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Reasons to stick with energy ETFs

Posted on 24 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. energy stocks and exchange traded funds are getting plenty of attention and deservedly so. Off its early February lows, the Energy Select Sector SPDR has surged 14.5%. And in recent days, a fair percentage (sometimes half or more) of the ETFs making new all-time highs have been energy ETFs, including XLE and a broad swath of competitors.
International energy funds have kept pace with their U.S.-focused rivals. The iShares Global Energy ETF is higher by nearly 15% since Feb. 3 while the SPDR S&P International Energy Sector ETF is up 15.7% over the same period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BlackRock starts ETF in Brazil to follow S&P 500 Index

Posted on 24 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock Inc. (BLK) said it will list an exchange-traded fund on the Brazilian stock exchange to track the U.S. benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
The ETF will be the first listed in Brazil linked to the performance of stocks trading outside the country, BlackRock spokeswoman Melissa Garville said in an e-mailed statement. The ETF, to be called the iShares S&P 500 FIC FI Investimento no Exterior, will start trading April 29, according to a separate statement from the exchange operator, BM&FBovespa SA……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Key differences between investing in gold mutual funds and gold ETFs

Posted on 23 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An excellent way to achieve portfolio diversification and stability is to invest in gold. That’s because gold has long been the safe haven investment from the travails of the dollar.
There are several ways to profit from the yellow metal, including investing in gold mutual funds, gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs), junior gold stocks, and gold options and futures………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 things you need to know about latest ETF trend

Posted on 23 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Active managers have found a way to make exchange-traded funds—in the form of so-called ETF strategist funds—their friends. ETF strategists are active managers who design their own asset allocation models but have to make their market bets with at least 50 percent of holdings in ETFs, according to Morningstar’s widely accepted definition.
They are the only investment products growing faster than ETFs themselves. As of year-end, about $100 billion had poured into this sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Money flowing back into commodities

Posted on 22 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Money is flowing back into commodity investments this year as the sector has broken out of lock-step with other asset classes and outperformed them, attracting investors who aim to diversify portfolios.
After $50 billion of net redemptions in 2013, total inflows so far this year into passive commodity index products and commodity-linked exchange traded funds (ETFs) have amounted to about $5.8 billion, according to estimates by Citi………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why commodities may be on the verge of a new bull market

Posted on 22 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Through April 15, 2014 the Powershares DB Commodities Index ETF (DBC) has outperformed the U.S. equity markets year-to-date, posting a positive 3.39% return versus the 0.17% gain for the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF and the drop of more than 2% for the Powershares QQQ ETF.
This is an extremely short period of time to evaluate performance but this could be the beginning of the next commodities bull market. Many commodity skeptics point to increased drilling and tepid demand for global energy as a reason not to own the asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETFs surge on higher commodity prices

Posted on 22 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The energy sector has been trading sharply higher, as rising oil and natural gas prices create a sturdy tailwind for many of these integrated service and exploration companies.
After a frightening dip in January, that tested the 200-day moving average, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) has rocketed to new all-time highs. In fact, XLE has now gained over four percent in the month of April and more than 13 percent since its February low………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hedge fund ETF usage spikes – as satisfaction slumps

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The EDHEC-Risk Institute’s latest survey of European investors in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has revealed that the popularity of hedge fund products in the space has simultaneously jumped and slumped. 2013 was a good year for hedge fund ETFs in terms of their take-up by investors: their usage rose by 14.8% to a record high – above 40% – since the institute began its survey.
But conversely user satisfaction with hedge fund ETFs dropped from more than 50% in 2012 to just above 30%, the worst score since 2009. It is below even the satisfaction rating from 2011, when the db Hedge Fund index lost 6.7%. Last year it rose by 7%. In both years, though, it lagged the MSCI World index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

