The total combined assets of the nation's exchange-traded funds (ETFs) inched up 2.8% to $422.48 billion in December, according to the Investment Company Institute’s monthly report on the industry.
Wells Fargo Funds Management announced Wednesday that it has added a no-load share class to its lineup of target date funds and that it will close its A, B and C share classes of target date funds to new investors.
Adherents of the so-called Super Bowl Theory are no doubt grinning ear-to-ear these days, regardless of Sunday’s winner.
Stock funds once again benefited from strong cash inflows, but only thanks to the continued allure of international offerings.
Putnam Investments are now offered through FundVest, Pershing’s no-transaction-fee mutual fund platform.
Advisers who use performance as the sole, or significant, driver in investment selection might want to rethink their strategy because the latest study of fund performance over time from Standard&Poor’s found that very few funds top performing funds managed to consistently repeat top-half or top-quartile performance in 2006.
A recent study by the Turnstone Advisory Group LLC in Marina del Rey, California has found that lifecycle funds are doing a good job for their investors but areas for improvement include pricing and asset allocation.
In 2006, the average equity fund investor earned 16.4% and money market mutual fund yields rose to 5%, as diversification away from the U.S. and into International funds aided in asset growth, according to a Strategic Insights analysis.
Pennsylvania-based investment management firm Symons Capital Management has introduced two new mutual funds for retirement plans and other institutional investors.
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U.S. and global stock markets should benefit from an economic soft landing in 2007 and are poised for further growth, according to financial analysts shared at a recent conference.
OppenheimerFunds, Inc. has launched a suite of lifecycle funds.
The Vanguard Group on Thursday announced the launch of the Vanguard Structured Large-Cap Value Fund.
Assets in multi-manager products grew by 40% during 2005 to exceed $1.3 trillion, according to the recent Cerulli Quantitative Update, Global Multi-manager Products 2006.
The Principal Financial Group introduced to its platform the combination of its mutual funds and the funds of newly-acquired money manager WM Group Advisors.
The latest Standard&Poor’s Indices Versus Active Funds Scorecard (SPIVA) shows the S&P 500 outperformed 69.1% of large-cap funds.
Russell Investment Group unveiled a new index Wednesday meant to satiate asset managers’ increasing thirst for more global investment options.
2006 proved to be a quiet trading year for 401(k) plans, with just 0.034% of balances shifted per day on a net basis during the year, according to the Hewitt 401(k) index, the lowest level since the inception of the gauge.
The majority of active international equity investment managers posted their second consecutive calendar year of above index returns despite the MSCI EAFE benchmark index soaring 26.3%, according to a new report.
Although ‘’our overall view is fairly constructive,’’ said Robert Doll, Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equities at BlackRock, Inc., ‘’we think a soft landing is likely in 2007.’’