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Why Gold And Silver Prices Are Range-Bound

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Frustrated investors in physical gold and its derivative asset classes have fumed quietly as a mal-regulated market for counterfeit gold and silver (futures contracts, certain ETFs) leads precious metals prices around by the nose for the exclusive enrichment of an elite cadre of financial institutions.
Entities such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, and others are able to issue contracts deemed to represent millions of ounces of gold for future sale or purchase anonymously, and without limit. These paper representations of gold, while notionally tied to the prices of silver and gold, have the effect of suppressing the prices of the physical commodities because they represent exponentially more gold and silver than is physically available, thus creating a supply scenario that is utterly false………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Accessing Pimco’s Alpha Via ETFs

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After launching the actively managed Pimco Total Return ETF (BOND | B)—an ETF version of Pimco’s flagship Total Return Fund (PTTRX)—in February 2012, Pimco is looking to strike it big again in ETFs. BOND was the second-most-successful ETF launch in the 21-year history of ETFs, gathering its first $1 billion in less than three months. Pimco in a recent regulatory filing has detailed a similar approach as it took with BOND, replicating three existing mutual funds in tradable ETF wrappers.
I’ll talk about one of those three proposed ETFs, partly because—like BOND—Gross will manage the new ETF version of the sister mutual fund he already manages, but also because the fund’s strategy is designed to outperform—and has outperformed—the S&P 500 Index in the past five years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why you should invest in ETFs

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds are the next big thing, a product which should have done well earlier but will definitely do now. Just as the name suggests, an exchange-traded fund, or an ETF, is essentially a fund that is traded on the exchanges. Since it trades like an equity share, it is easy for all investors to buy and sell.
They have a nomenclature similar to funds because they too track a basket of assets like the nifty or banking stocks or even gold. As the price of the underlying investment changes, so does the price of ETF on trading screens………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Coffee ETNs Surge on Pessimistic Brazilian Harvests

Posted on 27 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After pulling through its worst drought in decades, Brazil, the world’s largest supplier of coffee, is expected to experience an extended period of poor harvests, boosting coffee futures and related exchange traded notes.
The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub-Index ETN increased 5.7% Tuesday while iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN rose 5.2%. Coffee has been the best performing commodity this year, with JO up 62.8% and CAFE up 59.0% year-to-date………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Managed Portfolio Landscape Sees Consolidation

Posted on 26 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets in ETF managed portfolios remained flat in the second quarter, according to a new report. But a dive beneath that bland finding reveals a more interesting nugget about this fast-growing subindustry: Investor dollars are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a select few firms.
The 10 biggest asset managers in the ETF space hold roughly 75% of industry assets compared with 67% a year ago, says Morningstar’s second-quarter study on the ETF managed portfolio marketplace, released Friday. Overall, their portfolio strategies held $102 billion in assets, up 28% from $80 billion in the year-earlier quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Target Date Closures Highlight ETF Limits

Posted on 26 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest ETF issuer, BlackRock, is closing 10 target-date ETFs for lack of interest. And that’s a shame. The ETFs have been efficient, low-cost vehicles providing a complete long-term investment solution. Funds like the iShares Target Date 2020 ETF (TZG) delivered thoughtful allocation to broad asset classes like stocks and bonds, as well as diversified exposure within each asset class.
Better yet, these funds were built for the long haul, dynamically adjusting their allocations over time, gradually reducing risk. The “target date” in the name refers to the intended retirement date of the investor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs: Know Your Indices

Posted on 25 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In May, BNP Paribas changed the benchmark of its broad-basket commodity ETF, namely the S&P GSCI Capped Component 35/20 THEAM Easy ETF, for the sole purpose of complying with ESMA diversification guidelines. The replacement index applies caps on a ‘component’ rather than a ‘commodity’ level, effectively reducing the index’s exposure to the energy sector.
This occurs because an index component such as oil, may include more than one, highly-correlated individual commodity such as Brent Crude, WTI Crude or Gasoil. Therefore a cap at component level restricts the combined weight, rather than individual weights, of commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nine top ETF picks: ‘The U.S. recovery is real’

