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Investors Dump $3 Billion of Treasury ETFs as Haven Appeal Ebbs

Posted on 18 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Money managers are dumping Treasury exchange-traded funds as a revival in equity and commodity prices curbs demand for the relative safety of U.S. debt.
Treasury ETF net redemptions have reached $2.9 billion so far in April, on top of $4.8 billion pulled out in March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Net purchases of U.S. stock funds listed on exchanges have climbed to $8.5 billion this month and totaled $16.7 billion in March, the data show………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why emerging market ETFs could be the trade of the decade

Posted on 18 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Returns from shares in emerging markets have been weak since the global financial crisis; the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF has a 5-year average annual return of 1.1%, and 1.48% over 10 years.
As the ETF does not use currency hedging, Australian investors are exposed to movements in the underlying currencies. This means the weak Australian dollar has cushioned investors from some of the poor performance – by comparison, the USD version of the same ETF has had an average annual return of -4.71% for the last 5 years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Investors Go for Gold and Bonds in 2016

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The first quarter of 2016 was a rollercoaster for investors. But despite the volatile market conditions the European ETF industry attracted €9.94 billion of new money. The European exchange-traded-fund (ETF) industry attracted €10 billion of net new money in the first quarter of 2016.
Expectations for this corner of the passive fund world were particularly high in the wake of a record-high 2015 when investors placed €72 billion in these investment vehicles. Given this backdrop, it would be tempting to class the quarterly outcome as somewhat disappointing. However, this would be harsh judgment given the rather volatile market conditions experienced during the period………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs and Taxes - What Investors Need to Know

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with investors due to their low costs, transparency and ease of investing. However some investors do not know that ETFs are also very tax efficient specially compared with similar mutual funds.
Since most ETFs track well-known market indexes, that rebalance quarterly, they usually experience lower turnover compared with actively managed funds and thus create fewer “taxable events” that result in tax liabilities. For example, the most popular ETF- SPDR S&P 500 -has an annual turnover rate of less than 3%. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

US listed ETFs/ETPs assets set a new record at end of Q1 at $2.17trn says ETFGI

Posted on 14 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States reached a new record of $2.17trn at the end of Q1 surpassing the prior record of $2.15trn set at the end of May 2015 says ETFGI. Some 94 providers listed 1,863 ETFs/ETPs on three US exchanges at the end of Q1, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
“U.S. equities rebounded in March ending the month up 7%. Emerging markets and Developed ex US markets also had a strong March ending up 12.5% and 7.2% respectively. Based on comments from the Fed there is a growing belief that interest rates will be held lower for longer than previously anticipated………………………………………..Full Article: Source

An Overhead View of Precious Metals ETFs

Posted on 14 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Precious metals-related exchange traded funds have been among the best performers this year. However, there may soon be more diverging performances as the rally grows long in the tooth.
ETFs that track silver and gold miners have been the best performers this year, with the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver Small Cap Miners/Explorers ETF up 107.1% and iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF up 80.1% year-to-date………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF Assets Top $3 Trillion

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets in global exchange-traded funds topped $3 trillion at the end of the first quarter for the second time after first doing so in May 2015. According to London-based ETFGI, the global ETF industry, which also includes exchange-traded notes, counted 6,240 ETFs/ETNs with assets of $3.07 trillion, from 277 providers listed on 64 exchanges in 51 countries.
“We’ve seen strong growth across the board globally, but for different reasons. In the U.S., we see flows coming from all three core markets: institutional, advisory and retail,” said Dave Nadig, director of exchange-traded funds at FactSet Research Systems………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETP Assets Listed In Europe Reach Record Of $522 Billion End Of Q1 2016

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe reach a new record high of US$522 billion US at the end of Q1 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s March 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$5.11 Bn in March marking the 18th consecutive month of net inflows.
The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,207 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,895 listings, assets of US$522 Bn, from 52 providers listed on 25 exchanges in 21 countries at the end of Q1……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gold ETF Investing Jumps in China, But Market ‘Still Tiny’

Posted on 13 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold ETF demand in China rose 120% in the first 3 months of this year, new data show. But the sector remains tiny compared to both the world market for gold ETFs and against China’s overall gold investment demand.
Needed to back the value of stockmarket shares in trust funds designed to track the gold price, the amount of bullion held for China or Hong Kong-listed ETFs rose from 9 tonnes to almost 20 tonnes during the first quarter of 2016. Almost 95% of that growth came in one product, the Huaan Yifu Gold ETF ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