An energy ETF favorite looks good

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Equity-based energy exchange traded funds continue to shed the laggard status with which they were saddled last year and it is a diversified mix of funds that are seeing upside. Over the past month, the First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund is the best-performing non-leveraged sector ETF with a gain of 11.1%, a performance that bests that of the United States Natural Gas Fund.
More traditional energy ETFs are getting on the act as well. Since the beginning of March, the Energy Select Sector SPDR, the Fidelity MSCI Energy Index ETF, the Vanguard Energy ETF and the iShares U.S. Energy ETF are each up at least 5.3%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Market intel: The most richly valued ETFs

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The spectrum shows the top eight most richly valued segments of the market. All of the funds on the list have a negative P/E ratio, meaning that, in aggregate, the portfolio companies lose money. In general, stocks and ETFs are richly valued (have high P/E ratios) when investors anticipate future earnings growth.
As such, the ETFs on this list include many of the companies whose earnings investors expect to grow most………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETPs’ popularity spawns a proliferation of acronyms

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the passive world (and, in particular, ETFs), if there is a stock or bond index, it can be tracked – either physically by trackers buying up shares or synthetically through the purchase of derivatives.
But the expansion of this universe into areas such as commodities and unsecured debt instruments means the once simple ETF acronym has been expanded to include ETCs (exchange-traded commodities), ETNs (exchange-traded notes) and the ‘catch-all’ term ETIs (exchange-traded instruments)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Miners Index plays greater role in metals markets

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The American GDX Gold Miners ETF is slowly becoming the de-facto standard for measuring gold-stock performance. Nearing its eighth birthday, GDX has even usurped the venerable HUI gold-stock index as this sector’s metric of choice in many circles.
While GDX has advantages and disadvantages compared to the traditional HUI, it is an excellent gold-stock benchmark. But it still falls far short of individual stock picking………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities ETPs ride first quarter turmoil to post 7pct gains

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The DJ-UBS Commodity Index has risen 7 per cent in the first three months of 2014. During the volatile start to the year, commodity ETPs reversed a year of consecutive quarterly outflows, ETF Securities says. Globally, commodity ETPs took in $300m (£179m) of net inflows in the first quarter, taking the total invested in the space to $122.4bn.
Precious metals, particularly silver, saw the most money, receiving $354m net purchases, continuing strong inflows from 2013. Agricultural materials were the second most popular, attracting $217m, whilst industrial metals brought in $162m………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities to continue rise: ETF Securities

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investment in commodities picked up in the first quarter of 2014 after underperforming last year, according to exchange-traded product provider ETF Securities Ltd.
Commodity-based exchange traded products received $271 million of net new inflows in the first quarter of 2014, the first increase since the fourth quarter of 2012. “Commodities, and particularly industrial metals, usually perform better in the late stages of economic recovery, which is what is happening now”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

How ETNs differ from ETFs

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds (ETF) have been in existence for over two decades now and millions of investors now use these flexible tools as their primary investment vehicle of choice. ETFs are extolled for being diversified, transparent, liquid, low-cost, and tax-efficient.
Put simply, they allow you the ability to instantly access a basket of stocks, bonds, commodities, or currencies with the click of a button at any time during the trading day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. commodity ETFs fall for fifth quarter -Lipper

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. retail and institutional investors pulled cash from broad commodity exchange-traded funds for a fifth straight quarter even as coffee, natural gas and hogs prices had their best run in years, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper showed on Wednesday.
Lipper, which tracks nearly 270 U.S. exchange-traded commodity funds and products worth about $240 billion, noted a net outflow of nearly $2.7 billion in the first quarter of this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Turning sentiment lifts commodities ETFs

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Volatile global financial markets and a shift in investor sentiment were contributing factors to the rise of commodities exchange traded products in the first quarter.
After being severely punished last year, exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold rebounded in the first quarter with the SPDR Gold Shares posting a gain of 4.8%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs post net inflow in 1Q, led by silver

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

More money flowed into silver exchange-traded products than any other commodity during the first quarter, enabling commodity ETPs as a whole to post their first net inflow since the fourth quarter of 2012, ETF Securities said Wednesday.
Gold had a small net outflow for the quarter due to the activity in January, but nevertheless investment demand took off again in the months of February and March, ETF Securities said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF and ETP assets reach new record high of $2.45 trillion

