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Gold ETFs could rally some more

Posted on 11 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Much of the attention being paid to the rally in gold-related exchange traded funds this year has been directed to mining ETFs. That is understandable because not only ETFs such as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF popular with investors, but those funds offer the opportunity for rapid capital appreciation.
Of course, it cannot be forgotten that there has NEVER been a year in which the miners have risen while gold futures have declined………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Eight ETFs to consider for your portfolio

Posted on 11 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The boom in exchange-traded funds in recent years can give retirement investment portfolios a new lease on life. ETFs offer similar diversification to mutual funds, but they trade like stocks, and come in assorted flavours that can be used to build a balanced portfolio. Investors can find ETFs that track equity markets by countries, regions and industry sectors, or focus only on dividend-paying stocks.
ETFs are compelling because of their lower fees compared with most mutual funds, but investors can buy them only through a discount or full-service broker. Some ETFs will charge even less than their peers, so keep an eye on the management expense ratio [MER]………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF assets fell to $1.64 trillion in January

Posted on 11 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETP assets in the U.S. fell to $1.64 trillion as of January 31, 2014, due to outflows and market declines. Equity ETFs saw total assets decline by $60.9 billion while bond ETFs saw assets increase by $2.9 billion.
January was marked by a sharp rise in the VIX, indicating that investors expect increased equity market volatility in the next 30 days. Historically, poor market timing by retail investors during periods of uncertainty has resulted in lower long‐term returns………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF assets to surpass hedge funds in 12-18 months

Posted on 07 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The exchange traded funds (ETF) industry could surpass the hedge fund industry in assets under management (AUM) in the next 12-18 months according to EY’s Global ETF Survey.
The report said while growth rates will be highest in Asia and lowest in the more mature US market, the growth drivers will be the same across all markets - foreign currency share classes, fund of fund ETFs, new emerging market funds and commodity ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time to buy the agriculture ETF?

Posted on 07 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Agriculture ETFs are heating up, led by an explosive move in Coffee, while Cocoa is at new 52-week highs after several weeks of basing action (though it doesn’t trade much volume).
Powershares DB Agriculture Fund, which has about 11% exposure to Coffee and Cocoa, has also made an impressive move off the lows, breaking through the 40-week moving average on big volume:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 mining ETFs to consider for your portfolio

Posted on 06 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a disastrous 2013, mining stocks bounced back from their lows at the start of 2014 and are trending higher. Commodity prices, in particular gold and silver, have risen sharply this year, as concerns on global economic growth and Fed tapering plans once again increased the safe haven appeal.
This is especially true given signs of slowdown in China and depressed emerging markets. Trading in emerging markets has been rough of late on growing political and financial instability in many nations as well as sliding currencies. Further, falling equity markets are bolstering the demand for metals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BlackRock launches new currency-hedged ETFs

Posted on 05 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock Inc’s iShares, the largest U.S. provider of exchange-traded funds, is launching a new set of currency-hedged ETFs on Tuesday as it looks to target investors interested in international equity exposure but concerned about potential losses from a rising U.S. dollar.
The new iShares ETFs, which are set to begin trading Tuesday on the NYSE Arca, will focus on Japan, Germany, and EAFE countries, which include developed markets outside of the U.S. and Canada. The ETFs hedge by using foreign currency forward contracts, which allow market participants to lock in an exchange rate on a specific date………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Macro issues lift gold ETFs

Posted on 04 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Following a brutal 2013 in which the major physically-backed gold exchange traded funds plunged 28.3% with two of those funds ranking among the 10 worst ETFs for annual outflows, bullion has started 2014 on much firmer footing. Last month, the yellow metal posted its best performance in five months, one of the few asset classes to start 2014 on an upbeat note.
“Gold ended the first month of 2014as one of the best performing assets, gaining of 3.9% over the month. The S&P 500 declined 3.5%, the US dollar rallied and emerging markets equities as the Fed began tapering its bond purchasing program,”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Top ETFs for the risk-wary investor

Posted on 04 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Canadian investors have some tough decisions to make this RRSP season. Coming off a banner year for stocks, unsettled markets have renewed the case for caution. U.S. equity momentum has stalled, the loonie has dropped to a nearly five-year low, and capital is draining out of emerging markets.
The return of such volatility will have many investors hunting for safe, defensive options. Exchange-traded funds generally offer lower costs, but with so many to choose from, we asked some investment professionals for their top ETF picks for the conservative investor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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3 mining ETFs crushing the market in 2014

