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Malta launches its first alternative investment ETF under new Securitization Act

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The first Exchange Traded Instrument (ETI) issued under the Malta Securitization Act went live recently on the European Wholesale Securities Market (EWSM). The “Dynamic Trading Strategies ETI” is linked to and backed by a performance linked bond issued by a Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicle allowable under the Securitization Act of Malta with the sole purpose of holding Managed Accounts at Interactive Brokers LLC and Sensus Capital Markets plc.
The EWSM is a joint venture between the Malta Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange and acts as an EU regulated market for arrangers and issuers of wholesale debt products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Signal Meaningful Divergence

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In investing, the term commodity spans a great deal of assets and sectors. Precious metals, industrial metals, agriculture, livestock, and energy are just some of the varied classes that fall into this diverse arena. In an ideal world of inflationary and deflationary pressures, all of these sectors would move in a similar direction according to cyclical forces.
However, the reality is that significant divergences can appear based on a host of factors for each sub-grouping. Individual influences can include: supply and demand, governmental policy, geopolitical events, weather patterns, and other subtle nuances that affect each commodity differently. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

What Is A Short ETF?

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A short exchange-traded fund (ETF) is designed to profit from a decline in the value of the underlying index. A short ETF gets its name from the fact that it is designed to benefit in the same manner as a short position in an underlying index. Thus, a short ETF will be profitable if the underlying index or asset declines in price, and will incur a loss if the underlying index or asset gains in price.
Short ETFs can be used for speculation or hedging.Short ETFs are widely known as “inverse ETFs”, and sometimes as “bear ETFs.” Short ETFs are not constructed through short positions in the constituents of an index, but rather, through the use of derivative instruments like options, futures and swaps………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Water ETFs for Thirsty Investors

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As the world reviews the effects of climate change, global population growth and inadequate or aging infrastructures, investors can consider water industry-related exchange traded funds to capture potential long-term opportunities.
For example, the First Trust ISE Water ETF and PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio both track U.S. companies that derive their revenue from products that conserve and purify water………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Metal ETFs Lure Investors at Fastest Pace Since ‘09

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are buying metals from zinc to aluminum at the fastest pace since 2009, betting demand gains will tighten supply, just as Citigroup Inc. and Macquarie Group Ltd. predict this year’s rallies will end.
Exchange-traded funds in the U.S. backed by base metals took in new money this year equal to 18 percent of their market capitalization, more than any commodity group, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Hedge funds are the most bullish on copper in at least eight years, after spending March and most of April betting prices would drop. The Bloomberg Industrial Metals Subindex is heading for its biggest annual gain since 2010………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Long Natural Gas ETFs Burning Out

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Natural gas prices have plunged to about an eight-month low as temperate weather conditions keep Americans from reaching for the A/C. Meanwhile, related exchange traded funds that take a bearish stance on the market are surging on the falling prices.
The VelocityShares Daily 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN , which seeks to provide the daily inverse 3x, or -300%, performance of the NYMEX natural gas futures, has increased 51.8% over the past three months while the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas, which provides the daily inverse 2x, or -200%, performance of natural gas futures, has gained 36.2%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Trends Q2 2014: Diversified ETFs gets second largest inflows, Agri weak

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Diversified broad commodity ETFs received the largest inflows after platinum and palladium with total inflows of $172mn in the second quarter of 2014 with agri seeing outflows,according to a Global Commodity ETP Quarterly released by ETF Securities Ltd.
The inflows reflect improving sentiment towards commodities as an asset class as China growth has shown signs of picking up and China policy makers have made clear they are moving into stimulus mode after three years of tightening………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs in Rough Patch as World Bank Turns Bearish

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund flat, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN up 3.1% and the iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust 0.9% higher.
Now, the World Bank expects precious metals prices to fall as investors shift away from safe-haven assets and into riskier plays on the expanding U.S. economic outlook and higher borrowing, reports Millie Munshi for Bloomberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs For Traders: Currency And Commodity

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Our Best ETFs for Traders scorecard ranks the most cost-efficient exchange-traded funds for investors holding a position for three months. This portion of it displays the winners among funds holding foreign currencies and commodities.
It’s a short list. There aren’t many commodity funds that come in under the 0.4% expense ratio ceiling in our Best ETF survey. The rules and methods for the Best ETFs for Traders rankings are set forth in this summary. That file also has links to all the tables………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs for Traders and Speculators

