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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...

Advisers defend active investment management on Capitol Hill

February 15, 2019

Advocates for active investment management are lobbying lawmakers to ensure they don't lean toward passive products as the default investment in retirement savings legislation and other bills. Index investing, which was highlighted in the now-defunct...

Active fund managers underperform once again: S&P

April 12, 2017

Legendary Mets manager Casey Stengel once cried out, "Can't anyone here play this game?" Had he asked that about active fund managers, Standard & Poor's would once again reply, "No." S&P's semi-annual scorecard for active fund managers found...

Actively seeking opportunities in emerging markets

June 1, 2018

Despite recent news highlighting the threat of new trade wars and other potential instability around the world, the secular trends in emerging markets remain promising for long-term investors. Advisers seeking both diversification and growth...

Inside the S&P 500: Adds, drops and tall tales

July 8, 2015

Each year, about 20 to 25 stocks leave the S&P 500 and are replaced with other stocks that meet the guidelines for index membership. These changes usually are announced five trading days before the index change. Given the size of the asset pool...

BlackRock exploring funds that exclude gun makers, retailers

March 2, 2018

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, said it's exploring ideas for new funds, including index-based portfolios, that exclude gun makers and retailers. BlackRock is also working with clients that want to change or eliminate exposure...

'Beyond beta': better than 'smart'?

April 13, 2015

"Smart beta" is generating more and more traction as an investing category at the same time that the label continues to raise the hackles of the investing cognoscenti. (Once a strategy deviates from a traditional passive approach, doesn't it...

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...

Vanguard keeps its own management pay under wraps

January 19, 2017

With $3.9 trillion in assets under management, index fund pioneer Vanguard Group is an influential shareholder, able to weigh in on how executives across corporate America should be paid. At the same time, because of its unique corporate structure,...

S&P 500 evolves to reflect makeup of the economy

April 2, 2018

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has come a long way since 1957, the year it was introduced. An index fund wasn't even a twinkle in Jack Bogle's eye back then, and corporate America looked a whole lot different. For one thing, 400 of the companies...

S&P might drop some Russian stocks from indexes

August 7, 2014

Index funds might have to divest Russian securities under new sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control under a directive of President Obama to tighten pressure on the country in connection with separatist...

Active vs. passive: The case for both

January 22, 2019

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle started the debate about active versus passive investing when he created the first index fund in 1975. Hundreds of additional index funds, countless studies and one historic recession later, passive investing has...

Playing the stock index reshuffle game can cost investors

July 7, 2015

As asset management firms scratch for every possible edge in the dirt-cheap world of indexed investing, some passively managed strategies are becoming more active than others. Consider the slightly varied year-to-date performance of three popular...

Hillary Clinton's Tweet-induced biotech sell off has created buying opportunity

October 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton drew the attention of biotech investors recently when she tweeted out her angst over prescription drug prices, but, really, the Democratic presidential frontrunner was just adding water to a boat that's sprung a leak. At this...

Small cap stocks go large on dividend payouts

March 19, 2015

Dividend income is increasing from an unlikely source: small companies. It's a trend that has the potential to throw a wrench into traditional asset allocation models, and even add a performance boost to dividend-focused mutual funds as smaller...

NYSE shutdown: Advisers calm jittery clients

July 8, 2015

Financial advisers calmed anxious clients Wednesday after the New York Stock Exchange halted all trades shortly before noon, citing a technical malfunction. Some advisers let clients know that stocks continued to be traded on other exchanges...

June gloom looms for stocks: A buying opportunity?

June 1, 2015

June has been a bad month for stocks and this year looks to continue the pattern. June gloom looms. Should you buy any dips? What are U.S. fund managers up to? Tweaking portfolios Oil, oil everywhere. This month's OPEC meeting could be huge....

4 ways cash drags down investors' portfolios

March 31, 2015

It's pretty plain and simple: Cash is not a good investment for anything other than the very short term. After taxes, inflation and its current expected return (zero), you are actually losing money when you hold cash in your investment portfolio...

Stock buybacks, now propping up the market, could become a victim of rising interest rates

March 31, 2015

Of all the possible ripple effects from rising interest rates, the derailing of the corporate stock buyback bonanza could end up being the most significant in terms of stock market stability. “Don't be misled by the fundamental earnings picture,...

What active share can and can't tell you

May 3, 2018

Thanks to an agreement with former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, 13 fund companies will voluntarily disclose the active share calculation for their funds. What exactly does the calculation show you? Active share is the percentage...

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