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Edison

December 13, 2019

UK Sparks: Profits rise at Hollywood Bowl Group

Ten-pin bowling operator Hollywood Bowl Group has announced a 15.3% rise in full-year pre-tax profits to £27.6m on revenues 7.8% ahead at £130m. The group credits its ‘consumer-led strategy’ for the increases and says its refurbishment and rebranding programme is delivering strong returns.

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Edison

December 12, 2019

UK Sparks: Dixons Carphone Posts Another Interim Loss

Electricals retailer Dixons Carphone has trimmed its interim pre-tax loss to £86m from £440m in the same period of last year. Adjusted pre-tax profits fell from £60m to £24m. Like-for-like electrical goods sales in the UK and Ireland were flat, but like-for-like mobile phone sales were 10% lower. Chief executive Alex Baldock says the company is “on track” to deliver its promises for the full year and to fulfil its promised “longer-term transformation”.

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Franklin Templeton

November 29, 2019

Non-Transparent Active ETFs Get Regulatory Nod

The menu of types and styles of exchange-traded funds available to investors keeps growing. The Securities and Exchange Commission just approved four proposals for a new type of exchange traded fund: non-transparent, active ETFs. David Mann, our Head of Global ETF Capital Markets, explains the implications.

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Morningstar

November 20, 2019

This Quality Dividend-Growth ETF Looks to the Future

Dividend growth is nice if you’re along for the ride, but it can be challenging to identify future dividend-growth leaders. A record of consistent dividend growth is often a good sign, but requiring a lengthy dividend-growth record can preclude investments in firms that recently started paying dividends or whose fundamentals have improved.

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Benzinga

November 20, 2019

Gold’s Recent Malaise Could Spell Opportunity

The SPDR Gold Shares GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded fund, is lower by 2.17% in the fourth quarter. Some of the air has come out of the gold trade as the dollar has remained peskily sturdy and as investors have gravitated toward riskier assets.

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Validea

November 19, 2019

A Framework to Evaluate Value Strategies

When I talk about value investing, I am talking about a more traditional definition of it. That means buying cheap stocks relative to current fundamentals. That could mean earnings or cash flow or book value or sales or a variety of other metrics. There are some funds out there that use the word “value” in their name, but don’t fit into this traditional value mold.

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Global X ETFs

October 30, 2019

Meet the Sector Disruptors

Equity sectors themselves have rarely changed, but the composition of companies within each sector evolves over time as we transition from one economic era to the next. We believe that we are in the early stages of a period of significant disruption, given rapid advancements in technology and changing demographics and consumer preferences.

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State Street Global Advisors

October 22, 2019

Q&A: Why Bond ETFs Use Sampling to Replicate an Index

As I discussed in previous blogs, index tracking methodology for equities can be constructed using either a full replication (where an ETF holds all of the securities that make up the index in their respective weights) or optimization (where an ETF holds a subset of securities that closely resemble the index.) Index tracking methodology for fixed income ETFs can be full replication as well, but it can also work a little differently by using a sampling strategy.

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Benzinga

October 21, 2019

A Holiday Catalyst For Gold ETFs

Gold is one of this year’s best-performing commodities. The SPDR Gold Shares GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded fund, confirms as much: it’s up nearly 16% in 2019. A variety of factors are boosting gold prices this year and prompting investors to embrace ETFs such as GLD and the cost-effective SPDR Gold MiniShares GLDM.

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