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Do you want to go in and out of the market with a short-swing trade? If you plan on staying put for three months, Vanguard has the most efficient exchange-traded fund. Its S&P 500 portfolio would cost you a bit more than $2 per $10,000 invested. It beats the much bigger SPDR S&P 500 fund (SPY) on that cost score.
For a three-month bet on the bond market, the cost winner is from BlackRock. Its iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (AGG) would run you less than $3. Vanguard’s competing product, the Total Bond Market ETF (BND), is 10% more expensive………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Get a Performance Boost This Year

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors in some commodities exchange-traded funds are getting a performance boost this year from a quirk of the commodities futures markets. Most commodities ETFs get their exposure by buying futures contracts, and over time they typically shift, or roll, their positions from nearby to later-dated contracts. Sometimes, they have to pay more for the new contracts, which eats into returns.
But this year, declining inventories, a series of supply disruptions and demand jolts across markets from oil to nickel to hogs has resulted in prices being higher for immediate-delivery futures contracts than for contracts for later delivery……………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 Agricultural Commodity ETFs Slumping in July

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Agricultural commodities had a smooth ride in the first four months of 2014. A weaker dollar, adverse weather and higher demand brightened the potential of the space. However, the space bucked the trend lately thanks to a favorable weather outlook and accelerated crop plantings. The latest data by USDA on monthly agricultural demand-supply report released on July 11 confirms the fact as well.
Below we have highlighted three agricultural commodity ETFs which harbor a bearish trend as of late and have retreated considerably in July. Thus, investors should keep a close eye on these ETFs, which might continue to plunge if things remain against this space in the near term:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

The Bears Are Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on Gold ETFs

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with modestly depreciating currencies.
Theoretically, tactics designed to devalue a currency as well as push borrowing rates into the basement should strongly benefit precious metals like gold. And in the first three years of ultra-accommodative policies (e.g., zero-percent overnight lending, quantitative easing, etc.), the SPDR Gold Trust roughly doubled in price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Half Time Review: The Best New ETFs Of 2014

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ETF universe is one that is continually changing in an evolutionary fashion. Each year new ETFs are created and others delisted in a Darwinian-style “survival of the fittest” environment that allows the best funds to thrive while the weakest die off.
Through the first six months of 2014, we have seen total U.S.-listed ETF assets surpass $1.8 trillion. That includes net inflows of $73 billion this year alone. The total count of exchange-traded products, including both ETFs and ETNs, now stands at more than 1,600 available options with the list expanding rapidly………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Surpass Hedge Fund Assets by 2015

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ThinkAdvisor’s big annual ETF event will cover everything from smart beta to finding winning global ETFs and everything in between. The summer is typically quiet time for Wall Street, but not in the fast-moving ETF marketplace.
Never mind that a Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF is on the verge of being launched, the adoption rate of ETFs among financial advisors is through the roof. “We predict annual growth rates of 15%-30% around the globe over the next five years and believe the ETF industry could surpass the hedge fund industry in assets under management during the next 12–18 months,” said EY in its 2014 ETF Global Survey………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global AUM In Short And Leverage ETPs Is $60 Billion As Investors Cut Positions

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Short & Leverage (S&L) ETP/ETF investors cut their exposure to equities as outflows overwhelmed inflows in US, Europe and Japan ETPs. Outflows in US debt ETPs also exceeded inflows into German debt ETPs.
Bearish repositioning by S&L investors underpinned flows in equity and debt ETPs, with Japan recording $780 million in redemptions of long ETPs. A contrarian stance by S&L investors took hold over commodities, as sharp falls in natural gas futures accompanied bullish flows in natural gas ETPs, while the marked rally in silver futures coincided with bearish flows in silver ETPs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs For The Long Term Investor

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity ETFs have a place in every portfolio, just not a big place. Of all the investments in the market, the one area that tends to generate the most controversy is commodities. Some long-term portfolio managers insist that the cyclical nature of commodities, along with their high volatility, suggest they have no place in your portfolio. Others, including myself, believe commodities do have a place in a long-term portfolio.
I don’t think you should allocate massive amounts to commodity investments, but there is a reason to have them. Enough studies have been done that show portfolio risk declines somewhat to make me a believer……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs in demand as China outlook improves

