Investors looking to acquire dividend-oriented equity funds must navigate a number of portfolio options -- and a related set of challenges.
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.
ETFs are still gaining market share, but of course they aren't all having a stellar year so far. Here are the five best- and worst-performing ETFs so far this year based on data from Morningstar.
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.
Quiet and peaceful Valley Forge-Pa. is not a place where one would expect to find one of the most successful financial businesses in history a far cry from the hurry and shuffle of Wall Street. But Vanguard's home there speaks volumes about its ability to maintain its reputation as the lowest-cost provider of mutual funds and ETFs since John Bogle founded the company in 1974.
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.
When a portfolio of mutual funds vies against a portfolio of ETFs, which one comes out on top?
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.
While the use of ETFs continues to surge, their low expense ratios appear to be most prized by multi-millionaires, according to a study by Spectrem Group.
The company announced Thursday that Schwab Investment Management would be introducing six new ETFs, weighted by fundamental factors instead of by traditional market capitalization.
With $73 billion in new flows, ETFs offer some clear views of the major market trends.
Vanguards exchange-traded funds continue to increase in popularity among investors in the United States, the company has reported.
TrimTabs Investment Research reported that U.S. equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds gathered $34.4 billion in July through Wednesday, July 17, which is the second-highest inflow on record, according to the Sausalito, Calif.-based research shop.
Emerging-market stocks can be volatile to begin with. Investing in them through exchange- traded funds can add another layer of price swings for investors, especially in times of market stress.
Global exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products last month experienced outflows for the first time in two years losing $3.98 billion.
Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds are both pooled investment solutions that can successfully offer an advisor's strategies to a larger group of investors.
In investors' epic search for yield, one strategy in particular has risen to the top this year: loan participation mutual funds and ETFs.
The $2.1 trillion global exchange-traded fund industry has been growing at a rapid clip since the SPDR S&P 500 ETF was launched two decades ago as a means for institutional investors to access passive exposure to the S&P 500 Index.
David Blain, a financial adviser in New Bern, North Carolina, likes exchange-traded funds so much hes put all his clients money in them. He also thinks individual investors trading ETFs on their own may be in for surprises when markets come under stress.
Assets of all exchange-traded funds rose in May by $12.14 billion to $1.481 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute. Over the past 12 months, ETF assets rose $365.27 billion, or 32.7%.
Direxion has launched two leveraged exchange-traded funds that track Japanese equity market performance.
Exchange-traded fund investors pumped in some $84 billion of assets into equity ETFs while fixed income funds brought in $30 billion through May 31, according to data from State Street Global Investors.
The bank extended portfolio management and asset allocation services to clients with $50,000 in investable assets. The services were previously only available to trust clients.
The U.S. exchange-traded funds market is primed to double up on its current $1.5 trillion in assets to the tune of more than $3.5 trillion in assets over the next five years, according to iShares latest forecast.
With the number of alternative strategies rising, how can advisors pick the winners from the losers?
ETF flows topped $17 billion in May with the large cap category leading the way taking in $5.4 billion in flows, according to State Street Global Advisors latest ETF Shapshot.
For the second consecutive week, equity exchange-traded funds experienced net outflows, handing back some $2.8 billion, while conventional mutual fund took in $500 million.
Although many in the industry have tipped active exchange-traded funds as the breakthrough product of 2013, this may be wishful thinking, according to a new study by Cerulli Associates.
Exchange-traded funds gathered record net inflows of $107 billion through the end of May 2013, which is 31% higher than the $82 billion in net flows at this time in 2012, according to data from ETGI.
Global exchange-traded product flows reached $26.5 billion in May, the second strongest month this year, according to BlackRocks latest ETP Landscape Monthly Snapshot.
In an environment of transparency and volatile capital markets, you would think exchange-traded fund vehicles would hold more of a percentage in the $3.6 trillion retirement plan marketplace.
Advisors are expected to up the exchange traded fund allocations in their clients portfolios in 2013, according to Cerulli's Exchange Traded Fund Markets 2013 report.
Vanguard today reports that expense ratios have dropped for several of its mutual funds and the Dividend Appreciation ETF.
Assets held in exchange-traded funds rose in April by $22.39 billion to $1.469 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute.
Direxion Funds' CEO Dan O'Neill examines new products and strategies that will be the next phase in the evolution of ETFs.
VTL Associates, an independent investment advisory and consulting firm based in Philadelphia, has received an infusion of capital from Chinese venture capital firm, Suzhou Industrial Park Kaida Venture Capital.
ETF flows in the second quarter continued at almost the same torrid pace as they did in the first quarter and seem well on their way to adding $200 billion in new investor funds in 2013.
Chinas first cross-border exchange-traded fund, based on the NASDAQ-100 Index, has begun trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Stock and bond funds, including exchange traded funds, maintained a strong pace of net inflows in April, according to fund industry researcher Strategic Insight (SI).
Yield by any name may sound sweet, but experts say closed-end fund investors need to consider other factors, too.
MidAtlantic Trust Company said it had resolved record-keeping problems that have kept exchange-traded funds from being part of holdings in 401(k) and other retirement plans.
Two or three years ago, institutional investors primarily used ETFs for tactical purposes, holding them for less than one year. But now they are using them strategically as well, according to the 2013 Greenwich Associates study of trends in institutional usage of ETFs, which was sponsored by iShares.
Globally, exchange traded products are scooping up assets on a faster pace than in 2012, according to BlackRocks April 2013 ETP Landscape Report.
For ETF investors, a focus on the broad, diversified asset classes has been paying off.
Fixed-income exchange-traded funds have made big strides in asset gathering over the past five years, rising from $53.7 billion in 2008 to $229.1 billion by March of 2013, according to Lipper.
WisdomTree Investments, an ETF sponsor and asset manager, reported net income of $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2013, up seven times from the year ago quarter and 50% from the fourth quarter of 2012.
Assets of all exchange-traded funds rose in March by $37.54 billion, or 2.7%, to $1.446 trillion, according to the Investment Company Institute.
A boom in active exchange traded funds is coming, according to a study from SEI.
BlackRock said first-quarter earnings rose 10% as its exchange-traded stock funds drew client cash and assets increased.
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BlackRock's first-quarter earnings rose 10% as its exchange-traded equities funds drew client cash and assets increased.
Vanguard reported that expense ratios have changed for three of its mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
Investors poured $16.9 billion into exchange-traded funds in March, bringing the first-quarter total to $53.1 billion, according to data from Morningstar.
The suitability of leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds climbed on FINRAs Enforcement hit list last year.
Direxion has added two new leveraged exchange-traded funds: the Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3x Shares (BRZU) and Direxion Daily South Korea Bull 3x Shares (KORU), to its portfolio.
Pimcos 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond ETF reported $204.1 million of inflows on April 8, the same day the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF recorded its second-biggest daily redemption since its inception more than five years ago, equal to about $378 million worth of shares, Bloomberg reports.