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Gold price: Hedge funds, ETF investors show buying fatigue

Posted on 27 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold touched a two-year high in July around $1,380 an ounce and year to date the metal is up 26% or close to $280 an ounce, one of its best annual performances since 1980. But there are signs that buying fatigue has set in for both hedge funds active on the derivatives market and institutional and retail buyers of physically-backed gold exchange traded funds.
Hedge funds dramatically raised bearish bets on gold during the final months of 2015 pushing the overall market into a net short position – bets that gold could be bought back at a lower price in the future – for the first time since at least 2006, when government first started to collect the data……………………………………..Full Article: Source

What’s Next for Gold and Silver ETFs

Posted on 27 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares and other gold-related exchange traded products got a bit of a reprieve last week when the Federal Reserve again opted against raising interest rates.
Still, the Fed appeared more dividend than ever with at least three members voicing the opinion that it is time to boost borrowing costs. However, it must be noted that the Fed did not give a specific timeframe for when it could raise rates again. As investors have already learned this year with gold and gold miners, the longer rates stay low, the better for gold-related assets……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Getting Near Time for Nat Gas ETFs

Posted on 27 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States Natural Gas Fund and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN along with other natural gas-related exchange traded products are often subject to seasonal trends. With winter approaching, the seasonality of natural gas could be advantage for the commodity.
However, market observers warn that natural gas demand will dip as the seasons change and temperatures cool. Some analyst are already warning of a potentially new record high natural gas inventory levels in the months ahead……………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 Contenders for the Top Income ETF

Posted on 26 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The best dividend ETF should pay a high yield from a diversified portfolio of dividend stocks while offering the potential for investors to earn additional returns from capital appreciation. To that end, here’s a list of what I believe to be the five best dividend ETFs out of more than 100 dividend ETFs on the market today:
Before buying any of these, it’s important to know how the funds work. Here’s the case for each fund, and why each one deserves a spot in the list of the best dividend ETFs for an income portfolio……………………………………Full Article: Source

Learn More About The First And Only Dorsey Wright Commodity ETF

Posted on 23 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Elkhorn Investments, founded by Ben Fulton, former Managing Director of Global ETFs at Invesco PowerShares, is launching the first ever Dorsey Wright commodity ETF with no K-1. The Elkhorn Commodity Rotation Strategy ETF (DWAC) is an actively-managed, tactical, momentum-based commodity strategy with an intelligent futures roll strategy.
Below is an inside look at the strategy behind DWAC, which began trading on Nasdaq on September 21th, 2016. Elkhorn is launching the first Dorsey Wright based commodity ETF, the Elkhorn Commodity Rotation Strategy ETF (DWAC). DWAC is the first and only pure momentum-based commodity strategy available in the ETF structure……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity funds in fee ‘bonanza’ as assets soar 46%

Posted on 23 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity funds and ETFs have seen assets soar 46 per cent since the end of last year creating a bonanza for providers due to the high fees they charge on the niche products, Cerulli Associates analysis reveals.
Inflows are reaching the ‘highest level in years’ hitting €5bn year to date following €1.5bn inflows in July, Cerulli says. Inflows are attributed to gold prices rising 19 per cent over the period, as well as unsettled markets………………………………………Full Article: Source

It’s Goldman vs. JPMorgan in ETF Battle

Posted on 22 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Wall Street banks led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) are stepping up their efforts to grab a large stake in the global market for exchange traded funds, or ETFs, worth an estimated $3 trillion.
The stakes, and the potential for growth, are high. Goldman and JPMorgan each have over $1 trillion in assets under management, largely in actively managed accounts. In rolling out increasing numbers of passively managed ETFs, they will be taking on the likes of Vanguard, BlackRock (BLK) and State Street (STT), to name a few key players. But executives at Wall Street banks see plenty of room for new entrants like themselves……………………………………Full Article: Source

Four ETFs Launch, Three On Bats

Posted on 22 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Dividend-focused investing is popular these days, as investors look for sources other than traditional bond ETFs for income. One of today’s launches sets out to simplify—as well as diversify—the search for the best dividend ETF with one single ticker.
The Amplify YieldShares Prime 5 Dividend ETF (PFV) is essentially a fund of funds. This ETF owns the top five U.S. dividend ETFs selected based on three criteria: low expense ratio, low share price volatility and high dividend income, according to Amplify, a firm led by industry veteran Christian Magoon…………………………………….Full Article: Source

What Lies Ahead for Oil & Gas ETFs?

