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ETF providers quietly dial back production

August 22, 2019

When it comes to exchange-traded funds, the asset management industry has been experiencing what sports franchises might call a rebuilding year, as some of the most prolific ETF providers have been dialing back on new product launches. ETF.com...

How are low-volatility funds weathering the market turmoil?

August 6, 2019

The jarring start to August for stocks has presented an ideal test for increasingly popular factor-based investing strategies that are designed to help advisers customize client portfolios. A random sampling of exchange traded funds that target...

ETF trading spikes to 2019 highs as Trump, Fed rattle stocks

August 2, 2019

The renewed bout of equity volatility sent exchange-traded fund volumes through the roof this week. More than 142 million shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) changed hands Thursday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That was the...

Leveraged and inverse ETFs may be too risky to sell, says state regulator group

July 31, 2019

The North American Securities Administrators Association is alerting broker-dealers that they should carefully consider whether to permit purchases of leverage and/or inverse exchange-traded funds in retail customer accounts. (More:​ Vanguard...

ETF strategists getting crowded out by big asset managers

July 25, 2019

With the flick of his wrist, Richard Michaud flashes his Apple Watch and presses on its sleek black screen. In a few taps, green and red squiggles appear, revealing how the market performed that day. But this isn't a benchmark like the S&P 500...

Top 50 fixed-income mutual funds, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 Eaton Vance Emerging Markets Local Income Fund;A (EEIAX) 7.45% 10.18% 5.31% $1,019.00 1.22% 2 Vanguard Extended...

Top 50 fixed-income ETFs, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF (ZROZ) 7.84% 14.18% 0.95% $265.30 0.15% 2 iShares 10+ Year...

Top 50 equity ETFs, second quarter 2019

July 20, 2019

Ranked by quarterly returns Name/ticker 3-month return 1-year return 3-year annualized return Portfolio net assets ($M) Expense ratio* 1 Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY) 39.27% -39.69% N/A $4.30 0.15% 2 iPath Exchange Traded Notes Global...

Stock investors make $6 billion bet on S&P 500 ETFs

July 16, 2019

With U.S. stocks at record highs, investors are betting that the party will continue. The three largest exchange-traded funds that track the S&P 500 Index took in a combined $6.2 billion last week, just as the benchmark topped 3,000 for the...

Correcting three misconceptions about ETFs

July 8, 2019

There are probably no hard numbers to prove it but I'm guessing the odds are good that, despite the increasing popularity of exchange traded funds, most investors don't really understand the mechanics of them. It's not that being an expert in...

Fidelity adds low-cost funds, stepping up fee war

July 16, 2019

Fidelity Investments is stepping up its rivalry with Vanguard Group by launching five new index mutual funds with expense ratios it says are lower than the equivalent products at its competitor. Tuesday, Fidelity, which has $2.8 trillion under...

Critics concerned with pending second wave of SEC share-class crackdown

July 16, 2019

As the Securities and Exchange Commission conducts investigations for the second round of its crackdown on inadequate mutual fund payment disclosures, critics are asserting the agency is engaging in rulemaking by enforcement. Earlier this year,...

Tiny ETF beats tech and everything else in second quarter

July 12, 2019

Forget oil, bonds and tech — if you wanted to make the most money from an exchange-traded fund last quarter, it was the market for transporting iron ore to China where investors really hit the jackpot. The Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF returned...

Trade-war threat presents opportunities for energy investments

May 23, 2019

The looming threat of a global trade war could create a unique speed bump for the rallying master limited partnership fund category, but the next move in navigating the slippery energy sector depends on your outlook for oil prices. Mutual funds...

LPL cuts ticket charge for some ETFs on key RIA platforms

May 30, 2019

LPL Financial said on Thursday it was making another move to attract assets by cutting transaction charges on exchange-traded funds on two key advisory platforms for advisers from $9.00 to $4.95. The new pricing will go into effect in the second...

The growth of factor-based investing

May 18, 2019

The steady migration of investor assets out of actively managed mutual funds and into passively managed exchange-traded funds is fueling the growth of factor-based investing, an old idea that has taken on new appeal for financial advisers and...

Tax considerations when gifting stock

June 19, 2019

Gifting stock to friends and family members can be tricky — there are several ways investors can get tripped up and make a poor decision from a tax standpoint. Below are some considerations for financial advisers to ensure their clients are...

Finra bars former America Northcoast rep over unsuitable ETF trades

May 10, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred Dominic Tropiano, a former broker with American Northcoast Securities in Cleveland, Ohio, for making trades without customer knowledge in nontraditional ETFs that were unsuitable for...

ETF investors see gyrating markets over next six months

May 10, 2019

A majority (61%) of ETF investors expect market volatility to increase over the next six months, and close to half (44%) say they will put more money into exchange-traded funds as a result, according to a survey of 1,500 investors who bought...

BlackRock takes lead in battle of lower-fee ETFs, but winning hurts

May 3, 2019

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest issuer of exchange-traded funds, is winning a battle to attract investors with lower fees, even as success takes its toll. The iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF, ticker USHY, added a record $368...

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