Innovations Bring Greater Insight into Passive Investing

Passive investing unlikely to kill off active strategies, according to speakers at this year's New York-hosted North American Buy-Side Technology Summit.

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Jonathan Rather, vice president of iShares fixed-income strategy at BlackRock, said technology can shed light on underlying risks within investments like exchange-traded funds (ETF). He pointed to BlackRock’s aggregate bond ETF, AGG, and how risks associated with it became more transparent.

“Where technology can aid us—and it has at BlackRock on the fixed-income side—is in better decomposing risks and better viewing my income portfolio through a factor lens,” he said. “It challenges us to

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