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global commodity exchange-traded products (ETPs) saw a second consecutive quarter of inflows in Q2 2014 as increasing confidence in China’s economic outlook and global economic recovery boosted commodity prices and investor demand for commodity exposure.
Inflows totalled $275 million, up from $271 million of inflows in Q1 2014, according to ETF Securities, a leading provider of commodity ETPs. The combination of inflows and higher prices pushed assets under management in commodity ETPs at the end of Q2 2014 to $123.3 billion from $122.4 billion at the end of Q1 2014………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETF Strategies to Consider Now

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The minutes of the FOMC meeting released last week suggested that the central bank is likely to maintain its accommodative policy stance in foreseeable future, even after it winds down its asset purchase program. With waning rate hike worries, stocks are likely to continue their slow, upward march.
Economic data in general has been surprising to the upside of late, indicating that the economy gained momentum in the second quarter after coming out of the deep freeze earlier this year. At the same time, while the labor market is improving, wage pressures are missing, suggesting that the Fed will not be in a hurry to change its monetary stance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs, like mutual funds, are a good way to get exposure to many individual stocks without taking positions in any one of them on an individual basis. But unlike mutual funds, ETFs trade throughout the day, just like the underlying holdings.
So while making an investment in an ETF is a good way to get broad exposure to stocks, bonds or commodities without taking on specific risk, calculating performance may be a bit tricky………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ProShares Changes Name, Index For 6 Commodity ETFs

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ProShares – best known for its leveraged and inverse ETF lineup – has a little less than 150 products spread across various categories such as Inverse Bonds, Inverse Equities, Currency, Financials Equities, Hedge Fund, Volatility and Leveraged Commodities.
Among these, six of the issuer’s leveraged commodity ETFs have recently undergone an index change from the DJ-UBS commodity indexes to the Bloomberg Commodity Index family. Though these ETFs are now trading with a new name they have retained their old symbols. Below, we have highlighted the new names and indexes for these ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Gold ETF Bears Have Got It Wrong

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with modestly depreciating currencies.
Theoretically, tactics designed to devalue a currency as well as push borrowing rates into the basement should strongly benefit precious metals like gold. And in the first three years of ultra-accommodative policies (e.g., zero-percent overnight lending, quantitative easing, etc.), the SPDR Gold Trust roughly doubled in price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold gains strength on dollar weakness, ETF flows positive

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold gain strength on a weaker dollar last week while inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain positive. Barclays said in a weekly report that release of FOMC minutes would have impact on the market. Tapering may conclude in October while but not confident enough to provide firm guidance on the expected timing of any rate hike.
“Gold ETP flows have been largely positive recently,and although they may have lent support to prices, we do not think this move is sustainable in the long term. Net speculative positioning in COMEX gold has continued to rise in recent weeks, with last week capping off a one-month streak of increasing net speculative positioning. In summary, investor demand has been strong lately, but we would caution against interpreting this as a longer-term change in investor sentiment.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Guide to Oil Commodity ETFs

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The energy sector, in particular oil, has caught investors’ attention for most of this year. Thanks to encouraging economic trends across the globe and geopolitical tensions, oil prices have been trading comfortably above the triple-digit mark. The favorable demand/supply dynamics is also supporting oil price increases.
Economic activity in the world’s largest oil consumer picked up strongly after freezing temperatures, housing market started showing signs of improvement, and the job market accelerated with the strongest growth seen last month since the technology boom in late 1990. The improving health of the economy will prompt further demand for oil in the coming months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Agricultural Commodity ETFs Hit New Lows

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the summer months spur rapid price increases in energy costs, another key indicator of consumer behavior is seeing a wave of deflationary selling pressure. Agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat and soybeans have been in a freefall since peaking in May.
The price action of these core food ingredients is indicating a glut of supply that may ultimately translate into lower prices of finished products as well………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs in demand as China outlook Improves

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global Commodity ETPs saw a second consecutive quarter of inflows in Q2 2014, as increasing confidence in China’s economic outlook and global economic recovery boosted commodity prices and investor demand for commodity exposure. Inflows totalled $275m, up from $271m of inflows in Q1 2014.
The combination of inflows and higher prices pushed assets under management (AUM) in commodity ETPs at the end of Q2 2014 to $123.3bn from $122.4bn at the end of Q1 2014. “All key commodity sectors saw inflows during the quarter except for agriculture and livestock. Precious metals saw the strongest investor demand with $430m of inflows, followed by diversified broad commodity ETPs with $172m, energy with $135m and industrial metals with a more modest $15m. Agriculture and livestock saw $477m of outflows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will The Uptrend In Gold Mining ETFs Continue?

