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BlackRock calls for halting the stock market to avoid volatility
trueBlackRock has concocted its own remedy for days of extraordinary volatility in the U.S. equity market.
Ambiguity in smart beta can vex fiduciaries
trueFor institutional investors, smart beta strategies — whether implemented actively or passively — lead to significant areas of ambiguity related to fiduciary responsibility.
A rocky summer for equity markets
trueVolatility returned to global equity markets with gusto in the third quarter, stalling the bull market.
Outflows still plague active equity firm Rainier
trueRainier Investment Management LLC in Seattle, after several years of subpar results, continues to face large net outflows.
The world's going passive. Is it a mistake?
trueThe move passive from active to investing has been nothing less than seismic for the asset management industry. In the past 10 years, passive equity has gone from around a tenth of total equity assets to more than a quarter, and the momentum seems inexorable.
MiFID II proposals would bring equity trading rules to other asset classes
trueThe European Union’s market regulator proposed new regulations that would apply equity trading templates to other asset classes and put limits on the use of dark pools.
DB plans moving away from emerging markets, increasing multiasset use — report
trueDefined benefit investors are stepping back from emerging markets bonds and equities in favor of global equities, low-variance equities, infrastructure, real estate, alternative credit and traditional passive strategies, said a report from Principal Global Investors and CREATE-Research.
San Antonio Fire & Police collars 2 international equity managers
trueSan Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund hired Strategic Global Advisors and EAM Investors to manage $10 million and $5 million, respectively, in international equity.
Texas Municipal hires 2 international small-cap equity managers
trueTexas Municipal Retirement System hired Wellington Management and Wasatch Advisors to manage $230 million each in international small-cap equity.
Q2 buybacks up 13.2% from a year ago, down from prior quarter
trueShare repurchases by S&P 500 companies totaled $131.6 billion in the second quarter, up 13.2% from a year earlier but down 8.7% from Q1 2015.
Low-cost active funds have higher success rates
trueA new report by Morningstar shows that lower-cost active funds have higher success rates than the most expensive funds.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management adds portfolio manager for global equities
trueAlex Stanic joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management as a portfolio manager on the global equities team, a spokeswoman said.
Memphis Light, Gas & Water taps 2 small-cap growth managers
trueMemphis Light, Gas & Water Division hired active domestic small-cap growth equity managers LMCG Investments and StoneRidge Investment Partners to manage $38 million and $10 million, respectively.
CalPERS to consider taking activist manager portfolio in-house
trueCalPERS is evaluating its $2.6 billion external activist manager program to see whether its global equity staff could manage the strategies internally, said a report by CalPERS consultant Wilshire Associates.
Louisiana Teachers adds William Blair for smidcap, sets $200 million to 3 funds
trueLouisiana Teachers’ Retirement System, Baton Rouge, hired William Blair to manage about $250 million in active domestic smidcap core equities.