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An Investor’s Guide to the 10 Most Popular Leveraged ETFs

Posted on 31 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the past decade, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have gained tremendous popularity due to the advantages and flexibility they offer investors including cost effectiveness and transparency.
Investors have embraced these factors as total ETF industry assets currently stand at $2.17 billion. Year-to-date, assets have risen 2.0% and the number of ETFs has increased 1.1% with 43 new funds launched………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Look at What’s Boosting Oil ETFs, How Long it Will Last

Posted on 30 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up 9.4% over the past month in what can be described as a stunning reversal of fortune for the previously downtrodden oil exchange traded fund.
While that type of rally would appear to lure new investors, those considering fresh positions in USO and rival oil ETFs should consider one of the catalysts that is driving oil prices higher: Short covering. Oil’s rally, like gold’s, has drawn plenty of skeptics………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging-Market ETFs Add $1.45 Billion in Sixth Week of Gains

Posted on 29 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors added $1.45 billion to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging market stocks and bonds last week in the longest stretch of gains since May.
Deposits into ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries increased by more than $1 billion for the fourth straight week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The last time the funds had a longer winning streak was in the 11 weeks ended May 29. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Japan Gathered $2.48 Billion In Net New assets in February 2016

Posted on 29 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of US$2.48 Bn in February 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. In the first two months of 2016 ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have gathered a record level of US$9.24 Bn. ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have gathered net inflows for 3 consecutive months.
The ETF industry in Japan 170 ETFs/ETPs, with 225 listings, assets of US$131 Bn, from 21 providers on listed 2 exchanges at the end of February 2016. “February was another volatile month for equity markets. The S&P 500 closed the month down 0.13%. Despite recent uncertainty, emerging markets gain 0.31% in February, while developed markets outside of the U.S. declined 1%.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will European ETFs Continue to Underperform SPY?

Posted on 24 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Even after the latest easing measures by the European Central Bank (ECB), the European ETFs are underperforming the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY). Most European equity ETFs are in the red so far this year as compared to SPY which is up 0.25% in the same time frame.
On March 10, ECB in a surprising move came up with a more intensified economic stimulus. The bank has lowered the deposit rate to a historic low of negative 0.4%, down from the previous rate of negative 0.3%. Meanwhile, the main refinancing rate was lowered to zero, which is expected to boost liquidity in the banking system. It also cut its marginal lending rate by 0.05% to 0.25%. If this was not enough, monthly asset purchases were raised to EUR 80 billion from 60 billion previously………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Here’s Why Gold ETFs Are Hot

Posted on 24 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors have heard plenty about gold and the relevant exchange traded funds this year and with good reason. “Good reason” being the SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and the ETFS Swiss Physical Gold Shares are each sporting year-to-date gains of just under 18 percent.
A variety of reasons have been cited as catalysts for the 2016 bullion bounce. Negative interest throughout the developed world and the Federal Reserve appearing as though it will not be able to raise U.S. borrowing costs by as much as previously thought are chief among those reasons………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Money managers shake up ETF landscape

Posted on 23 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The booming exchange traded fund industry, in which investors can buy shares that track an underlying basket of securities, shows few signs of slowing down. Within the industry, institutional investors play a prominent role, attracted by lower costs and flexibility of the product.
Large pools of capital controlled by large investors including pension funds and insurers that were once directed into mutual funds are now increasingly being placed into ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging Market ETFs Surge $2.72 Billion, Turn Positive for Year

Posted on 22 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors added $2.72 billion to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging-market stocks and bonds, the most in almost two years, as inflows turned positive for the first time in 2016.
Deposits into ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries during the week ended March 18 compared with $1.67 billion added in the previous period and were the highest since reaching $3.37 billion at the start of April 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. So far this year, the funds increased by $1.36 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency Hedging Is Growing Up. Are Your Foreign ETFs Keeping Up?

