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Wanna Bet?

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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

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  • John Spence

    Flurry of Global ETF Launches in Early 2001

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    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 1999 year-end total of $35.9 billion. Also, ...Read More

  • Dunn's Law Review: The Life and Times of "Core and Explore"

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    by William Bernstein — Monday, January 29, 2001

    One of the silliest bits of conventional financial wisdom is the notion that while indexing works well with the efficient U.S. large-cap market, there is benefit from active management in the "less efficient" small-cap and foreign arenas. In fact, Charles ...Read More

  • IndexFunds Speaks with Michael Petronella

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Monday, January 29, 2001

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

  • New HOLDRS Allow Investment in Europe's Largest Companies

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Thursday, January 25, 2001

    Europe 2001 HOLDRS began trading on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) on January 18 under the symbol EKH. With the new HOLDRS, which stands for Holding Company Depository Receipts, investors can own interest in 50 of the largest companies in Europe in ...Read More

  • ETFs: The Growth Story of 2000

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    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 index-based exchange-traded funds. After seven years ...Read More

  • Barclays to Launch Nasdaq Biotech Index ETF

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    by IndexFunds.com 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 engaged in biomedical research to develop new ...Read More

  • SEC Mandates Disclosure of Mutual Fund After-Tax Returns

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Monday, January 22, 2001

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule on Friday that requires fund companies to disclose after-tax returns for 1-, 5-, and 10-year periods in fund prospectuses. The SEC first proposed the new rule in June 2000. ...Read More

  • Comparing Mutual Funds to Different Benchmarks

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    by IndexFunds.com 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 managed to outgain the S&P 600 Small Cap ...Read More

  • Vanguard Approval in Japan

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    by IndexFunds.com 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

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    MSCI Discusses GICS Shift, Expanding ETF Market

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    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 designed to make investment research and management ...Read More

  • The Price/Earnings (p/e) Debate

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    by IndexFunds.com 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 professionals use the numbers when making decisions. ...Read More

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    S&P Completes Reclassification of U.S. Indexes

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    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 Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) with ...Read More

  • E*TRADE Launches Two New Index Funds

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    by IndexFunds.com 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

  • Is There Still Value in the Book-to-Market Ratio?

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    by James Davis — Monday, January 1, 2001

    Both of these variables produce more return dispersion than E/P and CF/P, even during the period when BtM is supposed to be less relevant (Figure 5). Unfortunately for investors in value stocks, the return difference went the wrong way during the most ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Enhanced Indexing

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    by John Spence — Thursday, December 21, 2000

    There wasn't a lot of emphasis placed on enhanced indexing during the bull market of the 1990s when investors were fed a steady diet of consecutive and unprecedented high yearly returns. However, with the recent stock sell-off, squeezing out those extra ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Do Indexes Influence Markets?

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    by John Spence — Wednesday, December 20, 2000

    There is mounting evidence that indexes, which theoretically should serve as benchmarks for economic sectors, may actually exert influence on the markets they are designed to track. A growing number of studies are examining whether indexes create or ...Read More

  • Trend Toward Global ETFs Continues

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Tuesday, December 12, 2000

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) announced its plans to launch a UK-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the new FTSE ExUK 100 Index. The FTSE ExUK 100 Index will be calculated from December 14, and a full list of the constituent companies will be ...Read More

  • Vanguard Releases Latest Cap Gains Estimates

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Monday, December 11, 2000

    The Vanguard Group released updated estimates of year-end capital gains distributions for its equity and balanced funds. The estimates are updated through the end of November 2000. ...Read More

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    MSCI to Adjust Indexes for Free-Float

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    by John Spence — Monday, December 11, 2000

    Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) formally announced yesterday that it will adjust all of its equity indexes for free-float, a decision that will most likely trigger billions of dollars in stock turnover globally. ...Read More

  • iShares S&P Global 100 First ETF to List on NYSE

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Friday, December 8, 2000

    Trading commenced today on the iShares S&P Global 100 exchange-traded fund (ETF). The Global 100 (ticker symbol: IOO) is the first ETF to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). ...Read More

  • Know Your Prospectus

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    by Alfred Scillitani — Wednesday, November 29, 2000

    I have to read a fund's "What?" before investing? A mutual fund company must inform you to read their Prospectus before investing, but what is a prospectus? ...Read More

  • From our Canadian Bureau: BGI Canada Launches First Bond ETFs

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Wednesday, November 22, 2000

    Two new bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs) managed by Barclays Global Investors Canada began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE). The two new Canadian ETFs are the iUnits Government of Canada 5-Year Bond Fund (iG5) and the iUnits Government ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    World's First Active ETFs Begin Trading in Germany

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    by Jim Wiandt — Tuesday, November 21, 2000

    In a development that would be unthinkable in the United States, the world's first actively-managed ETFs began trading in Germany just three months after DWS Investment filed for approval. Peering through a window that might shed some light on how such ...Read More

  • John Spence

    SSB Citi Launches New Family of Index Funds

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    by John Spence — Monday, November 13, 2000

    SSB Citi Asset Management Group, the money management division of Citigroup, announced the launch of 11 new index funds. The new offerings are the first no-load index funds ever to be introduced by SSB Citi, which has two other U.S. mutual fund brands - ...Read More

  • Retiring Early Using Indexing Strategies

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    by Larry Putnam — Thursday, November 9, 2000

    On a recent rainy day perfect for book browsing, I found myself cruising the investing and personal finance section of my favorite super-sized 50,000-title Barnes and Noble. Years ago, I developed a rule to help my search for good investment books: ignore ...Read More

  • From our Canadian Bureau: A Raise for Your Money Manager?

