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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

Assets Invested in ETFs/ETPs Listed Globally Reached Record By June 2016

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$3.343 trillion at the end of July 2016.
Net flows gathered by ETFs/ETPs in July were strong with US$52.68 Bn of net new assets gathered during the month marking the 30th consecutive month of net inflows, according to preliminary data from 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 in the United States at US$2.367 trillion, in Europe at US$539.16 Bn, in Japan at US$191.82 Bn and in Canada which reached US$81.19 Bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Advisers should think twice before adding volatility ETFs to client portfolios

Posted on 18 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If your clients are worried about stock market volatility, your first question might be to ask them why. And if you’re considering using a volatility exchange-traded fund to combat volatility, you might ask yourself why as well.
According to the third-quarter Eaton Vance Advisor Top-of-Mind survey, volatility is the chief concern among financial advisers, with 56% of those surveyed saying that their worries about volatility have increased over the past 12 months. And several fund companies, including BlackRock, State Street Global Advisers and TIAA, have all warned about volatility in the coming months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF market hits all-time AUM high

Posted on 18 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets under management in Europe’s exchange-traded funds (ETF) market hit €473.6 billion in July, marking a new record high for the passive investment universe. According to Lipper figures, the July data indicated an increase from the previous high of €452.8 billion, which was achieved in June of this year.
The increase of €20.8 billion was largely driven by underlying markets, which added €12.8 billion on net new money, while bonds proved the most popular single asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF assets under management hit record in July-Lipper

Posted on 17 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets under management (AUM) at European exchange-traded funds (ETF) hit a record high at the end of July, according to Thomson Reuters Lipper data, helped by a rebound in regional markets. Lipper data showed that assets under management (AUM) rose to 473.6 billion euros ($534 billion) at the end of July from 452.8 billion at the end of June, underscoring the growing popularity of low-cost passive investment vehicles among institutional as well as retail investors.
A rush into fixed income saw bond ETFs pull in 5 billion euros. U.S. equity ETFs had inflows of 1.5 billion euros, followed by global emerging market equity ETFs with 1.3 billion euros. Global equity ETFs saw 1 billion euros worth of inflows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETF Speculators Brace For Speed Bumps

Posted on 17 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has been on fire in 2016. While the commodity rallied at the start of the year as stock markets sold off, it more recently enjoyed its “safe-haven” status in the wake of the “Brexit”-fueled broad-market plunge in late June. Additionally, the Federal Reserve’s hesitancy to raise interest rates has helped boost the malleable metal to levels not seen since 2014.
Gold’s impressive run is mirrored in the price action of the SPDR Gold Trust ETF. Year-to-date, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) is up 27%, and hit a two-year high in early July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brexit Kicked Currency-Hedged ETFs into High Gear

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Brexit vote in June sent United Kingdom stocks on a wild ride, and currency-hedged U.K. exchange traded funds have been a clear winner in the aftermath. Since the June 23 close, the day prior to the watershed United Kingdom referendum vote on European Union membership, currency-hedged U.K. ETFs have rebounded from their initial knee-jerk sell-off, and then some.
The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) gained 7.2%, WisdomTree United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund rose 11.1% and Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity ETF increased 9.1%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Lies Ahead for Alternative Energy ETFs?

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Alternative energy stocks as well as the corresponding ETFs suffered when oil prices toppled. Now, since prices are rebounding, it may be a good time for investors to revisit the alternative sector. Although the green energy sector is pretty volatile, it remains attractive and is engaging more funds than fossil fuels are.
Further, this sector could be a major beneficiary under a Clinton presidency as she is in favor of reducing US dependence on fossil fuels. As recent polls suggest strong possibility of a Clinton win, investors should take a look at alternative energy stocks and ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Should You Buy Retail ETFs Now?