Posted on 22 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global currencies have been in the news a lot lately. In December, the Federal Reserve Bank hiked interest rates. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) recently tried to push its currency lower with negative interest rates.
The European Central Bank has cut rates as well. And the Chinese currency has moved lower since dropping 2% last August when the People’s Bank of China let the yuan float. Despite the BOJ’s best efforts the yen is up 8% this year, its strongest level against the dollar since October 2014. The euro is strengthening too………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European Commodity ETFs Have Record Inflows

Posted on 21 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange-traded funds listed in Europe had record inflows in February as European ETFs have gathered net inflows for 17 consecutive months. The consultancy ETFGI said in its February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report that commodities ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe had net inflows of $2.66bn (€2.4bn) last month, beating the previous record of $2.12bn in September 2012.
In total ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of $2.92bn in February, marking net inflows for 17 consecutive months. Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said in a statement: “February was another volatile month for equity markets which drove investors to invest net flows into government bonds and gold.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity ETP flows hit monthly high in February

Posted on 18 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe hit a monthly high in February as economic uncertainty pushed investors into safe haven assets, according to ETFGI, a London-based ETF industry consultant. The broader European market gathered net inflows of $2.92bn in total last month, reflecting 17 consecutive months of net inflows for European-listed ETFs/ETPs.
Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $2.66bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $2.12bn. These flows were offset by equity ETFs/ETPs, which experienced net outflows of $2.19bn. The net inflows of $2.66bn into commodity ETFs/ETPs is a record high. The previous record was $2.12bn in September 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How To Find The Best Sector ETFs: Q1′16

Posted on 18 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The large number of ETFs hurts investors more than it helps as too many options become paralyzing. Performance of an ETFs holdings are equal to the performance of an ETF.
Our coverage of ETFs leverages the diligence we do on each stock by rating ETFs based on the aggregated ratings of their holdings..Finding the best ETFs is an increasingly difficult task in a world with so many to choose from. How can you pick with so many choices available?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

European ETFs Gathered $2.92B In February, Led By Commodities: ETFGI

Posted on 17 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs and ETPs with European listings saw net inflows of $2.92 billion last month, according to new data from ETFGI, marking the 17th straight month of gains. European ETFs and ETPs now number 2,199, with $485 billion in assets under management of 52 providers on 25 exchanges.
Commodity strategies were the biggest winners, with inflows of $2.66 billion, a new record high, with fixed-income coming in second, at $2.12 billion. By contrast, quity strategies saw outflows of $2.19 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs reflect market conditions rather than dictate them

Posted on 17 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As exchange traded funds have become more popular, the amount of controversy about them has grown. The current ETF debate centres around three key questions. Are there now too many ETFs? Do they contribute to market volatility?
Is there something about the way that ETFs work that means they are uniquely challenged in times of market stress? I’d like to address each of these questions in turn. First, are there too many ETFs? At the time of writing, ETFGI data show that there are about 2,200 exchange traded products (including ETFs, exchange-traded commodities and exchange-traded notes) listed on Europe’s exchanges. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gold, oil and robots: Big trend investing with ETFs

Posted on 16 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The best-performing exchange-traded fund (ETF) so far this year is a triple-leveraged gold miners product that goes by the ticker symbol “NUGT”.
Aiming to deliver three times the returns of the Arca Gold Miners index in any given session, its 150 per cent increase this year is of little surprise: gold miners have rallied on the back of a rebound in the precious metal, which is up 20 per cent since the start of the year. ETFs give retail investors cost-effective and flexible access to a huge variety of markets……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs Listed In U.S. Gathered $1.53 Billion In Net New Assets In February

Posted on 16 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In February 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States gathered net inflows of US$1.53 Bn in February 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
In the United States the ETF/ETP industry had 1,863 ETFs/ETPs, assets of US$2.02 Bn, from 95 providers listed on 3 exchanges at the end of February 2016. “February was another volatile month for equity markets which drove investors to invest net flows into government bonds and gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Exchange traded product commodity investing pitfalls

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Arecent email I received promoted a WTI crude oil three times leverage daily exchange traded product. While I question the need to leverage your risk three times, I do think commodities are beginning to look interesting.
The Bloomberg commodity index peaked in June 2008 and having shed two-thirds of its value, is currently near levels not seen since 1999. Arguably, however, some markets are moving from oversupply into equilibrium and the demand picture is not actually too bad, notwithstanding China’s retrenchment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs attract record new assets