Posted on 25 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With earnings season pretty much over and second-quarter profits priced into the stock market, we thought we’d undertake something of a midyear checkup, looking into top ETF picks positioned to perform well through the remainder of the year.
The ever-present risk of a destabilizing shock notwithstanding, the indicators mostly lend themselves to sustaining the bull market. The U.S. economy is perking up, inflation remains low, and interest-rate policy remains indefinitely accommodating, all of which bode well for stock prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Avoid hedge funds’ ETF termite problem

Posted on 25 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Some of the smartest investors are bad role models in their choice of exchange-traded funds, which are often celebrated for their low costs. The deadline for large investment managers to disclose portfolios to the Securities and Exchange Commission recently passed, and investors have pored over their buys and sells. One instructive part of how the big money invests gets ignored, though. A lot of hedge funds, and institutions in general, own some of the most expensive ETFs.
Hedge funds likely have their own reasons for holding certain ETFs when similar ones are cheaper. They need to know they can trade big stakes and still get good prices, so they want ETFs with lots of trading………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is The Depreciation In Commodity ETFs A Troubling Sign?

Posted on 22 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

What counts for an economy that primarily depends upon its consumers? Family income needs to increase beyond inflation. Otherwise, families find themselves with less purchasing power and, ultimately, those families spend less.
Since the U.S. economic recovery effectively began in July of 2009, inflation-adjusted wages have actually dropped 3%. In other words, at least in terms of purchasing power, families are no better off than when the recession had concluded………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Finding An Alternative With Currency ETFs

Posted on 22 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the broad stock market continuing to hit new highs despite worries of a correction, investors have been getting a tad worried. That has them looking towards various alternative asset classes to help stem the volatility and diversify their portfolios. Everything from long/short strategies to commodities have become common holdings for investors.
However, one alternative asset classes remains absent from many investor’s assets. Currency trading or foreign exchange (Forex) shouldn’t be ignored by retail investors, especially now that there are a host of products that allow Regular Joes access to the once-guarded realm, such as exchange traded funds (ETFs)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Examining Your ETF: Active, Passive & ‘Smart Beta’ Indexes

Posted on 22 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors looking to build a portfolio of ETFs may get caught up in the analysis of the fund provider, fees and tax structure. When selecting an ETF, however, the single most important determining factor is how the index is constructed.
The makeup of the underlying portfolio of assets is key because it determines how the ETF will react to a variety of market conditions. This includes the security selection, weighting methodology and ongoing changes to the fund construction over time………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Materials ETFs Join All-Time High Club

Posted on 22 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Basic materials sector-related exchange traded funds are reaching new highs as expanding global economies demand basic inputs to fuel further growth. The Materials Select Sector SPDR added 0.1% Wednesday, trading at an intra-day high of $50.49. The largest materials ETF is up nearly 10% this year.
The materials sector ETF tracks a broad range of companies that operate in chemicals, metals, mining, paper, forestry, containers, packages and construction materials. “Most of these companies sell into commodity markets and are susceptible to cyclical demand,” according to Morningstar analyst Alex Bryan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF providers take on pension and sovereign wealth challenge

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Pension and sovereign wealth funds are not traditionally big investors in ETFs because of concerns over cost, flexibility and restrictions on buying listed securities. But that may be about to change as providers look to woo big institutional investors.
Of the 3,367 institutional buyers of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) across 50 countries in 2012 only 1% was a pension fund, while investment advisers accounted for 60%, according to consultancy ETFGI. Meanwhile few sovereign wealth funds admit to buying ETFs and some are decidedly negative about the products. For example, the $850 billion Government Pension Fund of Norway - the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund - states: “The fund does not invest through ETFs.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Unusual ETFs give investors options

