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Myths about investing in ETFs

Posted on 05 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are one of the top investment trends of the last few years. We are seeing a growing number of investors buying ETFs and incorporating them into their strategies. But as the popularity of these investments has grown, so have the misconceptions. Below are five of the most common ETF myths.
ETFs can be a natural complement to a portfolio of individual shares. This is mainly because they offer access to a wide range of markets globally, many of which may not be accessible to UK investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Slow-and-Steady ETFs for a Volatile Market

Posted on 05 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After enjoying a multi-year bull run, equities may be in for greater volatility ahead. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors can still keep their toe in stock market but hedge against large drawdowns through a low-volatility strategy as a way to potentially generate steadier returns over the long run.
While not as glamorous as high-flying growth strategies, a low- or minimum-volatility portfolio has helped generate better long-term, risk-adjusted returns………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dollar Declines Mean Go-Go Days for Commodities ETFs

Posted on 05 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The inverse relationship between the U.S. dollar and commodities is on full display this year for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors. For example, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund, which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is off nearly 6%.
On the other hand, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund is higher by almost the exact same amount by which UUP is down. Supporting the commodities outlook, the China, the world’s top consumer of metals, grains and energy, is seeing its economy stabilize………………………………………..Full Article: Source

32 Best ETFs to Track Crude Oil

Posted on 04 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Crude oil prices are finally bouncing back, and investors can also track the ups and downs of the energy market through commodity-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures were down 2.4% Tuesday to $43.7 per barrel while Brent crude oil futures were 1.7% lower to $45.1 per barrel.
Oil prices fell for a third straight session Tuesday on expectations of rising crude oil inventories, renewed concerns over weaker Chinese demand and expanding global supply, reports Nicole Friedman for the Wall Street Journal………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities rally in April, but will it last?

Posted on 04 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) recorded its best performing month for a year and the second best April on record. The index is up 15.5% since 29th February 2016, marking the biggest consecutive two months in almost seven years since May-June 2009 when it gained 20.4%.
According to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices, the Dow Jones Commodity Index and S&P GSCI total return indices also saw positive performances with gains of 9.1% and 10.1%, respectively. However, the rally could be short lived, proving hard to sustain as a result of poor fundamentals underpinning the commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Uranium ETF Fights off Commodity’s Slump

Posted on 03 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In what amounts to a vexing scenario, the Global X Uranium ETF, which tracks uranium miners, is up more than 4% over the past month and more than 8% year-to-date even as uranium prices slide.
With nuclear energy industry looking brighter, uranium demand is expected to rise. According to the World Nuclear Association, the number of new nuclear plants due to go online this year and in the next three years is expected to total around 40, and more are planned in the years ahead, mostly in Asia, writes Lawrence Williams for Mineweb………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETFs hit by record outflows

Posted on 02 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs tracking European assets have suffered a rush to the exits, with particularly heavy redemptions from equities as the rally that pushed the region’s stocks to multi-month highs runs out of steam.
Some $2.63bn poured out of ETFs tracking European assets in the first four days of this week, according to Markit data, which is already a record outflow. Most of these redemptions- $2.41bn- came from equity funds……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Are Outperforming Stocks, Bonds

Posted on 02 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds are enjoying their best month since 2010 and are beating traditional equities and fixed-income assets to boot. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) rose 7.8%, iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: DJP) increased 7.4% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) gained 8.0%.
Both DBC and DJP are trading back above their long-term, 200-day simple moving averages while GSG is still trying to break through the resistance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Industry Assets Grow in Q1 2016

Posted on 29 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF growth across the industry in Q1 was fueled by the retail space, climbing to $2.3 trillion overall. More specifically, during Q1 2016, ETF assets climbed by 2.4% QoQ to $2.3 trillion, which was fueled in part by retail channels, as calculated by its Fund Distribution Intelligence.
However, this performance was mitigated by an overall net decline of new assets (-0.68%), which corresponded to a decrease of $15.0 billion. In terms of the retail space, ETFs in this realm also saw increases in assets, namely across fixed income, alternative and commodity products, though equity, convertibles and allocation product assets were all down QoQ………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Water ETFs to Invest in 2016 - Best ETFs for Full Exposure to Water

