ETF Investing: Stock-market volatility sparks third month of ETF outflows so far this year

The exchange-traded funds universe could be about to do something in 2018 that it has seldom done before: shrink. Amid a lengthy period of market turmoil — particularly in equities, where the U.S. has been rangebound for months and international stocks have been struggling — investors have once again pulled money from the investment vehicles, […]

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The Wall Street Journal: Vanguard set to offer rivals funds for free as ETF fees approach zero

Vanguard Group plans to eliminate online commissions on its rivals’ exchange-traded funds, a move by the asset management giant to lure new assets and steer more customers to financial advice. Vanguard became the world’s second-largest money manager by offering some of the lowest-cost products in the industry. Rivals have increasingly tried to match or beat […]

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Jeff Reeves's Strength in Numbers: Stick with U.S. stocks — and avoid these 7 emerging-market traps

Once again, the U.S. stock market is getting choppy. And once again, the doom-and-gloom headlines abound. Yes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.23% logged eight straight declines recently. Yes, most economists and investors with a brain admit that escalation of global trade-war talk is a net negative for all parties. And yes, stocks have […]

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ETF Focus: Gold ETF fee war continues, as new fund undercuts rivals

Going by one of the most popular ways for investors to get exposure to gold, the cost of investing in the precious metal just dropped by more than half. State Street Global Advisors, in conjunction with the World Gold Council, on Tuesday launched the SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust GLDM, +0.16% the latest exchange-traded fund to […]

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ETF Investing: SEC may make it easier to create exchange-traded funds

Exchange-traded funds have been one of the most popular segments of Wall Street for years, with assets seeming to hit records on a monthly basis, but a potential upcoming regulatory change could accelerate the already-blistering levels growth in the industry. The Securities and Exchange Commission will next week hold a meeting that could result in […]

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ETF Focus: What the blockchain ETF ‘feeding frenzy’ says about the ETF industry

One of the hottest segments of the exchange-traded funds industry in 2018 involves a technology that is extremely new, often misunderstood and has yet to be utilized or developed in widespread fashion. Blockchain, the technology that is best known as what underpins bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has become one of the hottest buzz words on […]

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FA Center: Why mutual fund managers on a hot streak may be too good for your money

“Hot hands” — in sports, business, and investing — don’t last forever. But why? One explanation is that it’s not because outstanding money managers lose their touch (though, of course, that sometimes happens). Instead, the hot hands of even the best investors must eventually cool because their success attracts too much money and eventually overwhelms […]

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