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January a Strong Month for Bond, Commodity ETF Flows

Posted on 11 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s new research finds overall net new asset (NNA) flows in January were US$12.2 Bn. Net inflows of US$13.3 Bn into fixed income products and US$5.2 Bn of net inflows of into commodity ETFs/ETPs globally ranked as the third largest months on record for both asset classes while equity ETFs/ETPs suffered net outflows of US$8.0 Bn in January.
The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,585 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,770 listings, assets of US$2.77 trillion, from 242 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries at the end of January 2015 according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end January 2015 global ETF and ETP industry insights report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF industry starts year in impressive style

Posted on 11 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ETF/ETP industry in Europe had an impressive start to the year, gathering $14.9 billion in net new assets in January 2015, according to industry consultancy ETFGI. This is the largest amount of net inflows gathered in a month, surpassing the prior record of $10.8 billion in net inflows set in July 2014.
The European ETF/ETP industry had 2,095 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,347 listings, assets of $466 billion, from 50 providers on 26 exchanges according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end January 2015 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. Equity ETFs/ETPs gathered the largest net inflows with $9.0 billion, followed by fixed income ETFs/ETPs with $5.2 billion and commodity ETFs/ETPs with $760 million………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fixed Income and Commodity ETFs/ETPs Have 3rd Best Month In January

Posted on 10 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s new research finds overall net new asset (NNA) flows in January were US$12.2 Bn. Net inflows of US$13.3 Bn into fixed income products and US$5.2 Bn of net inflows of into commodity ETFs/ETPs globally ranked as the third largest months on record for both asset classes while equity ETFs/ETPs suffered net outflows of US$8.0 Bn in January.
The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,585 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,770 listings, assets of US$2.77 trillion, from 242 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries at the end of January 2015 according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end January 2015 global ETF and ETP industry insights report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs for Global Stimulus

Posted on 09 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Canada, India, Turkey, Australia, China and Denmark. What do all of these countries have in common? The central bank of each nation has eased monetary policy to stimulate respective economies in 2015. What’s more, none of these actions had been anticipated; rather, the media described rate cuts as “surprising” or diminished reserve requirements as “unexpected.”
In the case of Denmark, recent stimulus has been creative as well as startling. For the fourth time in less than three weeks, the Danish central bank lowered its deposit rate to keep its krone in line with the weakened euro. Maintaining the peg of the Danish krone to the severely weakened euro is a means by which Denmark can spark export-driven growth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency-hedged ETFs in vogue as investors clamor for more

Posted on 09 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. investors spooked by wild swings in the foreign exchange market are piling into exchange-traded funds that strip out the local currency on their international equity portfolios, making them one of the most sought-after financial products in 2015.
With the dollar having rallied more than 19 percent since the beginning of 2014, investors are seeing gains in overseas stock markets eaten up by losses against the greenback. “People are voting with their feet,” said Luciano Siracusano, chief investment strategist for WisdomTree Investments in New York. “They’re putting billions of dollars into these funds, and what they’re saying is, ‘We don’t want to be 100 percent unhedged.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Can Energy ETFs Regain Fervor on Capital Spending Cuts?

Posted on 06 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a seven-month wild run, oil and energy stocks have bounced back strongly in recent sessions following the slew of capital spending cuts by several major players in the industry. This move, along with the latest data that a number of U.S. oil drilling rigs fell the most in 30 years last week, propelled the oil prices higher.
In fact, both the crude and Brent surged about 20% in the four days till Tuesday, marking the longest winning streak since January 2009. However, oil price again reversed its four-session rally, dropping 8.7% yesterday after U.S. crude inventories jumped to a record high last week. Notably, crude is currently hovering around $50 per barrel while Brent is trading at over $55 per barrel……………………………………….Full Article: Source

BMO gold product takes aim at big ETF market, new investors

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bank of Montreal has launched a new way for investors to buy physical gold, offering greater security than private storage while going head to head with the $60 billion exchange-traded fund industry.
The launch comes at a critical time for bullion, with investors in recent weeks making a tentative return to the market after a prolonged exodus as the oil rout and euro zone instability reignite gold’s appeal as a safe-haven investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Score Huge, Easy Gains From the ETF War

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Another salvo has been fired in the ongoing ETF war and you, dear investor, are the winner. Among four giants duking it out, State Street’s (STT) SPDR group is the latest to fire its cost-lowering howitzer. State Street announced yesterday that it’s slashing expense ratios on select SPDR exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to as low as 0.10% annually.
Note where the decimal point is: It’s not at 1%, which is what many actively managed funds charge. The difference over time is huge and there’s nothing much you have to do to get these huge cost advantages………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Agro ETFs Gain Post Archer Daniels’ Earnings Beat, Revenue Miss

