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ETF Stats For June 2016: More Teeter-Totter Failures

Posted on 27 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thirty-two new ETFs and ETNs came to market in June, and three closed up shop. The net increase of 29 puts the listed count at 1,931 (1,729 ETFs and 202 ETNs) at the end of June. Assets climbed by $30.6 billion, with $19.3 billion coming from inflows and $11.2 billion the result of market action. Overall assets of U.S.-listed ETFs and ETNs now stand at $2.25 trillion.
The most dubious new offering of the month was the roll-out of another teeter-totter fund pair from a firm with a misleading name………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Citi: Holdings In Gold ETFs Keep Rising During July

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded funds have kept rising this month while net length in Comex gold futures decreased, suggesting that retail and institutional holdings in ETFs are generally “stickier,” says Citi Research.
“These investors might also be holding gold given what still remain extremely low rates across most OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) bond markets,” Citi says. Gold ETF inflows averaged 90 tonnes per month in the first half, the fastest pace since the financial crisis, Citi says………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Utility ETFs Always a Safe Option for the Investors

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) not only offer the flexibility of stocks, but also protect investors from market turmoil. Utility ETFs are one of the safest investment options as they include utilities in their portfolio. Utilities are a safe bet given the regulated nature of their business that gives their revenues a high level of certainty.
The predominantly domestic focus also shields utilities from foreign currency translation issues. All the utility ETFs discussed below have returned in excess of 21% year to date. Though demand for utility services like electricity, gas and water varies with the swings of the economy, the fortunes of these companies don’t vary to the same extent as the economic cycle………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SEC to Fast-Track Active ETFs

Posted on 25 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Move is win for Bats Global Markets and New York Stock Exchange, which compete for listing of such funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission moved to expedite the approval of exchange-traded funds run by human stock and bond pickers, a boost for the fast-expanding ETF industry.
The SEC on Friday approved “generic” listing standards for actively managed ETFs, guidelines that aim to cut months off the process of bringing these funds to market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best Sector ETFs for Q3

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Q2 earnings season in full throttle, broader U.S. indices in the bull territory and global market worries still in place thanks to Brexit, investors might be interested in knowing the best sector picks at the current level.
To add to this, the Fed is still being dovish this year after the liftoff in December, but may tighten policies ahead if the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum. However, the Fed noted that the present U.S. economic recovery is modest and that it will closely follow the impact of Brexit on global economy before hurrying up on further rate hike. To put a long story short, speculation over the next Fed hike will continue to baffle investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Can Gold Mining ETFs Keep Shining In H2?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has had a solid run in 2016, gaining 26% so far. In fact, it has been the best-performing asset, trumping major equity indices, investment-grade and high yield bonds and commodity indices. The World Gold Council, in its last report, had stated that gold demand grew 21% to 1,289.8 tons in the first quarter of 2016, the strongest Q1 on record.
ETF inflows were at 363.7 tons, the highest since Q1 2009. Increasing safe haven demand due to a weakening greenback, the slowdown in China, volatile equity markets and the introduction of negative interest rates by several of the world’s central banks (including Japan) have turned the tables in favor of gold. Further, a delay in raising interest rates elevates demand for gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Options On ETFs Or Indexes?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For investors and advisors looking to hedge market risk, generate a little extra income or boost growth, options on indexes are a great solution. But which instrument is the right one to use—index options or options on index ETFs? Since the S&P 500 Index (ticker SPX) is widely regarded as the leading benchmark of the overall U.S. stock market, let’s look at options on SPX—an index—and those on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, an ETF that tracks the index.
Options are uniquely flexible financial tools, so implementing investment strategies using either SPX options or those on SPY may allow you to tailor risk and reward better than if you did not use options at all………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Gold ETFs continue to see outflow in June on profit-booking

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors remained bearish on gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in June and pulled out Rs 80 crore from this instrument, taking the total to Rs 228 crore in the first quarter of the current financial year, mainly on account of profit booking.
The trading in Gold ETF segment has been tepid in last three financial years. The funds witnessed an outflow of Rs 903 crore, Rs 1,475 crore and Rs 2,293 crore in 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14, respectively. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs listed in Japan see assets hit record high in June