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global ETFs and ETPs attracted $10.8bn of new assets in February, according to independent research firm ETFGI. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs saw the largest net inflows in February with $13.64bn of new assets, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with $8.89bn – a record high. Equity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of $12.95bn.
The February industry insights report from ETFGI also shows ETFs and ETPs listed globally have now seen net inflows for 25 consecutive months. Vanguard came top in terms of asset gathering in February with $4.18bn of net flows, followed by iShares with $3.1bn and then Nomura Asset Management with $1.49bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Aren’t Like Your Other Investments

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With commodity exchange traded funds gaining traction as raw materials prices are on the mend, it is important for investors to keep in mind that most of their commodity-related ETFs do not track the spot price.
Most commodity ETFs do not track the spot price, or commodity prices as investors see them in the headlines. However, there are some exceptions, including precious metals-related exchange traded products that are backed by physical gold, silver, platinum and palladium bars stored in bank vaults………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Advisers Stick by Commodity ETFs Despite Dramatic Declines

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rise of exchange-traded funds and notes makes it easy for everyone to own commodities, and many financial advisers recommend small stakes as permanent elements of a diversified portfolio. But the average broad-basket commodities ETF has lost an average of 7.9% a year in the past five years through July, according to Morningstar Inc. MORN 0.21 %.
And the bloodletting has only intensified this year. The S&P GSCI, a benchmark for commodity-markets investments, for example, has plummeted 43.1% in the 12 months through Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

You have heard of ETFs, now say hello to the PTF

Posted on 14 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It is 26 years since Canada started the $3 trillion exchange-traded funds revolution when the Toronto Stock Exchange listed the Toronto 35 Index Participation fund. It took three years for the US to take advantage of the innovation, starting with State Street’s launch of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.
In March 2016, Canada is set to break new ground again with the launch of the first platform-traded fund, or PTF, on the Toronto exchange. Asset manager Invesco Canada created the PTF concept and Peter Intraligi, its president, confirms it has been looking for a way to “sell active funds like they sell ETFs”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Determining the Liquidity of an ETF

Posted on 14 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Does volume really matter? Underlying liquidity will begin to tell the story of how liquid an ETF could be, no matter what the average daily volume (ADV). But how do you measure that liquidity?
For equity-based ETFs, a first step is to examine the top 10 holdings to see if they are “household” names. If they are not, you may want to investigate further, utilizing a tool such as Bloomberg’s implied liquidity field listing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Do Growth ETFs Actually Grow?

Posted on 11 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Growth doesn’t always get as much respect as longtime guru-favorite Value, and that may have something to do with hype-oriented rhetoric that often surrounds the former. But we need growth. Unless one can argue for growth, there’s pretty-much no point in being in stocks at all, as opposed to less-risky better yielding bonds. So Growth ETFs should be compelling – except when they aren’t.
Let’s start with the basics of stock pricing, the Dividend Discount Model. It calculates the ideal stock price as D (dividend) divided by the difference between R (required rate of return) and G (the expected growth rate); or P=D/(R-G)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Are Peaking Investor Interests

Posted on 11 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFdb.com analyzes the search patterns of our visitors each week. By sharing these trends with our readers, we hope to provide insights into what the financial world is concerned about and how to position your portfolio.
The main themes this week revolved around commodities, from precious metals to natural gas and water. Another trending theme was Brazil and its current government scandal………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Agriculture ETFs Go Soft as Other Commodities Funds Climb

Posted on 10 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It has been a banner year for precious metals exchange traded funds and, in recent weeks, oil funds have joined the commodities rally. However, agriculture exchange traded funds are proving to be laggards. For example, the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund has traded modestly lower this year.
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

Do Ask What These Alternative ETFs Can Do For You

Posted on 10 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In today’s volatile markets, alternative strategy ETFs have been popping up on investors’ radar screens as potential ways to diversify or to take advantage of some of the market swings. But various types of investors highly under-use the investment segment, according to a recent study by Cerulli Associates. Why is that, and what is the investments’ real value-added in a portfolio?
Traditional investments involve simply buying, holding or selling stocks and bonds, either individually or in diversified portfolios, including ETFs and mutual funds. Alternative strategies usually focus on nontraditional investments and may include long/short, leveraged, inverse, managed futures, arbitrage and hedge fund investing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Do Platinum and Palladium Compare to Gold and Silver?

