Staff Analysis

Bubonic Plague

I love a good quote, and they don't get much better than this. The Wall Street Journal ran an article today about pension fund managers rethinking plans to invest in hedge funds, given all the problems we've seen in recent weeks. Analysis

Once In a Light Year

I woke up this morning to read a New York Times story (free registration required) showing that the national housing price average had dropped for the first time ever. Analysis

Do You Speak ETF?

I've been studying the linguistic patterns of ETF-ese, Jim, and there are some real curiosities. For instance, there is no past tense: the words "has," "have" and "in the past" have vanished from the lexicon. Analysis

Do You Speak Hedgie?

Unfortunately, the 6 a.m. blog was NOT on for today, because we were having technical problems with the Web site. But we're on for 6 a.m. in Hawaii maybe. Analysis

A New Boom In Hong Kong

China -- and Chinese ETFs -- are getting a lot more interesting. And that, of course, is saying something. Analysis


There's been a whole lot of press attention on those big bad ETFs that are going to get you. When did we lose sight of the fact that just about ALL ETFs are better than just about ALL actively managed mutual funds? Analysis

One Exchange To Rule Them All

Here's a question for the crowd: What's the fallout of all this exchange merger activity? Analysis

The 6 AM Blog

Today I start a tradition as audacious as the $5 shake from Pulp Fiction: The 6 a.m. Blog. So get your coffee and dig in to a new indexing tradition. Analysis

The Sky --Is-- Falling

That's what everyone says, Jim: That 30% seems a little Chicken Little-ish. But where was everyone in 2005?