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to the global worries over militant attacks in Iraq, bleak U.S. growth data in the winter and the geopolitical tension between Ukraine and Russia, gold bullion has climbed more than 9% so far this year on its regained safe haven status.
A 20% rise was seen in net-long positions in the gold futures and options markets during the week ending July 1 and holdings in exchange-traded products rose at the best clip since 2012. While these performances have been good, events have been even better in the gold mining ETF space. Products in this category generally trade as a leveraged play on the underlying commodities, so when gold prices are rising, these mining ETFs emerge as the true winners………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Global ETF on the Cheap

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Total stock market exchange traded funds are popular. Year-to-date inflows of almost $3.1 billion for the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF prove as much. The iShares Core S&P Total US Stock Market ETF is no slouch either with over $1.3 billion in assets under management.
Investors looking for the efficiency and familiar stock exposure offered by U.S.-focused ETFs such as ITOT and VTI can carry that approach to global offerings with the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Good returns bring investors back to commodity ETFs

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The best commodities performance in years has rekindled interest in exchange traded funds that allow investors to trade the price of energy, metals and grains on stock markets. At one time, some ETFs were so large that critics contended they distorted wholesale markets for food and energy. Assets held in many of the biggest funds have shrunk from their peaks.
But new figures show investors began to creep back into commodity ETF products as the benchmark Bloomberg Commodity Index rose 7.1 per cent in the first half of the year. The direction of flows varied by geography and sector, however……………………………………Full Article: Source

ETF Securities: PGM Demand Leads Second-Quarter Inflows For Commodity ETPs

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global commodity exchange-traded products posted a second straight quarter of investment inflows during the April-June period, with the biggest gains coming from the platinum group metals, ETF Securities said Tuesday.
Overall, commodity ETP flows were helped by increasing confidence in China’s economic outlook and the global economic recovery, said the firm, which provides a number of metals ETFs……………………………………Full Article: Source

Gold bulls run as assets in world’s biggest ETF erase 2014 drop

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets in the SPDR Gold Trust, the metal’s biggest exchange-traded product that counts billionaire John Paulson as its largest holder, erased this year’s decline. Bullion’s 2014 rally is outpacing equities, Treasuries and bonds, defying bearish forecasts from Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Escalating tensions in Iraq and Ukraine boosted demand for the metal as a haven, and the Federal Reserve affirmed that U.S. interest rates will stay low for a “considerable time,” spurring inflation concerns. Money managers increased bets on a Comex futures rally for the fourth straight week, government data showed……………………………………Full Article: Source

Energy ETPs attract $191 mln in June on Iraq supply fears

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy exchange-traded products (ETPs) attracted almost $200 million in June as investors moved into crude oil after civil war broke out in Iraq, the latest monthly flows data from asset manager BlackRock showed. Worries that Iraq’s crude exports would be disrupted by violence have proved largely unfounded to date, but the rapidity with which Islamist militants seized territory in the north and west last month alarmed the market, driving up futures prices.
The S&P GSCI Energy index was up 3.2 percent in June, with Brent up 3.8 percent and unleaded gasoline up 3.6 percent. “The bulk of the energy flows went into crude oil ETPs, and most of that went into Brent-tracking products,” said Nick Brooks, head of research and investment strategy at ETF Securities, an issuer of ETPs……………………………………Full Article: Source

Five things your dividend ETF isn’t telling you

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you like the idea of dividend investing but don’t have the time or knowledge to manage a portfolio of individual stocks, don’t despair: You can still enjoy the benefits of dividends, without all the work. The solution: exchange-traded funds.
The number of dividend-oriented ETFs has exploded in recent years as companies respond to the investing public’s growing appetite for income. In Canada, there are at least eight ETFs with the word “dividend” in their name, and many more that use dividend stocks as a component of a broader income-oriented strategy……………………………………Full Article: Source

ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached US$2.64 trillion

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$34.8 Bn in net new assets in June and US$126.6 Bn YTD, which outpaces the previous high of US$106.4 Bn at this point set in 2012. Net flows combined with positive market performance during H1 2014 pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US$2.64 Tn invested in 5,359 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,401 listings, from 219 providers listed on 59 exchanges, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end H1 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
The ETF/ETP industry in most countries and regions reached new record highs in assets at the end of Q2 2014, including: in the United States US$1.86 Tn; in Europe US$470 Bn; in Asia Pacific ex Japan US$ 96.7 Bn; in Japan US$90.1 Bn; in Canada US$65.7 Bn and in the Middle East and Africa US$43.5 Bn……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Deutsche Bank: ETF flows have a predictive value

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Watching ETF flow trends as an indicator of demand for stocks and bonds. It’s an ugly truth about the stock market that past performance is not an indicator of future trends. June was up, but it doesn’t say anything about July. There’s been attempts for years to look at other indicators. In the last few years, a mini-industry has grown up around mining data on ETF flows.
Recently, Deutsche Bank (DB) began publishing reports around a new methodology it calls a Tactical Asset Allocation Relative Strength Signal (TAARSS–a mouthful, I know) that is based on an analysis of ETF flow trends……………………………………..Full Article: Source

BlackRock’s ETF arm passes $1tn mark

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock’s exchange traded funds business past the $1tn milestone for assets for the first time in June, helped by a strong performance in Europe where the ETF industry registered record breaking growth in the first half of 2014.
Investors put a record $32.1bn into European listed ETFs (funds and products) in the first six months the year, compared with just under $4bn at the end of June last year, according to ETFGI, a consultancy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Consider these must-know demand trends for ETFs like SPY

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) of companies based in the U.S. saw strong growth of 33% in 2013, with $1.6 trillion in total assets by year end. Equities continued to lead the market. Equity assets increased by close to $400 billion in 2013 over the previous year. Cash flows into the U.S.
ETF market totaled a record $213.8 billion in 2013. Equity ETFs accounted for the lion’s share of the increase, recording $201.5 billion of inflows—72% higher than the previous year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs back on song in second quarter

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded fund inflows shot up to $123.9 billion in the first half of the year, a rise of 25% compared with the same period in 2013, after a strong performance in the second quarter, according to data compiled by BlackRock.
Inflows of $90.6 billion in the three months to June were the highest for a quarter since 2009, helped by renewed interest in emerging markets. June was the best month year-to-date, with inflows of $36.3 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 10 Best-Performing ETFs of 2014 - So Far

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A great way to see which themes have worked in the market so far this year — and which haven’t — is to look at the top 10 performing exchange traded funds. ETF’s by definition are baskets of different assets — such as stocks, commodities or bonds — and trade close to their net asset value. Because of this — and the fact that most ETFs track an index — ETFs are less influenced by short-term noise, and more likely to reflect larger underlying fundamental factors.
Bets on volatility, natural gas and Russia have not worked well this year, based on the returns of the major ETF’s that cover those themes. But on the winning side are themes based on coffee, India and precious metals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Grab Back on as ETF Holdings Rise

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Although exchange traded funds backed by physical holdings of gold, such as the SPDR Gold Shares, have gained over 8% this year, investors have been reluctant to return to gold ETFs after scurrying out of the funds last year.
Reluctant until now. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe coupled with some help from the Federal Reserve have helped gold recapture investors’ attention. GLD and rivals such as the ETFS Physical Gold Shares and the iShares Gold Trust gained about 6% last month, convincing some investors to return to gold ETFs……………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 Country ETFs to Avoid on High Oil Price

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Crude oil prices have been rising over the past few months and are now hovering above the triple-digit mark thanks to geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. A strained relation between the West and Russia for invading Ukraine as well as uncontrollable violence in Iraq have threatened global oil supply disruption.
This is because both the countries are rich in oil and gas resources and are the major suppliers of the commodity. Russia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil while Iraq is the seventh largest producer. The supply crunch in other oil producing countries added to further woes………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Assets in Biggest ETF Posts Largest Two-Day Gain Since 2011

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After shunning gold for more than a year, investors are starting to test the waters as they snap up holdings in the world’s largest bullion exchange-traded product at the fastest pace since 2011.
Assets in the SPDR Gold Trust, which counts Billionaire John Paulson as its biggest holder, rose 1.4 percent to 796.39 metric tons in the two sessions through yesterday. That’s the biggest two-day gain since November 2011. Last year, more than 550 tons were sold from the fund as prices plunged 28 percent, the most in three decades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Several ProShares Commodities ETFs Changing Names, Indexes

