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Missouri Touts “Terror-Free” Option for 529 Plan

The state of Missouri will begin offering an actively managed “terror-free” investment option for its 529 plan that ensures participants’ and investors’ portfolios exclude companies with ties to countries that support terrorism.

First Trust Advisors Issues Two New ETFs

The American Stock Exchange (Amex) has launched trading in two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) issued by First Trust Advisors L.P. - the First Trust FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index Fund (FFR) and the First Trust Dow Jones STOXX Select Dividend 30 Index Fund (FDD).

MassMutual to Add Fiduciary Warranty to DC Offering

MassMutual's Retirement Services Division will introduce a Fiduciary Warranty, available in the fourth quarter of 2007, to qualifying plans that include investment options available through MassMutual's Smart Architecture Investment Program.

Vanguard to Take Control of Long/Short Fund

The Vanguard Group has announced a proposal with Charles Schwab Investment Management to reorganize the Laudus Rosenberg U.S. Large/Mid Capitalization Long/Short Equity Fund into a new Vanguard offering.

MG Advisory Demographic Report for Advisers Includes Plan Fund Data

MG Advisory Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Matrix Settlement&Clearance Services, LLC, has announced the release of its new Plan Demographic Report for advisers and third-party administrators (TPAs) that combines participant/plan data with fund data, in an open architecture environment.

Dow Jones Announces Commodity Index-Based ETF

Dow Jones Indexes has announced the launch of The Dow Jones - AIG Commodity SwapEX, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for which the Dow Jones - AIG Commodity Index has been licensed to INDEXCHANGE Investment AG to serve as the underlying index.

Metrics Partners Launches TPA Search Tool

Metrics Partners, an electronic marketing firm for the retirement industry, has introduced a new web-based search tool connecting plan producers with third party administrators (TPAs).

Northern Trust Launches Target Date Funds for DC Plans

Northern Trust will offer target date collective funds that are globally diversified and incorporate inflationary hedge asset classes such as global real estate and commodities, in addition to a core allocation to stocks and bonds.