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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 engaged in biomedical research to develop new ...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

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    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

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    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

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

    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 ...Read More

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    Enhanced Indexing

    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 ...Read More

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    Do Indexes Influence Markets?

    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 ...Read More

  • Trend Toward Global ETFs Continues

    by 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 ...Read More

  • Vanguard Releases Latest Cap Gains Estimates

    by 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

    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 ...Read More

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

    by 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

    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

  • Jim Wiandt

    World's First Active ETFs Begin Trading in Germany

    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 ...Read More

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    SSB Citi Launches New Family of Index Funds

    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, ...Read More

  • Retiring Early Using Indexing Strategies

    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 ...Read More

  • USAA Investments Launches 3 New Index Funds

    by 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 ...Read More

  • Borsa Italiana Paves the Way for ETFs

    by 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

    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. ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    S&P Launches Frontal Attack on Vanguard Vipers

    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 ...Read More

  • First ETF Launched on Chicago Board Options Exchange

    by 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 ...Read More

  • New ETF to be Launched in Japan

    by 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 ...Read More

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    Salomon Releases ETF Premium/Discount Study

    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, ...Read More

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    Vanguard Releases Expense Ratios for Admiral Shares

    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 ...Read More

  • Frequently Asked Questions about ETFs

    by 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 ...Read More

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    J. Parsons Interview

    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

    by 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

    by 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). ...Read More

  • Betting on Sector ETFs in a Highly-Valued Market

    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 ...Read More

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    Peter Breen Interview

    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. is targeting the growing ranks of online ...Read More

  • AMEX to Begin Trading Options on iShares

    by 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 ...Read More

  • Barclays to Launch UK-based Technology ETF

    by 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 ...Read More

  • John Spence

    State Street Launches ETFs Based on Fortune Indexes

    by John Spence — Wednesday, October 11, 2000

    Yesterday, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) launched two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on the FORTUNE 500 and FORTUNE e-50 Indexes. The two funds began trading yesterday on the American Stock Exchange ...Read More

  • TD Waterhouse Releases 5 New Index Funds

    by Staff — Thursday, October 5, 2000

    Yesterday, TD Waterhouse Group announced the addition of seven house-brand no-load mutual funds to its list of mutual funds. The new funds will be available only through TD Waterhouse and require a minimum ...Read More

  • The Information in the Term Structure: An Update

    by James Davis — Sunday, October 1, 2000

    Panel A of Table 4 shows that the variable maturity portfolio earns higher average returns than any of the fixed maturity portfolios. This holds for the entire 1965-1999 period as well as the two subperiods. ...Read More

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    State Street to Launch First Global ETF

    by John Spence — Thursday, September 28, 2000

    Ending Barclays short-lived hegemony in style-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and launching the first global ETF, State Street Global Advisors announced the opening of 7 new funds. Continuing its surge into ...Read More