Posted on 29 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the droughts on the West Coast, and led crisis expanding from Flint to the rest of the East Coast, investing in water companies sounds like a no brainer. To further back the opportunity, the genius from the movie “The Big Short” also has explained why water is the commodity to buy.
Especially if you have passed your Financial Assessment test and are eligible to expand your investing portfolio. With that I finally sat down and wrote about the best water ETFs to invest in 2016, which we have been advising to some Invest Diva students. You don’t have to search no more!……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Nasdaq mulls new exchange to ease trading in illiquid ETFs - CEO

Posted on 28 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The acquisition of U.S. options exchange operator ISE from Deutsche Boerse AG was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice last week, Robert Greifeld, Nasdaq’s chief executive officer, said on a call with analysts.
The deal still needs approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but could close as early as the end of the quarter, versus earlier guidance of the second half of the year, he said on the call following the announcement of Nasdaq’s first-quarter earnings, which topped expectations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil ETFs Are Battling Bearish Energy Earnings

Posted on 28 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil sector exchange traded funds are facing some hurdles as major energy producers ready their first quarter results. With overwhelmingly weak expectations after crude prices plunged to near 13-year lows in February, the sector ETFs could surprise if oil producers reveal conditions weren’t as bad as previously expected.
Energy traders will be watching for the ConocoPhillips’ (COP) first quarter earnings announcement on Thursday, April 28, followed by Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) on Friday, April 29………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will Energy ETFs Surprise This Earnings Season?

Posted on 27 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy continues to be the biggest drag on the overall earnings picture since the past several quarters and this quarter is not going to be an exception. This is especially true as earnings for 11.9% of the S&P 500 energy companies that have reported so far are down 60.9% on revenue decline of 30.3%, as per the Zacks Earnings Trend.
In addition, total earnings for the sector are expected to be down 110.4% from the same period last year on 29.7% lower revenues. Notably, sluggish earnings report from the world’s largest oilfield services provider -Schlumberger - last week disappointed investors as the company not only missed our top- and bottom-line estimates but also posted year-over-year declines on both metrics……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF Investors Are Underweight in Rebounding Emerging Markets

Posted on 27 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded fund investors have largely shunned developing economies as the area underperformed developed markets over the past few years. As more look to diversify away from an aging bull rally in the U.S., investors should consider re-allocating toward the developing world.
According to a recent Emerging Global Advisors survey on investor sentiment, less than a third of respondents are confident that their emerging market allocations reflects the regions and themes with the greatest investment opportunities in the next 12 months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

31 Gold ETFs Investors Should Size Up

Posted on 26 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction.
Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal Reserve lowered its interest rate outlook to only two hikes this year from a previously expected four rate hikes. Additionally, with the dovish Fed stance, the U.S. dollar weakened, which made USD-denominated cheaper for foreign buyers and a better store of value for U.S. investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging Market ETF Inflows Top $11 Billion in 10-Week Streak

Posted on 26 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors added money to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging-market stocks and bonds for the 10th straight week, bringing the gains since mid-February to more than $11 billion.
Deposits into ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries totaled $658.8 million in the week ended April 22, compared with inflows of $706.5 million in the previous period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The current streak is the longest since the 11 weeks that ended last May 29………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dollars and Sense and ETFs

Posted on 25 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Currency-hedged exchange-traded funds have been some of the biggest sellers in recent years. Now a slew of new ETFs that aim to take the guesswork out of the dollar’s direction are on the market. Feel free to pass on them.
Easy-money policies from central bankers in recent years used to mean that profiting from currency moves was, well, easy money. Times have changed. A one-way rally in the U.S. dollar has sputtered this year, leaving investors who pumped billions of dollars into currency-hedged exchange-traded funds wrong-footed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging Market ETFs Are Turning Around

Posted on 25 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The developing markets have been falling behind developed stocks for the past few years, but as once outperforming plays grow long in the tooth, investors are taking a second look at the more cheaply valued emerging market exchange traded funds.
Over the past five years, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, the two largest emerging market plays, generated an average annualized return of -4.2% and -4.8%, respectively, while the S&P 500 Index returned 11.9%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australian ETF Soars As Commodities Rebound

