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ETF that doesn't reveal its assets poised to get SEC OK

April 9, 2019

An exchange-traded fund that doesn't have to reveal its assets is poised to get the regulator's blessing after a more than four-year wait. The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to issue an order granting Precidian Funds permission for...

Factor investing gets a reboot as ebbing demand bites at ETFs

April 5, 2019

A rough start to the year for more than $850 billion exchange-traded funds with quantitative strategies is fueling a product rethink. Smart-beta stock ETFs, which use characteristics such as a company's value, size or momentum to direct investments,...

Morningstar improving bond fund data reporting

April 4, 2019

Morningstar Inc. is changing up the way it reports fixed-income data for investors and financial advisers. The switch relates to how Morningstar, which provides data and research on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, reports important fixed-income...

Active managers stumble in March after hot start to 2019

April 3, 2019

For active managers who spent the year's first two months rediscovering their super powers, March was kryptonite. Stock-picking mutual funds have watched it all turn tragic over the last four weeks, with two-thirds trailing benchmarks, upending...

Looking beyond the S&P 500: Time to refresh portfolios, benchmarks

April 3, 2019

An inflection point looms for investors, making it an excellent time for advisers and clients to consider some of the remaining fallout from the decade-long bull market — namely, an overreliance on the S&P 500 Index as both an asset class...

Alternative strategies earn their keep over six months of market extremes

April 3, 2019

It has been at least five years since Dick Pfister can recall a six-month period that has been so favorable to alternative investment strategies. Mr Pfister, founder and president of AlphaCore Capital, a firm that allocates between 15% and 30%...

How mid-cap growth funds owned the first quarter

April 2, 2019

The often overlooked and under-allocated mid-cap growth fund category cranked out one of its rare high notes during the first three months of 2019, with an 18.4% return that beat the eight other equity style boxes. Mid-cap growth's performance...

Demand for growth stocks produces record inflows for ETF

April 1, 2019

The best quarter for U.S. stocks in a decade has come to a close, but signs are emerging that the appetite for risk may have room to grow. It's apparent in the rush of investors trying to get access to growth stocks, a strategy that was pummeled...

Some mutual fund investors might unwittingly already own shares of Lyft

March 28, 2019

As ride-sharing company Lyft closes in on its initial public offering, financial advisers and investors could be surprised to learn they might already own a piece of the company through a mutual fund. According to Morningstar, there are 36 mutual...

Latest price-war salvo pegs fees to low-risk performance

March 28, 2019

Westwood Holdings Group, a $16.6 billion Dallas-based asset manager, is hoping to catch a ride on the price-war bandwagon with a managed-account fee model that links fees to the risk taken by the portfolio manager. To underscore the lack of...

Bots are forging the next generation of index funds

March 26, 2019

Kensho Technologies was focused on analyzing North Korean missile launches, earthquakes and elections when John van Moyland joined in 2014. The Central Intelligence Agency was among its early backers. Now its focus has shifted to finance. S&P...

BlackRock invests in pot stock

March 22, 2019

BlackRock Inc. funds are wading into the fast-growing cannabis industry as institutional investors grapple with betting on weed. Five actively managed BlackRock funds have become the largest institutional investor in Curaleaf Holdings Inc.,...

401(k) managed accounts becoming more diverse

March 21, 2019

Some record keepers of defined-contribution retirement plans are diversifying the managed-account products they offer to employers and their employees in a bid to boost uptake and diversify their revenue streams in an environment of fee compression,...

As cash-back ETF hits funds market, signs of trouble appear

March 20, 2019

There's a whiff of desperation among asset managers in their seemingly never-ending war on fund fees. Last week, one ETF upstart created a minor splash by doing what was once unthinkable — offering to pay investors to buy into its exchange-traded...

Goldman to buy S&P portfolio unit to boost ETF sales

March 19, 2019

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to buy a new distribution channel for its expanding roster of exchange-traded funds. The acquisition of Standard & Poor's Investment Advisory Services gives the bank another vehicle to bring its funds to investors...

Saudi Arabia global ranking boosted by ETFs in US, UK

March 19, 2019

Exchange-traded funds in the U.S. and the U.K. focused on Saudi Arabian equities are piling up new money this year, placing the Middle Eastern kingdom high in a global ranking. A London-based ETF and another that trades in New York together...

ESG options scarce in 401(k) plans

March 16, 2019

By virtually any measure, the demand for socially conscious investment products has never been greater. Thanks in large part to support from women and young investors, investment strategies that focus on environmental, social and governance...

529 plans also miss the boat when it comes to ESG

March 16, 2019

If​ ever there was a market ripe for ESG investments, it would seem to be the 529 college savings program, which turns 20 this year. Even though most contributors to college savings plans are young parents who tend to be more conscious of...

ESG funds have never been cheaper as Vanguard sets off fee war

March 15, 2019

The price war has come to socially conscious investing. BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank's DWS Group have slashed fees for exchange-traded funds that track companies performing well on environmental, social and governance criteria....

10 funds with the largest holdings of Boeing

March 14, 2019

Boeing Co. has been hit hard since one of its Max 737 jetliners crashed in Ethiopia Sunday, the second instance of a fatal crash involving that type of plane in less than five months. Countries around the world decided to ground 737 Max planes...

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