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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 managing my portfolio? How much money is in ETFs and ...Read More

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  • State Street to Launch European ETFs Based on MSCI Indexes

    by 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

    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). According to SGX, the new ETF will list and ...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 valuations. Still, other valuations should be used in ...Read More

  • John Spence

    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 investors - young couples investing for ...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 an option will be traded on an ETF that tracks ...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 Exchange within the extraMARK on Tuesday, ...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 (AMEX) under the ticker symbols FFF (500) and ...Read More

  • Will McClatchy

    Study: U.S. Investors Waste $36 Billion on Wall St. Fees

    by Will McClatchy — Tuesday, October 10, 2000

    In 2000, mutual fund investors overpaid Wall Street $36 billion to manage stocks, bonds, and real estate totaling $3.7 trillion. Nearly 1% per year of assets were wasted in unnecessary fees, according to IndexFunds' comprehensive new survey of mutual fund ...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 initial investment of $1,000. Five of the seven ...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. The average return difference for the 1965-1999 ...Read More

  • John Spence

    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 the ETF market, State Street was scheduled to ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Gus Fleites Interview

    by Jim Wiandt — Tuesday, September 26, 2000

    Gus Fleites is a Principal of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). He is responsible for the development and implementation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and offshore investment products. At the 2nd Annual Exchange-Traded Fund & Index Share Forum, Gus ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Harrowing Tale of a Plunging Euro and Soaring Oil Prices

    by Jim Wiandt — Friday, September 22, 2000

    Fueled by soft European economic performance, soaring oil prices, and uncertainty about its prospects as a currency, the euro has slumped to all-time lows. Initially viewed as an embarrassment to euro diehards, the exchange rate is now causing genuine ...Read More

  • Barclays to Introduce Tech-Heavy ETF in U.K.

    by Staff — Friday, September 22, 2000

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) announced that it plans to launch a new iShares exchange-traded fund (ETF) similar to U.S. "cubes" (QQQ) in the U.K. John Demaine, Managing Director for Product Development, said BGI has plans "to launch an iShare with a ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Swiss Exchange to Launch New ETFs

    by John Spence — Tuesday, September 19, 2000

    Whew! Working the ETF beat hasn't been easy this past week. Recently my inbox has been full of messages from our editorial staff asking me if I've heard about the latest European exchange to embrace exchange-traded funds (ETFs). State Street Global ...Read More

  • State Street's German arm to Launch ETFs

    by Staff — Friday, September 15, 2000

    In an interview that was published today on, a Germany-based financial news Web site, the head of State Street's German arm announced that State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) plans to launch nine exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on ...Read More

  • Proposed Law to Defer Capital Gains on Funds

    by Jim Novakoff — Thursday, September 14, 2000

    Representative Jim Saxton, a New Jersey Republican and Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, has introduced significant legislation addressing the taxation of mutual funds. The proposed law, if enacted, would change the tax rules for ...Read More

  • State Street to Launch New Australian ETFs

    by Staff — Wednesday, September 13, 2000

    The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management arm of Boston-based State Street Corporation, today announced that they have signed an agreement to develop the first exchange-traded funds (ETFs) ...Read More

  • Indexing on the Global Stage

    by Aviya Kushner — Thursday, September 7, 2000

    Looking for a way to get international exposure without too much risk of getting burned? Though there's no absolutely foolproof investment strategy, some of the biggest names in investing are turning to international index funds. In 1999, according to ...Read More

  • John Spence Zeroes in on Savvy Young Online Investors

    by John Spence — Wednesday, September 6, 2000

    San Francisco-based is urging younger investors to ask themselves, "What if I. . . ?" The new investment site has partnered with Barclays Global Fund Advisors to offer five index funds with an initial minimum investment as low as $100 a ...Read More

  • Gus U. Sauter Interview

    by Gus Sauter — Friday, September 1, 2000

    George U. Sauter, managing director of the Vanguard Core Management group, recently sat down with the staff to discuss a number of topics - the current performance of Janus Funds, the placement of record cash inflows into the market, ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    From our Bureau of Panic Peddling

    by Jim Wiandt — Friday, September 1, 2000

    So what happens when the extravagantly back-tested research of two eminent economists strongly suggests that equity returns are in for a long hard road going forward? Should we stay the course, panic and sell, or stock up on canned food and bottled ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Bogle Speaks Out on Social Security

    by John Spence — Thursday, August 31, 2000

    Unfortunately, John Bogle isn't on the ticket for the upcoming 2000 presidential elections, but he would certainly get our vote if he was in the running. Oh well, there's always 2004. ...Read More

  • Stock Basket Services Make the Picking Cheap

    by Sharon Rockey — Wednesday, August 30, 2000

    For better or worse, the allure and immediacy of Internet technology has granted investors new freedom and more choices for managing their money. Quick and easy online stock trading has become increasingly popular, and as the ranks of "click-and-buy" ...Read More