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For many, exchange-traded funds represent the vanilla part of the financial product market. While it’s true most track a common equities index such as the ASX 200, more unusual ETFs are now starting to emerge.
As Ilan Israelstam, head of strategy, BetaShares notes, the ETF market has broadened significantly over the past few years to move beyond traditional index trackers. “A number of products have been launched that provide cost-efficient access to investment strategies that were only previously available to larger investors or through unlisted funds,” he says………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Oil ETFs React To Falling Energy Prices

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The summer months are generally regarded as a seasonal period of strength for oil prices and energy stocks. The considerable demand for energy consumption peaks with the summer driving season, as cyclical forces impact this heavily traded commodity. In addition, this year we are in the midst of geopolitical unrest throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Both of these regions are well-known producers of crude oil and natural gas.
The combination of these factors should be pressing energy prices higher amidst fears of energy supply concerns coupled with seasonal demand trends. Instead, the opposite effect is occurring and it’s impacting several key ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is The Depreciation Across The Commodity ETF Space Surprising?

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As the Fed winds down its third iteration of quantitative easing here in 2014, it is not difficult to imagine the same type of market tantrum alongside a few troublesome economic data points. There are many signs of a weak U.S. economy beyond the aforementioned consumer sentiment gauge and the abysmal retail sales numbers.
There may be no greater sign of trouble around the bend than what is happening to key commodities like copper, oil and livestock………………………………………..Full Article: Source

New Active Multi-Asset ETF to Ride Out Current Turmoil

Posted on 20 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Actively managed ETFs are gaining immense popularity in recent months courtesy of increasing demand and the potential for more favorable regulations. While these represent just a small slice of the broad ETF world, they aim to beat the benchmark index or the passively managed counterparts even if the odds are against them.
Geo-politics make counter attacks on the economy and investors are seeking such smart investments for diversification and superior returns. Keeping this in mind, First Trust launched the multi-manager, multi-strategy First Trust Strategic Income ETF on the NASDAQ on August 14. It is the eleventh actively managed ETF issued by First Trust……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Daily ETF Watch: ETF Securities Branches Out

Posted on 20 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The summer slowdown in filings is picking up, with filings from ETF Securities, State Street Global Advisors and Pacer Financial that should stir investor interest. ETFS is looking to expand its lineup to include equities funds, while SSgA has outlined its plans to launch another actively managed ETF. Meanwhile, newcomer Pacer is laying the groundwork to enter the ETF market as a first-time issuer.
ETF Securities, a longtime presence in the physical and futures-based commodity ETFs space, has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission that outlines plans for its first equity ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Can We Count On Absolute Returns?

Posted on 20 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

“True faith,” said William Ralph Inge, the one-time dean of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, “is belief in the reality of absolute values.” Apparently, American exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors can be counted among the faithful. Why? Because they’ve committed nearly $1.7 billion into so-called “absolute return” products.
These funds aim to consistently produce positive returns, regardless of market conditions, through non-traditional management, i.e. by employing short sales, derivatives, leverage and/or investing in unconventional assets. Rather than being benchmarked against the more common metrics such as the S&P 500 or the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index, the hurdles for absolute return ETFs are typically the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) or Treasury Bills………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Not just the smart money getting into gold

Posted on 19 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite gold coming close to dropping below the psychologically important $1,300 an ounce level at the end of the week and silver drifting away from $20 an ounce, precious metals investors added to their holdings. Total holdings in exchange traded products backed by physical gold and silver rose last week, albeit modestly, with two tonnes of gold bringing total holdings to 1,728.7 tonnes. More than 19 tonnes of silver trickled back into ETFs for a total of 19,616 tonnes.
Retail investor sentiment in precious metals were buoyed on Friday when second quarter filings by hedge fund gurus John Paulson and George Soros indicated continuing belief in good prospects for the sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