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

On February 3, the agro titan Archer Daniels Midland Company came up with mixed results for 4Q14 with earnings beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a wide margin but revenues falling short.
This provider of agricultural products has announced a 17% hike in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.28 a share, which probably soothed investors’ nerves and pushed up its shares in the key trading session following the earnings release. Its shares, however, shed gains after hours………………………………………..Full Article: Source

3 Commodity ETFs Down 10% in January

Posted on 04 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After a dismal performance last year, commodities have continued to hit the headlines this year for not-so-good reasons. The world’s leading index of commodity prices – Bloomberg Commodity Index – has shed more than 5% in January and is now trading at a 12-year low. Also, the index tracking the prices of 22 different commodities, such as, gold, natural gas and oil has lost more than 20% in the past one year.
A strong dollar, tumbling oil prices, supply glut and weak global fundamentals had already started to play foul on commodity prices since the final quarter of last year. In fact, the latest upbeat view by the U.S. Federal Reserve on the state of the country’s economy has increased the volatility in the commodity space………………………………………..Full Article: Source

State Street cuts fees on 41 ETFs as price competition heats up

Posted on 04 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

State Street Corp said on Tuesday it has slashed management fees on 41 of its SPDR exchange-traded funds, joining major ETF providers BlackRock Inc and Vanguard in their efforts to lower fees as price competition heats up.
The price cuts at State Street, which affect a range of international and domestic equity and bond funds, come at a time when cost has become an increasingly important factor for ETF providers. Vanguard, which recently surpassed State Street to become the No. 2 U.S. ETF provider, has been winning assets with its razor-thin fees………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs and Other Ways Investors Can Bet on the Drop in Oil Prices

Posted on 03 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices are tumbling and energy stocks have fallen. Are there exchange-traded funds or exchange-traded notes that could do well or help hedge an energy position if this environment persists? And which are the most liable to lose money besides the obvious funds that track the industry?
The rising supply of oil from U.S. shale fields has helped create a global glut, even as world-wide demand remains tepid. That, along with Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to keep its production apace, has helped send oil prices tumbling. Most analysts expect the pressure on prices to continue, raising questions about how investors can shift their portfolios to take advantage………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF price war continues to rage in Europe

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF providers show no sign of calling a halt to the drawn-out battle over fees, with many continuing to cut prices across popular products in Europe to win over cost-conscious investors and to claw at the market share of larger rivals.
Persuading providers to admit that the spate of fee cuts is driven by a desire to undercut their competitors is difficult, and there is a noticeable reluctance among the largest of them to associate fee cuts with a price war………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF assets tipped to double by 2020: Report

Posted on 30 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-Traded funds (ETFs), already popular among investors big and small, are set to grow dramatically by 2020, a new report has found. Since they emerged as an asset class two decades ago, ETFs, which track stock indices or other baskets of securities and trade like stocks, have been winning investors over.
They offer transparency and lower costs than mutual funds. ETFs hold more than US$2.6 trillion (S$3.5 trillion) of assets globally, and that is set to reach US$5 trillion or more by 2020, the PwC report said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs May See More Pain Before Things Get Better

Posted on 30 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded fund investors may have to hunker down over the short-term, but the commodities market could turn around further out. Over the past year, the GreenHaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund which follows an equal-weight methodology that covers 17 commodity positions, has declined 13.9% while the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund, which tracks a broad basket of the 14 most heavily traded commodities and uses an optimum yield methodology that tries to limit the negative effects of contango, has decreased 30.5%.
Goldman Sachs remains pessimistic over the commodities outlook for the next three months but believes things could turn around over the next 12 months, the Wall Street Journal reports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Midas touch as ETF inflows grow

Posted on 29 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded products focusing on gold and oil have seen significant inflows as investors shy away from the European equity markets, figures from ETF Securities has shown. According to data from ETF Securities, more than $800m (£527.36m) has flowed into commodity-based ETPs already this year, compared with $1.1bn over the whole of 2014.
Rima Haddad, head of UK institutional sales for ETF Securities, said more investors had been nervous about the macro picture, especially the uncertainty over Europe and a possible tailing off of growth in the UK and US………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Assets Reached $2.08 Trillion in 2014