5 ETFs to Buy if Oil Stays at $40

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Finally, oil jolted higher in the April 8 week to near $40/ barrel, snapping a drawn-out downtrend. The WTI crude oil ETF United States Oil Fund ( USO ) added about 7.5% in the last five trading sessions (as of April 8, 2016) and Brent crude oil ETF United States Brent Oil ( BNO ) tacked on about 8.1% gains during the same timeframe.
The impressive gains were prompted by the impending OPEC-Russia meeting in Doha on April 17 to talk about an output freeze and a decline in U.S. stockpiles. As per the U.S. Energy Department’s weekly inventory release, crude stockpiles reported a surprise reduction from their all-time high levels………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Trade in Gold ETFs After Robust 30-Year Rally?

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Thanks to global growth concerns, reduced expectations for rate hike, geopolitical tensions and bearishness in the stock market, gold posted the biggest first-quarter gain in three decades. In addition, the adoption of negative interest rates by most central banks such as Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Europe boosted the demand for gold bullion and pushed the prices higher.
Investors should note that most of the gains came in the first six weeks of the year and thereafter the momentum of increase slowed down. The Fed signaled that interest rates in U.S. would stay low for some time and dialed back its projection from four lift-offs to two hikes in its recent meeting………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Low Carbon ETFs for the Socially Responsible Investor

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many investors believe we are reaching a political tipping point, when the regulatory burden on firms with a large carbon footprint must increase dramatically. Global temperatures for the month of February eclipsed those on record, reminding investors that there may be considerations beyond simple rate of return to consider when investing for the future.
The concept of low carbon investing (LCI) revolves around reducing financial exposure to firms with high carbon emissions, for example oil majors like BP (BP.) or mining firms like BHP Billiton. (BLT) It has been popular with institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds and endowments globally for many years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Which ETFs Are Most Correlated to Latin American Commodities?

Posted on 11 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There are various ETFs in the Latin America space that are most correlated to commodity movements. The ETFs in the base metal space (DBB) are the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Mexico (HEWW), the SPDR MSCI Mexico Quality Mix ETF (QMEX), the iShares Latin America 40 (ILF), the iShares MSCI Colombia Capped (ICOL), and the iShares MSCI All Peru Capped (EPU).
They have the highest positive correlations of 71.1%, 59.5%, 52%, 50.44%, and 49.8%, respectively………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs the cure for ‘fee-shaming’

Posted on 08 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

‘Follow the money,” said Watergate informant Deep Throat to Robert Redford’s Bob Woodward in All The President’s Men. In the less cinematic world of retirement savings, an apt line could be “follow the fees.”
Compared with most mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, or ETFS, usually have lower fees. In fact, financial planner Shannon Lee Simmons at her Toronto-based company the New School of Finance believes that lower fees for ETFs override all other considerations for most people………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Peru ETF Shining on Gold Rally

Posted on 08 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Peruvian market has delivered a stunning performance so far this year, thanks to a spurt in commodity prices. Peru is a commodity centric economy. In fact, it is one of the largest producers of gold and silver in the world.
The weakness in the global financial markets has helped precious metals, like gold and silver, to regain their sheen in 2016. Sluggish growth in China since the beginning of the year and the global oil market turbulence has lifted safe-haven demand. While SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has gained 15.2% year-to-date, iShares Silver Trust (SLV) has risen 7.7% (as of April 4,2016)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Rapid ETF growth set to continue

Posted on 07 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australian investors will continue to flock to exchange traded funds (ETFs) over the next twelve months, new research reveals. Data from the annual BetaShares/Investment Trends ETF Report revealed that the number of investors using ETFs jumped 37 per cent in 2015, exceeding previous forecasts.
BetaShares managing director, Alex Vynokur said ETFs were becoming mainstream in Australia, “just like they are in global markets”, with the report predicting that more than 256,000 Australians will hold an ETF by the end of 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Is the Future Clouded for Solar ETFs?

