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US regulator probes ETF pricing structures

Posted on 22 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Extreme movements in the prices of bonds, commodities and other assets have prompted regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to take a closer look at the inner workings of exchange traded funds.
Wall Street’s top regulator has been talking to the firms responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of such ETFs as it seeks to gauge the resilience of the structures to sharp fluctuations in the underlying market they track………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Our ETF Hits and Misses of 2014

Posted on 22 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An assessment of this column’s picks in 2014 shows that its authors were rightly skeptical about straying from passive index exchange-traded funds in favor of active management, which again struggled in a year of steady stock-market gains. And while the temptation to buy complex ETFs is as intense as ever in the nearly $2 trillion industry, this column proved prescient in pointing out substitutes for trendy (and expensive) alternative indexes, such as an equal-weighted S&P 500.
It missed the mark, however, by flagging a buying opportunity in beaten-down business-development companies, and in prematurely calling a top in the “low-volatility” trend, which outpaced the broader market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 10 Best ETFs to Own for 2015

Posted on 22 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Best ETFs to Own for 2015: Each week our experts dish out the latest profit plays and asset-protection moves for our Money Morning Members – all for free. Today we want to do something different. Rather than provide a roundup of last week’s stock picks, we’re going to focus on 10 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) our experts like right now.
They are among the best low-cost ways for you to profit from next year’s top trends. “The great thing about ETFs is that you get a lot of potential upside while also greatly diversifying away your risk,” Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson, a 30-year tech market veteran, said Dec. 11………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Sectors ETFs That Should Thrive On Low Oil Prices

Posted on 19 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The crash in oil prices has truly reached shocking levels at this point. Oil prices which were trading above the triple-digit mark only months ago, but have now given up gains to gravitational forces and are now hovering around the five-year low of $65 a barrel.
Oil has collapsed more than 40% this year, thanks to sluggish global demand, a strong dollar and booming U.S. oil production - which has risen to the highest output from the U.S. in three decades. Moreover, a lack of geopolitical concerns has also dragged oil prices lower……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Oil Crash Hits These European ETFs Hard

Posted on 19 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Countries with heavy oil exposure have faced extremely rough trading in recent months as steep losses started to pile up in the space. This prime commodity has entered bear territory having slid more than 40% since June and touched the five-year low level. Brent crude prices are presently hovering around the $60/bbl. level.
A supply glut, ‘no production cut’ by the OPEC nations and anemic demand outlook are wrecking havoc on this liquid commodity. This has taken a toll on oil-rich nations which are among the top exporters of the commodity. As a result, the stocks and related ETFs of these nations have seen plunging share prices for quite some time now………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 5 Best ETFs to Buy for 2015

Posted on 18 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the clock about to roll past 2014 and into the New Year, it’s time for investors to be looking ahead with regards to their portfolios. That can be a daunting task, however, as it’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen over the progression of a year. An easy way to prepare and plan is by using exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
ETFs are intraday tradable baskets of stocks or other assets that make playing various global trends — both short and long-term — easy. And as some trends are already beginning to emerge, we can use them to tweak our portfolios accordingly to maximize profits…………………………………….Full Article: Source

The Best and Worst Precious Metals ETFs

Posted on 18 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Among all that glitters, the palladium exchange traded fund is outperforming while silver ETFs have been the most tarnished in the precious metals group. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares has increased 8.9% year-to-date, leading the precious metals pack. The palladium spot prices is currently hovering around $780.8 per ounce.
While 80% of commodity ETFs showed a negative return so far this year, PALL was among the few commodity funds to remain afloat, writes Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg…………………………………….Full Article: Source

5 Hot ETF Trends To Avoid In 2015

Posted on 18 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though it may be hard to do, we need to shift our attention away from the twisted wreckage within the energy sector for a second. That’s because, as 2014 winds to an end, investors need to make a plan for 2015. And in order to formulate a strategy, we need to reflect on the past year.
Thus, I’ve taken a look back to see where the “hot money” was flowing. If we want to poach the investing herd in 2015, then we’ll have to identify the most popular trades. Analyzing exchange-traded fund (ETF) flows is a great way to do this and can help us avoid overly crowded trades going forward…………………………………….Full Article: Source

