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Netfolio: New Kid on the "Do-It-Yourself" Block

by Sharon Rockey
Friday, April 20, 2001

When the mutual fund industry's key lobbying organization kicks up a fuss with the SEC about those newfangled investor-managed stock portfolios, you can bet it's because somebody's feeling threatened. Netfolio is the most recent threat. ...Read More


  • FXI Launches New Index for China

    by Staff — Friday, April 20, 2001

    More news out of Asia. Yesterday we told you about the Hong Kong exchange announcement to cross-trade exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on May 2, just two days before the Singapore exchange will cross-list ETFs ...Read More

  • John Spence

    ETFs to Cross-Trade in Hong Kong

    by John Spence — Thursday, April 19, 2001

    The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) has taken another step toward its vision of a fungible global trading platform for exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Next stop: Hong Kong. ...Read More

  • The Expected Return One-Step

    by William Bernstein — Wednesday, April 18, 2001

    After any particularly wrenching period in the markets, I usually get a few calls and messages in the following vein: "You saw how the Nasdaq just got cut off at the knees on no fundamental news… do you still ...Read More

  • Larry Swedroe

    Survivorship Bias

    by Larry Swedroe — Friday, April 13, 2001

    The above headline should be an SEC-required disclosure for advertisements of many mutual funds. The reported returns of many fund families and their funds are often either misrepresentations (intentional or ...Read More

  • Vanguard_to_close_and_liquidate_two_funds

    by Staff — Wednesday, April 11, 2001

    The Vanguard Group recently announced the closing and planned liquidation of two funds, and also the re-opening of two funds to new shareholder accounts. On April 6, Vanguard said it would cease accepting new ...Read More

  • Savings on Capital Gains Ease Losses

    by Adrienne Pauly — Monday, April 9, 2001

    Many index fund investors can take some comfort this tax season that they are not paying capital gains on funds reflecting lost value. Both Barclays Global Investors and the Vanguard Group report they have not ...Read More

  • AMEX and Singapore Exchange to Cross-List ETFs

    by Staff — Thursday, April 5, 2001

    The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) today said they will begin listing and trading exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and HOLDRs on SGX Securities Trading starting May 4th. ...Read More

  • Mutual Fund Tax Bite Can Be Bigger Than Bark

    by Christian Chensvold — Monday, April 2, 2001

    April 16 is nearly upon us. In honor of tax season, we're running an article series to help investors understand how mutual funds are taxed. In this first installment, we examine the basics with a general ...Read More

  • S&P 500 Index Changes in March

    by Staff — Monday, April 2, 2001

    Recently, we took a not-so-serious look at the prospects for front-running additions to the S&P 500 to exploit the "index effect," where demand can push up a stock's price when it enters an index. This time, ...Read More

  • Index and Enhanced Index Funds

    by David Booth — Sunday, April 1, 2001

    The purpose of including Exhibit 5 is to demonstrate that portfolio management is a sufficiently complicated task even when index funds are used. In some ways, the role of an investment committee is made more ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Wayne Wagner on How to Become a Millionaire

    by John Spence — Wednesday, March 28, 2001

    Wayne Wagner is the co-author of Millionaire, a book with a promise that index fund investing can turn your lunch money into a million bucks given enough patience, time, and discipline. Wagner should know - ...Read More

  • Breaking Down the Nasdaq 100 This Year - An Autopsy

    by Staff — Monday, March 26, 2001

    Thus far, 2001 has been like a train wreck for the technology sector. In true rubberneck form, let's slow down for a second and take a look at the extent of the carnage. Call it a morbid fascination, but new ...Read More

  • New Technology iShare

    by Staff — Tuesday, March 20, 2001

    A new iShares exchange-traded fund (ETF) began trading on the American Stock Exchange on Monday. The Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund (trading symbol: IGM) will track the Goldman Sachs Technology Index, and ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Active vs. Passive Management for Small-Cap Funds

    by Jim Wiandt — Monday, March 19, 2001

    "Active management works better than passive index funds for small-cap and international funds." This notion is so widespread that it has become conventional wisdom in financial circles. I have never seen ...Read More

  • Swiss Exchange Launches Broad Market ETF

    by Staff — Friday, March 16, 2001

    Yesterday the SWX Swiss Exchange announced the launch of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the Swiss Market Index. This broad benchmark is a cap-weighted index that contains 29 Swiss blue-chip ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Vanguard to Offer Free Investment Advice

    by John Spence — Tuesday, March 6, 2001

    The Vanguard Group and Financial Engines have inked an alliance that will allow retail investors of Vanguard funds to receive portfolio investment advice at no charge. Vanguard will initially offer the service ...Read More

  • John Spence

    FTSE to Launch Socially Responsible Benchmarks

    by John Spence — Monday, March 5, 2001

    FTSE, the index provider jointly owned by the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Times, announced that it plans to launch a new series of indexes for socially responsible investment (SRI). Called the ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Index Fund Popularity Waning?

    by John Spence — Wednesday, February 28, 2001

    "One of the most popular investment products of the 1990s - passively managed index funds that mimic the movements of major market indices - may have reached a peak in their popularity," says a new report by ...Read More