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Japan hit a record of $148bn at the end of June, according to independent ETF consultancy ETFGI. The record high was driven by increased volatility in June as a result of the UK’s vote over whether to leave the European Union.
Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said: “Markets and investors around the world were engulfed in the chaos following what many saw as the unexpected result of the UK’s June 23rd vote. Volatility was up significantly during the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Japan Reach Record $148 Billion At End Of June 2016

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan reach a new record high of 148 billion US dollars at the end of June 2016, according to ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report (click here to view the ETFGI asset growth chart for ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan).
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.177 trillion, in the United States at US$2.256 trillion, and in Canada with US$79.42 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Risks to Consider When Buying Silver ETFs

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If someone would have told you six months ago that silver ETFs are getting ready to soar, you would have probably laughed at them. This is the same precious metal has endured wave after wave of lower prices over the past half-decade.
So much so that many investors have flat given up on the prospect of a meaningful rebound or the re-emergence of judicious inflation. However, like so many other investments facing negative headwinds and extremely pessimistic sentiment, it found a way to disprove the masses. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Asia Pacific Gathered $3 Billion In Net New Assets in June 2016

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific ex Japan gathered US$3 billion in net new assets in June 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.177 trillion, in the United States at US$2.256 trillion, in Japan which reached US$147.67 billion and in Canada with US$79.42 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Bright Precious Metals ETF Outlook

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand.
“We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will be reflected in elevated investor demand,” Maxwell Gold, Director of Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, said in a research note………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investing in ETFs: How They Fit Into an Investment Strategy

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

NBC recently published a story on the growing popularity of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. According to the article, 81% of advisors surveyed said they used or recommended ETFs to their clients in 2015. We have been advocating ETFs as a secure, flexible investment for our clients since the days when they weren’t as popular.
An ETF combines features of stocks and mutual funds. Like a mutual fund, it is composed of a group of stocks, giving investors access to a diverse array of securities with only one transaction, an investment in the fund. And like stocks, an ETF can be bought or sold on the open market at market-determined prices. ETFs are usually used to track specific indexes of the securities market as a whole or of specific sectors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commerzbank: Silver ETF Holdings Hit Record High

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Silver holdings in global exchange-traded funds have hit a record high, says Commerzbank. Silver ETF inflows amounted to 53 tonnes Thursday, which puts inflows since the beginning of the week at 202 tonnes, the bank reports.
“Holdings in silver ETFs are at a record level of 20,428 tonnes,” Commerzbank says. “No doubt this is also one reason why silver has been outperforming gold of late.” Meanwhile, gold ETF holdings, which have risen sharply so far in 2016, posted their second straight daily outflow, Commerzbank adds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bond ETF funds attract $124bn this year

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yield-hungry investors buoyed by the prospects of further monetary easing have invested $124bn in bond exchange traded funds globally this year. Brexit has meant interest rates are expected to be lower for longer, forcing investors to search for safe assets with a non-negative yield, creating massive demand for bonds that has pushed sovereign debt yields to new lows.
“EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds took in over $9bn for the second week running as investors responded to predictions of a rate hike-free remainder of 2016 in the US and fresh monetary tailwinds for emerging markets,” said EPFR………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Europe Gathered $5 Billion In Net New Assets In June 2016

Posted on 15 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered US$5 billion in net new asset in June 2016 which marks the 21 months of consecutive net inflows, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
At the end of June 2016, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,206 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,920 listings, assets of US$529 Bn, from 53 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time To Play The Bounce In Currency-Hedged Japanese ETFs?