Posted on 20 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

So far, 2016 has not been smooth sailing for the U.S. oil futures. The commodity has been very volatile this year with prices recovering from a 12-year low of $26.21 a barrel in February to $50/barrel mark in early June, slipping again to under $40 only to rally toward $50 once more.
While factors like Canadian wildfires, Nigerian outages/disruptions, production issues in Venezuela and a strike by Kuwaiti oil workers contributed to jump in prices earlier this year that saw the benchmark recover significantly, these issues have largely vanished from the market. As of now, overproduction of crude and a glut of refined products keep the commodity under pressure………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 Millennial Friendly ETF Investing Ideas

Posted on 20 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Millennials – population with birth years ranging from 1980–2000 – are increasingly hogging the attention of the investing world. And why not? After all, this cohort seems to be a key growth driver of the U.S. economy, outpacing baby boomers in 2015 and reflecting over one quarter of the nation’s population.
As this group has the prospect of comprising 75% of the workforce by 2025, it surely emerges as a long-term investing bet. As per research by Global X, millennials now earn about $2 trillion, with income projected to grow to $8 trillion by 2025………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Can ETFs Outperform Hedge Funds?

Posted on 16 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

What can exchange-traded funds (ETFs) provide that hedge funds cannot? Some analysts suggest that ETFs of a particular type boast minimal problems with illiquidity, plus a position in the market that is not overcrowded.
And, above all, the reduced fee structure and the relative certainty of positive returns may be more attractive to investors, particularly those who are averse to the high stakes involved with putting money in hedge funds. Unlike a hedge fund, an ETF tracks a particular market index, replicating market performance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Benefits of Diversifying with a Liquid Alternative ETF Strategy

Posted on 16 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds that replicate hedge fund strategies or track liquid alternatives are a good way to diversify a traditional equity and fixed-income portfolio to lower the potential negative effects of a volatile market ahead.
“Current equity market levels and the prospect of rising rates may mean lower returns and higher volatility in traditional portfolios,” Yazann Romahi, Portfolio Manager and Head of Global Multi-Asset Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions Team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Investors Should Avoid Treating Commodity-Based ETFs as Actual Commodities

Posted on 15 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

One of the biggest problems commodity investors face is finding a way to invest without having to trade in the futures market. Commodity-based stocks can partially do the job, but there really aren’t many “pure play” stocks. If you like gold, silver or any other precious metal, investing in a mining company can be a good idea, but it still doesn’t pass for the underlying commodity itself.
Companies trade based on fundamentals and other market forces. While the price of a commodity will certainly be a factor in determining the stock’s value, things like earnings, mining reserves, land rights, debt and a slew of other details are also part of what makes up a company’s total value………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Making Sense of Commodity Exchange-Traded Products

Posted on 15 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For hundreds of years, investors have been buying and selling commodities. In fact, sources point to the first commodity futures contract dating back to the 1600s! Given this lengthy history of investing, it is quite surprising that investing in commodities was very difficult for the retail investor until exchange-traded products (ETPs) made things easier.
In 2004, the first commodity ETP was launched as a way for investors to hold gold. Today there are over 100 U.S.-listed commodity ETPs, used by investors of all types; however, how these products work is often misunderstood………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Assets in Top ETF Drop to 11-Week Low Amid Fog on Fed Rate

Posted on 15 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Holdings in the world’s largest exchange-traded product backed by gold fell to the lowest since June as investors pulled back before a Federal Reserve meeting next week.
Assets in SPDR Gold Shares dropped 0.5 percent on Tuesday to 935.49 metric tons, the lowest since June 24. Holdings have dropped from a three-year high reached in July as comments from some officials fueled speculation that the Fed will tighten U.S. monetary policy this year, making gold less competitive against interest-bearing assets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

DBA: Commodities ETF Tries to Fend off the Bears

Posted on 14 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In what has generally been a good year for commodities exchange traded products, some members of the group are struggling. For example, the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund is off more than 10% over the past quarter.
The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund tries to reflect the performance of the Diversified Agriculture Index Excess Return, which is comprised of futures contracts on the most liquid and widely tracked agriculture commodities. Institutional owners of DBA recently included Harvard’s endowment and a retirement plan for Canadian doctors, according to the FT………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs May Still Maintain Their Momentum

