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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

Iraq Ignites Gasoline ETF

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The energy space has been fired up by solid trading thanks to climbing crude oil and gasoline prices following the Iraqi insurgency. Average price of gasoline reached the highest level since 2008 to $3.86 per gallon.
This is especially true as the Sunni Islamist militants strengthened their grip on north Iraqi and is now looking to capture the capital city of Baghdad in the south. Since Iraq is the second-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) group after Saudi Arabia generating about 3.3 million barrels of oil per day, investors are concerned that violence spreading in South will disrupt global oil supplies, resulting in a spike in crude oil prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF sold gold piling up as Chinese imports drop 60%

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The movement of gold and silver from West to East has transformed the global gold market in fundamental ways. The process playing itself out goes roughly like this:
ETF investors in the US and other developed markets offload their gold holdings allocated to them and held in the UK, where most of the world’s gold vaults are to be found. From the UK the bullion is exported to Switzerland where the globe’s gold refineries are concentrated, where it’s melted down and recast into smaller bars………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Assets Reach A Record $1.859T

Posted on 24 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors plowed nearly $10 billion into the ETF market in the past week, as U.S.-listed ETF assets rose to a record high amid a renewed appetite for risk following the Federal Reserve’s latest pledge to keep borrowing costs ultra-low for the foreseeable future.
More than $13 billion flowed into equities—nearly $12 billion of that into U.S. equities—while fixed-income ETFs suffered outflows of more than $2.75 billion. In sum, total ETF assets now stand at $1.858 trillion as of Thursday, June 19, according to data compiled by ETF.com Analytics………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The ETF market has become more sophisticated

Posted on 24 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The first ETF is widely believed to have been launched in 1993 in the US in the form of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF from State Street. Since then the US market has expanded rapidly to more than 1,500 products and $1.8trn (£1.1trn)assets under management as of May 2014.
But part of this development and the evolution of the industry in the UK, Europe and Asia, is the introduction of the ETCs and ETNs as well as the generic ETF. Tim Huver, ETF manager at Vanguard, says: “I think traditionally when we’ve talked about ETFs we have been talking about funds that provide exposure to indices in a fund structure, typically Ucits compliant that have rules around segregation of assets and diversification limits………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs explode in popularity among small investors

Posted on 23 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds can charge as little as 0.1% in fees – and allow you to follow indices from Azerbaijan to Vietnam. They sound like an obscure financial instrument for City traders only. But exchange traded funds (ETFs), which track a huge range of markets and commodities, are exploding in popularity among small investors in Britain and across the globe.
There was a record £268bn invested in ETFs by the end of April in Europe, while in the US, the figure is now more than a trillion pounds. Investors have been lured by ultra-low costs and the extraordinary range of indices they can follow………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 Tips Do-It-Yourself ETF Investors Should Consider

Posted on 23 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When managing your own portfolios, an exchange traded fund investor should have a plan in place to act as a guiding North Star in navigating the changing markets. Investors who plan on managing their own investment portfolios should stick to a plan that would help them stay the course as a way to limit trades based off capricious, emotional responses.
Gary M. Stern for Bankrate outlines five simple tips self-directed investors can use as a guide. Have a plan. Many do-it-yourself investors hop from one investment to another, often buying high and selling low, as they chase hot money………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Comprehensive Guide to Gold Mining ETFs

Posted on 23 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold ETFs started 2014 on a positive note after a dismal 2013 as net ETF outflows in gold were zero in contrast to the 177 tons of outflows witnessed in the year-ago quarter. Last year, gold ETFs had suffered massive outflows as the slump in prices tarnished its image as a gold haven, thereby affecting demand for gold ETFs.
In the first quarter, tensions in Ukraine and concerns over the global economy made investors flock to gold as a risk diversifier, which resulted in positive monthly inflows to ETFs in February, for the first time in over a year. This was repeated in March. Extreme low valuation also opened up buying opportunities for gold ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Are Building Bases and About To Rally – Steel Market