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Q2 earnings season reaching the tail end and retail being the only sector that is yet to come up with many reports, investors must have kept an eye on retail earnings and got sweet surprises on August 11 on a series of upbeat earnings reports.
As per the Earnings Trends issued on August 10, 2016, total earnings of the reported retailers are up 8.1% from the same period last year on 8.7% higher revenues. However, such flattering growth rates are mainly due to the stellar Amazon report. About 45.5% (which is the below the index average) of retailers surpassed on earnings and a meagre 18.2% exceeded revenue estimates………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Can Help Industrial ETFs

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Industrial Select Sector SPDR up nearly 12 percent year-to-date, it’s hard to say the industrial sector is struggling. XLI’s performance is good for the fourth-best among the nine original sector SPDR exchange traded funds.
However, much of the upside being accrued by XLI and rival cap-weighted industrial sector ETFs is being driven by aerospace and defense stocks. That group is XLI’s largest industry weight at 27.2 percent, or nearly 1,000 basis points more than the ETF’s second-largest industry weight………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs ‘steal the show’ as investors drive gold demand to a record

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global investment demand for gold soared to a record for the first six months of this year, as investors sought a safer place to park their money against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, according to a report Thursday from the World Gold Council.
For the first half the year, investment demand for gold, which includes bars and coins and demand from exchange-traded funds, reached 1,063.9 metric tons. That was up 16% from the previous first-half-of-the-year record in 2009 and accounted for almost half of the overall gold demand during the first six months of 2016, the WGC said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Palladium & Platinum ETFs on a Tear: Will the Surge Continue?

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

By now, the precious metals rally is known to all. The most popular precious metal, gold, initiated this momentum spurred by safe haven demand and dovish central banks across developed economies. Plus, a favorable demand-supply scenario favored metal investing to a large extent. A subdued greenback also helped all precious metals as these are linked to the U.S. dollar.
The Chinese market rout and a 13-year low oil price at the start of the year instigated a flight to safety while Brexit at the end of Q2 and a still-shaky global market backdrop have still kept risk-off trade sentiments alive. In fact, the lure for low volatility products is steady after the U.S. indices hit all-time highs several times to start Q3……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs Are a Key Investing Solution

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There’s no denying that the market action this year has kept us on our toes. It has created the kind of environment that many like to call a stock-picker’s market, specifically because of the large gap the volatility forms between the winners and losers.
Looking at the S&P 500 over the last year, 93 stocks are up 20% or more while 77 are down that same amount. A full 67% of the index moved at least 10% in one direction or the other. Now, a 10% move in 12 months may not sound all that riveting, but when you consider the S&P was up just 5% overall, those big moves become that much more important………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World Gold Council, LME to launch LMEprecious in 2017

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The World Gold Council, LME and several key market participants plan to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals products.
Gold market development organisation, the World Gold Council, and futures exchange, the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with key market participants including Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale will be launching the initiative as a means to drive greater market transparency and to support and aid ongoing regulatory change………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Industrial Metal ETFs: Time to Shine Like Precious Metal Rivals?

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rally in metals exchange traded products this year has been stoked by precious metals, namely gold and silver with some solid contributions from palladium and platinum. By comparison, industrial metals, such as copper, have been obvious laggards.
Many industrial metals and miners rallied on the belief that China would support growth through stimulus measures, augmenting demand for metals while enticing investors to jump back in. Moreover, the depreciating U.S. dollar made USD-denominated resources cheaper for foreign buyers. The ongoing global low-yield environment also pushed investors toward more attractive assets, like commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Pull $6.4 Billion From European ETFs

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain’s vote to leave European Union has sped up the flow of money out of some big Europe-focused exchange-traded funds. Investors yanked more than $6.4 billion from the 10 largest U.S.-listed Europe exchange-traded funds in the two months ended July 30, says S&P Global Market Intelligence. Those funds now have $41.9 billion in assets, it says.
“Brexit fears have caused a continuation of money moving out of Europe,” says Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual fund research at S&P Global Market Intelligence………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Expanding global ETF sector allows investors to zero in on hotspots