Posted on 14 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the markets may be worried about the effects of a Federal Reserve interest rate, there are still a number of factors that can still support the gold market and bullion-related exchange traded funds.
On a recent webcast, A Golden 2016: Where Does Gold Go from Here? , Imaru Casanova, Senior Analyst at VanEck, argued that technical, macro, market action and fundamental factors remain supportive for a bull market. For instance, on the technical side, a positive break-out from a long-term down trend is a bullish indicator………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs Remain Prime Fed Defense

Posted on 14 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Federal Reserve continues to vex investors. Last Friday, SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares and other gold-related exchange traded products were punished after a member of the Federal Reserve said the U.S. central bank should not wait too long before raising interest rates.
Those ETFs could not catch a break Monday even after another Fed member reiterated some dovish views on interest rates. However, even with all the recent consternation regarding the Fed’s impact on gold, the aforementioned ETFs are down less than 1% over the past month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs Are Still A Smart Volatility Hedge

Posted on 13 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold is not bereft of volatility, but the yellow metal is often thought as a hedge against equity market turbulence. Treasury yields rest near historic lows and the Federal Reserve has yet to raise interest rates this year. In other words, 2016 has been a pretty year for equities and fixed income exchange-traded funds, but gold ETFs are topping both stocks and bonds.
For example, the iShares Gold Trust(ETF) is higher by 25.2 percent year-to-date compared to a 5.7 percent gain for the S&P 500. However, underscoring the point that gold is in fact volatile, IAU has been 320 basis points more volatile than the S&P 500 this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Commodity Plays to Pick Up Now

Posted on 13 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The specter of higher interest rates spooked investors Friday. The usual cohort of rate-sensitive assets (bonds, REITS, utilities, staples) suffered tremendously during the terror. Commodities were also one of the hardest hit areas, with gold and silver tumbling all day long.
Higher rates dampen the appeal of non-yielding assets like the yellow metal and its high-beta cousin. Friday’s bloodbath also ushered in the long-awaited return of volatility. As is usually the case after a long absence, the sudden drop was as surprising as it was large. Despite the broad swath of destruction wrought on charts across the land, opportunity lurks in a few select areas………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Low-cost ETF challengers eat into derivatives market

Posted on 12 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If financial markets were a school playground, exchange traded funds are the popular group that everyone wants to be friends with. By comparison, some derivatives are the wallflowers.
ETFs reached a new record for assets under management at the end of July,hitting $3.3tn globally, according to data from ETFGI. Fixed income ETF assets have grown from $60bn in 2007 to nearly $600bn in July 2016, while equity ETFs have reached $2.5tn, the data show………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETF Impact on Price ‘Intuitive’ Says SocGen as Euro Gains Before ECB News

Posted on 09 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold prices held shy of 3-week highs in London on Thursday, trading at $1347 per ounce as the US Dollar fell near 2-week lows against the Euro ahead of today’s European Central Bank decision on interest rates – now negative for commercial banks using the ECB’s deposit facility – and quantitative easing.
Silver retreated from yesterday’s near 4-week highs at $20.13 per ounce, recovering half of an overnight 40 cents drop. Wednesday’s new all-time high global stockmarkets saw the giant SPDR Gold Trust shrink by half-a-tonne to just less than 952 tonnes as stockholders liquidated shares………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Should You Buy Oil ETFs Ahead of the OPEC Meet?

