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While there has been rapid growth in U.S. ETFs over the last few years, there has been almost exponential growth of these products worldwide.
The top three players Blackrock, State Street and Vanguard currently dominate U.S. ETF market share, holding more than 80% of total assets as of mid-2014, a percentage that has remained relatively unchanged since 2012.
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Most of the worlds economic growth will come from outside the U.S, yet most American investors are still under-diversified in international assets.
"Smart beta" ETFs are attracting funds from both active managers and passive indexes.
BlackRock, the biggest provider of exchange-traded funds, is ramping up its fight with Vanguard Group for U.S. retail investors by doubling the number of funds in its low-fee core series.
Financial advisor use and recommendation of ETFs is continuing to grow, outpacing all other investment vehicles surveyed by the FPA's Journal of Financial Planning and the FPA Research and Practice Institute.
BlackRock has spent three years crafting a new type of actively-managed exchange-traded fund that's stoked optimism in the U.S. for expansion of the $1.8 trillion industry. The world's biggest money manager is confident the product will work, except the market will be a dud.
BlackRock's Laurence D. Fink, who oversees the world's biggest exchange-traded fund lineup, said leveraged ETFs are a structural problem and have the potential to "blow up" the industry.
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World's largest mutual fund company pulled in more than 90% of the more than $15 billion that investors poured into U.S.-listed ETFs in Q1, adding to fears that Vanguard is becoming a near monopoly.
U.S. stocks rose, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average toward a record close, and Treasuries fell as a report showed U.S. companies added to payrolls last month. The dollar strengthened with copper and gold.
Investors of exchange-traded funds that buy U.S. government debt are signaling that economic-growth optimism is taking root.
Firms in the self-serve channel that can "combine delivery mechanisms" will be a "smart bet" going forward," predicts Tiburon managing partner Chip Roame.
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Financial advisors who use active management may have a lower-cost option when considering actively managed ETFs but some advisors express doubts on the real value for clients.
Vanguard Group, the third- largest U.S. provider of exchange-traded funds, has asked regulators for permission to open actively-managed ETFs.
Investors are having a change of heart about U.S. consumer stocks, a sign their optimism about Americans' discretionary spending remains intact even after a January selloff.
Over a lunch of PB&J sandwiches, Vanguard founder John Bogle discusses the shift to passive investing, the rise in ETFs and the proliferation of indexes.
The index fund giant is now almost as large as the next two largest competitors combined. Advisors are starting to wonder whether its dominance could become a problem.
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The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell for a second day as the International Monetary Fund said risks of turmoil in developing nations threaten the global economy.
BlackRock and WisdomTree Investment Inc., the firm where former hedge-fund manager Michael Steinhardt is both non- executive chairman and the largest shareholder, will each open ETFs targeting the same hot spot in the market, and at first glance both come with the same price tag.
The world's biggest bond manager plans to start 19 actively managed exchange-traded funds as Gross further diversifies the firm following CEO El-Erian's resignation last week.
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FINRA alleges that the firms' advisors sold two types of highly risky ETFs that even they didn't understand.
While the landscape for low-cost fund options for do-it-yourselfers is expanding, John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of the Vanguard Group, believes DIY product offerings are too often inappropriate for long-term investors, who are at risk of being led astray.
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The independent broker-dealer got into hot water over unsuitable fund sales, according to FINRA.
The first U.S. exchange-traded fund tracking Chinas domestic stocks will lure investors seeking exposure to a broad range of industries in the biggest emerging economy, according to Societe Generale SAs private bank.
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Fidelity Investments, the second- biggest mutual-fund provider, has opened the cheapest lineup of single-industry exchange-traded funds as it seeks to break into a market dominated by Vanguard Group Inc. and BlackRock Inc.
Money has been flowing in and out of financial markets more rapidly than ever before this year, a bullish signal as the threat of a U.S. government default fades.
The Morningstar Awards recognize the best ETF firms as well as Morningstar ETF Category Winners for two classes of investing objectives, Investor and Trader, based on total cost of ownership and performance.
Nearly one in 10 investors now hold at least 50% of their portfolios in ETFs, up from 4% last year.
Financial advisors are three times as likely to respond to a sales pitch from an asset manager, broker-dealer, custodian or insurance company when the approach is made in person, according to a new study.
To help investors cut through the clutter of ETFs on the market, Merrill Edge devised a list of 61 high-quality ETFs from which they can build their own portfolios.
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The bank launched new proprietary ETF portfolios that it says provide exposure to global investment opportunities by leveraging the international perspective of its parent, BNP Paribas.