7 Reasons to Like Silver

Posted on 19 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When considering the catalysts for silver, let’s first ignore short-term factors such as net short/long positions, fluctuations in weekly ETF holdings, or the latest open interest. Data like these fluctuate regularly and rarely have long-term bearing on the price of silver.
I’m more interested in the big-picture forces that could impact silver over the next several years. The most significant force, of course, is what I stated above: governments’ abuse of “financial heroin” that will inevitably lead to a currency crisis in many countries around the world, pushing silver and gold to record levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

New type of ETF promises to shrink spreads

Posted on 19 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the launch of their ‘international’ range of ETFs, iShares and Euroclear are creating a new type of ETF issuance inside an established structure. If their hopes pan out, all ETFs will look like this three to five years from now.
Squint at the factsheet for the iShares MSCI USA Dividend IQ Ucits ETF (QDIV), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) sold in Europe, and you will probably find nothing that strikes you as especially peculiar. But in one important respect, QDIV is not a typical ETF. The settlement process for ETFs has been the same for almost two decades, but QDIV ignores this and settles in a way that is different from any other ETF that has come before………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF shoppers become more selective

Posted on 18 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Price wars continue in the exchange-traded fund market as providers seek to gain market share in Europe. However, investors say costs are just part of the puzzle when it comes to choosing an ETF. At the end of last month, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management became the latest ETF provider to slash costs for investors by releasing a product that tracks the MSCI World index and has a total expense ratio of 0.19%, the lowest yet for a European-listed ETF offering global equity exposure.
It is the latest of the company’s low-cost “core” range of db X-trackers ETFs launched in February. The range includes ETFs tracking the FTSE 100, DAX and Euro Stoxx indices, charging 0.09%, and the MSCI USA index Ucits ETF, which charges 0.07%. The FTSE product, the cheapest on the market, has a TER less than a third of the 0.3% of the existing db X-trackers that cover the same index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Proliferation of ETFs both good and bad

Posted on 18 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Just when one might have thought all the available niches for exchange-traded funds had been occupied, a couple new ones appear on the market. The most recent one tracks the stock holdings of 10 highly successful investors, such as Warren Buffett, David Einhorn and Carl Icahn.
iBillionaire Index ETF identifies the holdings of these iconic investors by examining their quarterly 13F filings in which investors overseeing more than $100 million in U.S. equities must list their equity holdings. The filings are due no later than 45 days after the end of the quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Mining For Gold With ETFs

Posted on 15 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Since January, precious metal mining stocks have seen prices soar. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) provide the best way for investors to profit from the new bull market. Reasons to be bullish include: undervaluation, future currency instability, and geopolitical unrest.
“There’s gold here,” exclaimed the grizzled fishing camp owner as he handed me the small core sample. He then went on to explain how people fly into central Ontario, drill a few holes, get the cores assayed (small amounts of gold are common throughout the area) and then fabricate an enticing story on the amount of gold the (usually new) company controls in order to promote shares to gullible investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s fourth gold ETF raises about $50 mln

Posted on 15 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bosera Funds has raised $50 million for China’s fourth gold backed exchange-traded fund that it aims to launch soon, at a time when investment demand for the precious metal has been sluggish in the world’s biggest bullion consumer.
The fund, called Bo Gold ETF, raised 292.2 million yuan ($47.5 million), in line with internal expectations, according to an emailed statement sent by Bosera to Reuters. An exact launch date is yet to be finalised but the ETF could start trading as soon as next month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Boost Your Portfolio Yield With Alternative Income ETFs

Posted on 15 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The majority of ETF income investors focus their portfolios on dividend-paying stocks and bonds to generate yield. However, those traditional asset classes have now risen to the point where their income streams have fallen significantly.
One strategy to overcome that deficit is to move down the credit spectrum or select speculative equity plays to supplement your core holdings. While that decision may result in short-term relief, it also introduces a significantly higher level of risk………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. Is Home to Most ETFs In The World