Posted on 22 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors tuned into the foreign currency market have heard plenty this year about the dollar’s weakness, how “Brexit” could punish the British pound and about a solid rebound, sort of, for the euro. Flying somewhat under the radar has been the suddenly hot Australian dollar.
Thanks in large part to rebounding commodities prices and much to the charging of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), the CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust, which tracks the Aussie against the U.S. dollar, is up nearly 3% over the past month and more than 7% year-to-date. That after FXA posted a double-digit loss last year, making it one of the worst-performing developed markets currency exchange traded funds. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Reasons to Bet on Gold Mining ETFs Now

Posted on 22 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold Mining ETFs have been firing on all cylinders lately thanks to the dual favor by a dovish Fed and an aggressive China. The Fed seems to be in no hurry to hike interest rates this year and has hinted at just two hikes this year dampening the greenback and propelling the broader commodities including gold.
In fact, a volatile market outlook, which is making places for safe-haven assets like gold and a sagging dollar, led the gold bullion to rally hard this year. Gold bullion ETF SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD ) has surged 18.3% so far this year (as of April 11, 2016), enjoying the largest first-quarter gain in three decades……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Currency Hedged ETFs Offer a Smoother Long-Term Ride

Posted on 22 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When investing in overseas markets, investors should consider a currency-hedged international stock exchange traded fund to help diminish volatility associated with foreign exchange risks.
“Since 1978, currencies have increased volatility 91% of the time over five-year rolling periods, contributing 2.7% more volatility on average each year,” Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, said on the recent webcast, Currency - Hedging Matters: Simple ETF Strategies………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Commodity ETPs Deviate From Spot Price

Posted on 21 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange-traded products (ETPs) have raised some eyebrows over the years because their returns don’t always line up with the respective spot prices they are designed to track. Below, ETFdb.com takes a look at the various types of exchange-traded commodity investment vehicles and why their returns don’t always line up with spot prices as one might expect.
Commodity ETPs have opened up the doors to an asset class historically respected for its diversification and inflation-fighting benefits among investors. Indeed, traders too have embraced these vehicles for their easy access to a variety of once hard-to-reach corners of the market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Silver ETFs Are Outshining Gold

Posted on 21 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Precious metals have been surging this year, with the markets focused on the rise in gold as the U.S. dollar depreciates and market volatility sent traders to the safe-haven. Now, silver and related exchange traded funds are finally starting to outpace their golden counterpart.
A perfect storm of global central bank policies and market volatility has contributed to a surge in precious metals. Year-to-date, the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) rose 16.1% and iShares Silver Trust (SLV) gained 16.9%. Global central banks have shown that they are willing to adopt negative interest rate policies to stimulate stagnate growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

High Income ETFs Worth Their High Costs

Posted on 20 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With negative interest rates dominating international headlines and the benchmark 10-year U.S. treasury yields slipping to below 2%, there is huge demand for income ETFs. Yield-hungry investors have rushed to high-dividend securities and ETFs in search of steady current income.
Global growth continues to flounder and the Fed is in no mood to hike rates frequently this year suggesting continued outperformance by dividend ETFs. That being said, we would like to note that current income turns futile if you end up paying high expenses for a high-dividend or high-income ETF……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs aim to entice investors by going ultra-niche

Posted on 20 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s a big day for exchange traded funds in Canada. Not only has Sphere Investments — a new ETF provider — launched a suite of funds, but Sprott Asset Management announced a new ETF that hopes to monetize Internet hype.
The Sprott BUZZ Social Media Insights Exchange Traded Fund will use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to identify — and invest in — companies with strong Internet sentiment, said John Ciampaglia, Head of ETFs at Sprott, in a release………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The A-B-Cs of ETFs

Posted on 19 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If a mutual fund had a younger cousin, it would be an exchange traded fund (ETF). An ETF is like a mutual fund in that it offers investors a pooled investment in stocks, bonds, and other assets. But that’s where the similarities end.
You can buy and sell ETFs any time during the trading day. But with mutual funds, you have wait until after the market closes. “There are advantages and disadvantages to that,” says Drew Voros, Editor-in-Chief at ETF.com………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF And ETN Products: Look Under The Hood