Posted on 09 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though gold and silver prices fell on March 7, 2016, platinum and palladium maintained steady gains alongside the rise in equities and the overall market sentiment. Platinum and palladium have been carefully following the industrial sector, especially the automotive sector.
The haven demands extended to gold and silver due to the upheaval of the global economy initially left platinum and palladium lower. However, these two metals later bounced back. Platinum and palladium have year-to-date rises of 11.8% and 1.9%, respectively, as of March 7. The price changes in these two metals can also be seen in investments such as the Platinum Physical Shares ETF and the Palladium Physical Shares ETF………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will Commodity ETFs Be The Comeback Story Of 2016?

Posted on 09 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Everyone loves a comeback story and commodity ETFs are starting to show positive signs of burgeoning momentum this year. The persistent selling in precious metals, energy, and agriculture may finally be ready for a notable turn that builds into a new sustainable uptrend.
While many investors may choose to play a specific sector in this mix, others will prefer the diversified nature of broad-based funds that track the entire group. This post is dedicated to breaking down the largest and most common commodity ETFs and ETNs… in short, those ETFs that track the physical commodities world………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs’ Rally May Be ‘False Start’

Posted on 09 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodities group and related exchange traded funds have rallied since the January lows. However, fundamental pressures still remain and could drag the asset class to new lows.
The broad commodities market has been trending higher this year. Since the January 20 low, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund rose 12.7%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN increased 9.7% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust gained 14.4%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Signs of commodities recovery emerging- ETF Securities

Posted on 08 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Both oil benchmarks along with most metals have been posting positive returns for at least the third consecutive week, the company noted. Brent and WTI rose 5% and 4.5% respectively, with both benchmarks trading around their two-month highs for most of the week.
According to ETF securities this seems to indicate that the reduction of oil production in the US combined with key OPEC members’ decision to freeze production at January levels could be sufficient to reduce the global oversupply. A similar picture is emerging in precious metals, with all of them including gold have reached multi-year lows at times within the past six months and recovering since, posting an average return of 17% from their lows. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF providers push their case

Posted on 08 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Self-managed superannuation funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds) are a marriage made in heaven, or so the experts keep telling us. Yet uptake of hugely popular ETFs in Australia has so far lagged the global explosion in these products.
Instead, self-managed super fund investors are notoriously weighted towards local equities and cash, with 60 per cent of assets allocated to these two assets, according to the latest figures from the Australian Taxation Office. Australian bank stocks are the most popular choice, making up almost 30 per cent of SMSF holdings, CommSec calculates, followed by resource firms at about 10 per cent, and telecommunications at 7 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Mixed outlook for currency hedged ETFs

Posted on 08 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For unhedged investors, 2015 saw FX volatility savaging returns on a slew of assets – particularly in emerging markets – offsetting capital appreciation and coupon income, and fundamentally altering their risk-return profile.
As a result, demand for currency hedged passive exposure to foreign assets rose dramatically, with net inflows into currency hedged exchange-traded products (ETPs) in Europe totalling almost $4 billion and assets under management growing year-on-year by 28%, according to Deutsche Bank research………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Precious Metal ETFs Are Not All Equal

Posted on 04 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Precious metals exchange traded funds have surged this year as market volatility triggered safe-haven demand. However, silver has been lagging gold in the recent upturn.
Year-to-date, the iShares Silver Trust and ETFS Physical Silver Shares rose over 8.0%. In contrast, the SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares increased over 17.0% so far this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Are Oil & Gas ETFs Staging Serious Chart Breakouts?

