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Online security ETFs surge in face of cyberattacks

May 15, 2017

Call it the flight to cyber-safety. After a wave of global online attacks over the weekend, companies such as FireEye Inc. that provide software security services gained Monday on speculation the exposed weaknesses may trigger a surge in security...

More ETFs getting put on deathwatch

May 3, 2017

According to the Morningstar database, 471 exchange-traded funds have been shuffled off to the dustbin of history in the past five years. How do you know if an ETF is headed towards the Choir Invisible? And how much does it matter? The growth...

Trump agenda spawns new ETFs that align with his policies

May 1, 2017

The first hundred days of Donald Trump's presidency have seen a slew of new exchange-traded funds that seek to capitalize on the administration's policies and platforms. A few have proven to be decent bets. Thematic ETFs have proliferated as...

John Bogle says investors don't need to own international stocks​

April 29, 2017

John Bogle founded The Vanguard Group — the nation's largest mutual fund company, introduced the world to index funds, and has saved investors trillions of dollars in fees and commissions. And he doesn't care for international investing. "Everyone...

Smart-beta ETFs shine

April 29, 2017

Smart-beta ETFs​ have been the fund industry's latest passion. That's not usually a good thing: A rush of new funds in a particular area is usually a prelude to a long period of buyer's remorse from investors and mockery from the press. So...

Is it time to go international?

April 29, 2017

The question for advisers now: When will the hurting stop? More importantly, if international investing is worthwhile, what do you need to tell clients? No less a personality than John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, has expressed skepticism...

Vanguard fires another salvo in the fee war

April 28, 2017

Vanguard announced another round of fee reductions today as the mutual fund price war rages on. The nation's largest fund company lowered the expense ratio on four share classes of the nation's largest mutual fund, the $550-billion Vanguard...

BlackRock's two-tier ETF pricing system is working

April 26, 2017

BlackRock Inc. signaled its willingness to engage in a price war last October by cutting fees on 15 exchange-traded funds, going head-to-head with faster-growing ETF rivals Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab Corp. in the fight for investors flocking...

Vanguard, iShares dominate ETFs in April

April 25, 2017

If you're an ETF provider, you'd probably like to have one of your products be on the list of the 10 highest asset flows for the year. Good luck with that. So far this year, Vanguard and iShares are the only ETF producers on the list of the...

Investors pour into bond funds in March

April 12, 2017

You'd expect that after an eight-year bull market and a massive first-quarter stock rally, investors would be pouring more money into stock funds than bond funds. You'd be wrong. Investors yanked an estimated $5.2 billion from U.S. open-ended...

Record $132 billion flowed into ETFs in first quarter

April 4, 2017

Inflows into exchange-traded funds totaled a record-breaking $132 billion from January through March, beating the previous record of $106 billion set in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to State Street Global Advisors. Inflows of $35.5...

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...

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...

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-,...

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