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities in general have been under pressure for the last couple years. This can be seen by looking at the GCC Greenhaven Continuous Commodity ETF which holds a basket of resources. The weekly chart has formed a bullish bottom pattern, and as of last January it looks as though it’s now building a basing pattern.
Overall commodities are in the very early stages of a stage 1 basing pattern and it looks as though it will be a few more months before any significant breakout will occur. But there could be some early entry points if you know what to look for… A few days ago I talked about how commodities tend to perform well near the end of a bull market in the United States stock market. I also pointed out which hot index was going to benefit from this………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Silver Miners ETFs Take Gold Medal in Mining Rally

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With gold futures up 2.3% and over $1,300 per troy ounce today, gold exchange traded funds, both the physically-backed and equity-based varieties, are garnering plenty of attention.
However, silver ETFs are not playing second fiddle to gold funds. The iShares Silver Trust and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares are up 4.6% and 4.8%, respectively, compared to a 3% for the SPDR Gold Shares. Volume in SLV and SIVR is already more than double the daily averages for both ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The ‘No Fee’ ETF Portfolio is Here

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

You might have missed this one, but it’s notable. Online investment management company Covestor said this week it is building portfolios of ETFs for free. Look out, smalltime financial advisors!
The wall of investment-management fees has been crumbling for some time. Wealthfront, another firm offering basic, pre-set ETF portfolios, last year said it would manage up to $1 million for 501(c) nonprofit organizations for free. Fees after the first million: 0.25%. The firm recently surpassed $1 billion in assets under management………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Miners ETFs Could be Ready for Another Rally

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After being drubbed since peaking in mid-March, gold miners exchange traded funds are rebounding with some members of the group ranking among June’s top-performing ETFs.
Just look at the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, the second-largest gold miners ETF. Entering Wednesday, GDXJ was sporting a June gain of 14.3%. Its large-cap counterpart, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF, the largest gold miners ETF by assets, entered the day with a June gain of almost 8%…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will Gold ETFs Continue to Shine?

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a lackluster 2013, gold is performing remarkably well this year. Most of the gains can be attributed to weak equity markets, momentum sell-off, uneven economic growth, firming dollar and the Ukraine crisis. Now, escalating violence in Iraq is boosting the appeal for the safe haven across the board.
In fact, the gold bullion climbed 6% in the year-to-date time frame and is easily outperforming the broad markets when compared to the 4.8% gain for the S&P 500, 3.5% for Nasdaq, 1.2% gain for Dow Jones and 0.08% for FTSE. This trend is likely to continue this year given rising demand and geopolitical tensions…………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Energy ETFs to Watch on Iraq Turmoil

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to the turmoil in one of the world’s largest oil producers, Iraq, oil prices are rising over the past one week. Brent crude price rose nearly 4% last week to the 10-month high and is currently trading at over $113 per barrel while West Texas Intermediate crude oil is hovering at above $106 per barrel. This has duly turned investors focus to the commodity and the impact of this on the energy sector.
The instability in Iraq was intensified last week when the Sunni Islamist militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, captured three major northern Iraqi cities - Mosul - the country’s second-largest city, Tikrit, and Baiji - Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, thereby solidifying their grip on the north. The rebels are now moving south to the capital city of Baghdad for seizure…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Platinum: Miner or metal?

Posted on 18 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investing in physical platinum through an exchange-traded fund (ETF) could be a better medium-term investment than buying shares in embattled platinum mining companies.
Following an announcement by local platinum producers Impala Platinum (Implats), Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Lonmin that they have reached an “in principle” undertaking with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), hopes have been high that the end of the five-month strike could be in sight………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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BMO Sees ETF Assets Doubling on Market Growth, Hong Kong Entry

Posted on 18 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bank of Montreal’s exchange-traded funds business, the second-largest in Canada, will double its assets to about C$30 billion ($28 billion) in five years as their lower fees draws an aging population, said Rajiv Silgardo, co-chief executive officer at BMO Global Asset Management Inc.
“ETFs as a product still have lots of room to grow,” Silgardo said in an interview in Bloomberg’s Toronto bureau………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Commodity ETFs: A better way to diversify portfolio risks