Posted on 03 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you went through 2015 and the first six weeks of 2016, the weakness in the oil and gas sector was something most investors have not seen in years. Now oil is back over $30.00 and nearing $35.00, and the charts in some of the key oil and gas stocks and their ETFs seem to be reaching breakout levels.
The oil and gas industry, and the investment community around energy, has been dealing all day with news of the death of Aubrey McClendon. It seems that something else may be happening here on the charts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Not All Commodities ETFs are in Good Shape

Posted on 03 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to resurgent precious metals exchange traded products, it’s easy to think the broader commodities exchange traded products universe is improving this year. Closer examination indicates some commodities funds and exchange traded notes are still struggling.
The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund, which holds a basket of various commodities, is off 4.5% year-to-date. Still faltering energy commodities are plaguing broader commodities ETFs such as DBC because these funds often feature significant tilts to oil or natural gas………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Top 10 ETFs Of 2016 To Date

Posted on 02 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With two months in the books, the outlook for financial markets in 2016 is no clearer than it was at the start of the year. The one-two punch of the oil crash and China’s slowdown continues to weigh on risk assets, while buoying safe havens.
The SPDR S&P 500 was down about 5.1% through Feb. 29 even after a muscular rally in the second half of that month. With a return like that, it’s unsurprising that SPY isn’t even close to the top of the pack for ETF returns so far this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Here’s the problem with index ETFs

Posted on 02 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Index ETFs have grown in popularity as a play for diversification and dollar-cost averaging. But are they really a safe and smart way to invest? I looked back over the last 23 years and found out it can vary — and it’s important to know why.
Dollar-cost averaging is where you buy a fixed-dollar amount of shares regularly (So, you buy more shares when the stock price is lower and less when it’s higher). Warren Buffett is a fan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India ETFs Surge After $12.9bn Budget Proposal

Posted on 02 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Indian stocks and ETFs jump amid government budget proposal to boost economy. $12.9 billion proposed on rural programs such as expanding irrigation projects, crop insurance and village roads. ETF investors who are seeking to tap into the developing economies should focus on the potential growth in consumer sectors
Indian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds jumped as the consumer sector advanced on increased government measures to bolster the local economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Ex-Energy, Commodities ETFs Are Doing Alright

Posted on 01 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There are at least two things that are clear this year regarding the commodities complex and its relevant exchange traded products. First, energy commodities are still in the dumps. Second, some other commodities and the corresponding ETFs, think precious metals, are rebounding in impressive fashion.
“As February comes to an end, so might be the commodity catastrophe. Although the S&P GSCI Total Return lost another 3.2% in the month (through Feb. 26, 2015,) bringing the year-to-date performance down to -8.2%, half of the 24 commodities in the index were positive for the month. Further, at least one commodity from each sector gained in February, and the majority of sectors, 3 of 5, were positive for the month,” said S&P Dow Jones Indices Global Head of Commodities and Real Assets Jodie Gunzberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nickel And Diming Your Nickel ETNs

Posted on 29 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For investors who want to get involved with action in nickel without getting involved with nickel futures on the London Metals Exchange, they can turn to ETNs. When it comes to these nickel ETNs, not all are created equal. This tempted us to do a side-by-side comparison to help investors and traders alike determine whether or not they are using the proper nickel ETN for their needs.
While there is one significant thing in common with these two funds, the differences are all too often overlooked. Assuming one nickel ETN is the same as the other is a foolish mistake that could be costly over time. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

How to Manage Volatility With Commodity ETFs

Posted on 26 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In recent months, market volatility has been at the forefront of investors’ minds. John Love, president and CEO at United States Commodities Funds, believes commodity ETFs can help investors manage some of the volatility currently in the broader stock market.
United States Commodities Funds currently has 12 commodity ETFs listed in the U.S. During a phone call with media and several firms that participate in Schwab’s OneSource ETF platform, Love discussed why he thinks there’s a place for commodity ETFs in portfolios today………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs Help Boost Gold Prices

Posted on 25 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

One of the top-performing assets so far in 2016, gold has been attracting attention. Jittery investors―fearing that the oil and emerging-markets-led downturn in markets this year may continue―have plowed billions of dollars into physically backed gold exchange-traded funds.
The sudden exuberance for gold began right at the start of the year and continues till this day. The two largest gold ETFs, the SPDR Gold Trust and the iShares Gold Trust, saw combined inflows of $5.1 billion just in the first several weeks of the year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold price: ETF buying surges to 6-year high