Posted on 07 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A lot is being said about the future of solar companies with one stalwart, SunEdison Inc. , rumored to be going bankrupt. In fact, shares of the company tumbled almost 45% in Friday’s after hours trading. The company has been on a southward trend for some time now. The company’s market value has dropped to a mere $136 million as compared to July last year, when it was valued at almost $10 billion.
Per The Wall Street Journal report , SunEdison is expected to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks. The report goes on to say that with the company preparing chapter 11 filing and in talks with creditor groups, it is likely that creditors will take control of the company and its power projects………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETFs’ defensive qualities may yet woo investors due to market volatility

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are starting to gain traction with investors seeking safe haven assets in light of ongoing equities market volatility. After spending significant time in the doldrums, the gold price hit a 13-month high of above $US1280 an ounce in March, before sliding back.
Alongside the lift in its price, BlackRock reported record fund inflows of $US7.2 billion ($9.4 billion) for gold ETFs globally during the month of February. This represents an increase in fund flows of more than 10 per cent of the total $US66.8 billion market across the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs vs. ETNs - Which Investment Is Best for You?

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

You have probably heard of exchange traded funds (ETFs), but you may be unfamiliar with exchange traded notes (ETNs). They are similar in that both track some form of asset, trade on the major stock exchanges and have relatively low expense ratios compared to an actively managed fund. The main difference, and most of the differences that follow, relate to the underlying assets.
ETFs actually hold the assets that they attempts to track, whether the assets are stocks, bonds, commodities, precious metals, or other financial entities. Returns are based on the assets that are held by the fund. Assets are managed to stay on track with the index………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Not All ETFs Are Created Equal

Posted on 06 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The market for exchange-traded funds, popular stock-market instruments that track all sorts of equity and bond indexes and commodities, is continuing to grow. But some are better investments than others, experts say.
At the end of last month, the number of U.S.-based ETFs reached 1,585 with $1.95 billion in assets from 80 providers on three exchanges, according to the London-based research firm and consultancy ETFGI. That’s up from 1,158 ETFs with $1.299 billion in assets from 35 providers in February 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Some Commodities Leave the Doghouse

Posted on 05 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After years of shunning commodities, investors are once again making big bets on the sector by jumping into exchange-traded funds. The buying is primarily in oil and gold, and not every observer of the market agrees that the money will stay put in these funds for very long. But the binge is still impressive.
“It is a long time since commodities have been as popular with investors as they have so far this year,” says a March report from Barclays. It says an estimated $21.5 billion was invested in commodity ETFs and other commodity investment products world-wide in January and February, the strongest start to a year since 2011. It notes that last year, investors pulled money out of commodity ETFs for the third straight year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Prices ‘Consolidate’ as ETFs Sell, ‘Could Test Support’ Below $1200

Posted on 05 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold Prices edged lower to $1216 per ounce on Monday morning in London, writes Steffen Grosshauser at BullionVault, but held above Friday’s near 6-week low as the US Dollar traded around 5-month lows on the currency markets.
Major government bond prices also slipped, nudging yields higher as European equities gained over 1%. China’s stockmarkets and the Shanghai Gold Exchange were shut for the Ching Ming festival………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Leading gold ETF reports first weekly outflow this year

Posted on 05 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York-listed SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), last week experienced its first net weekly outflow this year, data from the ETF showed. The fund’s gold holdings fell by 5.6 tonnes on a net basis to 818.1 tonnes last week, cutting its inflow for the year to 175.7 tonnes, still a highly elevated level. Its last net weekly outflow was in the week to Dec. 31.
The decline followed a slide in gold prices to their lowest in more than a month last Monday as uncertainty over the timing of U.S. interest rate increases prompted some buyers to take profits after gold’s biggest quarterly price rise in nearly 30 years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging Market ETF Inflows Surge to $9 Billion in Record Month

Posted on 05 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors pumped more than $1 billion into U.S. exchange traded funds that buy emerging market stocks and bonds last week, bringing the month’s inflows to a record $9 billion.
Deposits into emerging-market ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries totaled $1.11 billion in the week ended April 1, compared with $1.44 billion the previous period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Smooth Out a Volatile Ride

Posted on 04 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Slow and steady wins the race. Investors seeking an exchange traded fund strategy that can produce attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long haul should take a look at the low-volatility theme.
“Imagine a race between a speedy, boastful hare and a steady, quiet tortoise,” Andrew Ang, Head of BlackRock‘s Factor Based Strategies Group, mused in a research note. “You can think of minimum volatility strategies as akin to the tortoise – humble and sometimes overlooked, but a formidable participant in the race over the long term.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Do Not Be Fooled By The Commodities ETFs Surge