The Best and Worst Exchange-Traded Funds of 2014

Posted on 17 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There’s no shortage of cliches used to describe the rapidly expanding exchange-traded fund industry — it’s growing like wildfire, like weeds, like kudzu. ETFs are definitely an invasive species in the financial services world, and for many investors a welcome one, thanks to their low costs and targeting of niche, hard-to-access investing areas.
And, yes, the industry is getting really big: Assets hit $2 trillion in 2014 as $196 billion in new cash rolled in. The pace of new ETF launches has also picked up, and the 196 new offerings in 2014 is a 29 percent jump over 2013. There are now ETFs for about everything you can think of — and 1,000 more in registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission……………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 10 Best ETFs to Own for 2015

Posted on 17 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Each week our experts dish out the latest profit plays and asset-protection moves for our Money Morning Members – all for free. Today we want to do something different. Rather than provide a roundup of last week’s stock picks, we’re going to focus on 10 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) our experts like right now.
They are among the best low-cost ways for you to profit from next year’s top trends.”The great thing about ETFs is that you get a lot of potential upside while also greatly diversifying away your risk,” Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson, a 30-year tech market veteran, said Dec. 11……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Identifying ETF Global Values Plays for 2015

Posted on 17 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The global equity landscape is at an interesting crossroads as we make our way into 2015, with many individual countries and sectors showing marked divergences. The drop in commodity prices this year has been the obvious factor in widening the gap between the strongest and weakest names around the world.
Economies such as Russia, Venezuela, and Brazil, which rely heavily on oil production to support their burgeoning market infrastructure, have been crushed under the weight of falling prices over the last six months. Conversely, developed countries with consumer-focused capital systems such as the United States have continued to show low volatility and relative strength when measured on a global scale……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs That Know How to Navigate the Futures Market

Posted on 16 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most commodity-related exchange traded funds track a basket of futures securities. Consequently, investors should understand how the underlying futures markets work and the effects they will have on ETFs.
In a paper titled The Strategic and Tactical Value of Commodity Futures, Claude Erb and Campbell Harvey argue that returns on commodity futures can be broken down into four parts: the risk-free rate, the spot-price return, the roll yield and the diversification return, writes Morningstar strategist Samuel Lee………………………………………Full Article: Source

You can use ETFs to short commodities, but it’s difficult

Posted on 15 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity prices have been in a waterfall decline for most of this year, with the largest declines experienced in the fourth quarter. This is due to many factors, including anemic global economic growth which limits demand and a stronger U.S. dollar DXY,Commodities typically respond inversely to dollar movements since commodities are priced in dollars.
Generally a weak dollar means stronger commodity prices, and a strong dollar the opposite. Beyond avoiding the sector, how can investors benefit from these serious price declines? By shorting commodity indexes………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Consolidating gold price prompts trickle into ETFs

Posted on 12 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A bounce back on equity markets, oil at fresh five-year lows and a stronger dollar did little damage on gold markets Thursday with the metal hovering near 7-week highs. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange gold for February delivery was changing hands for $1,226.20 an ounce in afternoon trade, down $3.10 or 0.3% from Wednesday close after recovering from a dip to $1,216 an ounce shortly after the open.
The oil price, which usually move in tandem with gold, closed at $59.95 on Thursday, hitting the lowest level since July 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

An Active Commodity ETF That Optimizes Returns

Posted on 12 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When investing in the commodities market, exchange traded fund investors should understand how the underlying market works to best diversify an investment portfolio and optimize potential returns. On the recent webcast, The Evolved Commodity ETF Landscape and Diversification Benefits, Kevin Baum, vice president and senior portfolio manager at Invesco PowerShares, points out that commodities act as a diversifier to traditional asset classes.
Specifically, over past 15-years, commodities have shown a 0.03 correlation to U.S. bonds, 0.38 correlation to U.S. equities and a 0.51 correlation to developed markets – a 0 reading would correspond to perfectly uncorrelated assets while a 1 reading reflects perfectly correlated assets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Drop in energy ETF draws bullish options bet on oil rebound