Posted on 19 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For better or worse - ETF and ETNs are supposed to replicate. Commodities are making a comeback. Never count on a name. Fine print regulation - Weak transparency. Lesson: The danger of leverage - Look under the hood.
The commodities markets are like a pyramid. At the very top of that structure is the physical commodity itself. As you move from the top lower, market vehicles purporting to replicate performance are derivatives of the physical commodity itself………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Dump $3 Billion of Treasury ETFs as Haven Appeal Ebbs

Posted on 18 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Money managers are dumping Treasury exchange-traded funds as a revival in equity and commodity prices curbs demand for the relative safety of U.S. debt.
Treasury ETF net redemptions have reached $2.9 billion so far in April, on top of $4.8 billion pulled out in March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Net purchases of U.S. stock funds listed on exchanges have climbed to $8.5 billion this month and totaled $16.7 billion in March, the data show………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why emerging market ETFs could be the trade of the decade

Posted on 18 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Returns from shares in emerging markets have been weak since the global financial crisis; the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF has a 5-year average annual return of 1.1%, and 1.48% over 10 years.
As the ETF does not use currency hedging, Australian investors are exposed to movements in the underlying currencies. This means the weak Australian dollar has cushioned investors from some of the poor performance – by comparison, the USD version of the same ETF has had an average annual return of -4.71% for the last 5 years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Investors Go for Gold and Bonds in 2016

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The first quarter of 2016 was a rollercoaster for investors. But despite the volatile market conditions the European ETF industry attracted €9.94 billion of new money. The European exchange-traded-fund (ETF) industry attracted €10 billion of net new money in the first quarter of 2016.
Expectations for this corner of the passive fund world were particularly high in the wake of a record-high 2015 when investors placed €72 billion in these investment vehicles. Given this backdrop, it would be tempting to class the quarterly outcome as somewhat disappointing. However, this would be harsh judgment given the rather volatile market conditions experienced during the period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs and Taxes - What Investors Need to Know

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with investors due to their low costs, transparency and ease of investing. However some investors do not know that ETFs are also very tax efficient specially compared with similar mutual funds.
Since most ETFs track well-known market indexes, that rebalance quarterly, they usually experience lower turnover compared with actively managed funds and thus create fewer “taxable events” that result in tax liabilities. For example, the most popular ETF- SPDR S&P 500 -has an annual turnover rate of less than 3%. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

US listed ETFs/ETPs assets set a new record at end of Q1 at $2.17trn says ETFGI

Posted on 14 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States reached a new record of $2.17trn at the end of Q1 surpassing the prior record of $2.15trn set at the end of May 2015 says ETFGI. Some 94 providers listed 1,863 ETFs/ETPs on three US exchanges at the end of Q1, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
“U.S. equities rebounded in March ending the month up 7%. Emerging markets and Developed ex US markets also had a strong March ending up 12.5% and 7.2% respectively. Based on comments from the Fed there is a growing belief that interest rates will be held lower for longer than previously anticipated………………………………………..Full Article: Source

An Overhead View of Precious Metals ETFs

Posted on 14 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Precious metals-related exchange traded funds have been among the best performers this year. However, there may soon be more diverging performances as the rally grows long in the tooth.
ETFs that track silver and gold miners have been the best performers this year, with the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver Small Cap Miners/Explorers ETF up 107.1% and iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF up 80.1% year-to-date………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF Assets Top $3 Trillion

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets in global exchange-traded funds topped $3 trillion at the end of the first quarter for the second time after first doing so in May 2015. According to London-based ETFGI, the global ETF industry, which also includes exchange-traded notes, counted 6,240 ETFs/ETNs with assets of $3.07 trillion, from 277 providers listed on 64 exchanges in 51 countries.
“We’ve seen strong growth across the board globally, but for different reasons. In the U.S., we see flows coming from all three core markets: institutional, advisory and retail,” said Dave Nadig, director of exchange-traded funds at FactSet Research Systems………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETP Assets Listed In Europe Reach Record Of $522 Billion End Of Q1 2016

