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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WSJ Ponders the Future of ETFs

News summary by MFWire's editors

In anticipation of the 20th birthday of exchange-traded funds, The Wall Street Journal took a look at where the product stands and where it may be going.

The article takes a look at a number of players in the market, both big and small. These include: Russell Investments [profile]; Scottrade Inc. [profile]; Charles Schwab Corp. [profile]; BlackRock's iShares [profile]; Vanguard Group [profile]; Fidelity Investments [profile]; State Street Corp. [profile] and Pimco [profile]. The article also noted firms such as Precidian Investments [profile] and Capital Cities Asset Management.

The article notes five major upcoming trends with the product:

1. Bonds Will Be Big
2. More Advisers Using ETFs
3. A Future in 401(k)s
4. Tweaking the Mechanics
5. Changing the Mix of Funds

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website.

The Journal actually waxed poetic on the subject of ETFs today, running a number of articles on the product.

They are: So Many Slices, So Hard to Pick the Right One and Twenty Years of Comments on ETFs. They also ran the following graphical presentations on the subject: A Graphic on the History of the ETF, Calculating the Costs of ETFs, and A Field Guide to ETFs

Edited by: Tommy Fernandez

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