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Gold ETF Speculators Brace For Speed Bumps

Posted on 17 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Brexit Kicked Currency-Hedged ETFs into High Gear

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

What Lies Ahead for Alternative Energy ETFs?

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Should You Buy Retail ETFs Now?

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

What Can Help Industrial ETFs

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs Are a Key Investing Solution

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

World Gold Council, LME to launch LMEprecious in 2017

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Investors Pull $6.4 Billion From European ETFs

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Expanding global ETF sector allows investors to zero in on hotspots

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs to Hedge Risks in More Volatile Conditions Ahead

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Pros Bet on Gold ETF Rebound

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Gold and Silver Dominate the ETF Charts

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs to Protect Investors from Sterling Concerns

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Gold Miners ETFs Confirm Strength Against Broad Market

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Currency-Predicting ETFs Lag Int’l Stock Funds

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Low Volatility ETFs in Vogue Despite a Bull Market

Posted on 05 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Forget Gold, Buy Silver ETFs Instead

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Investment in ETFs has given higher return than government securities

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Actively managed ETFs listed globally reach record AUM, finds ETFGI

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Surprising Drivers Of Gold: How To Position Yourself

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

The Hidden Danger of Leveraged ETFs

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETF market takes a flyer with mass of niche products

Posted on 02 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

The Buying in Gold and Silver ETFs is Overdone

Posted on 01 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 01 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Canada’s ETF industry crosses $100-billion mark

Posted on 29 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 29 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

New Call To Boost European ETF Lending

Posted on 28 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Learn: Precious Metals ETPs

Posted on 28 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETF Stats For June 2016: More Teeter-Totter Failures

Posted on 27 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Citi: Holdings In Gold ETFs Keep Rising During July

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Utility ETFs Always a Safe Option for the Investors

Posted on 26 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) not only offer the flexibility of stocks, but also protect investors from market turmoil. Utility ETFs are one of the safest investment options as they include utilities in their portfolio. Utilities are a safe bet given the regulated nature of their business that gives their revenues a high level of certainty.
The predominantly domestic focus also shields utilities from foreign currency translation issues. All the utility ETFs discussed below have returned in excess of 21% year to date. Though demand for utility services like electricity, gas and water varies with the swings of the economy, the fortunes of these companies don’t vary to the same extent as the economic cycle………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SEC to Fast-Track Active ETFs

Posted on 25 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Move is win for Bats Global Markets and New York Stock Exchange, which compete for listing of such funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission moved to expedite the approval of exchange-traded funds run by human stock and bond pickers, a boost for the fast-expanding ETF industry.
The SEC on Friday approved “generic” listing standards for actively managed ETFs, guidelines that aim to cut months off the process of bringing these funds to market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best Sector ETFs for Q3

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Q2 earnings season in full throttle, broader U.S. indices in the bull territory and global market worries still in place thanks to Brexit, investors might be interested in knowing the best sector picks at the current level.
To add to this, the Fed is still being dovish this year after the liftoff in December, but may tighten policies ahead if the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum. However, the Fed noted that the present U.S. economic recovery is modest and that it will closely follow the impact of Brexit on global economy before hurrying up on further rate hike. To put a long story short, speculation over the next Fed hike will continue to baffle investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Can Gold Mining ETFs Keep Shining In H2?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has had a solid run in 2016, gaining 26% so far. In fact, it has been the best-performing asset, trumping major equity indices, investment-grade and high yield bonds and commodity indices. The World Gold Council, in its last report, had stated that gold demand grew 21% to 1,289.8 tons in the first quarter of 2016, the strongest Q1 on record.
ETF inflows were at 363.7 tons, the highest since Q1 2009. Increasing safe haven demand due to a weakening greenback, the slowdown in China, volatile equity markets and the introduction of negative interest rates by several of the world’s central banks (including Japan) have turned the tables in favor of gold. Further, a delay in raising interest rates elevates demand for gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Options On ETFs Or Indexes?

