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ETF branding deals raise questions

October 9, 2000

Fortune magazine has a reputation for hard-hitting business journalism. Would it be the same if the magazine had a stake in a used-car lot? How about exchange-traded funds? You won't find the magazine hawking Buicks -- at least not for now --...

Short Interests: Top FPA execs take global junkets

October 2, 2000

Two of the Financial Planning Association's leaders were overseas last week to help spread the good word about their industry. Guy Cumbie, president-elect of the Atlanta-based trade organization, visited Tokyo to meet with leaders from the Japanese...

ONE ON ONE: "I'm very much a believer in value investing, both large-cap and small-cap"

March 27, 2000

To day traders and market timers, exchange-traded funds are a godsend. The funds, which trade continuously through the day like stocks but look much like index mutual funds, have surged in popularity over the last several years, pulling in $31...

Market-neutral turned market-sour for most of last year

February 21, 2000

Most market-neutral managers were pounded in 1999, victims of the unprecedented split between value and growth stocks. A few bettered their Treasury bill benchmark of 4.7% -- including Symphony Asset Management of San Francisco, whose Overture...

Schwab adviser unit roiled by turnover

February 7, 2000

Charles Schwab Corp.'s $213 billion institutional unit is wrestling with the loss of more than a third of the senior managers who serve many of the company's biggest fee-based adviser customers. The turnover and downsizing come at a particularly...

Widget Watch / New Products, Services

February 7, 2000

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has added six additional cities and Cooling Degree Day indexes to its weather futures contract listings. The Merc now lists both Heating Degree Day and CDD indexes for ten cities, adding Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia,...

Movers: Hirings, promotions

January 24, 2000

Movers * American Express Retirement Services in Minneapolis has named Lisa A. Costa, 42, senior portfolio manager of the AXP Growth Fund. She had been a portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton in San Francisco. * Limitrader Securities Inc.,...

Movers: Hirings, Promotions

January 10, 2000

* Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York has named Christine Donovan, 34, head of securities lending in Boston. She founded and was president of Boston Global Advisors Inc., now a division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. * Sydney Futures Exchange...

Fund managers mix in more exotic breeds

December 13, 1999

Despite three interest rate hikes in the last year, income from bonds is still paltry compared to that from go-go growth equities, sending some funds far afield in a search for yield. Among the tactics: buying the junkiest junk bonds for higher...

NEW JOBS

November 1, 1999

Berwind Investment Management LP in Philadelphia has appointed Hal Chappell, 54, managing director. He most recently headed Performance Measurement Associates Inc. in Philadelphia. Putnam Lovell de Guardiola & Thornton in San Francisco has named...

IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BE AN INDEXER: WHAT DO YOU BID FOR 12 NERDS?

November 1, 1999

Quantitative and passive managers and support staff, once considered the geeks and bores of the money management world, are suddenly its darlings. Beginning in July with the raid of a 12-member team from Bankers Trust Co. -- now Deutsche Asset...

USING THE WEB TO SNARE BIGGER GAME: TOP MONEY MANAGERS FINALLY LOOK TO INTERNET TO ATTRACT AND SERVE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR

October 18, 1999

While consumer financial services have been leading other industries in Internet involvement, their institutional investment counterparts have continued to rely almost exclusively on off-line marketing and customer service tactics. Until now....

YOUNGER BOGLE AIMS TO TURN INFANT FUND INTO A TODDLER: VANGUARD FOUNDER'S SON SAILING ON OWN WITH SMALL-CAP OFFERING

October 18, 1999

John C. Bogle Jr. has nothing if not name recognition. His father founded Vanguard Group nearly 25 years ago and turned it into a mutual fund operation second only to Fidelity Investments with $500 billion under management, But the younger Mr....

HOW INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS CAN WORK

May 31, 1999

The mutual fund industry as a whole hasn't embraced the idea of private accounts for Social Security, but some fund companies nevertheless are pushing proposals for making the accounts cost-effective. One of them, State Street Global Advisors...

FLIP SIDE: JUNE DEADLINE LOOMS FOR TRUST SWAPS: SWITCHING FROM BONDS TO STOCKS COULD AID BOTH DONOR AND CHARITY

May 10, 1999

Charities are scrambling against a June 8 deadline in an effort to lure fence-sitters to swap a popular estate-planning vehicle that encourages gifts to charity for another that may prove more lucrative for donor and charity alike. Donors have...

I.A.M. FUND INVESTS IN COMPANIES FRIENDLY TO MACHINISTS: STATE ST. BANKS ON UNION LABEL

April 19, 1999

State Street Corp., the top U.S. pension manager, has come up with a new turn in socially aware investing. The Boston bank's Global Advisors unit is hawking a mutual fund called IAM Shares. Its portfolio will comprise primarily companies that...

"THE WALL STREET CONSPIRACY...IT DOESN'T REALLY EXIST"

February 22, 1999

William Shipman may well be called Wall Street's ambassador on Social Security. The problem is, most of Wall Street doesn't seem to be following him, at least openly. Since he joined State Street Global Advisors as a principal in 1993, Mr. Shipman...

WALL STREET, MUTUAL FUNDS GET REMINDER OF LABOR'S PENSION CLOUT: UNIONS TARGET SOC SEC REFORMERS

February 1, 1999

Unions are turning up the heat on the nation's biggest financial firms to keep them from supporting the use of payroll taxes to fund individual Social Security accounts. Top officials of the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County...

PRIVATIZE, YES; INDEX FUNDS, NO; INDUSTRY: GIVE WORKERS SOCIAL SECURITY CHOICE BUT DON'T GO THAT FAR

January 25, 1999

The securities industry wants American workers to be able to choose where to invest their Social Security taxes, unless of course they choose one of the cheapest kinds of investments: index mutual funds. One of the leading plans for setting...

SURPRISE! DECEMBER ASSET EXITS NOT EVEN HALF WHAT HAD BEEN FEARED: HEDGE FUND MASSACRE JUST A BRUISE

January 25, 1999

`Despite dire predictions that hedge funds would suffer massive yearend redemptions, investors pulled out only around 10% of their assets in December. That's less than half the level predicted after stock market turmoil and a bond liquidity...

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