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Asset class performance during the current bull market

Posted on 11 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Last week we posted a number of charts to note the 5-year anniversary of the current bull market for stocks. Below we take a further look at asset-class performance during the current bull market using our key ETF matrix, which regular readers have seen here a number of times. In the matrix, we highlight each ETF’s performance over the last week, year-to-date, and since the close on 3/9/09, which was the bear-market low for stocks during the Financial Crisis.
As you can see, US equity ETFs have posted the largest gains since March 9th, 2009. The Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY) is up the most of any ETF in our matrix with a 5-year gain of 318%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Do you know which ETF to buy?

Posted on 10 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Finding the best ETF is daunting especially when one is spoiled for choice. Take any sector and you’ll find as many as 50 large-cap value ETFs - and hundreds of them across all parameters. Also, many large-cap value ETFs have significantly varied portfolios, raising radically-differing investment implications. So, what are ETFs exactly? And, how do you choose from so many?
ETFs are a basket of stocks that reflect the composition of an index such as the S&P CNX Nifty or the BSE Sensex. They are essentially mutual-fund schemes or “index” funds, listed and traded, as are stocks, on the exchanges. They are priced continually and can be bought and sold throughout the trading day unlike mutual funds, the prices of which are based on the NAV (net asset value) at the end of a trading day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Two new ETF tools

Posted on 10 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds may trade like stocks, but their prospects need to be judged by a separate set of criteria. New tools from two research firms that have begun to track both, CapitalCube and Chaikin Analytics, remind us of just how different stock and fund analyses can be.
To start with the obvious, ETFs can contain hundreds of securities, and it just isn’t practical to submit each component to traditional valuation analysis. Anyway, most ETFs are designed to duplicate, not beat, the return of a benchmark index. As a result, you aren’t looking for the one critical advantage that can cause a stock to outperform………………………………………..Full Article: Source/a>

Global ETF and ETP assets reached $2.44 trillion dollars

Posted on 07 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Flows into ETFs and ETPs listed globally rebounded in February gathering net inflows of US $29.0 billion which, when combined with the positive market performance in the month, pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US $2.44 trillion, according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s February Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
The Global ETF/ETP industry has 5,183 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,210 listings, from 219 providers on 59 exchanges. “Positive comments from the Fed indicating that the US economy continues to brighten, the S&P 500 ending February with a record close of 1859 and signs of a wider global recovery in equities seems to have caused investors to come out of their winter hibernation after the winter storms and put net inflows of US $29.0 billion into ETFs/ETPs in February,” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 shining precious metals ETF picks

Posted on 07 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There is no better insurance policy for your portfolio than precious metals. I buy them as stores of value and pray the price trends down. Why? Because most likely everything else I own would trend up.
For example, even as gold lost around 20% of its value in the first three quarters of 2013, the S&P 500 rose by a similar amount. So I repeat: I do not buy precious metals to profit from a rise in price or to sell to someone else. If they should soar in price due to the destruction of the fiat dollar (likely), I not only will be glad I own every ounce that I now own, but will also wish I had bought a whole lot more………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Five most liquid ETFs of 2014

Posted on 07 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though ETFs have been gaining immense popularity in recent years courtesy of their cost effectiveness, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency, there are still a few misconceptions about the liquidity of the products. Generally, investors seek to trade in liquid ETFs that can easily be purchased and sold on the market without affecting their market price.
Volume, or the number of shares traded in a particular period, is definitely the most important consideration for determining the liquidity of a particular fund. Higher number of shares trading in a particular fund provides easy access to move in and out of that product, keeping bid/ask spreads tight………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Smart beta ETFs beating S&P 500 Index capture record cash

Posted on 06 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Index funds became popular over the last four decades because they’re simple, conservative and low cost. A different kind of exchange-traded fund is drawing record cash by promoting better returns with the same stocks.
Known by names such as smart beta and fundamental indexing, they weigh stocks differently — by focusing on dividends or sales, for instance. Supporters are quick to note that some methods, such as eliminating price rankings, result in returns that beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index over the last five years. They’re slower to note that fees can be 10 times higher than a traditional ETF………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A comprehensive guide to consumer staples ETF