Posted on 04 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodity market has seen a surge lately, with precious metals deserving a special mention. A falling dollar in the wake of a volley of subdued U.S. data points, concerns over global growth and an acute plunge in oil prices have marred the possibility of frequent rate hikes this year.
This has taken the shine off the greenback and has helped the rally in precious metals in the first quarter of 2016. Within the entire collection, the surge in gold was unparalleled, approaching ‘the best quarter in nearly 30 years’. Gold bullion ETF iShares Gold Trust ETF has advanced 16.1% so far this year (as of March 31, 2016)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Corn ETF, Commodity-Related ETFs Plunge After Double Whammy

Posted on 01 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Corn prices and the commodity-related exchange traded funds plunged Thursday on a double whammy of expanding stockpiles and increased planting despite an oversupplied market. The Teucrium Corn Fund fell 5.0% Thursday as CBOT corn futures declined 4.5% to $3.505 per bushel. CORN is down 0.6% year-to-date and 18.6% lower over the past year.
The falling corn prices is dragging down broader agriculture-related exchange traded products on Thursday as well. The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund, which includes 12.5% corn, dipped 0.9%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Problems With Emerging Market ETFs–And The Solution

Posted on 01 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Despite their economies growing at twice the rate of developed economies, emerging market ETFs have been significantly underperforming developed markets ETFs so far this decade. One of the reasons for this is how emerging market ETFs’ underlying indices are constructed.
ETFs, or exchange traded funds, are one of the best ways to get exposure to a market or sector. They track an index, like the S&P 500, have low fees and can be traded on an exchange like a regular stock………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Best Gold ETF to Buy for Market-Beating Gains in 2016

Posted on 31 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

We’ve found the best gold ETF for investors to buy in 2016 as the price of gold continues to outpace the markets. Gold prices are up 16.53% year to date, compared to a gain of just 1.6% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the same time.
And we see the price of gold continuing to beat the market in 2016. But before we get to our favorite gold ETF for 2016, here’s how gold prices are trending…After rising $15.70, or 1.29%, to $1,235.60 an ounce on Tuesday, gold prices were mostly flat Wednesday. Dovish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen have been the catalyst for gold prices this week………………………………………..Full Article: Source

An Investor’s Guide to the 10 Most Popular Leveraged ETFs

Posted on 31 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the past decade, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have gained tremendous popularity due to the advantages and flexibility they offer investors including cost effectiveness and transparency.
Investors have embraced these factors as total ETF industry assets currently stand at $2.17 billion. Year-to-date, assets have risen 2.0% and the number of ETFs has increased 1.1% with 43 new funds launched………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Look at What’s Boosting Oil ETFs, How Long it Will Last

Posted on 30 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is up 9.4% over the past month in what can be described as a stunning reversal of fortune for the previously downtrodden oil exchange traded fund.
While that type of rally would appear to lure new investors, those considering fresh positions in USO and rival oil ETFs should consider one of the catalysts that is driving oil prices higher: Short covering. Oil’s rally, like gold’s, has drawn plenty of skeptics………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging-Market ETFs Add $1.45 Billion in Sixth Week of Gains

Posted on 29 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors added $1.45 billion to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging market stocks and bonds last week in the longest stretch of gains since May.
Deposits into ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries increased by more than $1 billion for the fourth straight week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The last time the funds had a longer winning streak was in the 11 weeks ended May 29. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs In Japan Gathered $2.48 Billion In Net New assets in February 2016

Posted on 29 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of US$2.48 Bn in February 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. In the first two months of 2016 ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have gathered a record level of US$9.24 Bn. ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan have gathered net inflows for 3 consecutive months.
The ETF industry in Japan 170 ETFs/ETPs, with 225 listings, assets of US$131 Bn, from 21 providers on listed 2 exchanges at the end of February 2016. “February was another volatile month for equity markets. The S&P 500 closed the month down 0.13%. Despite recent uncertainty, emerging markets gain 0.31% in February, while developed markets outside of the U.S. declined 1%.” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will European ETFs Continue to Underperform SPY?

