Commentary

Tim Quast

The Age of Intermediation

Guest commentator Tim Quast argues that the Securities and Exchange Commission's recently formed Market Structure Advisory Committee highlights only hollow rhetorical politics and the need for obsessive-compulsive governmental intermediation.

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Ivers W. Riley, Who Helped Introduce Spider ETF, Dies at 82

Ivers W. Riley, who helped usher in a new era of securities trading with the introduction of the exchange- traded fund known as Spider, has died. He was 82.

V2 Capital Pursues A Liquid Alternative

Last fall, Victor Viner, the founder and chief investment officer of V2 Capital, converted his hedge fund into a liquid alternative fund. Why? It’s all about liquidity and the client’s needs.

Teaching Old Dogs New ETF Tricks

As asset managers feed their hunger for exchange-traded funds, order management system providers step up their game.

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Fund Fight

For years, exchange-traded fund trading volume surged. Now, it’s slumping too. Nasdaq, NYSE and BATS are now slugging it out with incentives, new order types and a new ETF-focused exchange to resuscitate trading.

Exchange-Traded Future

The major exchange operators are in pitched battle to win market share and build up volume of trading in exchanged-traded funds.

SEC Tackles Market Maker Payments

The Securities and Exchange Commission is set to decide by Dec. 8 whether to approve proposals by the Nasdaq Stock Market and NYSE Arca to permit sponsors of exchange-traded funds to pay broker-dealers for making a market in their securities.

BofA Merrill Expands ETF Algo

Bank of America Merrill Lynch plans to expand the number of exchange-traded funds traded by its ETF-specific algo. Known as ETF-aXe, the two-year-old algo currently trades 300 ETFs. The new editions could include funds that go beyond just U.S. stocks.

PIMCO's Eyes Are Fixed on ETFs

With the current volatility of the equities markets, investors know they need to have exposure to bonds, but they often desire the ease and liquidity of equities, which can be provided by exchange-traded funds. Customers want fixed-income safety and stock convenience, which has driven PIMCO-the don of bonds-into the world of ETFs.

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