Posted on 14 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds have seen some explosive growth over the past decade. A strong stock market in the U.S and overseas and low expense ratios have propelled investor demand for the investment vehicles.
The U.S. ETF market managed nearly $1.7 trillion in assets with 1,294 funds at year-end 2013, according to the Investment Company Institute. The U.S. by far has the largest share of ETFs, accounting for 72% of the $2.3 trillion ETF assets worldwide. In second place, Europe-based funds make up only 17% of total assets, while Africa and Asia-Pacific ETFs take up 8%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Coal ETF Pursues New Uptrend

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the age of energy conscious consumers that are opting for electric vehicles and solar homes, coal stocks seem to be a relic of a forgotten era. Recent strength in this segment, however, may have traders and investors rethinking their views on coal mining companies as an investment opportunity.
The MarketVectors Coal ETF is the only ETF that tracks the niche global coal industry. This ETF has amassed $180 million in total assets spread between 36 worldwide companies. Often times the first (and only) ETF dedicated to a small industry have an advantage in terms of first-mover publicity that gives it an edge in asset gathering and notoriety………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Watch: Eaton Vance Plans ‘ETMFs’

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Eaton Vance put 18 funds into registration via two different filings. covers equity funds, while the second filing covers mostly fixed-income funds. The nontransparent actively managed funds will rely on the ETMF structure that is based on patents the mutual fund firm purchased from ETF industry figure Gary Gastineau.
The funds will be traded and priced based on net asset value rather than deriving their prices from daily portfolio transparency………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Miners, ETFs Gain Hedge Fund Fans

Posted on 12 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors and hedge funds have shifted away from gold bullion in favor of mining stocks and related exchange traded funds as miners begin to reveal improved business fundamentals. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest gold miners ETF, has surged 26.7% so far this year, whereas the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is up 8.7%.
High-profile hedge-fund managers like George Soros, John Paulson, Peter Palmedo and Eric Sprott have benefited from the surge in gold stocks this year, the Wall Street Journal reports……………………………………Full Article: Source

Once Again, Tesla Powers Alt Energy ETFs

Posted on 12 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Shares of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors (NasdaqGS: TSLA) are up 5.5% Monday and flirting with all-time highs after Deutsche Bank raised its price target on the stock to $310 from $220.
At this writing, Tesla is trading just under $262, implying upside of more than 18% to Deutsche Bank’s price target. Some traders have even more ambitious forecasts for Tesla than Deutsche Bank with at least one money manager recently saying the stock could double……………………………………Full Article: Source

Actively Managed ETFs Worth The Cost

Posted on 12 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With rising geopolitical tension in Ukraine and the Middle East, the stock market will surely continue to struggle in the coming days. Chinese slowdown and concerns over the health of the European economy will also weigh on the broad U.S. equities.
Given the grumpy economic climate, it is difficult for investors to maintain a healthy portfolio. Here actively managed ETFs offer a far better option. This is because these funds are actively managed by a manager who uses various skills and attributes (like top-down approach, bottom-up approach, value investing, growth investing or absolute returns strategy) so that the fund outperforms the benchmark index even if the odds are against it……………………………………Full Article: Source

Broad commodity ETPs attract strong inflows in July -BlackRock

Posted on 11 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Diversified commodity exchange-traded products (ETPs) attracted strong inflows in July as a pick-up in economic growth in China and the United States encouraged investors to return to the unloved asset class. Investors injected $936 million into broad-basket commodity ETPs last month - the biggest inflow for this segment in three years, data from asset manager BlackRock showed.
That compared with the high watermark for the category in February 2011 of $1.5 billion in inflows, according to Ursula Marchioni, head of ETP Research EMEA at BlackRock’s iShares. Industrial metals ETPs also attracted a robust $117 million as the tide began to turn for the more cyclical commodities……………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFGIs analysis finds ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered a record US$160.5 billion