Posted on 06 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The economic backdrop for the consumer staples sector remained more or less weak in 2013 due to a difficult consumer spending environment. Middle-class consumers struggled to cope with rising gas prices, delayed income tax refunds and higher payroll taxes. In addition, difficult operating conditions in Europe and a slowdown in some major emerging countries threatened growth.
Consumer staple companies have been witnessing sluggish growth in the developed markets, due to market saturation, which along with lower disposable incomes and increased competitive activities have added to their woes. As a result, many of them have been looking at faster growing emerging markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Uranium ETF far from radioactive

Posted on 06 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gone are the days when uranium stocks and the exchange traded funds are being subjected to second-class treatment. In 2011, in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, such treatment was justified. Not this year.
The Global X Uranium ETF is up 24.4% year-to-date, making it one of the top non-leveraged ETFs this year. On Tuesday, URA surged 4.1% on volume that was five times the daily average. Not surprisingly, URA’s technical outlook is improving in dramatic fashion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Can silver mining ETFs continue to shine?

Posted on 05 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Taking many investors by surprise, natural resource investing has dominated the headlines this year thanks to the global growth worries following the initiation of the taper. Both gold and silver have followed this trend, and while both types of bullion have performed well, the surge was more intense in the mining ETF space, as the latter often trades as a leveraged play on the underlying metal.
Notably, between gold and silver mining ETFs, the second has seen more gains this year and its Zacks Industry Rank is also more favorable. Silver mining ETFs, which shed about 50% in 2013, gained 25% in contrast to 22.48% gain seen in gold mining ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why the Global X Uranium ETF is poised for a melt-up

Posted on 05 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With our market timing model remaining in “buy” mode, our current focus primarily remains on leading individual stocks. Tesla (TSLA), for example, is now showing an unrealized gain of 68% since our December 31 buy entry. SolarCity (SCTY) is similarly up 56% since our December 19 buy entry.
However, despite strength in leadership stocks, we have also been noticing a stealth sector rotation of institutional funds flowing into various commodity ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Preparing for the unexpected with commodity futures ETFs

Posted on 05 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Three straight years of negative returns for broad commodity benchmark indices, such as the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Return Index, have led some investment advisors (and their clients) to begin questioning the rationale for including commodity futures ETFs1 in their asset allocation models.
Relatively tame inflation expectations seem to support these doubts, as commodities are often thought of as a hedge against inflation. However, the fact that inflation expectations are so low may actually highlight one of the most important reasons for maintaining (or adding) a strategic allocation to commodity futures ETFs: in order to hedge against unexpected inflation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Precious metals lead resurgence by commodities ETFs

Posted on 04 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While equities wilt as tensions in Ukraine escalate, gold’s safe-haven status is proving alluring with investors rushing to the yellow metal as a shelter-from-the-storm play. Gold futures climbed last month, helping some of the major exchange traded funds backed by holdings of physical gold to see their first month of inflows in over a year.
Last week saw the highest in flows across commodity ETPs in over a year. “Leading the trend were precious metal ETPs, which saw aggregate inflows of $206 million,” according to a research note by Nicholas Brooks, head of research and investment strategy, and Nitesh Shah associate director – research at ETF Securities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities ETF rising across the board

Posted on 04 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities continue to strengthen across the board. Over 60% of the commodity tracking ETFs below are now in a uptrend. Precious metals have gold, silver, and platinum all in Stage 1 bases while palladium is in a Stage 2 uptrend.
Soft commodities have been one of the weaker parts of the commodities complex, but check out what happened to some of the soft commodity tracking ETFs in February. The corn ETF had a massive increase in volume for the month and has formed a monthly swing low………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best and worst ETFs of February

Posted on 04 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite a weak start, February saw a steady rally through the end of the month, sending the U.S. stock markets to another record high. The Dow Jones posted its best monthly percentage gain of 4% since January 2013 while the S&P 500 added 4.3%, representing the best month since October 2013.
This suggests a sharp reversal in investors’ mood, which was dampened by the turmoil in emerging markets in January and some recent sluggish economic indicators. One of the he biggest reason behind the rally is strong corporate earnings……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Hedged ETFs: Set it and forget it? Forget it

Posted on 03 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Simpler is often better for individual investors, so the new and fast-growing hedged exchange-traded fund raises a question: Is packaging institutional-style trades into ETFs and offering them at low cost to the masses democratic or dangerous?
These products let investors bet on an asset — Japanese stocks, for example — while getting rid of a risk in the trade that they don’t want, like exposure to the yen. After starting in equities, hedged ETFs have infiltrated every asset class and grown 1,000 percent to $15 billion since the start of 2013. And to answer the question, making these trades available to retail investors is democratic. And dangerous………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs: When is an ETF not an ETF?