Posted on 18 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity ETFs are Exchange-traded funds that invest in physical commodities such as agricultural goods, energy resources and precious metals. The ETFs are great investment vehicles for investors who need to hedge risk or want to gain exposure in physical goods. They are economical to buy and cheap to maintain over the long run.
A commodity ETF can have exposure in a group of commodities or sometimes just a single commodity. Most commodity ETFs invest in futures contracts, but they do not use leverage. This prevents the fund from running into a negative balance situation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China ETF Hedging Costs at Record Low on Stimulus Wagers

Posted on 16 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The cost of hedging against losses in the largest Chinese exchange-traded fund in the U.S. has fallen to a record low on optimism that government stimulus will help sustain growth in the world’s second-biggest economy.
The iShares China ETF rallied for five weeks, gaining 10 percent in the longest streak in a year, while options pricing on the fund is indicating investors are less concerned about future losses. The Bloomberg China-US Equity Index of the most-traded Chinese stocks in the U.S. rose 2 percent last week for the biggest advance since February………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF strategy waits to gain in currency

Posted on 16 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While investors have been ploughing money into exchange-traded products over the past few years, niche exchange-traded funds that specialise in currency strategies have proved an exception to the rule.
Net inflows into global ETPs over the past two calendar years amounted to $507.8 billion. However, currency ETPs suffered more than $3.1 billion in outflows over the same period, and a further $918 million had been withdrawn this year by May, according to consultancy ETFGI. Assets now stand at just $4.38 billion, against overall ETP assets of $2.34 trillion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Comprehensive Guide To Mining Industry ETFs

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rise in global population, growth in the Chinese economy, urbanization of the Asian countries and increasing requirements of the developed countries have created an unprecedented demand for minerals and metals. The metals & mining industry caters to this ever-rising demand through extraction (mining) and primary and secondary processing of metals.
However, of late, the tepid global economic growth and a slowdown in the Chinese economy have emerged as major headwinds for the metal industry worldwide. Let’s have a sneak peak at what is in store for the major industrial metals ― Iron, aluminium and copper………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Natural Gas ETF Burns Brighter After Supply Miss

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds surged Thursday, experiencing their largest one-day move in almost two months, after new gas injections failed to impress. The United States Natural Gas Fund jumped 4.8% Thursday.
NYMEX natural gas futures were up 4.9% Thursday, trading around $4.73 per million British thermal units. According to the Energy Information Administration, producers pushed 107 billion cubic feet of gas into storage for the week ended June 6, compared to forecasts calling for an increase of 110 bcf, Investing reports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Stumbling Start To June For Agricultural Commodity ETFs

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Agricultural commodities have seen smooth trading this year, enjoying a huge rally in the first four months of the year on adverse weather conditions and growing demand. This trend now seems to be reversing on accelerated crop plantation, especially in the U.S., and eased dry-weather concerns following rains.
This is especially true as wheat saw the worst slump in its prices in 15 years early this month on speculations of increased global supply. Wheat harvest in the European Union is expected to be the most since 2008. As per FAO, global wheat production would be 702.7 million metric tons in the 2014-15 season, up from 701.7 million metric tons projected in May………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Stumbling Start to June for Agricultural Commodity ETFs

Posted on 12 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Agricultural commodities have seen smooth trading this year, enjoying a huge rally in the first four months of the year on adverse weather conditions and growing demand. This trend now seems to be reversing on accelerated crop plantation, especially in the U.S., and eased dry-weather concerns following rains.
This is especially true as wheat saw the worst slump in its prices in 15 years early this month on speculations of increased global supply. Wheat harvest in the European Union (EU) is expected to be the most since 2008. As per FAO, global wheat production would be 702.7 million metric tons in the 2014-15 season, up from 701.7 million metric tons projected in May………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs gain ground with record net inflows in May

Posted on 12 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Large exchange-traded fund providers have seen significant inflows during May, as investors came back to the market, according to figures from ETFGI. In its monthly newsletter, the exchange-traded product analyst revealed that BlackRock’s iShares division gathered the largest net exchange-traded fund inflows in April at $9.7bn (£5.77bn), followed by Vanguard with $6.5bn (£3.86bn), and Lyxor ETFs with $1.4bn (£0.83bn).
The newsletter said: “In May, investors invested net new money in almost equal amounts into equity and fixed income exposures with net new flows going into a broad spectrum of exposures from riskier emerging market equities to safer government bond products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Comprehensive Guide to Mining Industry ETFs