Posted on 12 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The sharp drop in the shares of a popular energy ETF in tandem with oil’s recent swoon attracted a bullish bet on Thursday in the options market that oil prices will rebound significantly through the first quarter of 2015.
The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF’s , which tracks the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Select Industry Index, rose 2.6 percent to $45.83 on Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Diversifying with a Broad Commodity ETF

Posted on 11 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities have been falling behind over the past year, but investors who believe the winds are shifting can take a look at an actively managed commodity exchange traded fund option. On the upcoming webcast, The Evolved Commodity ETF Landscape and Diversification Benefits, Kevin Baum, vice president and senior portfolio manager at Invesco PowerShares, and Lorraine Wang, head of global ETF products & research at Invesco PowerShares, argue that there is value in commodity assets and point to an ETF option to re-position for 2015.
Specifically, commodities offer diversification qualities and allow investors to access global economic growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Gold ETFs to Make Your Portfolio Glisten

Posted on 11 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors planning to stuff their stockings with gold coins this Christmas can consider a range of gilded ETPs (Exchange Traded Products). Although gold has lost some of its lustre over recent years, its core investment properties mean benefits can still be gained from maintaining a small portfolio allocation. Traditionally gold, as an investment, has been used as a store of value in the face of severe market turmoil.
As it holds little ‘intrinsic value’, it can be considered a barometer for investor sentiment, with demand peaking in times of market distress, and falling away in times of relative calm. Besides, in keeping with its role as a store of value, gold may also provide an effective inflation hedge………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Two New ‘Low-Carbon’ ETFs Grab Nearly $100 Million

Posted on 11 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Two new “low-carbon” exchange-traded funds aren’t trading much but already have gathered nearly $100 million in assets. State Street Global Advisors was first to market late last month with the $22 million SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (LOWC). Rival BlackRock followed quickly followed suit, debuting its $72 million iShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (CRBN) on Tuesday.
Both ETFs follow the identical, passive index (MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target). Both also sport, including fee waivers, net expense ratios of 0.2%. Both share primary listings on NYSE’s Arca exchange………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Volume Is A Spurious Indicator For ETFs

Posted on 10 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Trading volume – the number of shares of a security traded in a given day or other period – has long served as a proxy for market demand. For many traders, volume is used as a confirmation indicator to price movement. An increasing price level but a decreasing volume level may indicate that demand for that security has dried up, and that the price may soon decline.
On the other hand, a stock that breaks out of its price range on higher than average volume may indicate a higher degree of interest and probability of the demand trend continuing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Miners: 3 Reasons to Buy This ETF Before 2014 Ends

Posted on 10 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has a reputation for being a contrarian investment, and for more than a decade, returns for gold have generally diverged from what the stock market has brought investors. From 2000-2009, stocks suffered two bear markets while gold soared.
After topping out at $1,900 per ounce in 2011, however, gold has plunged even as the stock market has climbed to countless new record highs. As gold has fallen, it has taken gold mining stocks down with it, sending the popular exchange-traded fund Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF to levels it hasn’t seen since the worst of the financial crisis………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF/ETP industry reaches new record: $2.76 trillion

Posted on 09 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s research finds 2014 is proving to be a very good year for the Global ETF/ETP industry. The ETF/ETP industry in Europe also had a strong month gathering US$5.6 billion in NNA and a record level of US$61.8 billion in NNA year-to-date, breaking the prior full year NNA record. Assets in European ETFs/ETPs are US$472.1 billion at the end of November, which is just below the record of US$477.4 billion in assets set at the end of August 2014. We expect the European ETF/ETP industry to break through the US$500 billion milestone in the first half of 2015.
“Economic news in Europe during November was not positive with the OECD warning that Europe was the “locus of weakness” in the global economy - criticising the ECB’s efforts to combat economic stagnation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF/ETPs in U.S. Reach Record of 1.98 Trillion Dollars in November