Posted on 03 March 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If asked whether exchange traded funds are traded on exchange, you’d probably say something like “Yes, obviously. It’s in the name.” Well here’s a crazy thing: it turns out the majority of ETF trading in Europe is actually done off exchange.
It is estimated around two thirds of the market is done in private ‘over the counter,’ where typically an institution phones up a market maker to get a good price for buying a huge amount of ETF shares. This might not sound relevant for most of us smaller retail folk. And the techy speak can be a bit off-putting………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s biggest gold ETF eyes 1st monthly inflow in over a year

Posted on 28 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York’s SPDR Gold Shares, is on track for its first monthly inflow of metal in more than a year after a run of weaker U.S. data boosted investment interest in gold.
The SPDR fund, which issues securities backed by physical metal and attracted big inflows in the wake of the financial crisis, has added 10.5 tonnes to its reserves so far this month. That means that, barring a large outflow on Friday, February would be the first month to show an increase since December 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The man behind $2-trillion in ETFs

Posted on 28 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Reginald Browne tilts his 6-foot-5-inch frame forward to reach a chirping phone. “What do you want, what do you need?” he asks. It’s his standard greeting for just about anyone who calls, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its April 2014 issue.
This time, it’s a representative of a large public pension fund who’s thinking about moving money into exchange-traded funds for the first time. Browne launches into his education mode, patiently answering questions on how closely an ETF will really track its index, how quickly the investor can get in and out and how much it will cost to trade………………………………………..Full Article: Source

High yield ETFs: It’s more than fees that matter….

Posted on 27 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The incredible growth of the high yield asset class is evident through various product innovations such as high yield exchange traded funds (ETFs). Since their introduction in 2007, ETF assets have swelled to about $35 billion.
The two largest, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) and SDDR Barclays High Yield Bond (JNK) account for about two-thirds of the high yield ETFs outstanding. High yield ETFs are passively managed pools of high yield bonds designed to track an index, yet trade on exchanges, just like stocks. Their attributes include low fees, diversification, and intraday liquidity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities are hot this winter

Posted on 27 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold prices continue to shock investors – especially those who unloaded their shares in the SPDR Gold Trust ETF during late December, when they were trading for as little as $115. On Monday, GLD climbed 1.11 percent to close at $128.99. The spot price of gold, which had fallen to $1,181.40 on New Year’s Eve, has since climbed 13.25 percent to $1,338 per ounce.
Gold prices had been expected to suffer from the tapering of the of the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program. This makes it even more shocking that the first month of the taper would bring such a surge in gold prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Where will copper ETFs go from here?

Posted on 27 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodity ETF space had seen some all-stars to start the year thanks mainly to soft stock markets and the excessive under valuation in the natural resource world. Some metals like gold and silver surged on their safe haven investment status, while some soft commodity ETFs (like cocoa) have added double digits on a supply crunch.
However, significant weakness has been seen in the industrial metals space (such as with copper) in the year-to-date frame. All three exchange traded pure plays on copper haven’t seen gains so far this year. Notably, copper exchange traded products lost around 16% last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil ETFs warm up as U.S. chills again

Posted on 27 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices are off to great start in 2014 thanks to a prolonged and severe winter in the northern hemisphere, supply shortage and slowly building Chinese demand. Most of the oil ETFs gained around 10% in the last month to reach a fourth-month high.
Chilly weather across most parts of the U.S. aided oil demand among residential/commercial consumers. In fact, the nation is not yet done with polar vortexes and snowstorms, as another spell of snow is forecasted for this week. This will surely heighten the demand for heating oil in the coming days……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Where will copper ETFs go from here?

Posted on 26 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodity ETF space had seen some all-stars to start the year thanks mainly to soft stock markets and the excessive under valuation in the natural resource world. Some metals like gold and silver surged on their safe haven investment status, while some soft commodity ETFs (like cocoa) have added double digits on a supply crunch.
However, significant weakness has been seen in the industrial metals space (such as with copper) in the year-to-date frame. All three exchange traded pure plays on copper haven’t seen gains so far this year. Notably, copper exchange traded products lost around 16% last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Are oil ETFs the smarter alternative?

