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As assets continue to pour into passive strategies and responsible investing becomes more important, index managers’ stewardship activities can be expected to receive greater scrutiny.

A new study by Morningstar seeks to understand the stewardship activities of these providers of index-tracking investments, including traditional index funds, exchange-traded funds and segregated mandates.

Morningstar surveyed the 12 largest index providers across the U.S., Europe and Asia, including both global firms, such as BlackRock and Vanguard, and smaller ones that are key passive fund providers in their local markets, such as Schwab and Lyxor. Most also operate an active fund business that in some cases is much larger than their passive one. Collectively, they manage more than $20 trillion in assets.

“Our research shows that the shift to index investing hasn’t led to an abdication of stewardship responsibilities,” Hortense Bioy, director of passive funds research at Morningstar, writes in a summary of the study findings.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Ford Motor Company(F)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In an announcement Tuesday morning from Shanghai, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese automaker Anhui Zotye Automobile to discuss the establishment of a 50-50 joint venture to develop, produce, market and service a new line of all-electric passenger vehicles (EVs) for the Chinese market.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    It’s incredibly easy to lose the context of earnings amid a hectic season — especially this week, which is filled with numerous earnings conference calls — and simply glance at the headlines and big-number figures. That’s a mistake that investors should be wary of making, especially in the case of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), which is about to face a brutal year-over-year comparison. Here’s why.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    For months, Trump has used tweetsto harangue U.S. manufacturers building factories outside of the country and pressure them to invest in U.S. plants instead. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) both announced significant investments in U.S. factories. Ford also announced the cancellation of a plan to build a new factory in Mexico, which was well received among Trump supporters.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Detroit’s two largest automakers, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) understand that one of the easiest ways to offset slowing new-vehicle sales in the U.S. is to generate more profitable sales. One way to do that is to expand luxury brands — Cadillac for GM and Lincoln for Ford. The good news is that while the automakers have had a tougher time gaining market share in the U.S., China helped send sales surging in 2016.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Second, Bill loves Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). In fact, he’s calling it his “No. 1 Buy for 2017.”

    “Every year I put together a shopping list of stocks for the new year, and Ford is at the top of my list,” says Bill.

  • [By Ravi Bala]

    The UAW (United Auto Workers Union) has stated recently that it will work with the president-elect Donald Trump to renegotiate NAFTA. Trump’s economic plan put in a nutshell means companies like Ford (NYSE:F) which currently undertake practically all of its manufacturing for its light vehicles in Mexico could be in trouble. Here’s My take on Ford under Trump administration.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.(MPWR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap sofware stockGlobalSCAPE, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSB):

    As for Globalscape, this one’s a little more straightforward, and obvious. GSB shares pushed up and off of their 200-day moving average line last week, and are making higher highs this week. What you can’t see on the chart is how this has been a pretty reliable pattern for Globalscape for years now. The upper edge of the rising trading range is nearing $6.00, though it would take some time to get there.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.(SCAI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Surgical Care Affiliates Inc (NASDAQ: SCAI) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $56.55 after UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) disclosed that its unit agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for around $2.3 billion.

Top Stocks To Buy Right Now: TiGenix NV (TGXSF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Leuven, Belgium-based Tigenix (OTC:TGXSF) filed to go public in the U.S. in late 2015, only to become entangled with Bavarian Nordic (OTC:BVNKF) and Basilea Pharmaceutica (OTC:BPMUF) as the European drugmakers pulled back from NASDAQ. Tigenix subsequently increased its bank account following a 23.75 million placement in Belgium, and added an additional 25 million via a relationship with Takeda, before coming back to Wall Street in October 2016 with a revamped slate of underwriters.

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