John Williams

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ESMA Turns Back The Index Clock

Regulator’s push for index transparency will bring about fundamental changes in business models for ETF issuers, index providers and many active funds

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Changing The Index Rules

ESMA’s review of strategy indices hasn't attracted as much attention as its focus on other areas of the ETF industry. But it is worth following closely

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Volatility Indices Redux

Benchmarks that use algorithmic strategies to capture spikes in equity market volatility are all the rage. But they don’t come cheap.

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Investors Increasingly Drawn To Smart Beta

More ETF buyers are shunning traditional market-cap-weighted benchmarks, turning instead to alternative options.

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Why Fixed Income Funds May Fall Short

Demand for corporate bond and high yield ETFs has surged as investors seek higher returns. But they may also get higher tracking errors.

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Piecing Together The Indexing Jigsaw

The last 10 years have seen a transformation in the index business, and the line between benchmark provider and ETF issuer is looking increasingly blurred.

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What’s Inside Your Index?

While most benchmark indices have simple structures, strategy indices often come with embedded complexity and extra costs.

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Shifting Gears On Strategy Indices

European regulators’ push for index transparency threatens to make some benchmark providers' business models unsustainable