Posted on 09 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have been volatile lately flipping between bear and bull markets. While higher OPEC production and a rise in the number of rigs operating in U.S. oil fields stoked supply glut concerns, a likely output control talk among major oil producers scheduled to take place in September 26-28 in Algeria gave this commodity some support.
Also, Russia and OPEC bigwig Saudi Arabia’s decision to join hands on stabilizing the oil market, raised hopes further for oil ETFs. Overall, United States Oil Fund, which looks to track the spot price of WTI crude, added 6.7% and United States Brent Oil, which tracks the daily price movements of Brent crude oil, was up 7.2% in the last one month……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Investors Should Be Very Careful With Inverse ETFs

Posted on 09 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ubiquitous nature of ETFs ensures that they are accessible to virtually any type of investor in any type of account. That’s generally a good thing for the majority of these low-cost, diversified, and tax-efficient tools. Nevertheless, it also opens the door for complex and potentially unsuitable investments to make their way into places they should likely never appear.
Case in point is the growing use of short ETFs, which are also referred to as bear market or inverse funds. These contrarian vehicles have become a “go to” tool for many active investors who wish to make a bet that the market will fall………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Commodity ETF Idea for a September Trade

Posted on 08 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many asset classes are sensitive to seasonal trends, but perhaps none more so than commodities. With that idea in mind, natural gas exchange traded products, such as the United States Natural Gas Fund and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN , could be worthwhile trades this month.
Traders are anticipating the sweltering heat could raise natural-gas consumption as households and offices use more gas-powered electricity to run air-conditioning units………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil ETFs Have Rally Potential

Posted on 08 September 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 each up more than 4% over the past month. That could be just the start of more gains for the oil exchange traded products as some market observers see more upside on the way for crude.
Oil is also likely to get some help from now dwindling bets that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the coming months. Raising interest rates would likely boost the dollar, in turn pressuring dollar-denominated commodities such as oil………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Are Inverse ETFs and How and Why To Use Them

Posted on 08 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ubiquitous nature of ETFs ensures that they are accessible to virtually any type of investor in any type of account. That’s generally a good thing for the majority of these low-cost, diversified, and tax-efficient tools. Nevertheless, it also opens the door for complex and potentially unsuitable investments to make their way into places they should likely never appear.
Case in point is the growing use of short ETFs, which are also referred to as bear market or inverse funds. These contrarian vehicles have become a “go to” tool for many active investors who wish to make a bet that the market will fall………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Strong ETF Inflows Continue In August

Posted on 07 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After July saw more than $53 billion in new assets flow to ETFs, August followed suit with another strong month, with nearly $30 billion of inflows, with equity ETF gathering the lion’s share of new money.
In aggregate, August asset flows were solid, if much smaller than July’s $52 billion intake. So far this year, the U.S. ETF industry has gathered a net of $143.2 billion in fresh assets, in line with last year’s asset growth. When it comes to ETF flows in 2016, it really has been a tale of two trends. For the first half of the year, fixed-income ETFs dominated, with more than 80% of new assets going to that asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Comparing Total Return Bond ETFs

Posted on 07 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

This has been a big year for U.S. fixed-income ETFs, which have led asset-class net creations with inflows of more than $60 billion year-to-date. In this segment, no fund has been more popular this year, or is bigger than the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG).
AGG, which has a massive $41.3 billion in total assets, tracks an index of U.S. investment-grade bonds in a far-reaching portfolio that includes more than 5,800 securities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Five Best Practices for Trading ETFs

Posted on 05 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As traders go in and out of markets during shifting environments, it is important to understand some key trading practices to best execute exchange traded fund orders. For instance, traders who are trying to efficiently execute ETF trades should understand why premium/discounts occur, evaluate an ETF’s bid-ask price, wait a while after the market opens to trade, place international trades when foreign markets are open and consult ETF specialists for large orders, James Ross, Chairman of the Global SPDR Business for State Street Global Advisors, said in a note.
“Understanding the unique structure of ETFs and how they trade will allow you to transact more efficiently,” Ross said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commerzbank: Gold ETFs Post Big Outflow; Silver Inflows Continue

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global holdings of gold by physically backed exchange-traded funds collectively posted their highest daily outflow – of 11.3 tonnes – in nearly three weeks on Wednesday, Commerzbank reports. “The SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold ETF, was responsible,” the bank says.
The SPDR website shows a single-day outflow of 12.17 tonnes. “Holdings in the gold ETFs tracked by Bloomberg were topped up by a mere 13.7 tonnes in all in August; that’s the smallest monthly increase since April,” Commerzbank says………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs May Experience Seasonal Weakness in September

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds are subject to seasonal trends as certain supply and demand dynamics shift through the year. In September, energy and silver ETFs could suffer through a changing trend.
For starters, the United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, has historically underperformed in September, only inching higher 30% of the time and typically falling by 3.5% for the month, writes Cory Mitchell for Investopedia………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fed Could Initiate The Push For Preferred ETFs

