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A Closer Look at Active and Factor ETFs

ETF.com’s Sumit Roy discusses the active ETF landscape, including why active ETFs have been slow to gain traction and whether non-transparent ETFs can help. iShares’ Holly Framsted goes in-depth on factor investing, explaining how to use factor ETFs in a portfolio and offering her factor outlook moving forward. TrueMark’s Mike Loukas spotlights two recently launched, actively managed ETFs.

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BlackRock Raising Bar on ESG Investing?

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink recently signed two letters outlining how the company intends to help combat climate change.  ETF.com’s Lara Crigger explains why this latest initiative feels different than past promises.  Charles Schwab’s D.J. Tierney discusses their move to commission-free trading, recent ETF launches, and the ongoing ETF fee war.  Fundamental Income’s Alexi Panagiotakopoulos spotlights the NETLease Corporate Real Estate ETF (NETL).

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Back to the Future: iShares Megatrends

On this special edition of ETF Prime, Chad Slawner, U.S. Head of iShares Strategy, and Jeff Spiegel, U.S. Head of iShares Megatrend & International ETFs, explain five megatrends shaping our future and highlight their suite of ETFs designed to capture these trends.

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Stocks Soaring, But Bond ETFs Shining

With the S&P 500 enjoying its best start to a year since 1987, bond ETFs have somewhat surprisingly drawn investor interest.  BlackRock’s Karen Schenone helps make sense of the outsized bond ETF flows and also discusses factor-focused and ESG bond ETFs.  ETF.com’s Dave Nadig offers perspective on Morningstar’s annual fund fee study.  Distillate Capital’s Tom Cole spotlights their U.S. Fundamental Stability & Value ETF (DSTL).

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Stop The Blame Game: Index Providers Don’t Drive Performance

The following was authored by Martin Small, Head of U.S. iShares at BlackRock. Index providers may set out the rules, but stock pickers dictate winners and losers. Martin explains. We all have a fascination with finding the person “behind the curtain,” the Great Oz who exercises ultimate control.  In reality, wizards are few and far between.  With reams of data now demonstrating that exchange traded funds (ETFs) and index mutual funds don’t actually fuel the markets, pundits have started to look for a new magician, a single force that inflates asset bubbles and then catastrophically explodes them. Some have set their

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Guess Who’s Driving the ETF Bus?

The following was authored by Martin Small, Head of U.S. iShares and a regular contributor to The Blog. ETFs got their biggest boost in 2017 from end investors and advisors. Martin explains why this is such a big deal. By any measure, 2017 was a breakout year for exchange traded funds (ETFs). Globally, an unprecedented $630 billion flowed into ETFs, some three-quarters of which came from the U.S. As a result, close to $5 trillion is currently hard at work for ETF investors, helping them participate in the markets conveniently, precisely and generally at low costs. When you consider that these

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