Posted on 04 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a disastrous 2013, mining stocks bounced back from their lows at the start of 2014 and are trending higher. Commodity prices, in particular gold and silver, have risen sharply this year, as concerns on global economic growth and Fed tapering plans once again increased the safe haven appeal.
This is especially true given signs of slowdown in China and depressed emerging markets. Trading in emerging markets has been rough of late on growing political and financial instability in many nations as well as sliding currencies. Further, falling equity markets are bolstering the demand for metals……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Emerging markets are badly served by ETFs

Posted on 03 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Money is flowing out of the emerging markets. A debate is raging over whether this is the fault of the US Federal Reserve, which has effectively encouraged investors to bring their money back home.
That debate is right and proper. But the fund management industry must face a debate of its own. Just why has the money funding companies and governments in the emerging markets proved so fickle? Even given decisions by the Fed, how can sentiment towards such a large swath of the world turn so rapidly?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETF takes up 20 pct of main bourse’s trading volume

Posted on 03 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs) took up nearly 20 percent of the main bourse’s trading volume in 2013, data showed Sunday, apparently as investors sought after safer investment destinations.
The average daily trading volume of ETFs came to 792.5 billion won (US$739 million) last year, accounting for 19.3 percent of the 3.9 trillion won by the main bourse, according to the data compiled by the Korea Exchange (KRX). An ETF refers to an investment fund traded on stock exchanges and represents a basket of stocks that reflects an index. It provides retail investors and institutions with a more liquid and risk-hedging tool………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Uranium ETFs could be a great play for 2014

Posted on 03 February 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The nuclear industry fell on hard times and piled up heavy losses following the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, which resulted in the near-collapse of the uranium sector. In fact, the price of uranium plummeted 51% since the meltdown.
With the ongoing nuclear developments globally, the sector seems back on track. A major development is underway in Japan which is looking to restart its 50 shuttered nuclear power plants later this year. China is also seeking to expand its nuclear power capacity to 40 million kilowatts by 2015 and 58 million by 2017 from 12.54 million kilowatts at the end of 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 ETF myths that keep investors away

Posted on 31 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds now represent 15 percent of all trading in the market, but how much of that 15 percent is coming from individual investors? ETFs have grown rapidly, thanks to institutional traders, hedge funds and even traditional mutual funds using their “rival” investments.
No-commission fee-trading programs at discount brokers, including Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investments and TD Ameritrade have made it easier for individual investors to use ETFs, too, but there are lingering misconceptions that are keeping more retail investors from migrating to ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

As Nat Gas rises, no breaks for coal ETF

Posted on 31 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

No pun intended, but natural gas has been cooking with, well, gas this year. Natural gas is the best performing commodity in the S&P GSCI Commodity Index this year and the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return Sub-Index ETN and the United States Natural Gas Fund are this year’s top two non-leveraged exchange traded funds.
Conventional wisdom used to hold that as natural gas prices, coal stocks would eventually go along for the ride because higher natural gas prices would entice electric utilities to go back to coal as a cost-saving measure. Utilities, as measured by the Utilities Select Sector SPDR, have not been stung by rising gas prices. XLU is up 2% this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Do ETFs push up the price of commodities?

Posted on 30 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With ETFs linked to nearly every commodity imaginable, previously hard-to-invest-in commodities now have the potential to be house-hold investments. While you used to need a futures trading account to trade oil, now anyone with an equity trading account can buy an oil ETF; same goes for gold as well as a host of other commodities.
But does the added interest and easy access to commodities through ETFs push up the price of that commodity? While blanketed as ETFs, there are also commodity Exchange Traded Notes, known as ETNs. ETNs do not buy the physical commodity directly, but rather track a commodity index. For example, the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN tracks the Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Return Index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to pick an ETF? Hint: Don’t focus on cost

Posted on 30 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As individual investors buy into ETFs, there’s one very compelling aspect: a low cost relative to many traditional mutual funds. But for ETF experts, cost is rarely ever the deciding factor in making the decision to buy an ETF, especially now with so many ETFs in most major asset classes.
Cost is a factor in selecting the “right” ETF—fund costs eat into potential returns—but the best returns will come from ETFs offering an advantage across a number of variables, including the uniqueness of fund strategy relative to others in the same asset class, liquidity and trading costs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF AUM to surpass hedge fund industry in 18 months –survey