Posted on 12 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rise in global population, growth in the Chinese economy, urbanization of the Asian countries and increasing requirements of the developed countries have created an unprecedented demand for minerals and metals. The metals & mining industry caters to this ever-rising demand through extraction (mining) and primary and secondary processing of metals.
However, of late, the tepid global economic growth and a slowdown in the Chinese economy have emerged as major headwinds for the metal industry worldwide. Let’s have a sneak peak at what is in store for the major industrial metals ― Iron, aluminium and copper………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETFs Surge Into High-Demand Summer Months

Posted on 12 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the summer driving season rapidly approaching and growing demand reducing energy stockpiles, the price of crude oil has continued to surge higher. As of Tuesday, the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil was nearing the significant $105 mark, ahead of the Department of Energys weekly inventory report.
Speculation over an additional reduction in stockpiles has energy traders making increasing bullish bets on crude oil ahead of the report. This speculation, in turn, has lifted the United States Oil Fund (USO) more than eight percent so far this year and added to gains in energy stocks as well………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Boost ETP sees value in commodities

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Boost ETP’s Viktor Nossek explains how the pace of European equity inflows to ETPs has slowed while outflows from commodity ETFs have recently reversed.
Boost ETP, the specialist provider of short and leveraged ETPs listed in the UK and Italy, is going through interesting times. It has been acquired by US-based Wisdom Tree Investments………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is It Time to Buy Top-Ranked Aluminum ETFs?

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After nickel, it is aluminum which has been gaining massively as Indonesia enforced a ban on unprocessed mineral ore shipments, effective January 12. Initially the impact of the ban was felt less on this base metal’s prices probably thanks to higher supplies in China.
Also, bauxite (an aluminum ore) which has a huge reserve in Indonesia, makes up a small part of aluminum’s total output cost. Whatever be the case, the ban gradually started to gnaw on the aluminum inventory thus pushing the prices for the metal higher……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Energy ETFs Surge Into High-Demand, Summer Months

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the summer driving season rapidly approaching and growing demand reducing energy stockpiles, the price of crude oil has continued to surge higher. As of Tuesday, the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil was nearing the significant $105 mark, ahead of the Department of Energy’s weekly inventory report.
Speculation over an additional reduction in stockpiles has energy traders making increasing bullish bets on crude oil ahead of the report. This speculation, in turn, has lifted the United States Oil Fund more than eight percent so far this year and added to gains in energy stocks as well………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETFs and ETPs reach $2.55trn

Posted on 10 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$22.4 billion in net new assets in May which, when combined with a small positive market performance in the month, pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US$2.55 trillion, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s May 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report. At the end of May the Global ETF/ETP industry had 5,283 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,293 listings, from 219 providers listed on 59 exchanges.
The ETF/ETP industry in many countries and regions also hit record highs in assets at the end of May 2014, including: in the United States US$1.8 trillion; in Europe US$459 billion; in Japan US$86.7 billion; in Canada US$63.2 billion and in the Middle East and Africa US$41.7 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Assets of ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe reached US$459 billion, a new record

Posted on 10 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For the first time since 2010 asset growth in European listed ETFs/ETPs, at 9.9% YTD, is outpacing asset growth in US listed ETFs/ETPs, at 6.1% YTD. The majority of net new assets in Europe went into equity exposures in May.
The S&P 500 ended May at an all-time high (1924). The S&P 500 is up 5% year to date, while the DJIA is up only 2%. US stocks have advanced each month in 2014 except for January. During May developed markets gained 2% and emerging markets 4% with Asia showing strong performance up 4%, according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India ETF flows touch $1.5 billion, highest among its emerging market peers like China, Russia, Brazil

Posted on 10 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have invested $1.5 billion in India in the past three months leading up to May, which is the highest among its peers such as China, Russia, Brazil, South Korea and others, shows EPFR, a global fund tracker, and Kotak Institutional Equities data.
The BSE Sensex has gained 14.7 per cent in the past three months between March and May, which is also the highest among its peers as global investors have chosen to put their buck on a Narendra Modi-led BJP government with a pro-growth outlook. Brazil’s Ibovespa Index gained 8.8 per cent while Russia’s Micex Index and China’s Shanghai composite Index stayed flat in the same period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs And ETPs Listed In U.S. Reach Record High In May 2014

