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The ETF liquidity mirage

June 15, 2016

“Wall Street Turns to ETFs to Sidestep Illiquidity in Bond Market” ran a recent Bloomberg headline. Because the ability to trade individual bonds is degrading, the story reported, investors are piling record dollars into global bond ETFs....

Finra orders Oppenheimer & Co. to pay $2.9M for unsuitable sales of nontraditional ETFs

June 8, 2016

Finra has hit Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. with a $2.25 million fine and ordered the firm to pay more than $716,000 to affected customers for selling leveraged, inverse and inverse-leveraged exchange-traded funds without reasonable supervision, and...

Pimco's new catchphrase to sum up the global economy: stable, but not secure

June 2, 2016

PIMCO has a new investment catchphrase: Stable, but not secure. The Newport Beach, Calif. investment giant's most recent outlook calls for growing and heightened uncertainty, thanks in part because governmental policies have reached the point...

Small-cap stocks gaining momentum while rates stay low

June 1, 2016

Small-cap stocks and funds that track them have started to outperform, and it might be connected to the Fed's downward revision on 2016 rate hikes. Prolonged periods of low interest rates tend to benefit smaller companies with cheap debt on...

Passive funds see big inflows in April

May 26, 2016

Assets in exchange-traded funds grew 1.7% in April to $2.2 trillion, but investors continue to hate stocks: April's big winners were bonds. Cerulli Associates estimates that investors poured $3.1 billion to bond ETFs in April and yanked a net...

Don't let the fickle Fed hamstring your bond portfolio

May 26, 2016

There are ways to protect your bond holdings from the whims of the Federal Reserve. Think stocks instead of bonds, and invest in other parts of the world. Venture capital investors poured in a record $63 billion last year. Where did it all go?...

ETF boon under DOL fiduciary rule won't be universal

May 25, 2016

Exchange-traded funds will likely benefit in a big way from the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, but not all ETF products will reap the rewards. The fiduciary regulation, which raises investment advice standards for retirement accounts, will...

Robo platforms create a new headache for human advisers: wash sales

May 24, 2016

As the robo-advice industry continues to expand to a broader universe of investors, financial advisers might have to start watching out for a well-worn obstacle known as wash sales. The wash sale rule, which prohibits investors from repurchasing...

Bond ETFs brace for a June rate hike

May 24, 2016

Interest rates are still a long way from anything that could be considered normal, but with the Fed teasing out a rate hike next month there's reason to be mindful of certain bond portfolios. You don't have to banish bond ETFs. The millennials...

SEC zeroes in on ETF risks and mutual fund charges

May 20, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering enhanced regulation of exchange-traded funds, including assessing how they're sold to investors, and is looking into whether mutual funds can improve transparency of fees and expenses, chairwoman...

Oppenheimer's shuttered fund spotlights challenges for commodity strategies

May 13, 2016

The roller coast ride continues for investors in commodity-focused funds, as witnessed Wednesday with the announced liquidation of the 19-year-old Oppenheimer Commodity Strategy Total Return Fund (QRAAX). Even though the category, as tracked...

Why the DOL fiduciary rule will lead to more ETF innovation

May 12, 2016

Everyone is talking about the U.S. Department of Labor's final fiduciary rule and related Best Interest Contract Exemption (BICE). Some like them, some really don't. It's still early, but the emerging consensus seems to be that much of the industry...

The DOL fiduciary rule will forever change financial advice, and the industry has to adapt

May 9, 2016

Americans won hard-fought protections regarding the purity of their retirement advice last month. Now it's up to the nation's financial advisers to decide whether they'll meet the letter — and spirit — of the historic investor protection...

Cerulli finds that financial advisers do better when sticking with in-house products

May 6, 2016

Brokerage and wirehouse reps that bypass the in-house asset allocation models might be selling their clients short, according to the latest research from Cerulli Associates. An analysis of the in-house packaged programs compared to what reps...

Gender diversity becomes an investment strategy

May 4, 2016

Gender diversity becomes a hot ticket in the ETF space. In the wake of the March launch of the SPDR SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE), out rolls the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equity Index. The Bloomberg index, which is not yet...

House overwhelmingly approves bill to expand distribution of ETF research

April 29, 2016

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill this week that would allow wider distribution of research reports about exchange-traded funds. In a 411-6 vote Thursday, the House passed a measure that allows broker-dealers to provide...

The active management edge is found furthest from the benchmark

April 21, 2016

The decade-long run of money moving out of actively managed mutual funds in favor of passive indexes and exchange-traded products speaks volumes about investors' palate for active management these days. Clearly, the bull market has not been...

Taking a cue from insiders on strategic-beta ETFs

April 17, 2016

It's no secret that strategic-beta exchange-traded products have become a pervasive part of the marketplace, rewarding investors with innovative tools to diversify and fine-tune portfolios in ways traditional market-capitalization-weighted indexes...

Increased SEC scrutiny may be making ETF providers uncomfortable

April 17, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission has its eye on the exchange-traded fund industry, and that increased scrutiny may be making ETF providers uncomfortable. The SEC is concerned about three areas: trading during exceptionally volatile periods,...

Investors poured $32 billion into bonds in March with Vanguard, BlackRock dominating

April 15, 2016

Investors poured an estimated $31.9 billion into bond funds in March, and investment advisers did much of the pouring. The inflow to bond funds was the most since January 2013, when bond funds saw a net $32.6 billion come in, says Morningstar,...

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