Posted on 26 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil investments can be found in most diversified portfolios. Oil exchange-traded funds offer affordable alternatives to the actual ownership of oil fields. There are many avenues for adding oil to your investment portfolio. One route is binary options trading on oil exchange traded funds, commonly termed an Oil ETF.
For the everyday trader looking to diversify a portfolio with the inclusion of oil, an ETF presents a real time interest in the oil commodity without the costly purchase of the product. Oil is a prime trading commodity. Supply and demand substantially determine the price of oil at any given moment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Preparing for the unexpected with commodity futures ETFs

Posted on 25 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Three straight years of negative returns for broad commodity benchmark indices, such as the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Return Index, have led some investment advisers (and their clients) to begin questioning the rationale for including commodity futures ETFs in their asset allocation models.
Relatively tame inflation expectations seem to support these doubts, as commodities are often thought of as a hedge against inflation. However, the fact that inflation expectations are so low may actually highlight one of the most important reasons for maintaining (or adding) a strategic allocation to commodity futures ETFs: in order to hedge against unexpected inflation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF investors fall behind gold price curve

Posted on 25 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rally in the gold price gathered steam on Monday, after data out late on Friday showed hedge funds increasing their bullish bets by over 30%. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for April delivery hit $1,339.20, up more than $15.00 from Friday’s close and the highest since October 31.
Gold is up 11.7% in 2014 and after a dismal 2013 when the metal had the worst price performance in 32 years, the gains year to date have seen large bullion investors playing catch-up………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Demand strong for gold, silver ETFs

Posted on 25 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to rebounding prices in the commodities pits, gold and silver exchange traded funds are once again being favored by investors. ETF Securities, the ETF provider known primarily for its lineup of commodities funds, said its long gold ETPs last week saw $38 million of inflows, bringing inflows over the past two weeks to $46 million. The firm’s U.S.-listed gold ETFs include the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares and the ETFS Physical Asian Gold Shares.
Last week, UBS boosted its forecast for gold in 2014 to a one-month forecast of $1,280 an ounce from $1,180 and the three-month outlook to $1,350 from $1,100. UBS analysts Edel Tully and Joni Teves upwardly revised their gold projection to an average $1,300 in 2014 from the previous estimate of $1,200, with a 2015 target of $1,200……………………………………….Full Article: Source

How to make money from ETFs’ runaway growth

Posted on 25 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. ETF industry could grow to $15.5 trillion in assets within 10 years, eclipsing the mutual-fund industry, according to one new forecast. Is such a prediction too rosy? Why should you even care?
Experts on ETFs have a variety of views on those questions, with some basically saying “no way” to that growth forecast………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK gold exports twice that of ETF selling in 2013

Posted on 24 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

UK Gold Exports in 2013 were nearly double the volume of exchange-traded fund liquidation, new research shows. Compared with only 160 tonnes in 2012, exports of physical gold bullion totaled 1,739 tonnes last year according to data reported by the UK’s HMRC tax authority to the European Union’s Eurostat agency.
More than 5 times visible UK gold imports, according to a report from Macquarie Bank analyst Matthew Turner, and equal to 60% of annual world gold mining output, that was nearly twice the outflow of gold from ETF gold trusts, which typically vault metal in London to back their shares………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs shaking off 2013′s rout

Posted on 21 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a devastating year for bullion, gold exchange traded funds are slowly regaining some lost ground as greater safe-haven demand and increased Asia consumption help bolster prices.
The SPDR Gold Shares is up 8.7% year-to-date. After a 28% decline over 2013, gold prices are up 9.6% so far this year, trading around $1,318 per ounce………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Top 10 best commodities ETF plays YTD

Posted on 21 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A lot was said in 2013 about the end of the commodities super cycle, and yet, so far this year, commodities markets have been rallying across the board.This despite generalized weakness in emerging economies—those markets largely known for their natural resources.
That’s because several commodities markets are currently faced with supply/demand imbalances, many linked to an unusually cold winter in the northern hemisphere………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 commodity ETFs still looking strong