Posted on 09 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global ETF and ETP assets reached a new record high of $2.45 trillion at the end of Q1 2014, according to ETFGI, a London-based consultancy. Flows into ETFs and ETPs rebounded in March gathering net inflows of $11.0 billion which, when combined with a small positive market performance in the month, helped lifts assets closer towards the psychological $2.5 trillion mark.
According to ETFGI, there are now 5,204 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,219 listings, from 222 providers on 59 exchanges globally………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors start taking a closer look at commodities, ETP inflows positive: Nick Brooks

Posted on 09 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After three underperforming years, investors are now looking closely at commodities which is also evident from the inflows into commodity exchange traded products (ETP) inflows in January and February 2014, according to Nick Brooks, Head of Investment Strategy at ETF Securities Ltd.
In an interview to Sreekumar Raghavan, Managing Editor of Commodity Online, he said that sentiments have turned positive on precious metals and after holding extremely negative sentiments last year, investors now have taken a balanced outlook. Gold ETPs have also witnessed positive inflows this quarter except in January when it had fallen by a negative $946 mn in Assets Under Management (AUM)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

10 of the best ETF trades of all time

Posted on 09 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Timing the market has fascinated, frustrated, and confused the heck out of countless investors. Whether you’re a self-directed trader or a professional money manager, it’s very likely you’ve found yourself looking through charts, thinking: if only I could’ve had a piece of that trend! While it’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, there is still a great deal of insights to be extracted from analyzing past booms and busts on Wall Street.
Below we take a stroll down memory lane with perfect hindsight and look at some of the best ETF trades of all time, highlighting their performance as well as any noteworthy lessons from each case………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What ever happened to coal ETFs?

Posted on 08 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

During both of President Obama’s election campaigns, energy seemed to be one of the hottest topics of debate. Both sides of the political fence argued for continued growth and expansion of the U.S. energy industry; the ideal means of achieving this goal, however, were quite different according to each candidate.
Coal, in particular, faced significant scrutiny from Obama’s administration. Subsequently, investments in the coal industry have faltered in recent years, and so has the only ETF offering targeted exposure to the commodity – the Market Vectors Coal ETF ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Will coffee ETFs continue to brew returns in Q2?

Posted on 08 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Coffee has made an impressive comeback after a steep fall last year. A supply glut, uneven demand and investors’ appetite for stock markets over commodities resulted in a 20% decline in the price of the commodity last year. This was, in fact, the third year of decline in a row, with the commodity plunging about 88% in the time period.
Most investors thought that the trend would spill over into 2014 thanks to higher inventories which were thought to hit the 5-year high at June 2014 and the sluggish currency of Brazil – the world’s biggest producer and exporter of the commodity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abe can take credit for currency-hedged equity ETF craze

Posted on 08 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, deserves much of the credit for making currency-hedged exchange traded fund equity indices one of last year’s hottest selling investment products.
Mr Abe’s radical economic policies, which weakened the yen while reviving the Nikkei index of Japanese stocks, created the perfect environment for a currency-hedged Nikkei ETF to outperform. Investors in these products benefited from a weakening currency that provided major economic stimulus, without having to worry about forex movements eroding their returns………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The trouble with actively managed ETFs

Posted on 07 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s the hottest club, so exclusive no one can seem to get in. Asset managers of all stripes are lining up to offer actively managed exchange-traded funds—so long as they can do it on their terms.
On the surface, active ETFs are exactly what their name implies: ETFs with all the transparency and trading advantages they’re known for, but instead of hewing to an index or adhering to a rules-based approach, they’re run by managers deciding what and when to buy and sell………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The future of ETFs

Posted on 07 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Looking into the trend lines, the story is really one of growth in the long term. While we saw a slight dip in the growth rate in 2013 — 7% compared to 18% growth in the mutual-fund category — it was still a strong year for ETFs. This was really a result of market sentiment, as Canadian equity was out of favour.
The Canadian ETF market reflected this, as ETFs are often the first point of access, and exit, when investors temporarily shift their tastes away from a sector. The dampening of the flows was ultimately a reflection of market and investment demand, not a reflection of the industry………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How does this oil and gas services ETF stack up?

