Bogle Boggles and Balks re: ETFs

In the category of  "He who speaks with forked tongue..." Index Icon and Vanguard Group founder John Bogle once again threw a curve ball while speaking at today's Bloomberg Portfolio Manager Mash-Up. [caption id="attachment_193" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="John Bogle, Vanguard Group founder"][/caption] Stating "ETFs are the greatest trading innovation of the…Read More

16 February, 2012

iShares Adds More Junk (Bond) ETFs

[slideshow] For those raising their hands high and asking for more high yield bond ETFs, iShares is serving up two more corporate bond ETFs that "will cover a spectrum of credit quality ranging from low-investment-grade to junk bonds." Both of the new funds will own corporates issued in US dollars,…Read More

16 February, 2012

“Agency-Only Execution Firm” To Seed Hedge Fund Clients

Cantor Fitzgerald, the "broker's broker" that literally rose from the ashes of 9/11 to rebuild its business trafficking in multiple product types, including ETFs and options, and positions itself as an "agency-only" aka "conflict-free" broker, today announced the second phase of its plan to expand into the [often-conflicted] territory of…Read More

15 February, 2012

First Trust Launches More Intl. ETFs

First Trust, the issuer of the first cloud computing ETF (SKYY) announced today they'll be coming to market with a basket full of fun in their AlphaDEX Fund series. Up to the plate for trading on Wednesday is a first string list of products: First Trust Canada AlphaDEX (NYSEArca :…Read More

14 February, 2012

Barron’s Blog: ETF Spreads & Asking For Trouble

[caption id="attachment_30" align="alignleft" width="60" caption="Barron's Brendan Conway"][/caption] Barron's debuts Brendan Conway's new column "Focus on Funds" with a pithy observation courtesy of veteran ETF trader and former UVa basketball titan Willy Dersch.   See the blog roll here:Read More

13 February, 2012