Posted on 15 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It seems that the troubled days of Japan investing are about to end now. After witnessing a tumultuous 1H16 on a rising yen, Japanese shares lately turned their course, thanks mainly to the sweeping victory of prime minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition in the upper house election on Sunday.
Responding to this win, Japan’s key equity index Nikkei rallied 3.98% on Monday while the broader Topix index shares jumped 3.79%. Hopes of new stimulus measures actually lifted investors’ sentiment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Multi-Factor ETFs are on the Rise

Posted on 15 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Multi-factor exchange traded funds, or those ETFs offering investors exposure to multiple investment factors, are increasingly popular with advisors and investors. Some big-name investment houses are seizing upon that theme as highlighted by the spate of new multi-factor product launches over the past year.
For instance, John Hancock offers broad smart-beta ETFs to fill out a core portfolio position, including the John Hancock Multifactor Large Cap ETF and John Hancock Multifactor Mid Cap ETF , along with a suite of multifactor sector-specific ETF strategies for investors seeking to overweight targeted areas of the market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs Net €3bn Safe Haven Inflows in 3 Months

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The European exchange-traded-fund market netted in close to €8 billion of new money in the second quarter of 2016. This represented a decline from the €11 billion of net inflows registered in the first quarter. Assets under management at the end of the second quarter amounted to €482.4 billion; a 4.2% increase from €462.9 billion at the end of the previous period.
Given the general investment environment in the second quarter, we see these figures in a positive light. Investors have had a tough time in the second quarter of 2016. Most prominently, the uncertainty about the potential result – and implications – of the UK’s referendum on EU membership warranted a cautious approach to investing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Another AUM Record For ETFs

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Although flows to equity funds have recently languished, the exchange-traded funds eclipsed another AUM (assets under management) record last month, finishing June with a combined $3.17 trillion in assets under management.
Exchange-traded products listed around the world added $31.38 billion in assets during the month of June marking the 29th consecutive month on net inflows, according to ETFGI, a London-based ETF research firm………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Is Not ‘Crowded’ Yet; Here’s Why

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Is gold a crowded trade yet? Bulls are growing more optimistic by the day. Gold futures have climbed 26% to $1,333 an ounce this year (despite a 1.7% drop on Tuesday as risky assets rallied).
Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at New York brokerage Convergex, notes that gold-tracking ETFs have pulled in $16.2 billion this year, reversing the $2.7 billion of outflows from the second half of 2015. Demand for gold ETFs is basically the same as demand for U.S. stock ETFs, which have pulled in $16.9 billion. Meanwhile, gold ETFs demand, at 364 tonnes in the first quarter of this year, the highest since the start of 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs Listed Globally Reach Record $3.177 Trillion By June 2016

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$3.177 trillion at the end of June 2016.
US$31.38 Bn of net new assets were gathered during the month of June marking the 29th consecutive month on net inflows, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$2.256 trillion, in Japan which reached US$147.67 billion and in Canada which reached US$79.14 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs expected to nearly triple in US in next five years

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ETF industry has come a long way in 23 years, and indications are that it’s only going to get bigger — a lot bigger. If projections from a PwC survey released this week hold up, assets for exchange-traded funds will nearly triple in the U.S. and more than double globally over the next five years.
That comes after a decade of rapid expansion for an industry that has benefited from low costs and an ever-increasing array of new products in hot demand by institutional investors, and increasingly by the retail crowd as well. The survey of more than 60 firms in 2015 showed that global ETF assets likely are going to jump from $3 trillion to $8.2 trillion, with the U.S. portion of those assets moving from $2.3 trillion to at least $6.2 trillion by 2021………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold prices up 26% in 2016, but gold ETFs losing assets: Here’s why

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has been the biggest outperformer among all asset classes this year, up 26 per cent, yet in each of the six months this year, gold funds in India have seen outflows.
“Gold funds (including ETFs) have delivered around 15 per cent return till June end 2016. Gold ETFs have been witnessing outflows every month since June 2013, totalling Rs 4,789 crore. In 2016 so far, the outflow stands at Rs 476 crore,” Renjith R G, National Head - Distribution, Geojit BNP Paribas said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Silver ETFs Can Keep Topping Gold Rivals

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The SPDR Gold Shares and some rival gold exchange traded products are up more than 27% year-to-date. That sounds impressive until looking at the iShares Silver Trust and ETFS Physical Silver Shares, both of which are up more than 46%.
While that might imply silver is due for a pullback, some market observers see the white metal continuing its out-performance of gold. Unlike gold, palladium, platinum and silver see much higher industrial demand. The precious metal enjoys heavy industrial demand that benefits from an expanding global economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to pay less for index funds and ETFs