Posted on 04 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs can be valuable tools, but breaking them down to determine their potential can be a bit daunting for the average investor. But don’t despair - today we’ll be doing just that with the popular iShares U.S. Oil Equipment and Services ETF by examining some of the main components of the fund.
A quick note: Part one of this three-part series on energy ETFs can be found here, where the iShares U.S. Energy ETF was discussed along with its main components ExxonMobil and Chevron………………………………Full Article: Source

5 key strategies for ETF income investors

Posted on 04 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Almost no other category of investing has experienced as much turmoil in the last 12 months as income investors have been subjected to. Interest rates have been on a roller coaster ride that has churned the landscape for core themes in fixed-income, REITs, preferred stocks, and even dividend paying equities.
Years of low volatility in many of these categories had lulled income seekers into a false sense of security that led to jolting changes in a short period of time………………………………Full Article: Source

Are managed futures ETFs the best commodity play?

Posted on 03 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Managed futures funds have outperformed long-only commodity plays over the last two decades. What’s behind their success? In January, while the S&P 500 Composite (SPX) slid 3.6 percent, the Dow Jones UBS Commodity Index (DJUBS) gained 0.3 percent. DJUBS is a long-only benchmark made up of 20 non-financial futures.
It wasn’t much of a gain and one month doesn’t spell “turnaround,” but this isn’t just a one-month deal. Commodities, on the outs since 2011, have actually broken above a multi-year downtrend line…………………………………Full Article: Source

Commodities dominate Q1′s best-performing ETFs; Russian ETFs among worst performers

Posted on 02 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

One trading day remains unfinished in the first quarter, but here are the biggest winners and biggest losers so far this year among exchange-traded products. These lists are based on Morningstar data as of Friday’s close, and they exclude leveraged and inverse ETFs and ETNs (i.e. products that often have “3X” or “short” in their names).
Two coffee ETNs claim the top spots when it comes to best returns, and commodities-related ETFs in general dominate the top 10, taking six spots………………………….Full Article: Source

How to invest in natural gas using commodity ETFs

Posted on 02 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Until recently, the average investor has strained to discover how to invest in natural gas directly. Buying futures on the commodities market is both a complicated and expensive prospect, and very few small-cap investors have the resources or connections to do it. Fortunately, commodities-based ETFs have come along to fill that demand.
ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, are the progeny of mutual funds. Unlike mutual funds, however, they are priced in real-time rather than at the end of the day, making trading determinations much easier (and less vulnerable to institutional chicanery)………………………….Full Article: Source

Inflation-fighting ETFs

Posted on 28 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A startling rise in food prices this year has stoked inflation fears. While, by definition, inflation is a rise in prices, not all prices rise at the same rate. The price of physical goods such as agriculture and other commodities often rises fastest in inflationary periods.
The following ETFs may benefit from an inflation surprise, as they either hold physical commodities or invest in companies that deal in physical commodities: The PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF holds futures contracts on a range of agricultural commodities including wheat, corn, sugar, coffee, cattle, hogs and soybeans………………………………Full Article: Source

Investors pile into energy ETFs

Posted on 28 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are pouring money into energy companies, putting seven times as much into exchange-traded funds as they did last quarter.
They are betting oil and gas get more expensive and fatten profits of producers from Devon Energy Corp. in Oklahoma to Pakistan’s Oil & Gas Development Co. Those are two of the stocks held in the $39 billion U.S. market of energy-sector ETFs, which took in $2 billion in new money since Dec. 31………………………………Full Article: Source