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For investors and advisors looking to hedge market risk, generate a little extra income or boost growth, options on indexes are a great solution. But which instrument is the right one to use—index options or options on index ETFs? Since the S&P 500 Index (ticker SPX) is widely regarded as the leading benchmark of the overall U.S. stock market, let’s look at options on SPX—an index—and those on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, an ETF that tracks the index.
Options are uniquely flexible financial tools, so implementing investment strategies using either SPX options or those on SPY may allow you to tailor risk and reward better than if you did not use options at all………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Gold ETFs continue to see outflow in June on profit-booking

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors remained bearish on gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in June and pulled out Rs 80 crore from this instrument, taking the total to Rs 228 crore in the first quarter of the current financial year, mainly on account of profit booking.
The trading in Gold ETF segment has been tepid in last three financial years. The funds witnessed an outflow of Rs 903 crore, Rs 1,475 crore and Rs 2,293 crore in 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14, respectively. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs listed in Japan see assets hit record high in June

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Japan hit a record of $148bn at the end of June, according to independent ETF consultancy ETFGI. The record high was driven by increased volatility in June as a result of the UK’s vote over whether to leave the European Union.
Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said: “Markets and investors around the world were engulfed in the chaos following what many saw as the unexpected result of the UK’s June 23rd vote. Volatility was up significantly during the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Japan Reach Record $148 Billion At End Of June 2016

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan reach a new record high of 148 billion US dollars at the end of June 2016, according to ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report (click here to view the ETFGI asset growth chart for ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan).
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.177 trillion, in the United States at US$2.256 trillion, and in Canada with US$79.42 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Risks to Consider When Buying Silver ETFs

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If someone would have told you six months ago that silver ETFs are getting ready to soar, you would have probably laughed at them. This is the same precious metal has endured wave after wave of lower prices over the past half-decade.
So much so that many investors have flat given up on the prospect of a meaningful rebound or the re-emergence of judicious inflation. However, like so many other investments facing negative headwinds and extremely pessimistic sentiment, it found a way to disprove the masses. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Asia Pacific Gathered $3 Billion In Net New Assets in June 2016

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported ETFs/ETPs listed in Asia Pacific ex Japan gathered US$3 billion in net new assets in June 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s June 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of June for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.177 trillion, in the United States at US$2.256 trillion, in Japan which reached US$147.67 billion and in Canada with US$79.42 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Bright Precious Metals ETF Outlook

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand.
“We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will be reflected in elevated investor demand,” Maxwell Gold, Director of Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, said in a research note………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investing in ETFs: How They Fit Into an Investment Strategy

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

NBC recently published a story on the growing popularity of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. According to the article, 81% of advisors surveyed said they used or recommended ETFs to their clients in 2015. We have been advocating ETFs as a secure, flexible investment for our clients since the days when they weren’t as popular.
An ETF combines features of stocks and mutual funds. Like a mutual fund, it is composed of a group of stocks, giving investors access to a diverse array of securities with only one transaction, an investment in the fund. And like stocks, an ETF can be bought or sold on the open market at market-determined prices. ETFs are usually used to track specific indexes of the securities market as a whole or of specific sectors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commerzbank: Silver ETF Holdings Hit Record High

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Silver holdings in global exchange-traded funds have hit a record high, says Commerzbank. Silver ETF inflows amounted to 53 tonnes Thursday, which puts inflows since the beginning of the week at 202 tonnes, the bank reports.
“Holdings in silver ETFs are at a record level of 20,428 tonnes,” Commerzbank says. “No doubt this is also one reason why silver has been outperforming gold of late.” Meanwhile, gold ETF holdings, which have risen sharply so far in 2016, posted their second straight daily outflow, Commerzbank adds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bond ETF funds attract $124bn this year

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yield-hungry investors buoyed by the prospects of further monetary easing have invested $124bn in bond exchange traded funds globally this year. Brexit has meant interest rates are expected to be lower for longer, forcing investors to search for safe assets with a non-negative yield, creating massive demand for bonds that has pushed sovereign debt yields to new lows.
“EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds took in over $9bn for the second week running as investors responded to predictions of a rate hike-free remainder of 2016 in the US and fresh monetary tailwinds for emerging markets,” said EPFR………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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