Some experts think that may start to changeThis article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (September 5, 2017). Index funds have made their presence felt in a big way in every corner of the stock market except one: initial public offerings. What would it take to change that?
Europe on sale! The Far East for less! A deal down under! Get more for less was the message when BlackRock cut expense ratios on many of its iShares Core exchange-traded funds nearly a year ago. The marketing worked, and investors responded by sending nearly $17.9 billion into an ETF for non-U.S. stocks, iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)—ranking it third in net new assets since.
Index funds have made their presence felt in a big way in every corner of the stock market except one: initial public offerings. What would it take to change that? Only a limited number of index funds and exchange-traded funds have moved to quickly include certain shares just after their IPOs—largely depending on the size and availability of the offering and the size of the company.
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