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Annual report to Congress highlights surge of US positions in Chinese equity and debt securities
Akira Sugano says it is not practical to engage with every company and yet passive funds cannot divest
Complaint says fund’s strategy does not justify the high fees
Steeply rising energy prices could have a negative consequences or prompt price intervention, experts say
Concerns over steeply rising prices are fuelling flows into ETFs that can offer protection
Withdrawals follow a surge in demand for the funds on belief that they were set to return to outperformance
A million-dollar wager and an epic battle between an index tracker and a hedge fund
Japan’s $1.7tn pension fund will track an ex-China version FTSE Russell’s WGBI bond index
Lacking a uniform definition, fund providers are using considerable latitude when attaching the smart beta label
Vanguard’s easy to explain funds find broad appeal, but iShares still leads the pack
Adherents of factor investing feel the sting from a long run of underperformance
Low yields and inflationary pressure are forcing a strategic rethink as investors consider value and quality
Strategy of focusing on unloved shares has endured a tough run since the 2008 crash
Higher cost smart beta funds providing slight factor tilts are often outshone by cheaper ETFs
Top tech groups get lower weighting in ETF that tracks Nasdaq-100 index
Discretion may have a role in forming benchmarks, but clarity is essential
Deadline for securities regulator to object to the first of the new vehicles will expire next week
FTSE Russell, MSCI and S&P indices account for more than 80% of passive European equity assets
A new working paper attempts to figure out why some companies make it into the blue-chip stock market index.
Similar products held by rivals such as Vanguard have attracted big inflows
Latest regulatory approval and fund launches still leave direct investment in crypto via ETFs off limits in the US
Only 15% of European ETFs and other index products track ESG indices
Bank of America analysis shows how difficult it is to avoid fallout from Beijing’s crackdown
Research suggests index funds have insulated US equities from threat of a sustained bear market
Debate over whether the systems can truly remove human bias and how much supervision they need