Posted on 28 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investor migration to independent advice drives 17% increase in ETFs in 2014; 19% increase in distribution of all passively managed investments. With an eye on key trends that emerged in 2014 including increased interest among investors to move to independent advice models and the growth of passively managed investments, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.released data revealing trends in distribution of long-term mutual funds and ETFs among retail and institutional channels.
“ETF assets across all channels increased by 17 percent reaching $2.08 trillion in 2014. Overall fund and ETF assets under management increased by 12 percent in 2014 and we saw independent broker-dealers and registered investment advisors continue to outpace wirehouses – a trend that we expect to continue in 2015,” said Frank Polefrone, Senior Vice President, Access Data, a Broadridge company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs on way to $5 trillion in assets: PwC study

Posted on 27 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds are on their way to $5 trillion in assets, a path that will travel around the globe as more nations dive into the increasingly popular investment vehicle, according to a study released Monday.
Asset managers responding to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis of the industry believe that lofty mark will be attained as soon as 2020. Even as growth begins to taper in the U.S., experts see untapped reservoirs around the world………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs: No Stopping at $2 Trillion

Posted on 27 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. exchange traded products industry hit a major milestone last year, eclipsing $2 trillion in assets under management, but industry observers do not see that growth slowing. Rather, it is expected that ETFs will continue their exponential growth rate in the years ahead.
While it took nearly two decades for the ETF industry to reach $2 trillion in assets, it will not need nearly as long to get to $5 trillion, according to a new report by PwC. The PwC repots says the global ETF industry will reach $5 trillion in combined AUM by 2020………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETF Holds Up Well

Posted on 26 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Consumers aren’t the only ones fueling up on cheap oil prices. Investors are adding energy stocks to their portfolios as West Texas Intermediate crude oil is showing signs of stabilizing. The Energy Select SPDR exchange-traded fund, which tracks energy companies in the S&P 500, is up 6.9% from its intraday low Jan. 13, outpacing broader market gains and oil itself, which are both up about 3% in the same period.
Oil, which has largely been in free fall since June, has weighed on major indexes, added volatility to markets and hammered the shares and earnings of many publicly traded energy companies. The Energy ETF has held up relatively well, falling 29% from June to January on the back of oil’s 59% plunge………………………………………..Full Article: Source

PwC Exchange traded fund assets will double to $5tr by 2020

Posted on 26 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded fund assets will double to $5 trillion (Dh18.3 trillion) by 2020, according to a detailed study by PwC, far outstripping the asset growth of traditional fund managers, which have come under increasing pressure to prove their worth. The consultancy calls the growth a “game changer” for the asset management industry.
“All financial services firms should consider developing an ETF strategy,” said Nigel Brashaw, a partner at PwC. “This may be an obvious choice for firms planning to manage, service or distribute ETFs, but it is also important for firms competing in an environment that is increasingly shaped by ETFs.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Palladium ETF to Shine this Year

Posted on 23 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF Trends reported that low prices of gasoline and cheap bank loans may attract more automobile buyers and hence, result in the palladium-related exchange traded funds to shine this year. As quoted in the market news: Fueling the increased palladium demand, global car sales increased 3.4% in 2014 to a record 81.6 million vehicles.
In the U.S., U.S. auto sales rose to an annualized rate of 17.2 million, the highest since November 2003. Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank AG both remain bullish on the palladium outlook because 70% of palladium demand comes from car-parts manufacturers. Specifically, an ounce of palladium supplies enough catalytic converters in about 10 vehicles………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How To Short Oil With ETFs

Posted on 23 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A respite to the oil price havoc has been wiped out with some forecasting a further drop in the days ahead. The commodity has been on a wild ride over the past six months, plunging about 60%. In fact, oil saw the biggest weekly decline last week since March 1986.
This is especially true as a boom in U.S. shale oil production, abundant supplies, no output cut by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as slowing demand in the U.S., Europe and China are heavily weighing on the demand/supply picture. As per the latest EIA report, the U.S. crude stockpiles rose 5.4 million barrels in the week (ending January 9), much higher than the market expectation of a 417,000-barrel increase………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Precious Metal ETFs Breaking Downtrend

Posted on 22 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rally in precious metals and related stocks continues to push higher as the SPDR Gold Trust hits a new five-month high. The initial rally was spurred by oversold technical levels, but the last few weeks the fuel has been moves by central banks around the globe. On Wednesday, Canada was the latest country to surprise the markets with an interest rate move. Next up is the European Central Bank.
Even though the moves have hurt the value of the local currencies and helped push the U.S. Dollar Index to multi-year highs, gold has been viewed as an alternative. Typically, the U.S. dollar and gold move in inverse relationships, but this time may be different………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Materials ETFs Mauled by Falling Oil Prices