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    by Dan Hallett — Thursday, November 9, 2000

    I bet investors take most pieces of mail regarding mutual fund unitholder votes and file them under "G" for garbage. Frankly, oftentimes the issue being voted upon has no material impact on unitholders. However, November 14, 2000 marks an important day ...Read More

  • USAA Investments Launches 3 New Index Funds

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Wednesday, November 8, 2000

    "The popularity of the USAA S&P 500 Index Fund demonstrates that there's a place in a balanced portfolio for indexing," said Michael J.C. Roth, President and CEO of USAA Investment Management Company. "The addition of these three index funds will ...Read More

  • Borsa Italiana Paves the Way for ETFs

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Wednesday, November 8, 2000

    Borsa Italiana, the Milan-based stock exchange, announced that it is in at least the planning stages of a move to alter its own regulations to permit the launch of Italy's first exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ...Read More

  • John Spence

    FRC Study Examines Future of ETFs

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    by John Spence — Monday, November 6, 2000

    With large financial institutions launching an explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) around the globe, some have questioned whether these investment products represent a threat to traditional mutual funds. Can ETFs exact a fundamental change upon the ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    S&P Launches Frontal Attack on Vanguard Vipers

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    by Jim Wiandt — Friday, November 3, 2000

    Taking its lawsuit against Vanguard to another level, Standard & Poor's requested that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hold a public hearing on Vanguard's application to launch its exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Benefits of ETFs Debated at Asset Allocation Seminar

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    by John Spence — Wednesday, November 1, 2000

    At the recent seminar in San Francisco entitled "Asset Allocation: Theories vs. Realities," representatives from the industry outlined the benefits of using exchanged-traded funds (ETFs) in portfolio management strategies. Many of the institutional ...Read More

  • First ETF Launched on Chicago Board Options Exchange

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Tuesday, October 31, 2000

    The newly-created iShares S&P 100 Index Fund began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) on 10/27/2000. The exchange-traded fund (ETF) will be managed by Barclays Global Investors (BGI) and will trade under the CBOE symbol OEF. The iShares ...Read More

  • New ETF to be Launched in Japan

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Thursday, October 26, 2000

    The Osaka Securities Exchange (OSE) today inked a license agreement and memorandum of understanding with Dow Jones. The agreement covers the listing of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Additionally, the arrangement ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Salomon Releases ETF Premium/Discount Study

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    by John Spence — Monday, October 23, 2000

    Last Wednesday, 10/18/2000, the Salomon Smith Barney Closed-End Funds Research Group released a supplement to its larger quarterly report, "Fundamentals for Exchange-Traded Funds." As part of the supplement, Salomon analysts conducted a premium/discount ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Vanguard Releases Expense Ratios for Admiral Shares

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    by John Spence — Friday, October 20, 2000

    On Tuesday, 10/17/2000, the Vanguard Group announced the expense ratios for its new class of Admiral Shares to be released in November. Initially, Vanguard will offer Admiral Shares on seven of its domestic index funds, and has plans to offer Admiral ...Read More

  • Frequently Asked Questions about ETFs

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Thursday, October 19, 2000

    What is an ETF? What are the benefits of using ETFs? Are there any negatives? How can I buy and sell ETFs? How are ETFs created and redeemed? What ETFs are available on the market? How can I use ETFs in managing my portfolio? How much money is in ETFs and ...Read More

  • State Street to Launch European ETFs Based on MSCI Indexes

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Thursday, October 19, 2000

    Today, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) announced that it has entered into a license agreement with MSCI to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Europe based on MSCI indexes. The announcement is the latest move by an asset manager to release ETFs in ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    J. Parsons Interview

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    by Jim Wiandt — Thursday, October 19, 2000

    J. Parsons, Director of Sales for U.S. Individual Investor Business at Barclays Global Investors, talks to Jim Wiandt about how exchange-traded funds are ...Read More

  • Nuveen to Enter ETF Market

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Wednesday, October 18, 2000

    On Monday, 10/16/2000, Nuveen Investments announced its plans to launch the first in a series of new exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ...Read More

  • State Street to Launch First ETF in Singapore

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Wednesday, October 18, 2000

    Today, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced that it intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) to develop Singapore's first indigenous exchange-traded fund (ETF). According to SGX, the new ETF will list and ...Read More

  • Betting on Sector ETFs in a Highly-Valued Market

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    by Max Issacman — Monday, October 16, 2000

    As one who sold stocks to investors in the early 1970s, I realize how misleading price/earnings multiples (P/E) can be. Although these multiples have their limitations, P/Es can be useful when making valuations. Still, other valuations should be used in ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Peter Breen Interview

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    by John Spence — Sunday, October 15, 2000

    A relatively new start-up is stepping up against the established names in online investing: E*Trade, Ameritrade, Fidelity, and DLJdirect to name a few. BUYandHOLD.com is targeting the growing ranks of online investors - young couples investing for ...Read More

  • AMEX to Begin Trading Options on iShares

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Friday, October 13, 2000

    Today, AMEX announced that it will begin trading options on the iShares Russell 1000 Index Fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) managed by Barclays Global Investors (BGI). The announcement hails the first time an option will be traded on an ETF that tracks ...Read More

  • Barclays to Launch UK-based Technology ETF

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Thursday, October 12, 2000

    iShares, a division of Barclays Global Investors (BGI), today announced the launch of a UK-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) called the iFTSE TMT. The new iShares ETF will begin trading on the London Stock Exchange within the extraMARK on Tuesday, ...Read More