Posted on 24 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Even after the latest easing measures by the European Central Bank (ECB), the European ETFs are underperforming the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY). Most European equity ETFs are in the red so far this year as compared to SPY which is up 0.25% in the same time frame.
On March 10, ECB in a surprising move came up with a more intensified economic stimulus. The bank has lowered the deposit rate to a historic low of negative 0.4%, down from the previous rate of negative 0.3%. Meanwhile, the main refinancing rate was lowered to zero, which is expected to boost liquidity in the banking system. It also cut its marginal lending rate by 0.05% to 0.25%. If this was not enough, monthly asset purchases were raised to EUR 80 billion from 60 billion previously………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Here’s Why Gold ETFs Are Hot

Posted on 24 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors have heard plenty about gold and the relevant exchange traded funds this year and with good reason. “Good reason” being the SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and the ETFS Swiss Physical Gold Shares are each sporting year-to-date gains of just under 18 percent.
A variety of reasons have been cited as catalysts for the 2016 bullion bounce. Negative interest throughout the developed world and the Federal Reserve appearing as though it will not be able to raise U.S. borrowing costs by as much as previously thought are chief among those reasons………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Money managers shake up ETF landscape

Posted on 23 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The booming exchange traded fund industry, in which investors can buy shares that track an underlying basket of securities, shows few signs of slowing down. Within the industry, institutional investors play a prominent role, attracted by lower costs and flexibility of the product.
Large pools of capital controlled by large investors including pension funds and insurers that were once directed into mutual funds are now increasingly being placed into ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Emerging Market ETFs Surge $2.72 Billion, Turn Positive for Year

Posted on 22 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors added $2.72 billion to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging-market stocks and bonds, the most in almost two years, as inflows turned positive for the first time in 2016.
Deposits into ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries during the week ended March 18 compared with $1.67 billion added in the previous period and were the highest since reaching $3.37 billion at the start of April 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. So far this year, the funds increased by $1.36 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency Hedging Is Growing Up. Are Your Foreign ETFs Keeping Up?

Posted on 22 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global currencies have been in the news a lot lately. In December, the Federal Reserve Bank hiked interest rates. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) recently tried to push its currency lower with negative interest rates.
The European Central Bank has cut rates as well. And the Chinese currency has moved lower since dropping 2% last August when the People’s Bank of China let the yuan float. Despite the BOJ’s best efforts the yen is up 8% this year, its strongest level against the dollar since October 2014. The euro is strengthening too………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European Commodity ETFs Have Record Inflows

Posted on 21 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange-traded funds listed in Europe had record inflows in February as European ETFs have gathered net inflows for 17 consecutive months. The consultancy ETFGI said in its February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report that commodities ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe had net inflows of $2.66bn (€2.4bn) last month, beating the previous record of $2.12bn in September 2012.
In total ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of $2.92bn in February, marking net inflows for 17 consecutive months. Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI, said in a statement: “February was another volatile month for equity markets which drove investors to invest net flows into government bonds and gold.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity ETP flows hit monthly high in February

Posted on 18 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed in Europe hit a monthly high in February as economic uncertainty pushed investors into safe haven assets, according to ETFGI, a London-based ETF industry consultant. The broader European market gathered net inflows of $2.92bn in total last month, reflecting 17 consecutive months of net inflows for European-listed ETFs/ETPs.
Commodity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $2.66bn, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $2.12bn. These flows were offset by equity ETFs/ETPs, which experienced net outflows of $2.19bn. The net inflows of $2.66bn into commodity ETFs/ETPs is a record high. The previous record was $2.12bn in September 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How To Find The Best Sector ETFs: Q1′16

Posted on 18 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The large number of ETFs hurts investors more than it helps as too many options become paralyzing. Performance of an ETFs holdings are equal to the performance of an ETF.
Our coverage of ETFs leverages the diligence we do on each stock by rating ETFs based on the aggregated ratings of their holdings..Finding the best ETFs is an increasingly difficult task in a world with so many to choose from. How can you pick with so many choices available?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

European ETFs Gathered $2.92B In February, Led By Commodities: ETFGI

Posted on 17 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs and ETPs with European listings saw net inflows of $2.92 billion last month, according to new data from ETFGI, marking the 17th straight month of gains. European ETFs and ETPs now number 2,199, with $485 billion in assets under management of 52 providers on 25 exchanges.
Commodity strategies were the biggest winners, with inflows of $2.66 billion, a new record high, with fixed-income coming in second, at $2.12 billion. By contrast, quity strategies saw outflows of $2.19 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs reflect market conditions rather than dictate them