Posted on 09 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s research finds 2014 is proving to be a very good year for the ETF/ETP industry in the United States. The ETF/ETP industry in the United States reached a new record of US$1.98 trillion in assets at the end of November. We expect to see assets break through the US$2 trillion milestone any day.
At the end of November 2014 the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,659 ETFs/ETPs, from 68 providers listed on 3 exchanges. Net new asset inflows into US listed ETF/ETPs were US$42.4 billion in November, which is a record month, beating the previous high of US$41.2 billion set in July 2013. The global ETF/ETP industry has reached a new record of US$2.76 trillion in assets. We expect the assets to break through the US$3 trillion milestone in the first half of 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETPs attract strong inflows in Nov ahead of OPEC meeting

Posted on 09 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy futures exchange-traded products (ETPs) attracted a hefty $312 million in November, their second-highest monthly inflows of the year, as investors bet OPEC would cut oil production and thereby trigger a rebound in the oil price.
In the two-month run-up to OPEC’s Nov. 27 meeting, energy futures ETPs attracted $1.153 billion, data from BlackRock showed. As a result of this surge, energy had the largest net inflows of all the commodity ETP sub-sectors in the first 11 months of 2014. But investor expectations that OPEC would trim output to stabilise the oil price were dashed as Saudi Arabia blocked calls for a cut. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Why You Should Use Currency Hedging Via ETFs

Posted on 09 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When it comes to buying international stocks, investors have a lot of decisions to make. Should you buy a broad exchange-traded fund or just play regionally? Maybe a single country? Developed or emerging markets? And depending on the country, you might even have different themes to choose from.
Well, there’s another option that investors need to decide on when it comes to buying international stocks, and it’s one that most investors don’t even know they have: currency hedging. Believe it or not, buying something as broad as the iShares Core MSCI EAFE (IEFA) — with its 2,500 international stocks — can leave your portfolio to the whims of the cruel forex gods………………………………………..Full Article: Source

As U.S. ETFs approach $2 trillion in assets, here’s what that means

Posted on 08 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As U.S.-listed ETFs approach $2 trillion in assets, you may wonder how much the current bull market has been aided by the rush into these trendy index-tracking funds. The answer is not much, argues Convergex’s Nick Colas, even as exchange-traded funds have reached an estimated $1.987 trillion in assets. ETFs aren’t responsible for pushing U.S. stocks to new highs, as they’re still a relatively small force and largely just grabbing money that would have gone into mutual funds, he wrote in a Tuesday note.
Mutual fund investors took out $411.1 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds over the past five years, and during that time U.S. equity ETFs attracted $301.5 billion in fresh capital, says Colas, citing ICI and XTF.com data………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Shipping ETF Falls On Hard Times As Commodities Dip

Posted on 08 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Stocks involved in the shipping industry can be one way to play the transportation sector and global economic expansion theme. However, the continued collapse in worldwide commodity prices and economic uncertainty in Europe has sent prices of these companies lower in recent months.
Both the United States Oil Fund LP and United States Natural Gas Fund, LP are trading near their lowest levels of the year and putting pressure on commodity suppliers. Fears over a reduction in demand for transport of bulk goods are likely one of the driving forces in this new down-trend in shipping stocks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

4 ETF Winners And Losers With Oil Below $70

Posted on 08 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As oil attempts to find a bottom in the mid-$60s per barrel range, it has majorly impacted companies and countries around the world. Like any big move in the stock market, there will be winners and losers. Below is a look at the ETFs that will potentially prosper and those that will potentially struggle with oil trading below $70.
The iShares Dow Jones Transport. Avg. (ETF) IYT 0.39% initially rallied to a new all-time high as oil was falling, but the big drop in the price of the commodity last week took its toll on the ETF. While airline stocks are winners of lower oil prices due to the high cost to fly a plane, the railroads could be losers as less U.S. oil is moved around the country if production slows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs about to pass $2 trillion in assets

