 40th anniversary of the index fund

November 28, 2016

John “Jack” Bogle wrote his Princeton senior thesis in 1951, arguing that mutual funds “may make no claim to superiority over the market averages.” Sixty-five years later, the Vanguard founder is still being forced to defend his argument...

WisdomTree invests $20 million in robo-adviser Vanare, now AdvisorEngine

November 18, 2016

ETF provider WisdomTree Investments has invested $20 million in robo-adviser Vanare, giving the asset manager a 36% stake in the automated platform that some advisers use to digitize their practices. Vanare, which also announced Friday it's...

Alternative strategies fight index investors while longing for a 'black swan' event

November 17, 2016

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, when virtually every asset class morphed toward a suddenly singular correlation of declines, the case for diversifying into alternative investments has sounded logical. But, also ever since the financial...

Leveraging portfolios to take advantage of Donald Trump's policies

November 10, 2016

Protests in the streets and emotional outbursts notwithstanding, the craziest presidential election in modern history has officially come and gone. What we're left with, at least from a financial services perspective, is the immediate, near-,...

SEC uses F-Squared saga to drive home due diligence message

November 10, 2016

By now, the financial advice industry should be familiar with the story behind the rise and fall of F-Squared Investments, especially the fall part that left 13 advisory firms saddled with SEC fines. The short version of the story is that F-Squared...

Horizons ETF Management expands U.S. footprint with Recon Capital buy

November 4, 2016

Horizons ETF Management has entered into an agreement to acquire Recon Capital Advisors LLC in a move that illustrates the growing appeal of the U.S. ETF market. According to the terms of the agreement, the members of Recon Capital along with...

Morningstar cuts index benchmarking fees to zero

November 3, 2016

Morningstar Inc. is backing into the investment products price war by offering free access to more than 100 global equity indexes through the launch of its Open Indexes Project. This means asset managers, advisers and financial services firms...

BlackRock banks on cheaper ETFs

November 2, 2016

BlackRock's ETF price cut is proving to be an out-of-the-gate winner, according to the latest asset flows. The lowest-cost ETFs attract $5B Bank stocks are being singled out as most vulnerable in this election cycle. Bank stocks and the polls....

Guggenheim bond shop outperforms by taking fearless advantage of Fed policy

November 1, 2016

As Guggenheim Investments closes in on its five-year anniversary as a retail mutual fund shop, it continues to test the limits of bond-portfolio creativity and performance. This year through October, seven of Guggenheim's eight taxable actively...

AlphaCore mutual fund debut rides a long track record

October 31, 2016

Alternative investments shop AlphaCore Capital has made its mutual fund debut with an impressive five-and-a-half-year track record for a fund that technically has a history of just a few weeks, and only about $4 million in seed capital. Despite...

Why performance-chasing investors will love the new 5-year rolling averages

October 27, 2016

Investors are constantly reminded to not base future investments on past returns, but the fact that most still do could provide a boost for the markets, according to Jeffrey Kleintop, chief global investment strategist at Charles Schwab & Co....

Prudential Investments joins the fee-cut bandwagon

October 18, 2016

Prudential Investments has become the latest asset manager to jump on the lower-fees bandwagon, which is gaining momentum stemming from the release of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule last spring. Prudential announced fee cuts for...

Goldman Sachs sounds the alarm on bond duration risk

October 18, 2016

Goldman Sachs is sending out a warning on the realities of duration risk in bond portfolios. Now would be a good time to rethink that long-dated bond exposure. Just a modest backup in rates could inflict outsized losses. Regardless of which...

REIT investors brace for a December rate hike

October 13, 2016

A solid run for the real estate category this year, boosted by it becoming an eleventh sector of the S&P 500 Index, has lost some steam recently amid fresh concerns of a December interest rate hike. While most market watchers say such short-term...

Fidelity fires the latest salvo in ETF fee war

October 12, 2016

Fidelity Investments on Wednesday made the latest move in the exchange-traded fund fee war by removing commissions on “all the newly price-reduced U.S. iShares Core ETFs.” The announcement is promoted as building on Fidelity's alliance with...

Financial advisers miss the mark by measuring alternative investments against stock market

October 12, 2016

There are plenty of reasons for financial advisers to be leery of alternative investments, but most of them are related to a lack of understanding and comparisons to the wrong kinds of benchmarks. In the wake of an unprecedented bull market...

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