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ICE Lands Russell Contract

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) stuck its thumb in the eye of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) this morning, announcing a deal for the exclusive rights to trade futures and options on futures on the full suite of Russell indexes. 

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Great Expectations

I decided to take a look at valuations in the asset management space to get a feel for how the rumored purchase price of Rydex stacks up.

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Issuer Valuations, Rydex and ETNs

Matt - you had some interesting comments on valuations, but from what I heard about the Rydex sale, the levels you're talking about seem to be holding.  How does $1 billion sound to you?  In cash. 

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ETF Prices

You mention that seed money is drying up in the ETF space, Jim, and that’s true: we’ve seen funds like the HealthShares launch with as little as $2.5 million in seed money. A few years ago, that would have been $25 million, easy.

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ETF Seed Money Dries Up

I received a note last night from a panelist mentioning that in our FRA conference today in New York, we might want to talk about the issue discussed in Diya Gullapalli's recent WJS article - no seed money for new ETFs - and how that has shifted the industry.

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Are Best Practices Good Enough?

The more money that has flowed into indexed portfolios, the more of a science index investing has become. But is it enough? "Best practices" are certainly not a fixed target.

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Russell Recon And Best Practices

It’s good to see Russell adopting emerging best practices in the index industry. Both of the major changes they’ve adopted this year make a lot of sense.

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Burton Malkiel LOVES ETFs

I'm back in New York. And what a pleasurable first day to see Burton Malkiel at an (urp) ISHARES event. There he was espousing the benefits of ETFs to a significant gathering of the New York financial media.