Updated Friday, August 1, 2014 as of 1:52 AM ET
'Smart Beta' Testing
“Smart beta” ETFs are set to upend traditional asset management, attracting assets from both active managers and passive indexes.
David Koenig, investment strategist at Russell Investments, which has created widely used smart beta indexes, explains: “Smart beta sits right in the middle of what has been considered beta and what has been considered alpha. Part of what had been attributed to manager skill can be accounted for by exposure to certain factors.” These include company size, stock price momentum and price to book value ratios that computers can efficiently discern.   more »
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New funds provide hedging tools to limit or amplify clients' currency exposure on their foreign investments. more »
FINRA found that LPL didn’t have a reasonable system in place to determine whether purchases of alternatives would cause a customer’s account to be unsuitably concentrated. more »
IMCA and CAIA are teaming up to fill in a knowledge gap about alternative investments, offering a new online education program that teaches the basics to the uninitiated. more »
RCS Capital is following through on its promise to launch a research division with the hiring of two non-traded investments analysts. more »
Vanguard Group, the third- largest U.S. provider of exchange-traded funds, has asked regulators for permission to open actively-managed ETFs. more »
The focus on dual registrants grows out of concern that the different compensation structures of the two business lines can create conflicts of interest and potentially harm investors, according to an SEC director. more »
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