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ETF giant launches 401(k) plan invasion

June 11, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — With help from Barclays Global Investors, a California 401(k) record keeper has created a new platform intended to break the mutual fund stranglehold on the 401(k) market. BenefitStreet Inc. announced the launch of its platform...

SSgA sweetens pay for wholesalers on ETFs

June 11, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO — In an effort to catch industry leader Barclays Global Investors, State Street Global Advisors has raised the wholesalers’ compensation for effecting the sale of exchange traded funds and lowered the amount it pays for effecting...

New exchange traded note tracks covered calls

June 11, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — In a further sign of how exchange traded products are chasing more exotic strategies, Barclays Bank PLC of London has unveiled an exchange traded note that provides investors with exposure to a covered-call-writing strategy....

Fund-of-ETFs based on Lipper indexes

June 6, 2007

Hennion & Walsh Inc. today introduced fund-of-ETFs mutual funds based on indexes created by Lipper Inc. The SmartGrowth Lipper Funds include Optimal Conservative, Optimal Moderate and Optimal Growth indexes, with each one closely tracking one...

WisdomTree creates real estate ETFs

June 5, 2007

WisdomTree Investments today announced the launch a new dividend-weighted exchange traded fund that invests in international real estate. The WisdomTree International Real Estate Fund tracks an index that is comprised of approximately 224 dividend...

ETFs are finding favor among brokers

June 4, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — The recent setting aside of the broker-dealer exemption rule could make the brokerage community one of the hottest markets for exchange traded funds — a dramatic reversal from the way ETFs were viewed by brokers just a few years...

New 401(k) platform features iShares

May 29, 2007

A new 401(k) retirement plan solution featuring iShares exchange traded funds from Barclays Global Investors of San Francisco is now available to plan sponsors and independent advisers. BenefitStreet Inc., a San Ramon, Calif.-based 401(k) record...

Slim pickings for Russell 2000 arbitrageurs

May 29, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — Arbitrageurs looking to profit from the annual reconstitution of the small-cap Russell 2000 Index next month will have a more difficult time of it this year, according to some industry experts. That’s good news for the average...

First Trust places a wager on the alpha craze

May 29, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — First Trust Advisors LP is betting that investors will want exchange traded funds that seek alpha. The Lisle, Ill.-based firm launched 16 ETFs this month pegged to AlphaDEX indexes, designed to better their benchmarks. But claiming...

Lipper launches target-risk ETFs

May 23, 2007

Lipper Inc. of New York announced today it has created a suite of target-risk fund benchmarks made up exclusively of exchange traded funds. The five new indexes are objective, risk-based tools comprised of ETFs whose historical returns, correlations,...

AMEX debuts ETFs by First Trust

May 10, 2007

The American Stock Exchange began trading 17 exchange traded funds managed by First Trust Advisors LP this morning. Sixteen of the funds, called AlphaDEX funds, are designed to track the performance of a group of custom "enhanced" indexes created...

Active ETFs likely to receive a European tryout

May 7, 2007

LONDON — The first active exchange traded funds might be introduced in the United States within the next three to six months, according to sources close to negotiations between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bear Stearns Asset Management...

Forget skill; fees drive bond fund returns

April 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — It is a message he has delivered many times before, but industry experts said John C. Bogle’s continued assertion that bond funds on average are too expensive deserves special attention in the current market. The reason is that...

Smith Barney creates ETF model portfolios

April 30, 2007

New York-based Smith Barney’s Consulting Group has launched eight model portfolios that invest in exchange traded funds: the CG Select ETF Allocations. “We believe this is one of the industry's first model portfolio programs to offer active...

Claymore introduces two ETFs

April 26, 2007

Claymore Securities Inc. of Lisle, Ill., today announced the launch of two new exchange traded funds: the Claymore/Clear Mid-Cap Growth Index ETF, and the Claymore/IndexIQ Small-Cap Value ETF. The Claymore/Clear Mid-Cap Growth Index ETF follows...

Two high-yield funds aim to help hedge risk

April 23, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — At a time when many financial advisers think that investors should stay away from high-yield bonds because they are too risky, along come two high-yield products that investors can use to hedge some of that risk. Rydex Investments...

Natural gas exchange-traded security launched

April 18, 2007

Victoria Bay Asset Management LLC of Alameda, Calif, announced today the launch of the United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG), an exchange-traded security based on natural gas. “UNG intends to invest primarily in those futures contracts that...

Sale of parent Mellon has Dreyfus in flux

April 16, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — With the acquisition of the parent company due to close in July, the future of the storied Dreyfus Corp. still is uncertain. Although the Dreyfus brand will survive after its Pittsburgh-based parent, Mellon Financial Corp., is...

WisdomTree to launch 401(k) platform for ETFs

April 16, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — WisdomTree Investments Inc. is planning to roll out a platform designed to get exchange traded funds into 401(k) plans. The exact details of the platform, which is expected to be launched in September or October, are still being...

Changes in 401(k) world may open the door for ETFs

April 9, 2007

NEW YORK — Although exchange traded funds are growing at a torrid rate, with a new offering almost daily, one area where ETF growth has been slow is in retirement accounts. That might be about to change. A number of developments in the 401(k)...

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