Posted on 17 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As exchange traded funds have become more popular, the amount of controversy about them has grown. The current ETF debate centres around three key questions. Are there now too many ETFs? Do they contribute to market volatility?
Is there something about the way that ETFs work that means they are uniquely challenged in times of market stress? I’d like to address each of these questions in turn. First, are there too many ETFs? At the time of writing, ETFGI data show that there are about 2,200 exchange traded products (including ETFs, exchange-traded commodities and exchange-traded notes) listed on Europe’s exchanges. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Gold, oil and robots: Big trend investing with ETFs

Posted on 16 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The best-performing exchange-traded fund (ETF) so far this year is a triple-leveraged gold miners product that goes by the ticker symbol “NUGT”.
Aiming to deliver three times the returns of the Arca Gold Miners index in any given session, its 150 per cent increase this year is of little surprise: gold miners have rallied on the back of a rebound in the precious metal, which is up 20 per cent since the start of the year. ETFs give retail investors cost-effective and flexible access to a huge variety of markets……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs Listed In U.S. Gathered $1.53 Billion In Net New Assets In February

Posted on 16 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In February 2016, ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States gathered net inflows of US$1.53 Bn in February 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s February 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
In the United States the ETF/ETP industry had 1,863 ETFs/ETPs, assets of US$2.02 Bn, from 95 providers listed on 3 exchanges at the end of February 2016. “February was another volatile month for equity markets which drove investors to invest net flows into government bonds and gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Exchange traded product commodity investing pitfalls

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Arecent email I received promoted a WTI crude oil three times leverage daily exchange traded product. While I question the need to leverage your risk three times, I do think commodities are beginning to look interesting.
The Bloomberg commodity index peaked in June 2008 and having shed two-thirds of its value, is currently near levels not seen since 1999. Arguably, however, some markets are moving from oversupply into equilibrium and the demand picture is not actually too bad, notwithstanding China’s retrenchment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs attract record new assets

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global ETFs and ETPs attracted $10.8bn of new assets in February, according to independent research firm ETFGI. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs saw the largest net inflows in February with $13.64bn of new assets, followed by commodity ETFs/ETPs with $8.89bn – a record high. Equity ETFs/ETPs saw net outflows of $12.95bn.
The February industry insights report from ETFGI also shows ETFs and ETPs listed globally have now seen net inflows for 25 consecutive months. Vanguard came top in terms of asset gathering in February with $4.18bn of net flows, followed by iShares with $3.1bn and then Nomura Asset Management with $1.49bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Aren’t Like Your Other Investments

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With commodity exchange traded funds gaining traction as raw materials prices are on the mend, it is important for investors to keep in mind that most of their commodity-related ETFs do not track the spot price.
Most commodity ETFs do not track the spot price, or commodity prices as investors see them in the headlines. However, there are some exceptions, including precious metals-related exchange traded products that are backed by physical gold, silver, platinum and palladium bars stored in bank vaults………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Advisers Stick by Commodity ETFs Despite Dramatic Declines

Posted on 15 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rise of exchange-traded funds and notes makes it easy for everyone to own commodities, and many financial advisers recommend small stakes as permanent elements of a diversified portfolio. But the average broad-basket commodities ETF has lost an average of 7.9% a year in the past five years through July, according to Morningstar Inc. MORN 0.21 %.
And the bloodletting has only intensified this year. The S&P GSCI, a benchmark for commodity-markets investments, for example, has plummeted 43.1% in the 12 months through Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

You have heard of ETFs, now say hello to the PTF

Posted on 14 March 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It is 26 years since Canada started the $3 trillion exchange-traded funds revolution when the Toronto Stock Exchange listed the Toronto 35 Index Participation fund. It took three years for the US to take advantage of the innovation, starting with State Street’s launch of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.
In March 2016, Canada is set to break new ground again with the launch of the first platform-traded fund, or PTF, on the Toronto exchange. Asset manager Invesco Canada created the PTF concept and Peter Intraligi, its president, confirms it has been looking for a way to “sell active funds like they sell ETFs”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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