Posted on 05 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The exchange-traded fund industry is about to reach a major milestone. Over the next few days—maybe as early as Friday—ETFs as a category will pass $2 trillion in assets. The accomplishment serves as a mighty rebuke of the mutual fund industry as investors during this five-year bull market wholeheartedly rejected active management.
After a $42 billion inflow for November, ETFs are less than $3 billion away from the $2 trillion mark, according to XTF.com, which calculates the asset total at the end of each day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Looking Forward: A Glance Into 2015’s ETF Landscape

Posted on 05 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Barring a dramatic December downturn, the major US indices are on pace for another year of double digit growth. 2014 has had its shares of growing pains, including a gloomy Q1 where the economy slightly contracted and a precipitous drop during late September and early October.
Despite these downturns, 2014 will mark the 6th year of the current bull market. Since the 2008 low of 666, the S&P 500 has climbed well above 2000 and has closed at 44 record highs in 2014. Considering that the current bull market is the 4th longest ever in length and the 6th highest in terms of percent gained, is 2015 the year the tide turns?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs swing wildly at close of trading

Posted on 04 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A popular exchange-traded fund of gold miners dove nearly 10 percent in the waning seconds of trading on Wednesday, the latest in a series of unusual moves in single securities on heavy volume this month.
Nearly five million shares of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF changed hands in the last minute of trading as the fund dipped from $19.67 to a low of $17.72 on the day. The ETF is traded on NYSE Arca, one of the exchanges operated by the New York Stock Exchange………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETNs Not Crashing

Posted on 04 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The price of crude oil hit a new five-year low over the weekend after OPEC refused to cut production. As ugly as the chart is for oil, it is not alone with a number of other commodities trading at or near lows. While it may appear to be the end of the road for the commodity ETFs and ETNs, not all are created equally.
There are sub-sectors in the commodity sector that have been able to hold up better than the broad sector. When the time comes that commodities as a whole start to attract money, it will likely be led by the sub-sectors that have held up the best during the downturn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tips for Rebalancing Your ETF Portfolio

Posted on 03 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The final month of the year is upon us and many ETF investors are likely considering making changes to their holdings as a result of annual rebalancing, required minimum distributions, or a change in their investment profile. These rituals can be an important step in ensuring you stay within your asset allocation targets and give you the ability to objectively analyze your underlying positions to see if any strategic changes should be made.
However, there are also several important factors to take into consideration before you make any drastic changes to your investment portfolio. Namely you should analyze the impact of taxes, transaction costs, and redistribution of capital to various asset classes in accordance with your outlook for 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Commodity Investor: 2 ETFs For Falling Gas Prices

Posted on 03 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The message from last week’s emergency-session meeting in Vienna of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was unequivocal: We are ready to live in a world of lower-priced oil.
The decision within OPEC was not unanimous, but it was indisputable. OPEC is divided into three categories: the Saudis, the low-price producers, and everyone else. The Saudis hold a special place within the organization and are viewed as “first among equals;” this is for several reasons………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Energy ETFs Hit the Most by OPEC’s ‘No Cut’ Decision

Posted on 02 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The energy segment of the broad U.S. market that flourished in the first half of 2014 has been going downhill over the past few months with sliding oil prices due to higher U.S. shale oil production and slowing global demand impeding its growth.
The ride became all the more difficult on Friday after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided against lowering the existing oil output, sparking a broad sell-off in energy stocks and a steep decline in oil prices. WTI crude tumbled 10% to below $66 per barrel on Friday, marking the biggest one-day drop in more than five years while Brent fell below $70 per barrel………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs compared: Broad Commodity Index

Posted on 02 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In recent years, the function of diversification and inflation protection has always been attributed to raw materials has been questioned. From 2005 onwards, in fact, the correlation between commodities and traditional asset classes is gradually increased, reaching its peak in 2008. We’ll see if in the coming years will come down to the historical averages, or if the “new normal” (the new normal) has also touched this area.
Meanwhile, the outlook for 2015 remains fairly weak. In general, according to the outlook of the World Bank, next year prices are expected to moderate descent, especially as regards the commodity energentiche and oil in particular. An important element, since the raw materials are energentiche those weighing more generic benchmarks. (Translated)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF Tumbles on Crude’s Plunge as Ukraine Crisis Weighs