  • MSCI Launches Real-Time Indexes

    by Staff — Tuesday, February 27, 2001

    Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) today launched over 750 global sector, regional, and country indexes that will be updated in real time. The indexes cover developed markets and Asian emerging ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Diversification with Inherent Assets in Mind

    by John Spence — Monday, February 26, 2001

    Chances are, the successful individual investor keeps these basic ideas in mind for the long haul: be disciplined, save and invest as much as possible, be mindful of taxes, don't get caught up in the latest ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Retail Investor Perception of Exchange-Traded Funds

    by John Spence — Friday, February 23, 2001

    The biggest players in exchange-traded funds, Barclays Global Investors (BGI) and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), truly believe they've pioneered a tool that's perfect for index investors - low management ...Read More

  • Will McClatchy

    ETF Premium/Discount Misconceptions

    by Will McClatchy — Wednesday, February 21, 2001

    Initially, critics of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) decried their trading at a significant premium/discount to net asset value (NAV), the underlying stock values they represent. This is a problem that regularly ...Read More

  • New Canadian ETFs

    by Dan Hallett — Tuesday, February 20, 2001

    Yesterday, Barclays Global Investors unveiled the finishing touches on a much-anticipated line of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for Canadian investors. ...Read More

  • The Next Mutual Fund R(Evolution)?

    by Gavin Quill — Monday, February 12, 2001

    Too often financial innovations that affect the mutual fund industry are portrayed in a black and white fashion. They are either viewed as just a curious sideshow, or else they are quickly proclaimed to be a ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Dow Jones and FTSE Launch Global Sector Indexes

    by John Spence — Monday, February 12, 2001

    The trend toward global sector investing is picking up steam. Dow Jones Indexes yesterday launched the Dow Jones Sector Titans Indexes, a new set of indexes comprised of global blue-chip companies. The sector ...Read More

  • Larry Swedroe

    Market Trends and Investor Behavior

    by Larry Swedroe — Friday, February 9, 2001

    It's quiz time. I have devised the following test of "investment memory." The period in question is the 30-year period 1970-1999. As you take this little quiz, keep in mind that the last 15 years have probably ...Read More

  • John Spence

    AMEX and Euronext To Cross-List ETFs

    by John Spence — Thursday, February 8, 2001

    Well, ETF trading is going transatlantic. The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and Euronext have announced plans to cross-list and trade U.S. and international exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Effectively, ETFs ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Wanna Bet?

    by John Spence — Thursday, February 1, 2001

    You see the craziest stuff coming over all these Internet wire services we have today, but this one is truly bizarre - mostly because it's a case of fantasy mimicking reality just a little too closely. ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Flurry of Global ETF Launches in Early 2001

    by John Spence — Tuesday, January 30, 2001

    2000 was a busy year for exchange-traded fund (ETF) launches and asset growth. According to the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), assets in ETFs listed on the exchange reached $70.3 billion, nearly doubling the ...Read More

  • IndexFunds Speaks with Michael Petronella

    by Staff — Monday, January 29, 2001

    Michael Petronella is Managing Director at Dow Jones Indexes. He recently sat down with's, Site Editor Jim Wiandt to discuss the history of Dow Jones indexes, the free-float debate, and how Dow ...Read More

  • ETFs: The Growth Story of 2000

    by Gavin Quill — Wednesday, January 24, 2001

    If S&P 500 index funds were the most notable success story from 1996-1999 and technology funds were the talk of the industry in 1998-1999, then their headline-grabbing successors in 2000 were probably ...Read More

  • Barclays to Launch Nasdaq Biotech Index ETF

    by Staff — Tuesday, January 23, 2001

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) is planning to launch an iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will hold all 76 securities in an index that contains companies primarily ...Read More

  • Comparing Mutual Funds to Different Benchmarks

    by Staff — Friday, January 19, 2001

    What a difference two years can make. In 1999, only 33% of mutual funds were able to beat Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500. In the year 2000, over 72% of all mutual funds managed that task. Nearly half of all funds ...Read More

  • Vanguard Approval in Japan

    by Staff — Wednesday, January 17, 2001

    Vanguard Investments Japan, the Japanese arm of The Vanguard Group, announced that it has been approved for membership in the Japan Securities Dealers Association. ...Read More

  • John Spence

    MSCI Discusses GICS Shift, Expanding ETF Market

    by John Spence — Wednesday, January 17, 2001

    Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and Standard and Poor's (S&P) recently launched a new index classification system called the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). The new system is ...Read More

  • The Price/Earnings (p/e) Debate

    by Staff — Monday, January 15, 2001

    A war has been raging lately on our discussion boards. The debate centers around p/e ratios, and how they are calculated by Morningstar. The issue is important because many investors and financial ...Read More

  • John Spence

    S&P Completes Reclassification of U.S. Indexes

    by John Spence — Tuesday, January 9, 2001

    Standard and Poor's (S&P) announced that it has finalized the new classification of its U.S. indexes, shifting to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). The new system was developed by S&P and ...Read More

  • E*TRADE Launches Two New Index Funds

    by Staff — Monday, January 8, 2001

    E*TRADE today announced the launch of two new no-load index funds: the E*TRADE Financial Sector Index Fund and the E*TRADE Russell 2000 Index Fund. ...Read More