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australian investors are notoriously overweight to local shares. To counteract this, many investors are now seeking exchange-traded products that offer easy access to overseas markets to which they otherwise would not be able to gain exposure.
Alex Vynokur, managing director, BetaShares says one of the major trends in terms of international shares is a growing appreciation among investors of the distinction that’s happening around the world between the old economy and the new economy. Many are seeking to use ETFs to get access to new global economic trends………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Hedge Risks in More Volatile Conditions Ahead

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The complacent market belies the uncertain conditions ahead. As markets see gathering storm clouds ahead, investors should look to some exchange traded fund strategies to limit portfolio volatility. “Market volatility is unusually low, and we see it moving higher as the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election approaches,” BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, said in a research note.
The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, is at the 11.7 level and is hovering around its lowest point this year. While the stock market may react to more macroeconomic factors and corporate earnings, BlackRock argued that volatility will pick up ahead of the U.S. elections………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Pros Bet on Gold ETF Rebound

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exchange traded products such as the SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares have retreated a bit in recent days as the July jobs report is stoking speculation the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates this year.
However, data indicate professional traders are betting gold will rebound. Gold and the miners group slipped Friday on rising bets the Fed would raise interest rates soon, with some eying a September rate hike, after the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold and Silver Dominate the ETF Charts

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bounceback, after years of pain, draws in more investors. It has been a golden year for precious-metal ETFs. This year’s top 10 nonleveraged ETFs by returns through July are focused on gold and silver, with all of them up at least 100% since the start of 2016, according to data from ETFdb.com, a site that provides information and analysis of the market. (Nonleveraged funds don’t use derivatives or borrowed money as part of their investment strategy.)
The funds take varying approaches, but they invest in mining companies. The top spot is held by PureFunds ISE Junior Silver (SILJ), which rose more than 250% through July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Protect Investors from Sterling Concerns

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Forecasting how the exchange rate will evolve in the mid-to-long-term is notoriously difficult, but if you want protection there are exchange-traded-funds with in-built hedges.
Sterling has taken a bit of a battering over the past month. First in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, and more recently, though clearly linked to that event, because of the cut in interest rates by the Bank of England. Most of us will have some exposure to international equity or fixed income markets in our investment portfolios………………………………………..Full Article: Source

It’s Been a Good Year for the Commodity ETF Segment

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds have enjoyed greater investment interest this year as a recovery in oil prices and resurgence in safe-haven gold bets helped attract steady inflows.
Investors threw more than $50 billion into commodities this year, the best start to a year since 2009 when commodity assets were at the start of a three-year boom, the Financial Times reports. The new money, along with rising prices, have helped raise commodity assets under management to $235 billion, up from a low of $161 billion at the end of 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Irish ETF industry set to grow to $800bn over next five years

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Irish exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are set to grow to $800 billion (€719 billion) by 2021, representing an annual growth rate of in excess of 27 per cent, according to a new forecast.
Ireland’s market share of European ETFs has been consistently increasing over the last number of years and Irish-domiciled ETFs currently account for more than $260 billion, or half of the assets under management in European listed funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Miners ETFs Confirm Strength Against Broad Market

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It has been obvious in a year in which the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF, VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF and rival gold miners funds are among the best-performing exchange traded funds that this group is easily outpacing broader market benchmarks.
After all, GDX and GDXJ, the two largest gold miners ETFs, have each more than doubled on a year-to-date basis. However, a deeper technical look at a widely followed gold miners index reveals that index is breaking out in significant fashion against the S&P 500 on a relative strength basis, indicating miners can extend their gains………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency-Predicting ETFs Lag Int’l Stock Funds

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Algorithms are proving to be poor at timing currency markets, if a group of new exchange-traded funds is any indication. In January, ETF-industry leaders BlackRock’s iShares unit and WisdomTree Investments both launched slates of international stock funds that are inconsistently hedged against currency moves, based on when and how their algorithms tell them to hedge.
So far this year, of the seven funds in both groups, only one is performing better than comparable funds that are unhedged. Three of the seven also lagged comparable funds that were fully hedged against currency moves………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Low Volatility ETFs in Vogue Despite a Bull Market

