New ETF Firm Gencap Buys FactorShares By Olly Ludwig

July 16, 2012   FactorShares, the ETF sponsor behind a quintet of leveraged spread funds and a trio of resource-focused equity funds now in registration, was acquired by a new white-label exchange-traded fund company that aims to help clients bring to market just about any sort of ETF imaginable. Terms weren’t disclosed. GencapVentures LLC—a new firm headed by former MacroMarkets Chief Executive Sam Masucci, and involving a number of ETF …

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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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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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Study: Hedge Funds Outperform Other Asset Classes Commissioned By KPMG

Apr 24 2012 New research commissioned by KPMG and a hedge fund lobby group shows hedge funds have significantly outperformed equities, bonds and commodities over the last 17 years. The report—The Value of the Hedge Fund Industry to Investors, Markets and the Broader Economy—was done by the Centre for Hedge Fund Research at Imperial College in London at the behest of the international tax firm and the Alternative Investment Management …

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Are Pension Forecasts Way Too Sunny? By JASON ZWEIG

If you were a better stock picker than Warren Buffet, would you be punching the clock every day as the faceless manager of a corporate pension plan? Judging by many companies’ recent financial statements, they must believe their pension plans are run by such unheralded baby Buffetts. WSJ ‘Intelligent Investor’ Jason Zweig visits Mean Street to discuss the rosy – and in many cases, unrealistic – pension fund projection corporations …

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Barrons ETF Expert Portfolios-Not much in the way of innovative thinking. By Roger Rusbaum

One of the features in this week’s Barron’s included an interview with three investment advisors who were billed as ETF experts using all-ETF portfolios for clients. Obviously I have no idea where Barron’s found these guys but the conversation read like something you could have read four years ago at IndexUniverse (that is a compliment to IndexUniverse and a shot at the Barron’s article). Each interviewee provided specifics of the …

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Active ETFs Continue to Struggle: PQZ and PQY Close

Active ETFs Continue to Struggle: PQZ and PQY Close By Invest With An Edge, on October 11th, 2011 in ETFs The two oldest actively-managed ETFs are no longer with us. September 30, 2011 marked the last day of trading for PowerShares Active Alpha Multi-Cap (PQZ) and PowerShares Active AlphaQ (PQY). Both were launched on April 11, 2008. Their demise clearly illustrates the obstacles facing all actively-managed ETFs. Invesco PowerShares threw …

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