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Among the high-yielding asset classes benefiting from the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates to this point in the year are preferred stocks and the corresponding exchange-traded funds.
TheiShares S&P US Pref Stock Idx Fnd (ETF) has a 30-day SEC yield of 5.3 percent and is up 6.6 percent year-to-date. Income investors embraced preferred stocks, in large part, because of high yields, but as the spike in Treasury yields earlier this year and in 2013 taught investors, high-yielding assets are vulnerable to rising rates………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy sector ETF on pace to cap August with worst daily loss of the month

Posted on 01 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy-related stocks and funds tumbled on Wednesday, tracking the price of crude oil lower as investors continued to fret about oversupply that has dogged the global crude market for two years. The Energy Select Sector one of the most popular ways for investors to play the space, fell 1.8% in its steepest one-day decline since Aug. 1, according to FactSet data.
“Right now the whole world is awash in oil, and in order to sop that up and get a balance between supply and demand, we need to see demand pick up sizably,” said Robert Lutts, chief investment officer at Cabot Money Management. “That’s not going to happen, so I think we’ll see more pressure on the downside.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Japan Currency-Hedged ETFs Gain on Fed Speculation

Posted on 01 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency.
On Tuesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund gained 1.4%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF rose 1.2% and Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF advanced 1.1%. The currency-hedged ETFs are outperforming non-hedged funds as the local currency depreciates against the U.S. dollar………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Assets Invested in ETFs/ETPs In Canada Reached Record $81 Billion By July 2016

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Canada have increased 25.3% year to date to reach a new record of US$81 billion at the end of July 2016. The Canadian ETF industry had 430 ETFs, with 585 listings, assets of US$81 Bn, from 17 providers listed on 2 exchanges, according to ETFGI’s July 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of July for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.343 trillion, in the United States at US$2.367 trillion, in Europe at US$539.16 Bn and in Japan at US$191.82 Bn. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

The 5 Best Oil ETFs

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

These 5 oil ETFs offer investors an opportunity to speculate on oil futures, E&P stocks large and small, and services companies that are especially leveraged to changes in drilling activity.
An explosion in ETFs has left investors with so many choices that it’s difficult to separate the best ETFs from the worst. I’ve taken a deep look into many oil exchange-traded funds on the market and determined that these five are my picks for the top funds for oil investors and speculators alike………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2016’s Best-Performing Commodity ETFs Could See Gains Evaporate Soon

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With great gains come great risk, and a number of high-flying commodity ETFs are now facing big potential pullbacks, as the odds of an interest rate hike rise. As a result, investors sitting on big gains could very well see them go up in smoke soon. Let’s take a look at some of the most at-risk precious metal and commodity ETFs.
Clearly, the GDXJ and GDX are particularly vulnerable here. Both gold miner-focused ETFs have been on incredible runs in 2016, and despite cooling off this month, they lack any major technical price support to help prevent further pullbacks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF vs. Index Fund: Which Is Best for You?

Posted on 29 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The difference between an ETF an index fund is not as insignificant as it might seem. It isn’t just about performance, or which type had the best returns. Making the wrong choice could cost you thousands of dollars in extra fees and commissions and require hours of work on your part.
The differences boil down to four main pillars — fees, minimums, taxes, and liquidity — all of which ultimately determine whether your best option is to buy an ETF or stick to an index fund. 1. Fees and expenses: ETFs generally have a slight advantage when it comes to annual expense ratios………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 10 Best ETFs on the Planet

Posted on 29 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

You can hunker down in these funds for several years and know your investment is in good hands. They’ll rarely be the 100%, exact, best, perfect ETF for any given moment. They’re all still pretty darn great regardless.
The U.S. exchange-traded fund and exchange-traded product world is closing in on 2,000 strong. As of June 2016, the country boasted 1,931 ETFs and ETPs that had amassed more than $2.2 trillion in assets, according to research and consultancy firm ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sold on Softs: These Commodities ETFs Could Move Higher

