Daily Archives: June 10, 2009

Pauline Skypala

Active ETFs - ready for takeoff

Active ETFs - ready for takeoff

The combination of BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, now almost a done deal, is likely to give a big push to the development of active ETFs.

These are already appearing in the US, the most recent development being from Grail Advisors, which has plans to bring out single manager active ETFs, having already launched a fund that combines stock picks from three teams of managers. Priced at 89 basis points a year, Grail’s ETFs will challenge the higher priced traditional mutual funds.

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Pauline Skypala has been editor of FTfm for four years having previously been deputy personal finance editor. She joined the FT in 1999 and has been writing on savings and investment issues throughout her career.

Steve Johnson, FTfm deputy editor, has been a journalist for 17 years, 10 of which have been with the FT.


Sophia Grene, reporter on FTfm, has been a financial journalist in print and online for 12 years.

Ruth Sullivan has worked as a financial/business journalist and foreign correspondent and for the past 10 years has been at the FT.