  • Bogus Press Release Causes Emulex Stock Plunge

    by Staff — Monday, August 28, 2000

    In one of the most dramatic hoaxes in stock market history, a bogus press release caused the market value of networking technology provider Emulex to temporarily lose $2 billion on Friday. ...Read More

  • John Spence

    ETF Update and Complete Listing

    by John Spence — Thursday, August 24, 2000

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have continued their meteoric rise in popularity, with total assets in ETF securities exceeding $47 billion for the week ending 8/18/00, excluding Merrill Lynch's HOLDRs (Source: Wiesenberger). ...Read More

  • Signs of Life in the Internet Sector

    by Maureen Burke — Wednesday, August 23, 2000

    Crash and burn, baby! Who will soon forget that memorable moment of self-immolation for the Nasdaq last Spring? The incineration throughout the trading day of April 4 was proof that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction - the Nasdaq ...Read More

  • John Spence

    Bridgeway Social Fund to Join with Calvert

    by John Spence — Tuesday, August 22, 2000

    Calvert Group and Bridgeway Capital Management today announced a deal to request shareholder approval for a merger of the Bridgewater Social Responsibility Portfolio into the Calvert Large Cap Growth Fund. According to the terms of the agreement, Calvert ...Read More

  • Janus Funds Decline Sparks Debate

    by Adrienne Pauly — Thursday, August 17, 2000

    Falling stars, whether celestial or financial, draw intense interest from observers who react variously to them. The recent disappointment of the Janus Funds after years of stellar performance has produced a strong response within the financial community ...Read More

  • Larry Swedroe

    Too Many Cooks in The Kitchen

    by Larry Swedroe — Monday, August 14, 2000

    Brad Barber and Terrance Odean of the Graduate School of Management, University of California at Davis, have done a series of studies on investor behavior and performance. The following summary discusses some of their studies and their main findings. Individual investors on ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Slice and Dice Primer

    by Jim Wiandt — Thursday, August 10, 2000

    I thought it might be instructive to post part of my reply to him here so that newcomers to the debate have a better idea of what we're talking ...Read More

  • Asset Allocation Is Not Dead

    by Julia Curbo — Friday, August 4, 2000

    A February article in the Wall Street Journal discussed the end of asset allocation. In the interim, of course, many undiversified investors have gotten a rude awakening. ...Read More

  • Larry Swedroe

    How You Interpret the Data Makes All the Difference

    by Larry Swedroe — Thursday, August 3, 2000

    Business Week is a highly regarded publication. Unfortunately, while its reporting of the business news is excellent, the value of its investment advice is often wrongheaded. The reason is that their objective is to sell magazines and gain advertising ...Read More

  • Factor Rotation: Size, Value and Market Correlation

    by William Bernstein — Wednesday, August 2, 2000

    Of all of the tidbits of financial pornography bandied about in the media by market analysts, none is more hackneyed than "rotation": "Well Lou, I think what we saw this week was a rotation out of the cucumber sector and into bagels." This is a fatuous ...Read More

  • Will McClatchy

    Hidden Trading Costs ETF Investors Should Know About

    by Will McClatchy — Monday, July 31, 2000

    How does a small investor know he is getting the best price when he buys or sells an exchange-traded fund (ETF)? The truth is that brokers may quite legally complete a trade at less-than-optimal prices and pocket the difference, and the investor may never ...Read More

  • Magical Run or a Bunch of Hype?

    by Larry Putnam — Saturday, July 29, 2000

    Business Week is a respected bastion of the financial media. Like much of the mainstream media, the magazine has a penchant for publicizing trading successes. In its July 24th issue, BW printed a 4-page analysis of "Inside Wall Street" columnist Gene ...Read More

  • And the Rich Get Richer

    by Charles Clawson — Friday, July 28, 2000

    Vanguard, the leader in low-fee investment funds, announced Wednesday it will offer a price break on expenses for its long-term investors and those with big money accounts. The new "Admiral" share class could save shareholders 33% in fees. ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Diversifying Internationally - Safe and Sensible

    by Jim Wiandt — Tuesday, July 25, 2000

    You've got a house, a broad section of the U.S. Market, and some bonds. You think you're diversified? Think again. Without a healthy allotment of international stocks, your porfolio is not as diversified as it should be. ...Read More

  • NYSE Looks to Challenge American Exchange ETF Hegemony

    by Staff — Thursday, July 20, 2000

    There are currently 58 exchange-traded funds available to investors. Their combined assets amount to some $47 billion. Every one of them trades on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). This may soon change. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today expressed ...Read More

  • Jim Wiandt

    Fortune to Create Exchange-Traded Funds

    by Jim Wiandt — Wednesday, July 19, 2000

    The latest in a procession of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to enter the market comes from Fortune, which has licensed State Street Global Advisors (SsgA) to manage new ETFs based on the Fortune 500 and Fortune e-50 stock indexes. ...Read More