3 commodity ETFs surging on Russia sanctions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As Russia took full control over Crimea over the weekend, the situation turned even worse with the U.S. and European Union imposing various tough sanctions against the country. This has raised the possibility of Russia being trapped in recession this year, and likely sometime soon, compelling many rating agencies to downgrade their outlook on Russia.
This is particularly true as the two major rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings – each reduced their credit rating outlook on Russia from stable to negative………………………………Full Article: Source

ETFs grow in popularity and complexity in EU

Posted on 28 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2013, a comprehensive survey of 207 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “Core-Satellite and ETF Investment.”
Among the key findings of the 2013 survey: Satisfaction has remained at high levels across most asset classes. There have been increases in satisfaction for corporate bond, commodity, real estate and sector ETFs, but satisfaction rates for ETFs based on the most liquid ETF asset classes are far more consistent compared to those based on illiquid asset classes………………………………Full Article: Source

3 commodity ETFs surging on Russia sanctions

Posted on 27 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As Russia took full control over Crimea in the weekend, the situation turned even worse with the U.S. and European Union imposing various tough sanctions against the country. This has raised the possibility for Russia being trapped in recession soon this year, compelling many rating agencies to downgrade their outlook on Russia.
This is particularly true as the two major rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings – reduced their credit rating outlook on Russia from stable to negative each………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF survey finds ETF investors are generally positive

Posted on 27 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2013, a comprehensive survey of 207 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “Core-Satellite and ETF Investment.”
Among the key findings of the 2013 survey: Satisfaction has remained at high levels across most asset classes. There have been increases in satisfaction for corporate bond, commodity, real estate and sector ETFs, but satisfaction rates for ETFs based on the most liquid ETF asset classes are far more consistent compared to those based on illiquid asset classes…………………………………Full Article: Source

Global X Funds launches more hedge fund tracking ETFs

Posted on 24 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to the market’s surge over the past twelve months, many retail investors have begun to once again look at market gurus and their portfolios in order to find the next slate of outperforming stocks. While tracking 13-F filings from hedge funds (which reveal their positions) is one way an individual investor can tap into the ideas of investing gurus, an ETF approach that does the work for you is another way to go.
This technique has been successfully developed by the Global X Guru Index ETF which has not only crushed the market, but it has attracted a decent sized following as well. In fact, total AUM for the fund is approaching $600 million, while it has added over 28% in the past twelve months compared to a roughly 20% gain for the S&P 500 in the same time frame……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETP volatility as market uncertainty continues

Posted on 21 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors have been returning to exchange-traded products, backed by physical commodities, as geopolitical and economic turbulence unsettles the market, the associate director, research, at ETF Securities has said.
Nitesh Shah said over the past few months, investors have been building ‘long positions’ in physical commodities, such as silver ETFs, long copper ETFs and aluminium as a hedge against equity market fluctuations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Two palladium ETFs to launch in South Africa next week

Posted on 21 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It turns out that not one but two palladium exchange-traded funds will be launched in South Africa next week.
The corporate and investment banking division of Absa Bank Ltd., member of Barclays , Thursday said it will list its palladium-backed ETF, NewPalladium, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on March 27………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold tipped to hit $1,400 on Russia fears and ETF buying

Posted on 20 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

German bank says that turmoil in Ukraine and a return of ETFs will push gold prices even higher in 2014. Gold prices will hit $1,400 (£842) an ounce by the end of the year in a dramatic turnaround in sentiment among investors buying the precious metal, according to Commerzbank.
The German bank said it has been “surprised by the early timing and scale of the upward movement” in the price of gold, which has risen 15pc this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Different types of exchange traded products (ETPs)

Posted on 20 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded commodities (ETCs) issue debt securities that trade on exchange offering investors direct exposure to commodities. By investing in ETCs, a spokesman for iShares says investors gain the desired exposure without the need to trade physical commodities or commodity futures contracts.
An ETC can be either physically backed, or derivative-based. In the first case, a spokesman for iShares says physical ETCs will seek to track the daily movement of the spot price of the relevant commodity by holding and valuing the physical commodity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tax considerations when trading popular commodity ETFs