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reach a new record high of US$522 billion US at the end of Q1 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$5.11 Bn in March marking the 18th consecutive month of net inflows.
The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,207 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,895 listings, assets of US$522 Bn, from 52 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries at the end of Q1……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gold ETF Investing Jumps in China, But Market ‘Still Tiny’

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold ETF demand in China rose 120% in the first 3 months of this year, new data show. But the sector remains tiny compared to both the world market for gold ETFs and against China’s overall gold investment demand.
Needed to back the value of stockmarket shares in trust funds designed to track the gold price, the amount of bullion held for China or Hong Kong-listed ETFs rose from 9 tonnes to almost 20 tonnes during the first quarter of 2016. Almost 95% of that growth came in one product, the Huaan Yifu Gold ETF ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

5 ETFs to Buy if Oil Stays at $40

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Finally, oil jolted higher in the April 8 week to near $40/ barrel, snapping a drawn-out downtrend. The WTI crude oil ETF United States Oil Fund ( USO ) added about 7.5% in the last five trading sessions (as of April 8, 2016) and Brent crude oil ETF United States Brent Oil ( BNO ) tacked on about 8.1% gains during the same timeframe.
The impressive gains were prompted by the impending OPEC-Russia meeting in Doha on April 17 to talk about an output freeze and a decline in U.S. stockpiles. As per the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly inventory release, crude stockpiles reported a surprise reduction from their all-time high levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Trade in Gold ETFs After Robust 30-Year Rally?

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to global growth concerns, reduced expectations for rate hike, geopolitical tensions and bearishness in the stock market, gold posted the biggest first-quarter gain in three decades. In addition, the adoption of negative interest rates by most central banks such as Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Europe boosted the demand for gold bullion and pushed the prices higher.
Investors should note that most of the gains came in the first six weeks of the year and thereafter the momentum of increase slowed down. The Fed signaled that interest rates in U.S. would stay low for some time and dialed back its projection from four lift-offs to two hikes in its recent meeting………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Low Carbon ETFs for the Socially Responsible Investor

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many investors believe we are reaching a political tipping point, when the regulatory burden on firms with a large carbon footprint must increase dramatically. Global temperatures for the month of February eclipsed those on record, reminding investors that there may be considerations beyond simple rate of return to consider when investing for the future.
The concept of low carbon investing (LCI) revolves around reducing financial exposure to firms with high carbon emissions, for example oil majors like BP (BP.) or mining firms like BHP Billiton. (BLT) It has been popular with institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and endowments globally for many years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Which ETFs Are Most Correlated to Latin American Commodities?

Posted on 11 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There are various ETFs in the Latin America space that are most correlated to commodity movements. The ETFs in the base metal space (DBB) are the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Mexico (HEWW), the SPDR MSCI Mexico Quality Mix ETF (QMEX), the iShares Latin America 40 (ILF), the iShares MSCI Colombia Capped (ICOL), and the iShares MSCI All Peru Capped (EPU).
They have the highest positive correlations of 71.1%, 59.5%, 52%, 50.44%, and 49.8%, respectively………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs the cure for ‘fee-shaming’

Posted on 08 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

‘Follow the money,” said Watergate informant Deep Throat to Robert Redford’s Bob Woodward in All The President’s Men. In the less cinematic world of retirement savings, an apt line could be “follow the fees.”
Compared with most mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, or ETFS, usually have lower fees. In fact, financial planner Shannon Lee Simmons at her Toronto-based company the New School of Finance believes that lower fees for ETFs override all other considerations for most people………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Peru ETF Shining on Gold Rally

Posted on 08 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Peruvian market has delivered a stunning performance so far this year, thanks to a spurt in commodity prices. Peru is a commodity centric economy. In fact, it is one of the largest producers of gold and silver in the world.
The weakness in the global financial markets has helped precious metals, like gold and silver, to regain their sheen in 2016. Sluggish growth in China since the beginning of the year and the global oil market turbulence has lifted safe-haven demand. While SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has gained 15.2% year-to-date, iShares Silver Trust (SLV) has risen 7.7% (as of April 4,2016)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Rapid ETF growth set to continue

Posted on 07 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australian investors will continue to flock to exchange traded funds (ETFs) over the next twelve months, new research reveals. Data from the annual BetaShares/Investment Trends ETF Report revealed that the number of investors using ETFs jumped 37 per cent in 2015, exceeding previous forecasts.
BetaShares managing director, Alex Vynokur said ETFs were becoming mainstream in Australia, “just like they are in global markets”, with the report predicting that more than 256,000 Australians will hold an ETF by the end of 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is the Future Clouded for Solar ETFs?

