Features and News

Pension Underfunding at Historic High

New research from S&P shows pension underfunding in the S&P 500 grew to a record $259 billion in 2003 despite up market.

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'Buffering' Investors from Index Effect

Index industry practitioners debate the optimal strategies to reduce the hidden costs of passive investing.

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More 'Quasi-Active' Indexes from the Amex

The American Stock Exchange rolls out six more 'intelligent' indexes . . . corresponding ETFs to follow.

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Dow Jones Select Dividend Index in Action

The first annual changes in the Dow Jones Select Dividend Index indicate how the index will behave.

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Pricing Index Options

Prior to expiration, option prices reflect an expectation about future index volatility, because volatility affects the chance that the index will move above or below the exercise price at expiration.

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Stabilizing Returns With Derivatives

Used judiciously, derivatives may help dampen risk and bring stability to portfolio returns. Author discusses use of a buy-write strategy.

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Are Mutual Fund Scandals a Boon for the ETF Industry?

The Spitzer investigation continues to provide fresh gunpowder for ETF marketers . . . but they've remained eerily silent.

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iShares Launches First TIPS Exchange-Traded Fund

The iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund (ticker: TIP) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.