Posted on 30 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) industry could surpass the hedge fund industry in Assets Under Management (AUM) in the next 12-18 months according to EY’s Global ETF Survey.
While growth rates will be highest in Asia and lowest in the more mature US market, the growth drivers will be the same across all markets – foreign currency share classes, fund of fund ETFs, new emerging market funds and commodity ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Strong ETF net inflows for 2013

Posted on 29 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

US-listed ETF1 net inflows totaled $185.5 billion in 2013, setting a new record. While the largest percentage of net inflows remained concentrated among a relatively small group of the 1521 US-listed ETFs, investors broadened their horizons more in 2013 than in previous years, as 312 ETFs had net inflows exceeding $100 million.
2013 was also a record-setting year for First Trust’s ETF complex. Net inflows for the 79 First Trust ETFs totaled $8.2 billion in 2013, with 24 ETFs exceeding $100 million in net inflows, increasing ETF assets under management (AUM) at First Trust to $19.7 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

It’s a good time to be an ETF bad boy

Posted on 29 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

January has been a good month for quick-trigger believers in profiting from short-term market volatility: The kind of spike in the VIX volatility index that historically took a month to play out took just two days last week.
The markets, meanwhile, sold off by 3 percent in two days—compare that with recent 5 percent to 8 percent declines that took a month to play out. The polar vortex caused natural gas to hit its highest level in three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold price gains halted as ETF investors sell into rallies

Posted on 28 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The recent rally in the price of gold came to a halt Monday ahead of a two-day US Federal Reserve meeting starting on Tuesday and amid continued outflows from gold-backed ETFs.
In late trade on the Comex market in New York, February gold futures changed hands at $1,255.20 down $8.30 or 0.7% from Friday’s close after earlier in the day climbing to a fresh two-month high above $1,270. The sell off on financial markets on Friday which continued into Monday saw gold gaining for five straight weeks and trade 5% higher year to date………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging markets ETFs: Which to buy, which to avoid

Posted on 28 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investment advisors are gathered in Hollywood, Fla., for the ETF.com (formerly IndexUniverse) annual Inside ETFs conference. They are debating a tricky dilemma: What to do with emerging markets ETFs.
Why is that a problem? Because many of them have put their clients into emerging markets portfolios, and after four years of underperformance, questions are being asked………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How an $18 bln ETF fund of funds is investing

Posted on 28 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Want to invest like an $18 billion exchange-traded fund strategy? Charles Schwab & Co. affiliate Windhaven Investment Management, which runs $18 billion in funds of funds strategies primarily using index exchange-traded funds, disclosed its current market positioning to CNBC at ETF.com’s Inside ETFs Conference in Hollywood, Fla.
The highlights: staying away from emerging markets, focusing on short-term bonds and believing that the U.S. stock market is still the best bet for equity profits right now………………………………………..Full Article: Source

No.1 platinum ETF sees biggest weekly outflow since launch

Posted on 28 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest platinum-backed exchange-traded fund, Johannesburg-listed NewPlat ETF, recorded its largest weekly outflow since its launch in April last year, data from the fund showed on Monday.
NewPlat, which is operated by Absa Capital, said its holdings fell 8,046 ounces last week to 901,294 ounces………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why the biggest, cheapest ETF isn’t always the best

Posted on 27 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When picking among exchange-traded funds, don’t assume that it’s always best to go with the largest or cheapest fund, said ETF.com chief investment officer Dave Nadig on Sunday.
The biggest ETF for a particular area — meaning the one that’s attracted the most assets from investors — may have achieved that status simply by being the first ETF for that area, Nadig said. But that ETF doesn’t necessarily provide the best performance or best approach………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why only gold? The case for silver ETFs

Posted on 27 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When it comes to new product launches, mutual fund houses often behave like sheep. If the fund industry is keen to add assets, why doesn’t it conduct an online poll of investors to see what funds they are really interested in?
One category of funds that our readers have frequently asked for is silver exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Today, the time appears particularly opportune for silver ETFs with a global recovery burnishing the prospects for silver (thanks to rising industrial application during periods of recovery), its rising affordability and the fact that it has no import restrictions. So, why haven’t silver ETFs made their debut yet, even though we have over half a dozen gold funds?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Don’t be so negative on commodity-related ETFs

