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Legends Of Indexing: Kathleen Moriarty
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

This is the ninth in a series of interviews with some of the most influential people in the field of indexing and index-based investment. The interviews are also published in the November/December 2014 issue of the Journal of Indexes.


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Daily ETF Watch: Vanguard’s New Filing
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

Filings for new funds from Vanguard are always momentous occasions. For an asset class, it’s like getting a stamp of approval from a religious leader. The mutual fund giant doesn’t roll out funds willy-nilly or float new ideas; it sticks to core asset classes, though that definition can evolve.

 


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2014’s Top Alpha ETFs: Leaders & Laggards
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

With shiny rearview mirror in hand, here’s a survey of 2014’s ETF leaders and laggards, viewed through the steely eye of risk-adjusted outperformance, or alpha.

 


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Swedroe: Revisiting Anomalies’ Persistence
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

An article I wrote in September discussed the findings of the study, “Benchmarks as Limits to Arbitrage: Understanding the Low-Volatility Anomaly,” in which the authors proposed a new explanation for why anomalies (such as the low-beta/low-volatility anomaly) persist.

 


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Long Treasury ETFs Soar Yet Again
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

Two of the best-performing ETFs last year—the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT | A-83) and the PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury (ZROZ | C-57)—are on a tear again this year, as investors rush to the perceived safety of U.S. Treasurys amid growing concerns about faltering global economic growth.

 

 


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The Importance Of 2014’s Least Popular ETF
Thursday, 08 January 2015 03:39

Investors clearly loved plain-vanilla ETFs in 2014, but the best news isn’t about the winner funds, it’s about outflows.

 

2014 saw the awkwardly constructed PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ | A-48) shed more assets than any other fund. QQQ’s single-exchange, no-financials selection universe has earned it top billing on ETF.com’s list of idiosyncratic funds. That is, funds constructed without reference to any economic concept.

 


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