Posted on 12 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Some people stop to pick up pennies or nickels they find on the street. Others pass by until the denomination is something much higher. The same goes for investment portfolios, and investors recently got a reminder that they might be able to pick up handfuls of change thanks to increasing competition between fund companies.
On July 1, Fidelity Investments cut expense ratios on 27 stock and bond index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a move expected to save shareholders some $20 million annually………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Problems for Nat Gas ETFs as Pros Turn Their Backs

Posted on 12 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Natural gas exchange traded funds, such as the United States Natural Gas Fund and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN, have recently shown signs of pulling back. There are some fundamental reasons for that and investors should acknowledge as much before considering long position in the commodity or the aforementioned exchange traded products.
Gas prices previously hit an 18-year low after tepid winter demand. Natgas also typically hits a seasonal low with spring’s mild temperatures before warmer weather raises demand in gas-fired electricity generation for air conditioning………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF liquidity a growing point of financial industry contention

Posted on 11 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For a lot of financial advisers, the primary appeal of exchange-traded funds boils down to low fees and liquidity. There is no disputing the low fees, which provide investors with varied and broad market exposure for mere basis points, in most cases.
But the liquidity has become a growing point of contention throughout the financial services industry and is something advisers using ETFs need to follow. What some see as a benefit, others see as a misleading, and even dangerous, trapdoor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Gold ETFs fail to attract investors despite price rise

Posted on 11 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The strong rally in the prices of gold to their two-year high has failed to attract fresh inflows into gold exchange traded funds (ETF) in India though the uncertainty in the global markets in the wake of British vote to exit the European Union has slowed down the pace of outflows from such schemes.
According to the latest data on net redemptions and purchases released by Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), the gold ETFs witnessed an outflow of Rs 80 crore in the month of June taking the total outflow from su-ch schemes to Rs 228 crore in 2016. Funds focussed on equities have seen a net inflow of Rs 320 crore in June taking the total infl-ows into equity schemes to Rs 9,479 crore in 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s largest gold ETF enjoying record year

Posted on 08 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

One of the world’s largest gold ETFs is having a heck of a year so far. After weathering three years of declining gold prices, SPDR Gold Shares is having its best year ever, according to a Mining.com report. So far this year, the fund’s assets under management have risen by $18.5 billion.
SPDR Gold Shares is a giant among physically backed exchange-traded gold products. It holds 48.8% of the global total – about 950 tonnes, currently worth about $40.3 billion, Mining.com reported………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Have Emerging Market Income ETFs Underperformed?

Posted on 08 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In total return terms, all three dividend-oriented emerging-markets ETFs underperformed the MSCI Emerging Markets Index since their respective inceptions. Rock-bottom interest rates have created a challenging environment for investors eyeing a decent and fairly reliable income stream.
Many investors are turning towards dividend-oriented strategies to compensate for the low yields bonds offer. Aside from providing investors with income, dividend paying companies tend to have stronger corporate governance structures in place. As such, dividend equity funds often provide access to better quality holdings, but this is not always the case………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Braced For the Worst Last Month, ETFs Reveal

Posted on 07 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In a month dominated by speculation over Brexit vote, exchange traded fund flows over June revealed that investors hedged riskier equity bets with gold and low volatility options.
Gold ETFs have been the shining asset category of the year and June inflows showed that the precious metal still held a lot of appeal. Last month, the SPDR Gold Shares attracted a robust $3.3 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Silver Or Gold ETFs: Which Is The Best Bet For July?

Posted on 07 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After three years of losses, the first half of 2016 brought unparalleled gains for gold ETFs. The metal was on a tear on safe-haven demand and dovish central banks across the developed economies to ward off growth issues.
A rush to safety for the most part of 1H16 was triggered by the Chinese market upheaval, a 12-year low oil price in the first quarter and a major event like Brexit at the end of the second quarter. Almost the entire world speculated the deepening of global growth worries as a fallout of Brexit………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Silver or Gold ETFs: Which is The Best Bet for July?

