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Friday, November 11, 2011

An ETF Pioneer is Skeptical of Active ETFs

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Fundsters interested in exchange-traded mutual funds, especially the debate over actively-managed ones, may want to take a look at the Globe and Mail. Yesterday the Toronto paper brought in Som Seif, founder and chief of Claymore Investments in Canada, for an open discussion with callers.

Seif, whose firm is a subsidiary of American ETF and leveraged mutual fund specialist Guggenheim, comes down on the side of those skeptical of active ETFs.

"I personally believe that traditional active management doesn't make sense in ETF structure," Seif told one caller. "ETFs are great for low cost, low turnover and transparent strategies. If active management can maintain these characteristics, then it can fit well inside an ETF. Otherwise, the strategy is best suited for a traditional mutual fund structure."

Seif touches on a number of other topics, including ETFs' growth, commodities ETFs, dividend ETFs, ETF liquidity, fundamental indexing and Vanguard's recent entry into the Canadian ETF business, for fundsters in picking his brain from afar. 

Edited by: Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

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