Posted on 11 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s analysis finds ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US33.8 Bn in net new assets in July, pushing YTD NNA to US160.5 Bn, a new record level of NNA at this point in the year, outpacing the previous high of US149.9 Bn set in 2013. Assets declined slightly (0.4%) from their record high of US2.64 Tn in June to US2.62 Tn at the end of July. The global ETF/ETP industry now has 5,410 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,477 listings, from 222 providers listed on 60 exchanges, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end July 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
The ETF/ETP industries in Europe and Japan have gathered record levels of YTD NNA at US42.7 Bn and US14.9 Bn, respectively. New record highs in assets were reached at the end of July by ETF/ETP industries in Canada with US66 Bn, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) with US103 Bn, and Japan with US91.5 Bn……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bitcoin ETF is “A Turning Point”

Posted on 11 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Considering that Bitcoin is a digital currency, it has been commended for its capacity to dodge traditional transaction networks, and therefore it functions as a peer-to-peer, independent payment solution. While the concept may be seen as revolutionary, detractors made sure to point out that lack of regulation triggers, uncertain security measures and volatile price swings. Thus far, the uncertainty has barred Bitcoin from turning into a mainstream investment class for speculative traders.
To break down barriers, the acclaimed Winklevoss brothers, filed SEC documents in an attempt to register the first Bitcoin related ETF, named the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. There are many questions concerning the feasibility and role of the Bitcoin Trust ETF, however. The fund, which is still in awaiting SEC approval, has stirred things up……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is Time Ripe for Gold Mining ETFs Amid Rising Tensions?

Posted on 08 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After some smooth trading in the first half of the year, gold has been stuck in a relatively tight range of around $1,300/oz lately. Though strengthening U.S. economic activity and a strong dollar are weighing on the performance of the yellow metal, renewed geopolitical concerns are reinforcing its safe haven appeal across the board.
This is especially true as tensions escalate in Ukraine with increasing Russian military action on the border, aggravating relationship between Russia and the western world on harsher sanctions. The list of woes go on with the Argentina default, a bloody Gaza strip, Iraq violence, Chinese slowdown and a struggling European economy yet again………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Shift Back to Commodity ETFs

Posted on 08 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds are garnering more attention as investors hedge against swings in bonds and stocks, and play on long-term fundamentals. Funneling $1.2 billion into commodity exchange traded funds over July, investors have put more money into commodity investments in July than any single month over the past two years, reports Trevor Hunnicutt for InvestmentNews.
Broad commodity ETFs like the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC), United States Commodity Index Fund (NYSEArca: USCI) and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) attracted over half a billion in assets over July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors warm to commodities in search for return

Posted on 07 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global uncertainty, coupled with the strength of the Chinese markets, is leading U.S. investors back into commodities. Investors put more money into commodities ETFs and ETNs in July than they have in any single month over the past two years, according to ETF.com., which provides research on exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded notes.
The lift came as Chinese markets — and, in many cases, the funds tracking them — notched their best gains since late 2012, raising hopes that the world’s second-largest economy will support demand for the industrial metals used to manufacture cars, buildings and consumer electronics bought by the country’s growing middle class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Reinforced Base Metal ETF

Posted on 07 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the everyone is busy scrambling in the equities space, base metals and related exchange traded funds are rising on demand for industrial metals and declining inventories of zinc and aluminum.
The PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund, which evenly splits its portfolio with aluminum, copper and zinc futures, has gained 4.2% over the past month and increased 12.3% over the last three months. LME aluminum futures were trading around $2,029 per metric ton. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Aluminum Subindex Total ReturnSM ETN is up 5.0% over the past month and up 13.8% over the last three months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gain An Inside Edge In Your ETF Portfolio

Posted on 07 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Active investors are always looking for a unique way to gain an edge in their portfolios, and following stocks with insider activity can be one way to highlight strong company conviction. When corporate executives are reinvesting in the companies they govern, they tend to believe in the long-term growth story and value proposition of their business.
One way to track stocks with insider activity is through an ETF that’s designed to highlight companies with favorable corporate insider buying trends (as determined by public filings) and analyst upgrades………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold: July ETF Inflows ‘Slowed Down the Price Decline’