Posted on 09 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs and ETPs listed in the United States gathered US $13.59 billion in net new assets in May which, when combined with a small positive market performance in the month, pushed assets in the US listed ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US $1.8 trillion, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s May 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
At the end of May 2014, the US ETF/ETP industry had 1,591 ETFs/ETPs, from 58 providers listed on 3 exchanges………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Securities joins LME with silver fix plan

Posted on 06 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF Securities Ltd., an exchange-traded-products provider with about $19 billion of assets, proposed an alternative to the century-old London silver fixing benchmark process that’s set to end in August.
The proposal made to the London Bullion Market Association would use a five-minute auction process that occurs on the London Stock Exchange and based on ETF Securities’ silver-backed fund that trades on the bourse, said Graham Tuckwell, chairman and founder of the Jersey-based company. The company is talking to the LSE about moving the auction capability from 4:30 p.m. to noon, when the present silver fixing process is held, he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs: Commodity and Currency Funds

Posted on 05 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you want to trade in and out of gold, the highly liquid SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) is the right choice. It sees $700 million of volume a day. If you want to hold for a while, the expense ratio matters more than trading volume, and iShares Gold Trust (IAU) is a better deal. The iShares product, though, changes hands at the rate of only $25 million a day.
Our ten-year holding cost reflects both expenses and the bid/ask spread. (Securities lending, important in portfolios of small-company and foreign stocks, doesn’t play a role in commodity funds.) Only one currency portfolio qualifies for the cheap-ETF rankings (maximum expense ratio, 0.4%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Where ETF Investors Are Putting Their Money Now

Posted on 05 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

2014 marks the fifth year of the current bull run, as markets try to extend their winning ways for a sixth consecutive 12-month stretch. Just last month, the S&P 500 cracked 1,900 for the first time, a major psychological level that a number of analysts took as a bullish sign.
The year as a whole, however, has been relatively rocky, with equities struggling to maintain a definitive direction. This has led to a resurgence in interest in commodities and fixed income, two asset classes that mainly sat on the sidelines for the market run-up……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF Chart of the Day: Commodities Tussle

Posted on 05 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While traders lament low and stagnating volumes in equity products, at least trading activity has been robust and interesting in recent sessions in both Commodities and Fixed Income markets.
Both DBC (PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking, Expense Ratio 0.93%) and GSG (iShares GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust Fund, Expense Ratio 0.75%) have seen recent outflows in the $200 million range which is not huge, but notable. Both funds are off recent highs considerably (DBC about 3%) inside of two months trading, and both funds are now in danger of trading at their 200 day Moving Averages………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Securities enters race to provide silver price benchmark

Posted on 05 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

One of the biggest providers of exchange traded funds has entered the race to develop a new global silver price benchmark when the 117-year-old London silver fix is disbanded in August.
ETF Securities, which pioneered gold-backed ETFs and oversees $19bn in assets, said on Wednesday that it had submitted a detailed proposal to the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and was consulting market participants………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs For Investors

Posted on 05 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Who’s got the best deal in exchange-traded funds? If it’s large-capitalization U.S. stocks you want, there’s no better choice than the Schwab U.S. Broad Market index fund (ticker, SCHB). Putting $10,000 into that for a decade will cost you only $49.
You want long-term bonds? The cheap product is from Vanguard Group, whose Long Term Bond Index fund (BLV) costs $171 over a decade for a $10,000 investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Guide For Buying ETFs On Margin

Posted on 04 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Buying on margin is like shopping with a credit card, as it allows you to spend more than you have in your wallet. Buying on margin is an old technique practiced not only by seasoned investors and traders, but even rookies.
The prospect of being able to buy securities using more money than one has entices many investors to try out new products. But remember, the riskier the financial instrument, the higher the stakes when you opt for margin buying. Let’s look at how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be bought on margin and where to watch out!……………………………………….Full Article: Source