Posted on 22 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil’s slide has identified some winners at the sector level, namely consumer-related shares, but beyond the energy sector, there are some losers as well. Those losers include the materials sector, which was already scuffling heading into 2015.
Last year, the Materials Select Sector SPDR rose just 7.2%, including paid dividends. XLB’s 2014 showing was 630 basis points worse than the S&P 500 and enough to make the fund the second-worst of the nine sector SPDR ETFs behind only the Energy Select Sector SPDR. To this point in the new year, only three of the nine sector SPDRs have traded higher. XLB is not a member of that trio………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Securities Branches out From Commodities ETFs

Posted on 21 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF Securities, the London-based exchange traded funds issuer known primarily for its lineup of commodities funds, is making a foray into equity-based funds with the introduction of two new ETFs. The ETFS Zacks Earnings Large-Cap U.S. Index Fund (NYSEArca: ZLRG) and the ETFS Zacks Earnings Small-Cap U.S. Index Fund (NYSEArca: ZSML) launched Tuesday.
“ETF Securities and Zacks developed the new ETFs to capture Zacks’ proprietary investment ranking strategy based on earnings estimate revisions and earnings quality, which have been shown to greatly impact stock prices. While offering the potential for enhanced returns, key steps have been taken to help mitigate risk………………………………………..Full Article: Source

5 Dividend ETFs to Buy for Income in 2015

Posted on 21 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The volatile start to 2015 has once again highlighted the importance of income-focused investing. Be it bonds, high dividend equities, or pass-through securities, picks that zero in on higher yielding securities have done well to start this uncertain year.
And while some have been worried about the specter of a possible Fed rate hike later in the year and its impact on higher yielding securities, fighting deflation has really been the focus of central banks around the globe instead. Europe appears to be on the cusp of a QE program of its own, while central banks from India to Denmark have slashed rates in recent weeks, showing us that much of the world is still decidedly in easing mode……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Will Gold Miner ETFs Dig Up Solid Returns in 2015?

Posted on 20 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold is shining since the beginning of 2015 on a spike in volatility. Paired with six-year low oil prices, QE talks in the Euro zone and the return of dour U.S. economic data that again spurred speculations of a push back in the Fed rate hike, the recent monumental move by the Swiss National Bank in its currency market earned the yellow metal the much-needed appreciation to start the year.
On Thursday, January 15, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) scrapped its long-standing exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs to 1 euro and caught the market off guard. Analysts took this as a deliberate move ahead of the likely QE policy from the European Central Bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How Can Exchanges Compete with a Bitcoin ETF?

Posted on 20 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Much of the bitcoin community is excited at the prospect of a bitcoin ETF due to the assumption that it could bring many new speculators into the market. After all, if everyone with access to assets traded on the NASDAQ can just as easily trade bitcoin in the same account as their other investments, it’s possible that more traditional investors may take a shot at the digital currency.
While there’s been plenty of attention on the possible Winklevoss bitcoin ETF, there hasn’t been much discussion on the effect the ETF could have on current bitcoin exchanges. Once traders have access to a regulated bitcoin ETF on the NASDAQ, why would they spend time trading on one of the frequently-hacked bitcoin exchanges?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Swissie Could Induce Commodities ETF Countertrend, but Tread Carefully

Posted on 16 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Swiss National Bank rattled global financial markets Thursday with its announcement that it is scrapping the franc’s euro peg, news that sent the CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust and scores of other well-known ETFs surging.
EUR/CHF is down 13.3% to 1.0410 and is flirting with parity, a once incomprehensible thought to forex market observers. The franc’s Thursday surge is having a wide-ranging impact across the ETF spectrum, particularly in the commodities space………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Key oil ETFs see significant decline since June

Posted on 16 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An investment fund traded on the stock exchange is called an exchange-traded fund (or ETF). An ETF holds assets like commodities, stocks, and bonds. It trades like a stock. Most ETFs track a bond index or stock index. The oil ETF consists of oil company stocks or futures contracts for various oils, gases, and petroleum-based fuels.
The massive decline in crude oil prices in the second half of 2014 has led to collateral damage for key oil ETFs. Most oil ETFs are down and trading at discounts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2015 Outlook for Oil & Gas ETFs