Posted on 25 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold was enjoying one of its best days of the year on Wednesday jumping as much as $32 an ounce after surprisingly bad economic data from the US put fear back into equity and fixed income investors.
In heavy volume, April gold futures in New York’s Comex market were last exchanging hands for $1,240.40 an ounce, down from a high of $1,254 shortly after data showed the services sector in the US against expectations plunging into deep contractionary mode and coming in at the lowest reading since October 2013. Services constitute more than three-quarters of the US economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bullion Bulls Beating Bears With ETF Calls Outpacing Puts

Posted on 24 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Open interest on call options to buy the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund is outpacing ownership of puts for the right to sell the ETF by close to the most since at least mid-2008, which is as far back as the Bloomberg-compiled data go. The difference between the two has retreated a bit after hitting a record on Feb. 18.
Option traders’ bullishness ascended even as bullion posted its first weekly drop in five on concern that its best annual start since 1980 is overdone. The metal has rallied on concerns that the global economy may weaken………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF flows prompt bounceback for gold

Posted on 24 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold rebounded as money flowed back into exchange traded funds but analysts cautioned that the gains might be limited without physical demand from India and China. The precious metal has been one of the best-performing commodities this year, rising 15 per cent thanks to flows into gold-backed exchange traded funds.
Investors have bought more tonnes of gold through ETFs this year than they sold during the whole of last year, amid a search for haven assets amid sinking stock markets and negative central bank interest rates. Holdings in gold-backed ETFs have risen 49.8 tonnes over the past two days, the biggest two-day increase since May 2010 during the eurozone debt crisis, according to data compiled by Bloomberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

These Commodity Currency ETFs Outpacing Dollar to Start 2016

Posted on 24 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The global market upheaval triggered off by China hit the most risky asset classes at the start of 2016, instigating a flight to safety. Also, the uncertainty in the oil patch and growth worries in Japan and Euro zone made matters worse. Back home, the economic health suffered as several recent readings came in soft.
The US economy cooled off in Q4 with the annualized growth pace of 0.7% missing the market estimate of 0.8% and falling sharply from the prior quarter’s expansion of 2%. A stronger greenback, sluggish manufacturing activity and weak consumer spending weighed on U.S. economic growth. This held the Fed back from showing too much aggression on the policy tightening issue………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Are New Rules Needed for ETFs?

Posted on 24 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds may be so complex and volatile that they require a distinct set of rules from equities, SEC Commissioner Kara Stein suggested. In remarks at the annual SEC Speaks conference, Stein acknowledged that ETFs have been a boon for many investors.
Still, the average retail client doesn’t understand the risks they carry and the features that distinguish them from common stock and mutual funds, she says. “I think we need to think about a roadmap for holistic regulation of ETFs and other exchange-traded products given their explosive growth and evolution,” she said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Traditional managers move to ETF market

Posted on 23 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ETF sphere is expanding. More than 40 companies around the world listed their first ETFs in 2015. Increasingly, the old guard of asset managers are moving into the space: Legg Mason, Franklin Templeton and Goldman Sachs have been adding ETFs to their product suites.
The rapid spread of ETFs is seen as an opportunity for traditional asset managers. Last year set a record for ETF inflows, despite global volatility. Across Europe, ETF assets rose by a quarter to more than £350bn. The popularity of passive is putting a strain on flows into traditional funds and, for many groups, launching ETFs is an obvious response………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil ETFs Jump On Shale Output Decline

Posted on 23 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil markets jumped as much as 7% on Monday, as speculation about falling U.S. shale output and a rally in equities fed the notion that crude prices may be bottoming after their 20-month collapse.
The markets began the week with a rebound in Asian trade, reacting to Friday’s U.S. rig count data, which showed the number of oil drilling rigs in operation falling to a December 2009 low after nine straight weeks of cuts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Activity in Gold ETFs Says About the Precious Metal

Posted on 23 February 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a rather disappointing 2015, gold has been a very shiny investment lately. The global economic slowdown and plethora of disappointing data has many investors concerned that we’re finally on the verge of a major bearish correction. Since the beginning of 2016, gold has shot up from under $1,100 per ounce to above $1,225 per ounce – more than 11% in six weeks.
The activity in gold prices follows what we’re seeing in gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) too. These ETFs are seeing a rise in value, volume, and long positions, suggesting that investors are finally starting to pull away from the U.S. dollar as the safe-haven asset of choice and towards the more traditional choice – gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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