FTGC: Next-Generation Commodity ETF

Posted on 04 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For a number of reasons, I’ve been following the First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund since its launch in late October 2013. For starters, FTGC is a pioneer in the commodities ETF space in two ways: its actively managed investment strategy; and the open-ended structure it has as a security registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 Act, which gives it unique tax implications.
Of course, FTGC crushing its peers in performance jumped out at me as well. FTGC has managed to return more than 12 percent since its launch on Oct. 23, 2013. During that same period, the S&P GSCI Total Return Index—our benchmark for the segment—returned 4.6 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs To Invest Like Jim Rogers

Posted on 04 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Jim Rogers, the legendary investor best known for his commodity prowess, books, and work with the Quantum Fund, is back in the news discussing his latest investment picks. Per usual, Rogers is looking at emerging markets, and also to nations that have been beaten down and could be compelling values for risk-tolerant investors.
This is an interesting strategy, particularly given that U.S. markets are still near all time highs, and many investors seem worried about the near term outlook for United States stocks. However, many emerging markets are nearly off-limits to U.S. investors as there are only a handful of ADRs from each nation which currently trade on American exchanges………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. commodity ETPs see net $4 bln outflow through May -Lipper data

Posted on 03 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors pulled $4 billion from U.S. commodity exchange-traded products in the first five months of the year, extending last year’s negative trend even as the pace of the redemptions from gold slowed, Thomson Reuters’ Lipper data showed on Monday.
In 2013, more than $33 billion left commodity exchange-traded funds, notes and mutual funds for the first annual net outflow in 12 years, according to Lipper, a division of Thomson Reuters that tracks nearly 180 U.S. exchange-traded commodity funds and products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BlackRock wades into ETF price war as popularity soars

Posted on 03 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, slashed the prices of some of its exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Monday to compete in a European price war as the products become increasingly popular with retail investors in the region.
BlackRock, which manages over $4.4 trillion in assets, launched a package of 14 ETFs in Europe on Monday, cutting the price of six in the range by as much as 58 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Currency-Hedged ETFs Stack Up

Posted on 03 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds to choose from, investors can essentially tap into any corner of the investable universe. Perhaps one of the most popular markets has been ETFs that offer exposure to equities outside of the U.S.. Not only do these funds add great diversification benefits, but they are significantly less expensive than mutual fund options.
When it comes to adding global exposure, it is important for investors to realize how currency exposure can seriously impact bottom line returns. Most international equity ETFs effectively establish a long position in the local currency and a short position in the U.S. dollar. When the value of the dollar is declining, that exposure can work in favor of U.S. investors, as exchange rate fluctuations enhance their returns………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Beating The Market In 2014

Posted on 02 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the Fed’s upper hand had caused the U.S. equity markets to deliver stellar returns last year, 2014 has seen lackluster returns so far. The benchmark index S&P 500 had given us a nice 14% return last year by this time, a little less than five times the return S&P 500 has delivered so far this year. This clearly signals that we might not see equities delivering even close to the solid 32% return of 2013.
While the Fed hitting the taper chord certainly played the culprit, a severe winter, geopolitical tensions in Russia, slowdown concerns in China, emerging market turmoil and valuation concerns also took part of the blame…………………………………….Full Article: Source

BlackRock intensifies ETF price war

Posted on 02 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock has stoked the price war in Europe among passive fund providers by cutting fees on six of its exchange traded funds. As the largest ETF provider in Europe, with assets of $212bn, BlackRock’s move represents the most significant development so far in the battle to win clients as companies jostle to become known as the cheapest provider.
The cuts follow a flurry of price reductions by rivals as European ETF providers pursue the example of the US, where companies have been undercutting one another fiercely…………………………………….Full Article: Source

5 mistakes ETF investors make

Posted on 02 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors looking at the exchange-traded fund space and the many investment solutions and alternatives provided often ask how to make the best use of them and what to avoid doing.
There aren’t simple answers, but the key is not to get bogged down and overwhelmed, otherwise inertia will take hold. For much of the noise accompanying ETFs’ rise to the fore of investment solutions and products, they remain — for the most part — an elegant delivery mechanism…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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