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BlackRock is the winner and loser in this bond ETF fee fight

October 1, 2018

The fee fight continues in ETF land. But now it's happening within fund firms themselves. BlackRock Inc.'s $2.2 billion iShares Broad USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (USIG) took in a record $624 million last Tuesday. It appears that...

BlackRock, Thomson Reuters launch new diversity and inclusion ETF

September 24, 2018

BlackRock Inc. and Thomson Reuters are partnering on a new exchange-traded fund that invests in companies that promote diversity and inclusion practices. The new iShares Thomson Reuters Inclusion & Diversity UCITS ETF (OPEN) tracks an index...

How to get investors excited about ESG ETFs

September 18, 2018

Let's be honest: Exchange-traded funds that focus on environmental, social and governance have been a giant dud. They only have about $6 billion in assets, or just 0.2% of all money invested in ETFs, despite to-die-for PR that eludes most categories....

Popularity of collateralized loan obligations widens thanks to demand from rich

September 5, 2018

Some of the world's wealthiest clans have been throwing their money into an esoteric piece of financial engineering that has Wall Street in its thrall. They're called collateralized loan obligations, and they transform riskier company loans...

Fidelity sees two zero-fee index funds rake in almost $1 billion in first month

September 4, 2018

Investors poured almost $1 billion into Fidelity Investments' two zero-fee index funds in their first month of operation. The Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund attracted $753.5 million through Aug. 31, while the Fidelity Zero International...

Money managers prep for $1.5 trillion in corporate cash

August 17, 2018

The biggest U.S. asset managers are going head-to-head to win a piece of a $1.5 trillion corporate cash comeback. That's the sum companies are expected to bring onshore under the U.S. tax overhaul passed last year, according to Invesco estimates....

Active money management isn't going to disappear

August 13, 2018

There's a line of argument in the financial press that suggests that active money management is dying, a victim of high fees and underperformance versus low-cost indexing that captures average market returns. News flash: This is anything but...

Many of the best financial jobs for women aren't on Wall Street

August 10, 2018

Women who want to manage money seem to be having better luck doing it someplace other than Wall Street. U.S. firms with the highest share of female portfolio managers are located thousands of miles from Manhattan, according to new Morningstar...

Big finance firms want in on theme ETFs

August 8, 2018

A colorful corner of the $3.6 trillion market for exchange-traded funds is going mainstream, thanks to some of the world's biggest finance firms. State Street Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are planning a series of ETFs with themes that...

Vanguard exec: Investors should look for 'the catch' in Fidelity's no-fee funds

August 3, 2018

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the free funds unveiled by Fidelity Investments this week, according to Vanguard Group chief investment officer Greg Davis. Vanguard's rival stoked the investing industry price war Wednesday by...

Fidelity's zero-fee funds unleash the power of free

August 2, 2018

Fidelity Investments fired a shot heard around the investing world Wednesday: It announced it would roll out two index mutual funds Friday that charge no fees. Both funds will track market cap-weighted Fidelity indexes. The Fidelity Zero Total...

Fidelity's zero-cost funds raise issues for 401(k) advisers

August 2, 2018

Fidelity Investments is making 401(k) advisers' lives a little more complicated. The Boston-based behemoth dropped some eye-popping news Wednesday: as of Friday, it will begin offering two index mutual funds with a price tag of 0.00%. Yes, funds...

Invesco joins the do-it-yourself indexing trend

July 26, 2018

In the cut-throat world of exchange-traded funds, it pays to keep up with the Joneses. Invesco Ltd., the fourth-largest issuer in the U.S., is starting eight fixed-income ETFs backed by benchmarks designed by the firm, following the likes of...

Focus Financial IPO falls short of expectations

July 26, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' initial offering price of $33 was bid up by investors when the stock started trading Thursday afternoon. Despite the below-target offering price, the stock closed its first day of trading at $37.55, representing a 13.8%...

The regulatory hole around ETFs gets SEC scrutiny

July 19, 2018

A regulator's work is never done — and when it comes to exchange-traded funds, it seems it's only just begun. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is working on an ETF-specific oversight regime and considering reviving a proposal...

JPMorgan ups its ETF game

July 17, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally gaining ground in the competitive ETF landscape with its BetaBuilder brand. Two of the lender's exchange-traded funds — the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) and the JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF (BBEU)...

BlackRock sees outflows from equity products

July 16, 2018

BlackRock Inc. saw outflows from equity products in the second quarter, as well as slower inflows into its exchange-traded funds as investors reacted to market uncertainty. Clients pulled $22.4 billion from BlackRock's equity products during...

Bond market portends end of boom times

July 9, 2018

It's abundantly clear that Americans as a whole are experiencing the best economy since the Great Recession. U.S. employers are adding so many workers that more people are growing encouraged to enter the labor force. Wage growth is well above...

Midsize asset managers face a squeeze

July 6, 2018

Rumors of the demise of medium-sized asset managers have proved to be greatly exaggerated, so far. But in the next five years, a combination of rising costs, a stagnant pool of profit and dwindling revenue will hasten a divide in the industry...

Goldman Sachs poses new threat to active mutual fund managers

July 5, 2018

Truly passive index and exchange-traded funds are winning over many financial advisers. There are some holdouts among these middlemen who look after perhaps as much as $25 trillion. They are not rushing to move their clients into cheap beta-style...

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