Posted on 27 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are punishing commodity-rich countries yet again. As popular developed market funds like iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) prosper, iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) and its heavy energy allocation keep the exchange-traded tracker languishing near 52-week lows.
Similarly, iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100 (FM) continues attracting buyers, whereas copper king Chile via iShares MSCI Chile (ECH) has seen its fortunes evaporate over the course of three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Covering the commodities sector

Posted on 24 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities are products that investors seem to view as interchangeable widgets. While a baker may have opinions about the source of his grain or a rocket engineer may carefully choose a specific aluminum for her satellite housing, investors tend to see commodities as equivalent inputs for products. A way to invest in this big-picture view of commodities in general is through PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC).
PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking seeks to track changes, positive or negative, in an index tracking futures contracts in 14 physical commodities in the agriculture, energy, industrial metals and precious metals sectors. The exchange-traded fund (ETF) invests in a variety of sector-specific ETFs to replicate the index’s results………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why platinum ETFs are poised for more gains

Posted on 24 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Although 2013 was a pretty rough year for commodities, the past few weeks have been solid for the space. A weak jobs report pushed fears of more tapering to the backburner, while sluggish stock prices (and a flat dollar) have rekindled investors’ interest in many natural resources.
While most commodities have benefited from this trend, investors in the platinum market have to be especially pleased. After all, this commodity has risen in the past few weeks thanks to the aforementioned trends, as well as some other platinum-specific factors as well……………………………………….Full Article: Source

These ETFs could be big winners in 2014

Posted on 24 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have changed the face of investing. First launched in 1993, the ETF industry has surged to more than $1.5 trillion in assets spread across more than 3,100 ETFs and exchange-traded notes (ETNs).
Nearly every conceivable strategy has been converted into an ETF. I can only imagine the financial mad scientists who are hard at work designing the latest ETFs. Unusual ETFs are meant to fill a niche in your portfolio while allowing you to capitalize on your investment ideas for the coming year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is the negativity on commodity-related ETFs misplaced?

Posted on 23 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are punishing commodity-rich countries yet again. As popular developed market funds like iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) prosper, iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) and its heavy energy allocation keep the exchange-traded tracker languishing near 52-week lows.
Similarly, iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100 (FM) continues attracting buyers, whereas copper king Chile via iShares MSCI Chile (ECH) has seen its fortunes evaporate over the course of three years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs cannot find silver in a gold mine

Posted on 23 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Whether Elton John and Bernie Taupin realized it or not, you can find gold in a silver mine even though most silver is produced as a credit to copper and lead/zinc mining and not in dedicated silver mines. But if I ever got into a contest with Sir Elton about things I know that he doesn’t, I would lose badly.
The discussion of gold ETFs and gold prices from last week cited an analysis of silver ETFs from last May. I noted then that silver ETF shares outstanding from funds such as the iShares Silver Trust and the ZKB Silver ETF, among others, had a far different relationship to silver bullion prices than did their golden cousins………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Don’t panic, but gold ETFs are actually adding holdings

Posted on 23 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Is the beaten down gold getting ready for a take off? The cues from coin sales by the U.S. Mint and increased inflows into gold ETFs suggest that gold optimism is growing. The prices of gold held steady, signaling a sense of growing confidence in gold’s outlook for 2014.
The physical demand for gold remains strong in Asian countries. The U.S. Mint sales of gold coins touched multi-month highs in January this year. The total sale of gold American Eagle coins crossed 83,500 so far in January. This as per Mint statistics is the highest since April 2013. The Mint had announced rationing of silver American Eagle coins to build up inventories………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why across-the board negativity on commodity-related ETFs may be misplaced

Posted on 22 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are punishing commodity-rich countries yet again. As popular developed market funds like iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) prosper, iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) and its heavy energy allocation keep the exchange-traded tracker languishing near 52-week lows.
Similarly, iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100 (FM) continues attracting buyers, whereas copper king Chile via iShares MSCI Chile (ECH) has seen its fortunes evaporate over the course of three years……………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETF gets first inflow in a month; Speculators back?