Posted on 01 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The biggest exchange-traded fund for Russian equities plunged to a five-year low amid concern a deepening oil rout will push the world’s largest energy exporter, already beset by international sanctions, further toward a recession.
The Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) sank 5.5 percent on Nov. 28 to $19.56, the lowest since April 2009, extending November’s tumble to 11 percent. The ruble, the worst performing emerging-market currency in 2014, fell for the first time below 50 versus the dollar, completing a 13 percent slide for the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Some of the Best Leveraged ETFs are Getting No Love

Posted on 01 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the years, traders and investors have heard a lot about leveraged exchange traded funds, most of it bad. There has been much commentary regarding the disadvantages of daily rebalancing that often lead to significant deviations between a leveraged ETF and the index it attempts to track.
Likewise, there have been ample warnings, plenty coming from the issuers of leveraged ETFs, that these products are not suitable buy-and-hold products. Swift upside downside moves remind (and tempt) investors that are times when leveraged exchange traded funds post almost outlandish returns as some of these funds have done in recent weeks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Platinum Declines as ETF Holdings Post Biggest Drop in 6 Months

Posted on 28 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Platinum fell for the first time in three days as investors sold holdings of exchange-traded funds backed by the metal at the fastest pace in six months. Gold retreated as oil dropped to a four-year low.
Global holdings in platinum ETFs were down 1.2 percent to 82.65 tons as of yesterday, the biggest drop since May. In November, holdings have fallen on all but five days. The metal is down 11 percent this year as concerns about slowing economies outside the U.S. and the dollar’s rally curbed commodities demand……………………………………Full Article: Source

Agribusiness ETFs in Focus on Deere Earnings Beat and Weak Outlook

Posted on 28 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest agricultural equipment maker, Deere & Co, released fourth-quarter 2014 results before the opening bell on Wednesday. Though the company surpassed our estimates on both the top and bottom lines, it provided a gloomy outlook on fiscal 2015.
Earnings per share came in at $1.83, comfortably beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.58 but deteriorating from the year-ago earnings of $2.11. Revenues also fell 5% year over year to $8.97 billion, but strongly beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7.76 billion……………………………………Full Article: Source

State Street to Debut ‘Low Carbon’ ETF on Friday

Posted on 27 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

State Street Global Advisors is set to launch the market’s first-ever low-carbon exchange-traded fund on Friday, according to a trader alert from exchange operator Bats Global Markets. The ETF, called the SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF, will arrange a basket of global stocks by their low carbon footprints, according to the ETF’s most recent filing with regulators. It follows a passive index to do so.
Rankings in the index will be determined by a company’s greenhouse gas emissions per sales and potential carbon emissions from fossil fuels (fossil fuel reserves) per dollar in market value…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time To Rethink Currency Hedged ETF Use

Posted on 27 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yesterday’s surprisingly strong GDP numbers—third-quarter annualized growth was revised up to 3.9 percent—has many investors scratching their heads. To say we’re in a world of conflicting economic news would be an understatement.
Just to wrap a few data points: We have the strong GDP, suggesting basic economic growth for the U.S., but with a backdrop of flagging consumer confidence. The European Central Bank seems ready to keep stimulating the euro, pulling it off the two-year lows…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Cold Weather Saves Natural Gas ETFs from Commodity Slide

Posted on 26 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many energy commodities have had a terrible run over the past few weeks, as crude oil prices have hit 52 week lows. Take for example the top crude oil ETF, USO . This ETF has lost over 8% in the past month, and it is having serious trouble posting any real positive momentum.
This downtrend has also extended into the broad energy ETF of DBE , as this fund is down over 6% in the same time frame. The focus here is on Brent Crude, Heating Oil, Light Crude and RBOB Gasoline, all of which make up slightly over 22%, while natural gas accounts for the remainder…………………………..Full Article: Source