Posted on 07 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A lot is being said about the future of solar companies with one stalwart, SunEdison Inc. , rumored to be going bankrupt. In fact, shares of the company tumbled almost 45% in Friday’s after hours trading. The company has been on a southward trend for some time now. The company’s market value has dropped to a mere $136 million as compared to July last year, when it was valued at almost $10 billion.
Per The Wall Street Journal report , SunEdison is expected to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks. The report goes on to say that with the company preparing chapter 11 filing and in talks with creditor groups, it is likely that creditors will take control of the company and its power projects………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs’ defensive qualities may yet woo investors due to market volatility

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are starting to gain traction with investors seeking safe haven assets in light of ongoing equities market volatility. After spending significant time in the doldrums, the gold price hit a 13-month high of above $US1280 an ounce in March, before sliding back.
Alongside the lift in its price, BlackRock reported record fund inflows of $US7.2 billion ($9.4 billion) for gold ETFs globally during the month of February. This represents an increase in fund flows of more than 10 per cent of the total $US66.8 billion market across the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs vs. ETNs - Which Investment Is Best for You?

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

You have probably heard of exchange traded funds (ETFs), but you may be unfamiliar with exchange traded notes (ETNs). They are similar in that both track some form of asset, trade on the major stock exchanges and have relatively low expense ratios compared to an actively managed fund. The main difference, and most of the differences that follow, relate to the underlying assets.
ETFs actually hold the assets that they attempts to track, whether the assets are stocks, bonds, commodities, precious metals, or other financial entities. Returns are based on the assets that are held by the fund. Assets are managed to stay on track with the index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Not All ETFs Are Created Equal

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The market for exchange-traded funds, popular stock-market instruments that track all sorts of equity and bond indexes and commodities, is continuing to grow. But some are better investments than others, experts say.
At the end of last month, the number of U.S.-based ETFs reached 1,585 with $1.95 billion in assets from 80 providers on three exchanges, according to the London-based research firm and consultancy ETFGI. That’s up from 1,158 ETFs with $1.299 billion in assets from 35 providers in February 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Some Commodities Leave the Doghouse

Posted on 05 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After years of shunning commodities, investors are once again making big bets on the sector by jumping into exchange-traded funds. The buying is primarily in oil and gold, and not every observer of the market agrees that the money will stay put in these funds for very long. But the binge is still impressive.
“It is a long time since commodities have been as popular with investors as they have so far this year,” says a March report from Barclays. It says an estimated $21.5 billion was invested in commodity ETFs and other commodity investment products world-wide in January and February, the strongest start to a year since 2011. It notes that last year, investors pulled money out of commodity ETFs for the third straight year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Prices ‘Consolidate’ as ETFs Sell, ‘Could Test Support’ Below $1200

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Gold Prices edged lower to $1216 per ounce on Monday morning in London, writes Steffen Grosshauser at BullionVault, but held above Friday’s near 6-week low as the US Dollar traded around 5-month lows on the currency markets.
Major government bond prices also slipped, nudging yields higher as European equities gained over 1%. China’s stockmarkets and the Shanghai Gold Exchange were shut for the Ching Ming festival………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Leading gold ETF reports first weekly outflow this year

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The world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York-listed SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), last week experienced its first net weekly outflow this year, data from the ETF showed. The fund’s gold holdings fell by 5.6 tonnes on a net basis to 818.1 tonnes last week, cutting its inflow for the year to 175.7 tonnes, still a highly elevated level. Its last net weekly outflow was in the week to Dec. 31.
The decline followed a slide in gold prices to their lowest in more than a month last Monday as uncertainty over the timing of U.S. interest rate increases prompted some buyers to take profits after gold’s biggest quarterly price rise in nearly 30 years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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