Posted on 06 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After three years of losses, the first half of 2016 brought unparalleled gains for gold ETFs. The metal was on a tear on safe haven demand and dovish central banks across the developed economies to ward off growth issues.
A rush to safety for the most part of 1H16 were triggered by the Chinese market upheaval, a 12-year low oil price in the first quarter and a major event like Brexit at the end of the second quarter. Almost the entire world speculated the deepening of global growth worries as a fallout of Brexit. As a result, risky assets fell out of investors’ favor and safe haven assets like gold gleamed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best Performing Currency ETFs of 1H16

Posted on 06 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Currencies have once again come into the forefront after the British pound took a beating following the Brexit vote on June 23. The currency fell to a 31-year low following U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, forcing the pound ETF CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling ETF to shed 8.4% on June 24, 2016.
The fund continued on a southward journey and is down almost 11% as of June 30, 2016. Meanwhile, the performance of the greenback has been lackluster as well. Although demand for the currency saw some strength in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it has come nowhere near the stellar performance of 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Best Commodity ETFs

Posted on 05 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bank on rising commodity prices with these specialized and diversified commodity ETFs. Here’s how to own commodities including gold, silver, oil, natural gas, cattle, corn, soybeans and more.
Exchange-traded funds have opened up the world of commodities to investors who never had access to them before. The commodity ETFs below allow you to buy everything from precious metals (gold and silver) to oil, natural gas, and even obscure commodities like coffee, soybeans, and corn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Elston launches charity multi-asset income ETF portfolio

Posted on 05 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Elston Consulting has launched a Charity Multi-Asset Income portfolio using 12 iShares ETFs. It aims to target a total return of 4 per cent above inflation over the long-term, with an income yield of approximately 3.6 per cent, diversified across a range of asset classes.
These selected iShares ETFs represent 5,654 underlying securities and £8.5bn of assets under management as at May 2016. Additionally, the weighted average total expense ratio of the strategy is 0.42 per cent, based on current weightings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Important Trends Impacting the ETF Industry

Posted on 04 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Intellectual curiosity is one of our core values at FlexShares. As such, we pay close attention to important trends impacting the ETF industry and the advisers we serve. Our value proposition is anchored by our collaborative engagement with market participants, intermediaries and investment advisors that serve individual and institutional clients.
This active engagement yields rich dialogue and constant opportunities to learn and grow. The combination of active engagement with stakeholders and the deep expertise offered by our investment professionals provides me with a rich viewpoint of the ETF marketplace………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs: Who’s on first, who’s on second?

Posted on 04 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Market Vector’s Australian emerging resources exchange traded fund (ETF) ranked as the fifth best performer among Australia’s managed funds, according to Money Management’s Investment Centre (MMIC), with the next best ETF holding 15th position (BetaShares S&P ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF).
When it came to ETFs as a sector, Vanguard’s Australian Property Securities Index ETF proved to be the best performing ETF year-on-year with 15.52 per cent, while the second best ETF (with 14.92 per cent) was SPDR S&P ASX 200 Listed Property Fund, according to the MMIC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Another Rally Looms for Gold ETFs

Posted on 01 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares and rival gold exchange traded products have been in focus as investors look for safe-haven plays in a post-Brexit world. That could be a sign of more upside to come for already gold and the related ETFs.
Some analysts still believe that is possible gold ascends to $1,500 per troy ounce. Gold bullion prices have surged almost 20% this year as the Fed previously signaled it would slow the pace of interest rate normalization this year – higher interest rates typically weigh on gold prices since the hard asset provide no yield and would become less attractive to higher-yielding conservative debt assets in a rising rate environment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Invest in Gold: Physical vs. Miners ETFs

Posted on 01 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold is a go-to commodity during troubled times, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have made it easier than ever to hedge a portfolio. For example, the SPDR Gold Trust experienced over $1.3 billion in net inflows in the days following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union as investors sought a safe-haven asset class.
Investors in these ETFs don’t need to worry about trading futures contracts on margin or storing physical gold bullion. Of course, there are many different types of gold ETFs for investors to consider. Physical gold ETFs hold actual gold bullion in giant vaults, which provides investors with direct exposure to the commodity’s price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2016 already best year ever for world’s largest gold ETF