Posted on 19 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds surged over the last three months after a lackluster 2013. With commodity-related ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) back in the limelight, it is important for investors to understand how these products operate and how the IRS taxes these investment vehicles.
Commodity ETFs and exchange traded notes have been among the best performers year-to-date, with the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN rising 81.6% so far this year on the severe drought conditions in Brazil, the world’s top producer of coffee………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF inflows finally perking up

Posted on 19 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Following a lethargic start to 2014, inflows to exchange traded products are finally showing signs of life, but there are still an array of ETFs that investors have not been shy about pulling cash from.
“Thus far in 2014, ETF flows have been about as predictable as Alec Baldwin in front of a paparazzi’s lens. The overall year-to-date numbers, with inflows of $8.0 billion, are well below the +$10 billion monthly run rate we’re used to seeing from this portion of the money management industry………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs attract cash for fifth week running

Posted on 18 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded products have seen a fifth consecutive week of inflows, according to ETF Securities. ETF Securities sees the $57.3m of commodity inflows as a result of investors looking to diversify their portfolios as China produces weak economic data and the Ukraine crisis remains unresolved.
Both gold and silver prices have gained over recent weeks, with investors favouring silver as it has traditionally outperformed the yellow metal when both are rising. The ETFS Physical Silver ETP saw $38m of inflows over the week to 13 March, the second highest week of inflows in five months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold-mining ETF outshines bullion fund as haven bet: Commodities

Posted on 18 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors seeking a hedge against a waning U.S. economic recovery and escalating conflict in Ukraine made twice as much money buying gold-mining shares rather than the metal the companies produce.
The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF climbed 27 percent this year, more than double the 13 percent advance for the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange-traded product backed by bullion. This is the first quarter the company fund is outperforming the metal ETF since 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

With volatile commodities, ETFs offer a way in

Posted on 17 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

149 commodity exchange-traded funds out there but just a handful are broadly diversified. Coffee is up 80% this year. Lean hogs are up 28%. Corn is up 13%. Gold is up 12%. Most of these same commodities were down last year, and any of them could fall at the drop of a hat.
So how do rational investors participate in the upside for unpredictable commodities without losing their all-cotton shirts? One approach is to invest in a diversified basket of commodities. That lowers the chance of a big loss and adds diversification to an investment portfolio, since commodities tend not to track the stock market. While there are 149 commodity ETFs, only a handful are broadly diversified………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Here’s what you need to know about active ETFs

Posted on 17 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most investors know exchange-traded funds as passive, index-based investments that give them a chance to buy into a market, from the S&P 500 to health-care stocks, without worrying the fund manager is going to make a wrong-way pick on the next Enron. So you might have scratched your head over the term “active” ETFs.
First, these funds are what they sound like: ETFs whose holdings are picked by individuals, rather than simply tracking an index. They have been attracting investor assets and media attention. Even Vanguard, best known for pioneering low-cost indexing, took a step last week toward offering these actively managed products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Diversified growth ETFs for a retirement portfolio

Posted on 17 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In any long-term investment portfolio, exchange traded funds that track stocks or other riskier assets will provide investors with a capital growth component, augmenting a portfolio’s overall returns.
For an aggressive ETF portfolio for couples with a 25-year or longer time frame until retirement, Christine Benz, director of personal finance for Morningstar, suggests investors should hold about 60% of a the overall portfolio in riskier, and potentially more lucrative, securities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF industry milestone a win for investors

Posted on 14 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Increased market volatility, sparked by emerging market turmoil and disappointing U.S. economic news , dominated headlines in recent weeks. But a record-breaking event within the investment industry stayed just under the radar. The total number of global ETFs exceeded 5,000 for the first time this year, a significant milestone that signals greater value available to investors.
Since their introduction in the early 1990s, the pace of new ETF launches was gradual. It took more than 15 years for global ETF listings to hit the 2,000 product mark………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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