Posted on 22 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Are investors getting less bearish on gold? They just staged the first inflow to the gold ETF in a month. SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) logged 7.5 tons in new holdings on Friday, according to SPDR. The inflow was the biggest for a single day since October 2012, according to Commerzbank’s commodity strategists, who are encouraged:
If this turns out to signal a trend reversal, it is likely to lend buoyancy to the gold price. The high outflows from the gold ETFs observed since the beginning of last year were one major reason for the weak gold price……………………………..Full Article: Source

It’s the ETF marketplace that is not yet fit for purpose

Posted on 21 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the global hunt for return, you would be forgiven for thinking that investors around the world would be united in their appetite for low-cost, transparent solutions that generate income, particularly if they could pay lower management fees.
But a cursory glance at the global exchange traded funds market suggests that this is not the case. In the US, SPDR’s S&P 500 ETF has become the largest in the world, sometimes trading more than the value of the entire European equity market. There are 1,259 ETFs domiciled in the country and more than $1.6tn assets under management………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2013 should have been great for ETFs. It wasn’t

Posted on 21 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are the most talked about product trend in the wealth management industry. I’m not sure what comes second, but it’s not even close. An overwhelming majority of commentators and bloggers recommend indexing with ETFs, some to the exclusion of all other products and strategies.
For the most part, the halo hovering over ETFs is well deserved. In an industry that’s characterized by high fees and reluctant transparency, these pooled funds have low fees and are easily understandable………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF: Get ahead of the gold rush in 2014

Posted on 20 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Did gold make a New Year’s resolution? If it happened to set its sights on 2014 being better than 2013, then that might not be too hard to accomplish. For gold bugs, 2013 was abysmal. Gold bullion prices ended the year down about 28%—the biggest annual drop in more than 30 years.
Gold bullion prices experienced an unprecedented run-up after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and soared higher in 2008 as the global economy teetered on the brink of a recession. Investors’ justifiable fears of economic turmoil and inflation sent them running to gold bullion and gold mining stocks to hedge against this economic uncertainty. Between September 2001 and September 2011, gold prices soared more than 560%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investor interest shows signs of picking up in 2014

Posted on 20 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Afer a weak year for commodities when a net $36 bn was withdrawn from commodity investments-the largest total ever, 2014 promises to be a better year with several promising signs of a pick-up in investor interest recently, according to Barclays Research.
The withdrawals in commodity investments were mainly on account of liquidation of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs). After adjusting for gold etf outflows, commodity investments witnessed inflow of $2 bn. Moreover, several institutional investors made decisions last year to exit the sector but are not due to do so until early this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF income investing ideas for 2014

Posted on 20 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the first two articles of this three-part series on 2014 ETF income investing, I touched on my thoughts for fixed-income and dividend paying equities in the New Year. I generally divide my strategic income portfolio into three sleeves that include bonds, dividend paying equities, and alternative investments.
This piece will focus on how to incorporate alternative strategies such as preferred stocks, master limited partnerships, and REITs into your income game plan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF talk: Metals are not a great foundation for your portfolio

Posted on 17 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Modern life is dependent on industrial metals. If you are interested in making an investment that gives you exposure to public companies that provide base metals for a host of uses, consider the PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (DBB).
DBB is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that offers a way to tap into the prospects of several key metals. For example, aluminum is important for everything from transport to beverage containers, since it is light, rust-resistant and highly conductive………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investing 101: What is an ETF?

Posted on 17 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you’re looking for an asset that’s as flexible as a stock with the diversity of an index mutual fund, the best investment option for you might be an exchange-traded fund. A Relative Newcomer to the Market.
The first ETFs were created in 1993, but they didn’t become popular until the early 2000s. ETFs track stock indexes, specific commodities, or other baskets of assets. So when you buy a share of an ETF, you’re investing in a (usually) diversified portfolio that tracks a particular commodity, industry or market, without dealing with the high costs and strict laws that are involved with buying all the individual assets separately………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why this is the right time to buy platinum ETFs

