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Commodity ETPs in demand as China outlook Improves

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Will The Uptrend In Gold Mining ETFs Continue?

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

A Global ETF on the Cheap

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Good returns bring investors back to commodity ETFs

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Five things your dividend ETF isn’t telling you

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached US$2.64 trillion

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Deutsche Bank: ETF flows have a predictive value

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

BlackRock’s ETF arm passes $1tn mark

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Consider these must-know demand trends for ETFs like SPY

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs back on song in second quarter

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

The 10 Best-Performing ETFs of 2014 - So Far

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Gold Grab Back on as ETF Holdings Rise

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

3 Country ETFs to Avoid on High Oil Price

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Several ProShares Commodities ETFs Changing Names, Indexes

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Commodity ETNs in the Limelight

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Why Asset Managers Are Betting On Active ETFs

Posted on 27 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs in Excess? Not True, Say Investors

Posted on 27 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Avoid These Types of ETFs Like The Plague

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Why Asset Managers Are Betting On Active ETFs

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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