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Outside the Box: Active managers see value in these 3 company practices but indexers hate them. Who’s right?

Every corporation is unique. It follows that governance arrangements should be tailored to suit. Yet many shareholders, especially indexers, roundly condemn certain governance practices as if one size fits all.  Three corporate practices illustrate this: combining the roles of chairman and chief executive; staggered director terms, and classes of stock with different voting rights. Each… Continue reading Outside the Box: Active managers see value in these 3 company practices but indexers hate them. Who’s right?

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Letter: Active managers play a vital role in raising capital

I read with interest the analysis by Robin Wigglesworth highlighting the challenges faced by active fund managers (“Active managers struggle to prove their worth in a turbulent year”, The Big Read, November 12). First, he highlights underperformance by active managers, which in the main must reflect the difference in fees between active and passive funds,… Continue reading Letter: Active managers play a vital role in raising capital

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Active managers struggle to prove their worth in a turbulent year

The history of financial markets has more wild plot twists, temper tantrums and triumphant comebacks than a daytime soap opera — or a US presidential election for that matter. Even by Wall Street’s standards, 2020 has been exceptional, yet for some active asset managers it offered the promise of salvation of sorts. Over the past… Continue reading Active managers struggle to prove their worth in a turbulent year

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Vanguard active fund closure highlights challenge in Europe

The closure of Vanguard’s Irish-domiciled actively managed US Fundamental Value fund highlights how the growth in its active business in Europe is lagging behind that of its passive offering. The directors of Vanguard’s US Fundamental Value fund said the institutionally oriented product’s low level of assets meant it was generating insufficient fees. It had £15m… Continue reading Vanguard active fund closure highlights challenge in Europe

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UK active managers fail to prove their mettle in a bear market

Nearly half of active funds in the UK failed to outperform their benchmark in the first six months of 2020, undermining longstanding claims that stock pickers shine in times of high market volatility. Since January, 45 per cent of actively managed UK equity funds underperformed the S&P UK BMI benchmark, with 49 per cent falling… Continue reading UK active managers fail to prove their mettle in a bear market

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Reliance Jio battles falling share of active users on network

Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani’s Indian mobile operator, is battling a falling share of active customers even as the company touts its breakneck growth to attract billions of dollars from top foreign investors. Four-year-old Jio has used rock-bottom prices to become India’s largest operator with its customer base soaring to 397m in June, the most recent… Continue reading Reliance Jio battles falling share of active users on network

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Hunt for answer to bond blues turns to active ETFs

The crushing of global interest rates to historically low levels has delivered big gains for bond investors and crowns a four-decade run of solid returns. From here, the picture looks tougher and that may mean investors need to take a more active approach to managing their portfolios. A universe where bonds provide little to no… Continue reading Hunt for answer to bond blues turns to active ETFs

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Nature-Inspired Standing Mats – The monkii 'STOIC' Active Standing Mat Mimics Natural Surfaces (TrendHunter.com)

Standing desks have become commonplace but can leave a person feeling somewhat stagnant when used for long periods just like with sitting, so the monkii ‘STOIC’ active standing mat is positioned as a way to change this. The mat features a series of interchangeable surfaces that mimic natural environments like a riverbed, forest floor and… Continue reading Nature-Inspired Standing Mats – The monkii 'STOIC' Active Standing Mat Mimics Natural Surfaces (TrendHunter.com)

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K-Beauty Free-From Shampoo – LAPCOS' Dr. 14 Vital Care Shampoo is Made with 14 Active Ingredients (TrendHunter.com)

LAPCOS, the k-beauty brand renowned for its beloved sheet-masks, recently expanded its portfolio with its first-ever shampoo, Dr. 14 Vital Care Shampoo. This unique shampoo was formulated with 14 active ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen, Centella, lemon balm, oregano, and spearmint, among others, all clinically proven to help nourish and volumize hair. The product is… Continue reading K-Beauty Free-From Shampoo – LAPCOS' Dr. 14 Vital Care Shampoo is Made with 14 Active Ingredients (TrendHunter.com)

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BlackRock and Vanguard look set to extend dominance to active ETFs

BlackRock and Vanguard, the twin powerhouses of the passive investment industry, look set to grab the lion’s share of assets in the small, but faster growing world of actively managed exchange traded funds. The finding is likely to disappoint active fund managers, which have been squeezed by the rapid growth of passive ETFs in recent… Continue reading BlackRock and Vanguard look set to extend dominance to active ETFs