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. markets may have been on cloud nine in the last one month, following an extremely volatile or rather a downbeat June, but could not leave a scar on the low volatility ETFs. These apparently safe products – which normally do not surge in a bull market but offer protection in the troubled time – are still in fettle no matter how highs stocks have hit.
This is because, the recent ascent in the market was not at all free of fear thanks to mounting tensions, be it Fed hike uncertainty or global growth worries, yet-unseen threats from Brexit, earnings recession or oil price upheavals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Forget Gold, Buy Silver ETFs Instead

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A rush to seek safety for the most part of 1H16 triggered by global growth issues and a major event like Brexit at the end of the second quarter bolstered demand for safe haven assets. As a result, safe metal gold saw a glorious rally in the first half of 2016 after quite a long time. Gold bullion ETF SPDR Gold Shares is up over 27% so far this year (as of August 1, 2016)
Investors should note that not only gold, most precious metals are on a tear this year on a subdued greenback as these metals are linked to the U.S. dollar. Dovish central banks across developed economies, including the U.S., to ward off growth issues actually made this asset class a winner………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investment in ETFs has given higher return than government securities

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) started investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) in August last year and has invested Rs 7,465 crore till June 30, 2016. Government on Wednesday sought to allay fears over investments by EPFO into ETFs, saying that their performance should be viewed over a long period of time and the retirement fund body has already got over 12 per cent return within a year, higher than G-Secs.
“If you are going to invest wisely in a pool of equity then surely there is not much of a risk. We cannot evaluate the performance of equity on the basis of one, two or three months. When we invest in equity, we invest for 20 or 30 years,” Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Actively managed ETFs listed globally reach record AUM, finds ETFGI

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Actively managed exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally saw assets under management hit a record high of $38.2bn at the end of June 2016, according to ETF research consultancy ETFGI.
The milestone was reached on the back of strong inflows during June 2016 with active ETFs/ETPs benefiting from $724m flowing in. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows during the month with $296m, followed by mixed asset class ETFs/ETPs with $247m, and equity ETFs/ETPs with $145m………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Surprising Drivers Of Gold: How To Position Yourself

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Brexit has had an unexpected impact on the stock market. The FOMC market was essentially a win-win for gold. On a risk-adjusted basis, long GDX and short GLD makes sense.
The number of factors impacting the movement of gold - as represented by the SPDR Gold Trust ETF - is often too numerous to count. Furthermore, the impact of the most important factors on the price of gold change rapidly, in terms of both importance and, on occasion, in terms of direction………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs Listed Globally Reach Record $38 Billion By June 2016

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$38.19 billion at the end of June 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global Active ETF and ETP industry insights report.
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for active ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$26.38 Bn, Canada with US$4.46 Bn, and in Asia Pacific ex Japan with US$1.56 Bn. At the end of June 2016, the Global Active ETF/ETP industry had 272 ETFs/ETPs, with 372 listings, assets of US$38 Bn, from 51 providers listed on 17 exchanges in 14 countries………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Hidden Danger of Leveraged ETFs

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs) pose several dangers for retail investors tempted by potential high returns in a short period of time. High expense ratios and decay are big issues for leveraged (ETFs). These two factors alone eat into profits and exacerbate losses. This is not how you want to invest.
However, there is a bigger problem with leveraged ETFs. They can entice those prone to gambling. Since greed can be a driving force of human nature (for some), there is going to be demand for leveraged ETFs. Some retail investors look at this way: Why wait a year or more for a 10% return when I can have it in a day?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF market takes a flyer with mass of niche products

