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Running this bond ETF is like solving a $55 billion Rubik's Cube

May 22, 2018

If you think running a passive bond fund is a formulaic task that a robot could do, think again. When your underlying index is filled with thousands of fixed-income securities, tracking it isn't exactly a simple task. The crux of the problem:...

As it gets easier to start an ETF, is there still a role for white-label fund firms?

May 22, 2018

It's never been easier to start an exchange-traded fund — or so it seems. Just ask the two wannabe asset managers who are planning new funds by themselves, away from the third-party ETF expert they previously relied upon to usher them through...

The passive-investing bid for equities is roaring back

May 14, 2018

It's January all over again for the biggest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index. Last week about $5.7 billion poured into ETFs from State Street Corp., BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. linked to the U.S. equity gauge, the...

Short-dated Treasury ETFs see huge inflows

May 14, 2018

There are signs that the bull market's putative Achilles' heel — crisis-era short-term dollar funding costs — might heal soon. Thank heavy inflows into low-duration funds. Investors seeking to pare interest-rate risk poured a hefty $1.1...

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

May 11, 2018

Actively managed exchange-traded funds may be the investment of the future, but investors are greeting them with all the enthusiasm of a four-year-old faced with Brussels sprouts. Morningstar Inc. counts 247 actively managed ETFs in its database,...

Bond ETFs are awash in cash

May 1, 2018

Investors sought shelter in bonds over stocks in April on the heels of equity volatility and interest-rate fears. More than $14 billion was added to U.S.-listed exchange-traded debt funds last month, the most since October 2014, according to...

'Father of ETFs' warns about leveraged funds

April 30, 2018

Jim Ross, known as one of the fathers of exchange-traded funds, says leveraged ETFs aren't a viable long-term investment vehicle, and his company, State Street Global Advisors, will never sell them. Mr. Ross, who was part of the team that designed...

SEC bars Howard Present, former head of F-Squared Investments

April 30, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Howard B. Present, former chief executive of F-Squared Investments, from all segments of the securities industry over which it has direct or indirect regulatory authority. In an administrative...

U.S. exchange-traded products slowed in first quarter on market volatility

April 24, 2018

U.S. exchange-traded product assets paused their rapid growth during the first quarter after market volatility led to about $3 billion in net outflows in March and $10.6 billion in February. The 0.5% quarter-over-quarter growth rate was the...

Multifactor ETFs thrive, but how do you use them?

April 20, 2018

Multifactor ETFs, which combine several investment strategies, are the hottest trend in the fund industry today. But the big question for advisers is how to integrate them in a portfolio. Factor investing began with using just one strategy to...

Investing in virtue is hard when few companies qualify

April 18, 2018

It's not easy being a socially conscious investor. To see why, look no further than Facebook Inc. By any reasonable ethical standard, the social media giant doesn't measure up. The Cambridge Analytica debacle and its aftermath revealed that...

Do investors know Barclays is shutting their ETN?

April 11, 2018

If you own an exchange-traded note sold by Barclays, go check your mail. Now. The British bank is retiring or replacing roughly half of its U.S. offerings Thursday, according to statements from the company. The plan affects 50 ETNs with about...

Pacer rolls out ETF that invests in veteran-friendly employers

April 10, 2018

Pacer ETFs has launched an exchange-traded fund that invests in companies with the best hiring records for veterans — a first for environmental, social and governance funds. The Pacer Military Times Best Employers ETF (VETS) selects publicly...

To invest during a trade war, think local and think small

April 9, 2018

How do you invest for a trade war? The current consensus, at least as measured by ETF returns, is to think U.S. and to think small. President Donald J. Trump fired the first salvo on trade March 9 when he announced $25 billion in tariffs on...

Smart-beta funds get mixed reviews in first quarter

March 30, 2018

Smart-beta exchange-traded funds, which use rules from active management to guide their securities selection, have been the hottest product in the industry. So how did they do in the first quarter, one of the most volatile quarters in years?...

Dividend ETF sees 27th week of inflows

March 20, 2018

Investors continue to bet that interest rates won't shoot through the psychological 3% barrier. One sign: their long-running love affair with a dividend-focused equity exchange-traded fund. The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) took in...

ETF outflows show growing distaste for U.S. dollar

March 20, 2018

Here's one sign that investors remain hostile to the dollar: Buyers of U.S.-listed funds are rushing into European and Japanese stocks without currency protection. Money managers have pulled $2.1 billion from the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity...

Lawsuit over exchange-traded note shows peril in democratized investing

March 19, 2018

XIV, the now infamous exchange-traded note that imploded last month, is dead and buried. But its legacy lives on in the court system. Credit Suisse Group, which issued the derivative-based product, was sued this week by an investor accusing...

Smart-beta ETFs are hot for teachers

February 28, 2018

An unlikely superstar is emerging in the battle for ETF supremacy: the professor. Over the last six months, the $3.6 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund industry has plucked several prominent academics out of the classroom and put them on the...

Worried about rising rates? These ETFs may offer limited value

February 26, 2018

If you were to meet an alien from newly discovered exoplanet Ross 128 b, the one thing he's likely to know about Earth is that interest rates are rising. But would he know how to invest in a rising-rate environment? Probably not. He wouldn't...

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