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Westmoreland County Employees picks 2 managers to run enhanced indexed equities
Westmoreland County Employees' Retirement System, Greensburg, Pa., hired Stewart Capital Advisors and TWIN Capital Management to run $5 million each in enhanced indexed domestic equities.
Apple bonds expected to be part of major indexes
Barclays U.S. Aggregate, Standard & Poor's U.S. corporate and other major bond indexes are expected to include $14 billion of the $17 billion in bonds Apple Inc. sold Tuesday, said Colin Robertson, managing director-fixed income, Northern Trust Asset Management.
Vanguard maintains strong asset growth
Fresh off setting a record for most net inflows in a single year, The Vanguard Group Inc. took in $53.6 billion in the first quarter, a single-quarter record for the firm.
Index groups form new association
Several major index groups have joined forces to create the Index Industry Association and hired former CME Group executive Rick Redding as its executive director.
Here's another way to build equity indexes
U.S. equity indexes constructed randomly by monkeys — or more precisely 10 million virtual monkeys — would have outperformed the equivalent cap-weighted index, according to a joint study by City University London's Cass Business School and Aon Hewitt.
New Mexico PERA consolidating 2 index funds
New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association is consolidating two passive equity portfolios into a single roughly $1.1 billion portfolio benchmarked to the Russell 3000.
Building a better index
Private equity has become mainstream in the asset allocations of pension funds and other asset owners, but in one important way it is still a frontier market.
FTSE, TMX join forces to create new ETF index business
FTSE Group and TMX Group will combine their fixed-income index businesses into a joint venture called FTSE TMX Debt Capital Markets.
iShares is rethinking index contracts
BlackRock Inc.'s iShares is reviewing its contracts with index providers in light of The Vanguard Group Inc.'s switch to flat fees for licensing indexes instead of paying a portion of exchange-traded-fund assets.
Straitjacket investing: Passive has its limitations
One might ask if passive strategies, originally designed to protect investors from “hurting” themselves from active management, might well be punishing investors instead.
ETFs open doors to other institutional accounts
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the first U.S. listed exchange-traded fund — the SPDR S&P 500 ETF — both institutional investors and money managers are still hashing out their views on exchange-traded products.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission extends SSgA's contract
Illinois Student Assistance Commission extended State Street Global Advisors' passive international equity option for one year starting Jan. 18.
Illinois Teachers OKs searches for emerging markets equity managers
Illinois Teachers' Retirement System authorized a search for active and passive emerging markets equities managers at a board meeting Tuesday.
Philadelphia pension board scouting for passive manager
Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement is searching for at least one passive investment manager.
Illinois prepaid tuition plan scopes out passive core bonds
Illinois Student Assistance Commission is searching for a passive domestic core fixed-income manager to run about $70 million for the $1.1 billion College Illinois Trust Fund, the state's prepaid tuition program.