Posted on 16 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Platinum recently entered into its annual period of seasonal strength. What are the prospects this year? According to EquityClock.com, platinum has a period of seasonal strength from Dec. 23 to Feb. 21. The trade has been profitable in 30 of the past 40 periods. Average return per period was 8.7 per cent. The commodity has outperformed the S&P 500 by an average of 6.5 per cent since 1973.
Seasonality in platinum is primarily influenced by demand in the auto and jewelry industries. The auto industry consumes about 37 per cent of the annual production and jewelry takes another 31 per cent. Platinum is also used in electronic products, anti-cancer drugs, turbine engines, and fuel cells. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Global ETF and ETP assets reached US$2.4 trillion

Posted on 16 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

US$24.5 billion net inflows in December and positive market performance pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of US$2.4 trillion at year-end 2013, according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s global ETF and ETP industry insights report. The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,090 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,172 listings, from 218 providers on 60 exchanges at the end of 2013.
“After spending most of 2013 wondering when and how the Fed would taper its QE scheme, investors felt a degree of positive cheer and certainty after the Fed announced in December that the US economy was strong enough for it to begin to taper by US$10 billion in January 2014” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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ETF investing strategies: Seven new ETFs in 2014

Posted on 16 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded fund providers have kicked off the New Year by rolling out a batch of new funds onto the stock market. Van Eck Global introduced Market Vectors Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (SHYD) Tuesday. It holds 43 noninvestment grade, tax-free municipal bonds maturing in one to 10 years.
During a time of rising interest rates, it delivers a yield greater than investment-grade bonds but with half the interest-rate risk, said Jim Colby, senior municipal strategist at Van Eck Global………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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ETFs may be simple, but don’t forget the ‘flash crash’ of 2010

Posted on 14 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds offers an excellent range of products, but investors need to beware the risks. The “do nothing” investment portfolio is every investor’s dream. Simply buy low-cost funds that replicate an equity index, corporate bonds and UK gilts, then sit back and ignore the daily gyrations of the stock market, safe in the knowledge that over time the investments will win out.
The rapid growth and extensive range of new exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, has brought this nirvana a step closer for many. The global ETF industry has grown into a $2.4 trillion (£1.45trn) behemoth, with the top four providers dominating nearly three-quarters of the market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF and ETP assets reached U.S. $2.4 trillion, new record high, at end Of 2013

Posted on 14 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. $24.5 billion net inflows in December and positive market performance pushed assets in the global ETF/ETP industry to a new record high of U.S. $2.4 trillion at year-end 2013, according to preliminary findings from ETFGI’s global ETF and ETP industry insights report. The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,090 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,172 listings, from 218 providers on 60 exchanges at the end of 2013.
“After spending most of 2013 wondering when and how the Fed would taper its QE scheme, investors felt a degree of positive cheer and certainty after the Fed announced in December that the US economy was strong enough for it to begin to taper by U.S. $10 billion in January 2014” according to Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs may be simple, but don’t forget the ‘flash crash’ of 2010

Posted on 13 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rapid growth of the exchange-traded fund industry offers an excellent range of products for diversification, but investors need to beware the risks. The “do nothing” investment portfolio is every investor’s dream. Simply buy low-cost funds that replicate an equity index, corporate bonds and UK gilts, then sit back and ignore the daily gyrations of the stock market, safe in the knowledge that over time the investments will win out.
The rapid growth and extensive range of new exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, has brought this nirvana a step closer for many. The global ETF industry has grown into a $2.4 trillion (£1.45bn) behemoth, with the top four providers dominating nearly three-quarters of the market………………………………….Full Article: Source

2013 ETF race for investors

Posted on 13 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BlackRock pipped its arch rival Vanguard to the winning post as the race between exchange traded fund (ETF) providers for investors’ cash in 2013 culminated in a photo finish.
Less than $1 billion of inflows separated the first- and third-largest ETF providers by assets respectively, after a year in which Wall Street’s surge to an all-time high provided a significant boost to many US ETF managers. In comparison, growth for European-based ETF managers was disappointing as they lost market share to their US rivals………………………………….Full Article: Source

Record outflows from commodity ETPs in 2013 as investors dump gold

Posted on 10 January 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded products (ETPs) suffered their worst year on record in 2013 as investors dumped their gold holdings and joined the equity rally, data from BlackRock showed.
A whopping $42.9 billion was withdrawn from commodity ETPs in 2013, with gold ETPs accounting for $40 billion of those outflows, asset manager BlackRock said. The SPDR Gold ETP lost $25 billion, the single biggest ETP outflow in 2013…………………………….Full Article: Source

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