Posted on 06 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In last year’s gold-market selloff, the flight of exchange-traded fund investors got lots of blame for driving prices lower. Lately, though, the same crowd appears be playing a supportive role.
Some 11.1 tons of new gold entered the market’s biggest ETF in July, according to fund-sponsor data. For SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and similar funds, July brought the biggest investor inflow since November 2012, Commerzbank’scommodity strategists estimate this morning, although it’s not enough to convince them prices will rise:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Investing In Commodities Without the Hassle: Try Commodity ETFs

Posted on 05 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the price of oil, gold, cotton, soybeans and cattle make headlines every day, few investors have the money, skill or storage space to invest directly in physical commodities. After all, where are you going to store 10,000 gold ingots or 1,000 head of cattle as you wait for prices to rise?
Fortunately, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in commodities offer a convenient, low cost way to access the commodities markets. Before you invest in commodity ETFs, there are a variety of things to consider as you evaluate the multitude of offerings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

After Sell-Off, Commodity ETFs Could Turn Around

Posted on 05 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After dragging through one of their worst months since May 2012, the commodities market and related exchange traded funds can still find some pockets of strength as seasonal trends start kicking in. The PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund dipped 4.2% over the past month while the iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust fell 4.8%.
The widely watched S&P GSCI index fell 5.3% over July as energy and agricultural commodities pressured the broader market, reports Alex Rosenberg for CNBC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETFs in Focus on Big Oil Q2 Beat, Lower Production

Posted on 05 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Big U.S. oil companies like Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP) reported robust second-quarter results late last week. All the three firms topped our revenue and earnings estimates on higher energy prices, but XOM and CVX are still struggling with shrinking production volumes amid the boom in shale oil and gas business. On the other hand, COP witnessed an increase in production.
The largest U.S. oil company, Exxon Mobil , reported earnings per share of $2.05 that strongly outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.91 and the year-ago earnings of $1.55. Total revenue rose 5% year over year to $111.6 billion, trumping the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $109.1 billion……………………………………….Full Article: Source

New ‘iBillionaire’ ETF looks to bring Buffett and Icahn to the masses

Posted on 04 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Mom and pop investors hoping to emulate the investment savvy of Wall Street’s wealthiest like Warren Buffett and Carl Icahn will have a new way into markets on Friday when the latest low-cost exchange-traded fund tracking the stock picks of big name investors begins trading.
The Direxion iBillionaire ETF, set to trade under the ticker “IBLN,” is the latest in a handful of similar ETFs that have come to market in recent years, all packaging the holdings disclosed quarterly by top managers into instruments that are more accessible to Main Street investors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

These Overrated ETFs Deserve to See Assets Shrink

Posted on 04 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Like New Year’s Eve, “American Idol” and the movie “Avatar,” some ETFs are grossly overrated. There are 80 ETFs in the U.S. with more than $5 billion in assets. The vast majority of them earned their assets by providing good exposure to different markets at a reasonable cost.
A few behemoths, though, are seriously flawed or needlessly expensive. They stay as big as they are because they were first to market and, thanks to all those assets, are easy to trade in and out of at a good price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs: The makings of a perfect partnership?

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity price moves are making headlines again after a relatively quiet period earlier this year. The intensifying crisis in Iraq is fuelling the rise in crude oil prices, the six-month long miners’ strike in South African has pushed platinum and palladium prices higher and gold is also attractive again as a safe-haven buy.
For many investors exchange-traded products (ETPs) are becoming the financial instrument of choice when it comes to commodities as they are easy to trade, they bypass some of the regulatory restrictions linked to futures and they come with relatively low fees………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETPs Halt Outflows as Buyers Return Amid Price Slump

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold investors who pulled money out of U.S. exchange-traded products through the first half of 2014 rushed back in July, just as prices resumed a decline that Barclays Plc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. say will get worse.
ETPs backed by precious metals took in $540.7 million this month through yesterday, a 1 percent gain for funds that saw a net outflow of $319 million in six months through June, data compiled by Bloomberg show. This month’s 3 percent drop in futures left prices down 7.9 percent from a 2014 peak in March………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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