Posted on 21 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though broad commodities started 2014 on a strong note, they appear to be losing steam of late. Commodities like natural gas, gold, silver, cocoa and coffee have been on a tear posting incredible gains from a year-to-date look, while others like wheat, tin, aluminum and copper have seen extreme weakness.
This is largely thanks to supply/demand imbalances and global developments. Macro fundamentals in developing nations have been out of investors’ favor of late thanks to emerging market weakness and signs of a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy that have raised concerns over global economic growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

JP Morgan prepares for ETF roll out

Posted on 21 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

JP Morgan is paving the way for a roll out of a suite of active exchange-traded funds this year as it plans the launch of a so-called “smart beta” offering for its US investors. A spokeswoman for JP Morgan confirmed the firm was seeking regulatory approval for active products, the first of which will be the smart beta ETF.
She said “The fund will invest in larger cap and mid cap stocks from developed countries and track an index that uses a multi-factor screening process.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Could certain commodities ETFs yield a potential gold mine for investors

Posted on 20 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

2013 marked the worst year for gold since 1981. It was the first negative year in 12 years, down -27%. This was mainly attributed to a lack of inflationary pressures and a booming developed equity market. Huge outflows were seen in gold funds and gold ETFs. The largest gold ETF, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), lost over one third of its assets under management.
Gold mining ETFs fared even worse, as Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) fell over -54% in 2013, marking the third consecutive year of losses. Junior miners (GDXJ) were down over -60% in 2013. With gold prices way down, is it finally time to buy back into precious metals?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 commodity ETFs still looking strong

Posted on 20 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though broad commodities started 2014 on a strong note, they appear to be losing steam of late. Commodities like natural gas, gold, silver, cocoa and coffee have been on a tear posting incredible gains from a year-to-date look, while others like wheat, tin, aluminum and copper have seen extreme weakness.
This is largely thanks to supply/demand imbalances and global developments. Macro fundamentals in developing nations have been out of investors’ favor of late thanks to emerging market weakness and signs of a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy that have raised concerns over global economic growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold miners stand to gain as ETFs fall

Posted on 19 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors fled gold exchange-traded funds in droves last year as the price of bullion plummeted, which could improve the environment for Canadian precious metal companies.
Just over 880 tonnes of gold were dumped on the market when investors liquidated their holdings in exchange-traded funds, according to a survey by the World Gold Council, an industry group………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Quick investor guide to alternative energy ETFs

Posted on 18 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

President Obama’s fresh environmental plan has proved to be beneficial for renewable energy stocks. Alternative energy is the most happening thing in the energy sector now in the wake of widespread concerns over carbon emission, climate change and other pressing environmental issues.
A major growth area in the renewable space is solar energy. Following a listless 2011, the solar industry rallied in 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that U.S solar demand increased more than 32% in 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Defined-maturity ETFs: Good product, bad strategy?

Posted on 17 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Defined-maturity exchange-traded funds aim to make the traditional strategy of laddering bonds of different maturities easier and more accessible. But should investors be laddering at all? For retirees hoping to sleep at night, “laddering” bonds ensures that each year a batch of individual bonds will mature, providing the income needed for that year.
There’s another option: defined-maturity bond ETFs, which resemble individual bonds right up to their distributions and maturity dates. But laddering with either ETFs or individual bonds brings its own set of trade-offs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Definitive guide to 2014 ETF taxation

Posted on 17 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

2014 Update: 2013 saw a host of changes to tax rates for individuals in the highest tax brackets. This year, our guide has been fully updated with information related to the taxation of MLPs, buy-writes, wash-sale rules on collectibles, new ETF structures, regulated investment company rules and the taxation of distributions detailed by asset class and structure.
Note: This ETF Taxation Guide will be available in PDF format in the coming weeks, along with a PDF cheat sheet, which will be housed in our “White Papers” link under the “Sections” tab on our ETF.com site………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will sugar ETFs keep soft commodities down?