Why commodities ETFs are right for your portfolio now

Posted on 25 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you believe in buying when prices decline, you might want to think about adding commodities to your portfolio, either for the first time or enlarging your existing position.
Commodities are regarded as a single asset class but they aren’t a single market, as are stocks and bonds. Rather, each commodity’s price responds to its own unique supply and demand factors, even for those markets that are related — crude oil and gasoline, for example. While some overarching developments such as rising interest rates can affect them all, commodities by and large are independent of each other………………………………….Full Article: Source

Two Energy Commodity ETFs to Close

Posted on 25 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Teucrium Trading, an exchange traded fund provider known for its commodity related investment options, announced that its crude oil and natural gas ETFs will be closed. According to a press release, the Teucrium Natural Gas Fund and Teucrium Crude Oil Fund ETF will be shuttered after the close of business on December 18, 2014 due to the current market conditions and the Funds’ respective asset size.
NAGS has $1.2 million in assets under management, with a daily average volume of about 4,550 shares. CRUD has $1.8 million in assets, with an average daily volume of about 1,650 shares………………………………….Full Article: Source

Surprises From Silver ETFs? Just Maybe

Posted on 24 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the past 90 days, the iShares Silver Trust and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares are off 15.6%, a decline that is more than twice as bad as the 6.3% drop for the SPDR Gold Shares over the same period.
November has been more kind to precious metals exchange traded funds, including silver ETFs, as SLV and SIVR are up an average of 1.8%. While silver ETFs are still highly damaged (SLV and SIVR each reside 15% below their 200-day moving averages, the November bullishness, albeit slight, could be the start of a situation worth monitoring………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs minted to court the bullish US dollar

Posted on 21 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s good to be the king these days—King U.S. dollar, specifically. The dollar began a steep rise during the summer, and since then it has been gaining against several major currencies, especially the beleaguered euro.
As the dollar keeps rising, which analysts predict, there’s still more firepower to fuel even further gains. And one way to ride this surge is with currency ETFs that bet on a bullish dollar or even against a weakening euro………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 ETFs Crushed in Commodity Market Rout

Posted on 21 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After performing remarkably well in the initial months of the year, the broad commodity market started to falter in the later part. This is primarily due to a slowdown in the world’s largest consumer of raw materials –China, soft economic data from key developing economies, stalling recovery in Europe despite the stimulus package, improving U.S. economy, robust grain harvest for most agricultural commodities and demand/supply imbalances for most industrial metals.
Additionally, strengthening dollar, continued bullishness in the stock market and increased appetite for riskier assets added to the woes. This is especially true as a rising U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated assets more expensive to foreign investors, thereby dulling the appeal for the commodities…………………………………Full Article: Source

Corn ETF: Is a turnaround coming soon?

Posted on 21 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a rough patch in the last six months thanks to a stronger dollar and accelerated crop plantation on a favorable weather outlook, corn ETFs seem to now heave a sigh of relief. This is important since corn is one of the most important U.S. crops, and is the most important agricultural product in many states. And overall, the nation enjoys the status of the world’s largest exporter of the staple. U.S. farmers are experiencing an unparalleled corn inventory this year thanks to ideal weather conditions for corn harvests.
On the other hand, anemic growth in the global economy and lingering concerns over macro uncertainty has dragged down overall agricultural consumption so far this year, hurting corn export sales. A cut in Chinese corn imports brought its share of troubles. And the most important deterrent – a stronger U.S. dollar – is making exports expensive, posing threats to this staple futures. …………………………………Full Article: Source

Alternative ETFs for Tech Investors

Posted on 20 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Fancy diversifying your equity exposure? A new ETF offers those interested in robotics a chance to allocate a minor holding in their portfolio to this fast growing industry. One of the most appealing features of ETFs is that they offer an investor easy access to a diverse array of asset classes and market sectors, including highly specialised, thematically defined exposures.
The ROBO-STOX Global Robotics and Automation GO UCITS ETF (ROBO), recently launched by ETF Securities, certainly falls into the latter category. The fund, the first European ETF offering access to the robotics and automation sector, synthetically tracks 82 robotics companies listed globally………………………………Full Article: Source

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