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China ETF Demand Overwhelms Quota, Premium Reaches Record

The largest U.S. ETF that tracks mainland Chinese stocks has jumped to a record premium to its underlying assets as unprecedented demand forces fund manager Deutsche Bank AG to all but stop taking in new money.

Why It's Time to Rethink Your Distribution Strategy

The end of the year is the perfect time to think about what you accomplished and what you want to accomplish in the next twelve months. This checklist will help ensure you've thought through the major considerations to plan your distribution strategy for 2015.

Product Launch Highlights

Among recent notable product launches is an ETF aimed at accessing China's onshore bond market, a new index that will track publicly-listed companies developing or providing cyber security technology, and a fund aiming to outperform an index composed of futures contracts on 14 heavily traded commodities.

Weekly Update: ETF & ETPs Rebound in March

From news of ETFs and ETPs rebounding in March to BlackRock shaking up leadership, here's top news impacting mutual fund and ETF managers and providers.

Emerging-Market ETFs Halt Exodus as Money Leaves Tech Stocks

Investors are piling into emerging- market exchange-traded funds at the fastest pace in seven months as they dump technology companies in favor of cheaper stocks.

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Managed Futures Can Increase Diversification and Reduce Risk

The 2008 and 2009 global financial crisis left many investors disappointed with the high volatility and negative performance of their portfolios and leading them to re-evaluate the risk reducing ability of asset allocation.

What's the Future of Alternative Mutual Funds?

With heavyweights like Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) throwing its hat into the managed futures mutual fund ring, interest from both investors and asset management in this investment vehicle appears to be rising.

Executive Briefings

It looks like Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company will have its day in court come January 2014 to defend itself against a mutual fund lawsuit.

Commodity Pools Open for Alt Mutual Funds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has put alternative mutual funds on notice after ruling in favor of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by upholding its recent amendments to Rule 4.5 that will require mutual funds that bet on gold, oil or other commodities to register as commodity pool operators.

DC Plans 'Push and Pull' into Alternatives

Non-traditional investment allocations in defined contribution plans, while commonplace in defined benefit pension portfolios, are a rare sight in today's retirement plan lineup.

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