Posted on 30 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Once the largest fund of its kind in the world, top physical gold-backed exchange traded fund – SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) – is having a rip-roaring first half of 2016. After suffering through three years of a declining gold price and investors liquidating positions built up during the metal’s bull run, this year the fund’s assets under management have swelled by $18.5 billion year to date.
GLD dwarfs other physically-backed exchange traded gold products holding 48.8% of the global total as of today at 950 tonnes or 30.5m ounces worth $40.3 billion. GLD’s holdings have shot up by 308 tonnes this year to the highest since July 2013……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Biggest Gold ETF Tops Record as Angst Drives Inflows

Posted on 30 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

To see just how big the stampede into gold has been this year, look no further than exchange-traded funds. Investors have already poured $12.2 billion into SPDR Gold Shares, topping the inflow for all of 2009 that was the highest since the fund was created 12 years ago.
SPDR has lured the most money this year among more than 6,000 ETFs tracked by Bloomberg, as the U.K. Brexit vote roiled markets and amplified demand for havens……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Brexit Weighs on Big Oil ETFs

Posted on 30 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund , which tracks Brent crude oil futures, are among the various commodities exchange traded products that have been stung by the Brexit result.
A stronger dollar coupled with downward revisions to U.K. economic growth forecast are among the factors pressuring crude in Brexit’s wake and there could be more near-term pain for oil because some market observers see Brexit also affecting Chinese economic growth……………………………………….Full Article: Source

What makes ETFs good investments for retirement

Posted on 29 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The popularity of exchange-traded funds has never been higher. The industry just passed the $100-billion mark in assets in Canada, and a recent poll conducted by the Journal of Financial Planning and the Financial Planning Association Research and Practice Institute indicated that ETFs were the most popular retirement product among advisers.
Eighty-three per cent of 283 advisers said they currently use or recommend ETFs to clients, while 80 per cent of advisers said the same about mutual funds. Moreover, 46 per cent said they plan to recommend ETFs more frequently over the next 12 months, compared to stocks and mutual funds, which came in at 23 and 21 per cent, respectively……………………………………….Full Article: Source

High-Yield ETFs Miss The Boat, Again

Posted on 29 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

High-yield exchange-traded funds (ETFs) struggled last year, in part because energy bonds took a beating when oil prices fell. Does that make an ETF that avoids energy bonds a good idea? We don’t think so.
At least one asset manager recently launched an ETF that invests in every high-yield sector except energy. The idea is to limit the risk of losses and default associated with low oil prices, which can make it hard for oil and gas companies to service their debt………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs See Brexit Bonus As Assets Fly To Safe Havens

Posted on 28 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The post-Brexit carnage in global markets has left investors scrambling into any asset class that has shown at least some resistance to the rout. Amid the flight to safe havens, gold and gold-backed ETFs have grown even more popular, continuing their 2016 climb.
Gold prices climbed to $1,328 per ounce Monday, marking a 23% surge since January versus a 2.1% decline for the S&P 500. With Brexit-fueled uncertainty unlikely to clear up in the near future, analysts don’t expect the metal to lose its shine soon………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Platforms are quite costly when it comes to trading ETFs

Posted on 28 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When Frank Spiteri was asked about setting up an exchange-traded fund (ETF) desk at Peel Hunt a few years ago, he had to admit to the then-chief executive, “I don’t even know what ETFs are”.
Now he is heading up UK and Europe distribution at ETF Securities, a sizeable provider of the products. Needless to say, for much of his career, Mr Spiteri has prioritised educating retail investors about these passive vehicles, having come to the realisation he was not alone in having little, if any, knowledge of the market despite its prominence in the US………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Best Emerging-Market ETF to Buy in 2016

Posted on 27 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Emerging markets have been going through significant turmoil lately. Volatile commodity prices and economic instability in China are major reasons for concern, and it’s hard to tell how the situation will evolve in the coming months. On the other hand, uncertainty usually creates opportunities for bargain-hunting investors, and emerging-market stocks are trading at spectacularly cheap valuation levels.
With this in mind, let’s compare the two leading emerging-markets ETFs, Vanguard Emerging Markets and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets, in order to find out which one is the best choice for investors looking to position their portfolio in conveniently cheap emerging-market stocks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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