Posted on 26 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy commodities and precious metals garner most of the press within the broader commodities asset class, but investors can find some notable, tactical opportunities with agriculture commodities or “softs.” The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund offers broad-based exposure to agriculture commodities, including cattle, coffee, corn, soybeans and wheat.
The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund tries to reflect the performance of the Diversified Agriculture Index Excess Return, which is comprised of futures contracts on the most liquid and widely tracked agriculture commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Power This Emerging Markets ETF

Posted on 26 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In a year when many emerging equity markets are soaring, Latin America is a standout at the regional level and a big reason why is rebounding commodities prices.
Latin America’s central bank policies are notable, at least among the region’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico. Although Brazil’s central bank has not hiked interest rates since last year, its benchmark borrowing cost of 14.25% is among the highest in the world, emerging or developed markets. Earlier this year, Mexico’s central bank surprisingly raised rates to help prop up the peso………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hi Ho Silver: Investors Love These ETFs

Posted on 25 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though they have recently retreated a bit, the iShares Silver Trust and ETFS Physical Silver Shares remain two of this year’s best-performing commodities exchange traded products and investors seem to be acknowledging as much.
Year-to-date, silver has mirrored the surge in gold in response to ongoing market volatility. Silver has exhibited a correlation of over 80% to gold and typically moves in the same direction as the yellow metal but in larger movements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Best (And Worst) Part of Trading Gold ETFs

Posted on 25 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors love the premise, but it may be more volatility than most of them can handle. Talk about extremes! The Direxion Daily Jr. Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF are down 15% and 14% today, respectively, while the Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X ETF is up a whopping 14%.
For those who made the right call on gold prices, it’s reason to celebrate. For those who sat on the wrong side of the table though, today’s instantaneous losses are downright painful………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs For Investors 2017

Posted on 24 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In 13 categories of investment, from big U.S. stocks to international bonds, this annual survey ranks the best buys in exchange-traded funds. The determining factor: cost of ownership.
Most of the $2.2 trillion sitting in U.S.-based ETFs is indexed, meaning that your money is apportioned automatically to some predefined basket of stocks. Managerial talent is not a factor. All that matters is which product skims off the least in overhead………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF assets continue upward march, reaching new record highs

Posted on 23 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally continued their upward march in July, reaching a new record high of $3.343 trillion, according to data from London-based ETF consultancy ETFGI.
Various new regional record highs were also reached, including in the US at $2.367tn, Europe at $539.2bn, Japan at $191.8bn and Canada at $81.2bn. The milestones were reached through a combination of strong net inflows as well as bullish markets during the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs Are Mispriced

Posted on 23 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds, at their onset, provided new and valuable ingress for investors. Daily liquidity is an additive feature for investors, and the financial instruments made access to passive market exposures attainable at low expense. Some of the larger, and broader-based ETFs still provide that utility.
However, the more than 500 net new ETFs created over the last five years have altered the industry’s value proposition, replacing inexpensive access with thematic or sovereign speculation, often with leverage………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Your Investment Portfolio’s Missing ETF Piece

Posted on 22 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The framework for an architecturally sound investment plan is to have a core portfolio built upon core asset classes. Like the foundation of a building, your portfolio’s core must be built on a solid and stable footing.
While there are many things within your investment plan that are optional, this isn’t one of them. Before answering the question of what pieces are missing from your current investment plan, we must first answer this question: What are core asset classes?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Silver Miners ETFs Can Keep Soaring

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Global X Silvers Miners ETF and the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver Small Cap Miners/Explorers ETF are two of this year’s best-performing non-leveraged exchange traded funds. In fact, SILJ is this year’s best-performing non-leveraged ETF and that contest is not even close.
Year-to-date, silver has mirrored the surge in gold in response to ongoing market volatility. Silver has exhibited a correlation of over 80% to gold and typically moves in the same direction as the yellow metal but in larger movements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Leveraged ETFs Are Horrible Investments

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds have surged in popularity in recent years. As they’ve gained traction, they’ve also become more diverse, and one of the more high-profile ETF types to emerge has been the leveraged ETF.
Leveraged ETFs, which allow investors to magnify the returns of an index by two to three times, sound brilliant in theory. Who wouldn’t want to earn triple what the Standard & Poor’s 500 index did last year? Alas, all that glitters is not gold. And true to form, the shiny, promising world of leveraged ETFs is more an obstacle to be avoided and overcome than a tool to be harnessed and put to use………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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