Posted on 14 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a lackluster 2013, commodities across the board are gaining traction and have recently caught investor interest. Some commodities like natural gas, gold, silver, cocoa and coffee have been on a tear posting incredible gains from a year-to-date look, while others like wheat, tin, aluminum and copper have seen extreme weakness.
In fact, sugar has been one of the worst performing products, not only in the soft category, but also in the broad commodity space as well. Futures for raw sugar fell to the lowest level in more than three and half years largely thanks to record harvest from three big producers like Brazil, India and Thailand………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to avoid the worst sector ETFs

Posted on 14 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Picking from the multitude of sector ETFs is a daunting task. In any given sector there may be as many as 45 different ETFs, and there are at least 183 ETFs across all sectors.
Why are there so many ETFs? The answer is: because ETF providers are making lots of money selling them. The number of ETFs has little to do with serving investors’ best interests. Below are three red flags investors can use to avoid the worst ETFs:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

The real winner from the precious metal ETF rally

Posted on 13 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to broad concerns about emerging markets and worries over the taper, natural resource investing has come back into the spotlight. Many commodities are up for the year, which is something that can’t be said for the broad stock market so far in 2014.
And while many commodities have risen, their equity counterparts—such as in the precious metal mining space—have really taken off in the past few sessions. This isn’t too much of a surprise as equity commodity picks generally act as a leveraged play on their underlying commodities, at least in the precious metal world………………………………………..Full Article: Source

New ETFs allow exposure to gold in currencies other than U.S. dollar

Posted on 13 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Four new exchange-traded funds were launched Wednesday, giving investors a chance to gain exposure to gold prices in currencies other than the U.S. dollar.
The products were patterned after some of the trading methods of well-known investor and newsletter writer Dennis Gartman, who for a long time has taken positions in the gold market in currencies other than the greenback. The four new products include his name………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A beginner’s guide to alternative energy ETFs

Posted on 13 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

President Obama’s fresh environmental plan has proved to be beneficial for renewable energy stocks. Alternative energy is the most happening thing in the energy sector now in the wake of widespread concerns over carbon emission, climate change and other pressing environmental issues.
A major growth area in the renewable space is solar energy. Following a listless 2011, the solar industry rallied in 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that U.S solar demand increased more than 32% in 2013. For 2014, the EIA projects that U.S. solar energy consumption will boom by roughly 35%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging market turmoil keeps pressure on commodity ETPs -BlackRock

Posted on 12 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Emerging markets turmoil drove investors away from commodity exchange traded products (ETPs) in January due to concerns about demand growth, but gold outflows slowed as its safe haven status was revived.
Some $1.7 billion was withdrawn from commodity ETPs in January global data from BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, showed. ETPs, whose value is linked to moves in their underlying assets, offer an easy route into commodities and allow asset managers to make quick, tactical shifts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Top platinum fund sees outflow

Posted on 12 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s biggest platinum-backed exchange-traded fund, based in South Africa, reported its largest ever outflow last week after the rand platinum price hit 5-1/2 year highs, prompting domestic investors to cash in gains.
Johannesburg-based NewPlat ETF, which tracks the rand-denominated platinum price, climbed more than 12 percent from the start of the year to its late January high as the South African unit hit five-year lows against the dollar………………………………………..Full Article: Source

25 ways to invest in gold with ETFs in 2014

Posted on 12 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the last few years, gold has become one of the most polarizing assets in the investing world. After surging to new highs in mid 2011, the precious metal had investors and analysts alike clamoring for more gains.
The commodity suffered a correction in 2013, finally ending a 12-year bull-run while invoking the interest of many who hope to time the bottom. For those looking to invest in gold, we outline 25 ETFs that take varying approaches to the metal and help you add gold exposure to your portfolio……………………………………….Full Article: Source

How to find the best ETF

Posted on 12 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Finding the best ETFs is an increasingly difficult task in a world with so many to choose from. You Cannot Trust ETF Labels: There are at least 49 different Large Cap Value ETFs and at least 237 ETFs across all styles. Do investors need that many choices? How different can the ETFs be?
Those 49 Large Cap Value ETFs are very different. With anywhere from 18 to 1,412 holdings, many of these Large Cap Value ETFs have drastically different portfolios, creating drastically different investment implications………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Carbon ETN soars ahead of EU backloading plan

Posted on 12 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The carbon prices have plunged over the past couple of years, but the carbon-related exchange traded note is making a swift rebound ahead of the European Commission’s plan to cut the supply of permits.
The iPath Global Carbon ETN jumped 46.5% year-to-date and gained 54.1% over the past year. GRN tracks the the Barclays Capital Global Carbon Index, which follows the performance of the most liquid carbon related credit plans, including both the European Union Emission Trading Scheme and the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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