Sell All Your Mutual Funds – And Save By Brett Eversole Analyst, True Wealth Systems

  Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Today’s advice is simple: You need to call your broker and sell your mutual funds right now. Don’t worry. We aren’t on the brink of catastrophe. I don’t believe the stock market is going to collapse. But there is NO reason you should own any mutual funds today… or any other time for that matter. Selling your mutual funds will easily save you a hundred …

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Actively Managed ETFs get Big-Name Backing By Rachel Konig Beals for Reuters

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Actively managed exchange-traded funds may have gotten the headliner needed to push this sleepy category into the investing mainstream. Bill Gross and his bond-fund-giant Pimco in early May added a third actively managed ETF to their roster. This offering follows their actively managed Pimco Total Return ETF BOND -0.0095% . What should investors make of frontier-market exchange-traded funds? Is the proliferation of leveraged ETFs hurting the market? …

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Hitchhikers Guide To The ETF Galaxy By Michael Johnston

May 14, 2012 | At times, it seems as if the number of ETFs available to U.S. investors will soon exceed the number of stars in the sky. That might be overstating things a bit, but the pace of expansion in the ETF industry has truly been impressive over the last several years. With multiple products seemingly debuting every week and very few shutting down (despite countless predictions to the …

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Want to boost Returns, Lower Volatility? Be Like Harvard By Andrew Osterland

Endowments’ embracing of alternative investments has paid off big May 8, 2012 Traditional portfolio management hasn’t worked for the past decade, and advisers need to change their investment strategies, Steve Blumenthal, chief executive of Capital Management Group Inc., told advisers Tuesday during a panel discussion at the NAPFA conference in Chicago. The firms of Mr. Blumenthal, along with David D’Amico, president of Braver Wealth Management LLC, and Michael McClary, director …

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Pendulum Shifts to Active ETF’s By Tom Lydon Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

May 6th Actively managed exchange traded funds are finally getting some attention, as successful new products have recently launched. The fixed income category of active management has been able to acquire assets, setting momentum for this area of the market. “Although we estimate that actively managed ETFs represent roughly 5% of all the assets in U.S.-traded ETFs, we see interest on the rise, as evidenced by the number of such …

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Many Absolute Return Funds Fail to Deliver By Elaine Moore

Absolute return funds look set to remain a popular choice among investors seeking security in volatile markets – with more money than ever forecast to flow into the sector this year. According to Fitch Ratings, the £23bn fund sector will continue to grow in 2012, in spite of disappointing performance in 2011. However, financial advisers are expressing concern over investors’ enthusiasm for these funds, and their understanding of the likely …

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Celent and Moody’s Predict Further ETF Growth By Chris Flood

The exchange traded funds industry is poised for further growth in 2012 and beyond, according to a pair of reports published this week by Celent, the research consultancy, and Moody’s Investors Services, the ratings agency. New rules and regulations should be a net positive for the ETF industry, according to Moody’s ETF Industry Overview report, which said that the harmonisation of product labelling and increased disclosure and reporting was a …

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Actively Managed ETF’s small, But Growing By James Armstrong for Traders Magazine Online News

April 27, 2012 Actively managed exchange-traded funds don’t account for a huge portion of the ETF universe, but that could be changing, and the New York Stock Exchange’s electronic venue Arca, where the majority of ETFs are listed, is banking on that being the case. According to Laura Morrison, head of U.S. ETP listing and trading for NYSE Euronext, actively managed ETFs have seen their assets grow 64 percent over …

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State Street Global Advisors Rolls Out First Active ETF’s By Jason Kephart

April 26, 2012 State Street Global Advisors-First wave to focus on tactical allocation State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest provider exchange-traded products, unveiled its first actively managed ETFs on Thursday. The firm has launched three ETFs of ETFs that are tactically managed by SSgA’s Investment Solutions Group. “We’re at the beginning of a large bullish market for tactical-allocation products,” said Christopher Goolgasian, head of U.S. portfolio management at the unit, …

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A Defense Of Active Fund Management Vs. Passive Index Investing By Tom Kerr for Seeking Alpha

 April 11, 2012 The passive versus active fund management debate raged on recently as the most recent S&P Index Versus Active (SPIVA) report came out in March that stated that more than 84% of actively managed U.S. equity funds underperformed their S&P benchmark last year. Ignoring the obvious problem of using 1-year data to measure investment performance as well as the self-serving nature of the S&P report (licensing their indexes …

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