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ProShares, the largest issuer of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds, said today several of its commodities ETFs will change names and indexes.
“On or about July 1, 2014, the DJ-UBS commodity indexes will become the Bloomberg Commodity Index family. As a result, the names of these indexes are changing, as are the names of the ProShares ETFs that seek to track the indexes. Note that only the names are changing. The methods for selecting index components remain the same, as do the investment objectives of the ETFs,” said ProShares in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 ETFs Up At Least 10% in the First Half of 2014

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite a host of concerns, 2014 has so far been a great year for some corners of the investment universe. Though a brutal winter, a round of geopolitical crises, global growth worries and valuation concern in the U.S. paralyzed the country’s stock markets in Q1, we have seen strength in one segment of the investing world, namely, commodities.
Several natural resource ETFs were among the winners in the first half of 2014 scoreboard, while India was the only nation that breezed past the world on a sweeping election win for Modi. Though the overall bias was for safe assets in the marketplace, commodity and India ETFs posted huge gains so far this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETNs in the Limelight

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodities market and related exchange traded notes have been outperforming a slew of broad asset classes this year as investors turned to hard assets for diversifying their portfolios.
The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, which follows 21 commodities, rose 8.1% this year, outperforming broad U.S. equities, 10-year Treasury bonds and high-yield corporate debt, reports Neil Hume for Financial Times………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BlackRock ETFs near $1 trillion as it loses market share to Vanguard

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Even as BlackRock Inc is set to amass $1 trillion in exchange-traded fund assets in its iShares business, U.S. retail investors increasingly prefer to send their money to low-cost leader Vanguard Group, highlighting a weak spot for the world’s biggest money manager.
With $998 billion in ETF money, BlackRock has more than the next contenders, Vanguard and State Street Corp, combined. But the company has struggled to compete with Vanguard, known for its investor-friendly low-cost investing, for Mom and Pop’s nest eggs. Retail investors now account for more than half of the $1.8 trillion in ETF assets under management in the U.S, according to consulting firm PwC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Asset Managers Are Betting On Active ETFs

Posted on 27 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The idea of an active exchange-traded fund has been around for no less than six years now, with the first one being launched back in 2008. It is only over recent months, however, that the investment product has attracted significant interest from investors as a cheaper alternative to actively-managed mutual funds.
After all, it combines the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of an ETF with the higher returns that you would normally associate with a fund that has a good manager………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs in Excess? Not True, Say Investors

Posted on 27 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Even with a perceived proliferation of ETFs on the market today, two-thirds (66 percent) of investors say there is room for more, according to a new study by Charles Schwab. Among them, nearly 60 percent say more ETFs will lead to increased competition and lower prices, and that continued product innovation is necessary to keep up with a changing market and economy. More than a quarter (28 percent) say that more product choice is the industry trend that has most benefited investors in the past few years.
The 2014 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab is the fourth installment of an annual online survey of more than 1,000 individual investors between the ages of 25-75 with at least $25,000 in investable assets who have purchased ETFs in the past two years or are considering doing so in the near term. (Press Release)

Avoid These Types of ETFs Like The Plague

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become extremely popular with investors and with good reason – they track a wide range of assets, generally have lower management fees than do mutual funds, and are usually very liquid.
But all ETFs are not created equal, and deciding which ones to avoid in an extremely crowded field can be as important an investment decision as deciding in which ones to invest. Here are six attributes that reduce the investment appeal of ETFs:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Why Asset Managers Are Betting On Active ETFs

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The idea of an active exchange-traded fund (ETF) has been around for no less than six years now, with the first one being launched back in 2008. It is only over recent months, however, that the investment product has attracted significant interest from investors as a cheaper alternative to actively-managed mutual funds. After all, it combines the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of an ETF with the higher returns that you would normally associate with a fund that has a good manager.
Active ETFs form a negligible part of the country’s mutual fund and ETF industry – less than 0.1% of the $13.9 trillion market at the end of 2013. But the steadily increasing demand for them has prompted the world’s largest asset managers to explore the offering seriously………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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