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MSCI launches multifactor indexes
trueMSCI on Tuesday unveiled a new set of multifactor indexes to enable investors to get the long-term risk and return exposure of active management in a passive way.
Capital Group mulls big index switch
trueThe people who brought you the MSCI All Country World indexes are now saying “never mind.”
Barclays to add CMBS from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to aggregate indexes
trueBarclays for the first time will add commercial mortgage-backed securities issued and backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to its U.S. Aggregate and Global Aggregate indexes beginning June 30, 2014.
Oklahoma Firefighters makes Nasdaq its preferred benchmark indexes
trueOklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, Oklahoma City, is adopting the Nasdaq Global index family as the preferred benchmark for its equity investments.
LGIMA adds 2 index fund executives
trueChad Rakvin was named head of U.S. index funds and Shaun Murphy was named index funds-director at Legal & General Investment Management America.
S&P Dow Jones to demote Greece, promote 2 to emerging markets status
trueS&P Dow Jones Indices announced on Thursday it will demote Greece to the status of emerging market from developed market, while it will promote both Qatar and United Arab Emirates to emerging markets from frontier markets.
Distribution, education take on renewed importance for ETF managers
trueA year removed from a triple-play of intense product and fee competition — Charles Schwab's fee cuts on its exchange-traded fund lineup, the introduction of cheaper “core” products from BlackRock Inc.'s iShares, and an equity index transition by Vanguard Group Inc. to cut fund expenses — the U.S. ...
Scottish Widows moves £2.1 billion into FTSE RAFI index strategies
trueScottish Widows moved £2.1 billion ($3.35 billion) total to passive equity strategies linked to three FTSE RAFI indexes.
New Zealand Superannuation goes with Northern Trust for 4 passive portfolios
trueNew Zealand Superannuation Fund, Auckland, hired Northern Trust Global Investments to manage four passive strategies.
South Carolina pumps $6.4 billion into global equity index funds
trueSouth Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission made a big move into passive global equity management, investing a total of $6.4 billion in index funds managed by BlackRock and State Street Global Advisors.
Non-market-cap index assets jump in 2013
trueTotal indexed assets under management using non-market-capitalization benchmarks increased to $161 billion as of June 30 from $42.4 billion the prior year. The number of providers with non-market-cap assets almost doubled to 13. State Street Global Advisors, BlackRock Inc., BNY Mellon Investment ...
Oakland Police and Fire calls for passive U.S. large-cap value, growth managers
trueOakland (Calif.) Police & Fire Retirement System is searching for passive domestic large-cap equity managers to run $25 million to $30 million each in growth and value strategies.
Index assets up 18.4% for year; total worldwide tops $7 trillion
trueWorldwide internally managed index assets increased more than a trillion dollars to $7.3 trillion in the year ended June 30 — an 18.4% increase — according to Pensions & Investments' annual survey of managers of indexed assets.
Football pool participants: Meet enhanced indexing
trueThe debate between active vs. passive investing is old hat. But a new question is forming — active or passive football betting?
Texas Employees launches RFQ for large-cap growth index funds
trueTexas Employees Retirement System, Austin, has issued an RFQ for large-cap growth equity index funds for the Texa$aver 401(k) and 457 plans it administers.