Posted on 02 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

$3tn sector lures investors with themes such as drones and obesity. “Variety is the spice of life” goes the proverb, one that some exchange-traded fund providers are testing to breaking point.
The ascendancy of ETFs is one of the most powerful trends in global markets, with the industry swelling to more than $3tn this year. To capitalise on the growth, providers are structuring increasingly esoteric, niche products for investors to bet on micro themes such as drones, video gaming, 3D printing and millennials………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Buying in Gold and Silver ETFs is Overdone

Posted on 01 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Just as we thought the momentum was all set to die down for the red-hot gold and silver ETF group, this past week saw a re-acceleration of buyers stampede their way back in and take precious metal ETFs to another monster week.
From a technical perspective, many of these ETFs are defying most logical trading approaches as defined by easing off buying ETFs that are trading 100% over its 200-day moving average, like is the case with the Proshares Ultra Gold Miners ETF foe example. Yet amazingly, the current batch of traders who are participating in the daily ups and downs of the precious metals move are showing little fear to what are obviously historically overbought signals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investing for Free: The ETF Industry is in a Race to Zero

Posted on 01 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The competition is fast and furious in the ETF industry these days, with some issuers now on the precipice of offering zero fees on passive index funds. What makes a successful ETF is very simple: growing assets under management (AUM). The more money coming in, the more money the fund stands to make via operating expense fees, which investors know as expense ratio.
The expense ratio is a flat percentage feed the fund charges investors to manage their money. This ratio varies widely among fund types and issuers, but the clear trend is for these fees to continue to come down………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Canada’s ETF industry crosses $100-billion mark

Posted on 29 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Canada’s exchange-traded fund industry is on pace for another record year, with more than $10.6-billion in inflows so far in 2016, says BMO Global Asset Management’s semi-annual ETF Outlook Report, released Thursday. The report also says assets under management have surpassed the $100-billion mark, which is double what the industry had under management four years ago.
This growth is expected to continue, said Mark Raes, BMO Global Asset Management Canada’s head of product. “I’m surprised with all their benefits, [ETFs are] not more mainstream and accepted now,” he said. “Especially compared to the United States. We have some catching up to do.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Oil ETF Drops Into Bear Market Area And Short Sellers Crowd In

Posted on 29 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs tracking major domestic indexes closed mixed Thursday, as the stock market digested corporate earnings and fretted about an oil glut. The Dow industrials continued their losing streak for a fourth day.
Oil prices struck a new three-month low on Thursday after official data showed a surprise increase in crude oil and gasoline stockpiles. U.S. light crude settled at $41.14 per barrel. United States Oil (USO), a commodity exchange traded fund, dropped more than 2% as it fell for the sixth consecutive session. The ETF is now down roughly 22% from its 2016 high of 12.45, which technically marks bear market territory………………………………………..Full Article: Source

New Call To Boost European ETF Lending

Posted on 28 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Securities industry veterans Roy Zimmerhansl and Andrew Howieson have published a white paper calling for structural changes in the European ETF market to facilitate the more widespread lending of fund shares.
A more active securities lending market in ETFs, say Zimmerhansl and Howieson, will provide a critical boost to the secondary market liquidity of European ETFs. The liquidity of European ETFs in secondary trading is currently significantly below that of the US ETF market. Investors would also benefit from more widespread securities finance activity in ETFs, say the authors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Learn: Precious Metals ETPs

Posted on 28 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors turn to gold, silver and platinum for many reasons: inflation protection, risk management or even speculation. Metals ETPs have been enormously popular with investors in part because they can actually hold and store the physical underlying metal; thus, their fair value reflects the actual spot price.
In contrast, most other types of commodity ETPs depend on financial derivatives—commodities futures—to gain exposure. As a result, they incur additional costs and often gain unwanted exposure to variations between the futures markets prices and the spot prices of commodities. Fortunately, when it comes to physically held metals ETPs, it’s all about spot………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Stats For June 2016: More Teeter-Totter Failures

Posted on 27 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Citi: Holdings In Gold ETFs Keep Rising During July

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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