Posted on 15 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Currently, oil is deeply entrenched into bearish territory and has fallen below the $50-a-barrel level following OPEC’s decision to hold production unchanged, the effects of booming shale supplies in North America and a stagnant European economy. Moreover, a stronger dollar has made the greenback-priced commodity more expensive for investors holding foreign currency.
The cut in global crude demand growth by major energy consultative bodies has put the final nail in the coffin. While the OPEC international oil cartel cut its 2015 forecasted consumption by 280,000 barrels per day from its previous expectation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) trimmed its demand outlook for next year by 240,000 barrels per day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Miner ETFs Striking Toward 2009 Lows

Posted on 15 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The plunge in oil prices is beginning to ripple across sectors, pressuring industrial metal miners and related exchange traded funds. The SPDR Metals & Mining ETF fell 5.4% Wednesday and is down 28.2% over the past year. XME is now trading near its lowest since March 2009.
Global miners are not faring any better, with the iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF down 5.1% Wednesday, dipping to an all-time low. PICK has decreased 18.6% over the past year. The ETF tracks global companies involved in the extraction and production of diversified metals, aluminum, steel and precious metals and minerals, except gold and silver, including big names like BHP Billiton 17.3%, RIO Tinto 8.4% and Glencore, which also fell to an all-time low………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2015 Outlook For Oil and Gas ETFs

Posted on 14 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Currently, oil is deeply entrenched into bearish territory and has fallen below the $50-a-barrel level following OPEC’s decision to hold production unchanged, the effects of booming shale supplies in North America and a stagnant European economy. Moreover, a stronger dollar has made the greenback-priced commodity more expensive for investors holding foreign currency.
The cut in global crude demand growth by major energy consultative bodies has put the final nail in the coffin. While the OPEC international oil cartel cut its 2015 forecasted consumption by 280,000 barrels per day from its previous expectation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) trimmed its demand outlook for next year by 240,000 barrels per day………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Copper ETN Trips to Lowest Since 2009

Posted on 14 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The copper exchange traded note dipped Tuesday to its lowest point in almost six years as traders dumped copper on a weaker outlook in China and a potential pullback in oil-services-related industrial activity due to cheaper oil. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC) fell 3.4% Tuesday and was hovering around its lowest since May 2009. Over the past year, JJC declined 20.0%.
Short positions in copper are at a multi-year high as traders hold a more pessimistic outlook over China’s growth and diminished demand for the industrial metal, reports Jenny Cosgrave for CNBC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2014 Commodity Exposure: Futures vs ETFs

Posted on 14 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Throughout the year, we track a simple strategy of buying the 12 month out Futures contract against the commodity ETFs that supposedly track those very same futures, to see just how the performance lines up; knowing that ETFs typically are the ones that underperform because of the contract roll. For more on how this looks long term, see our recent deeper look into the $USO Oil ETF.
But regardless of whether you’re tracking correctly – the concept of buying and holding commodities, whether it be via futures, or via ETFs via futures – isn’t proving to be all that great anyway, with an average performance of -7%, compared to the ETFs -11% (and -12% and -16% if don’t include Cofee)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Perils of Bargain-Hunting With Oil ETFs

Posted on 13 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Trying to hook a marlin-sized rebound in oil using exchange-traded funds isn’t as easy as it may look. Many see oil as a bargain now that it’s below $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009. Bottom fishers are piling into oil-related ETFs at the fastest rate in years, and the ETFs have taken in $6 billion in the past six weeks. But so far no one is catching anything but negative returns.
If you’re tempted to join the crowd, keep two things in mind. First, you’re not directly investing in oil as a pure commodity play with these products — unless you want to store barrels of oil in your backyard………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF/ETPs in Europe Reach Record of $62B in Net New Assets in 2014

Posted on 13 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s research finds 2014 was a good year for the European ETF/ETP industry. During 2014 the ETF/ETP industry in Europe gathered a record level of US $62 billion in net new asset (NNA), breaking prior full year NNA records. At the end of December 2014, the European ETF/ETP industry had 2,106 ETFs/ETPs, with 6,376 listings, from 49 providers on 26 exchanges.
Assets in European ETFs/ETPs ended the year at US $460 billion, which is below the record of US $477.4 billion in assets set at the end of August 2014. We expect the European ETF/ETP industry to break through the US $500 billion milestone in 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs/ETPs Reached Record of $2.78 Trillion in Assets in 2014

Posted on 13 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s research finds 2014 was a very good year for the Global ETF/ETP industry. Some highlights are below: ETFs/ETPs listed globally: The global ETF/ETP industry has reached a new record level of US $2.79 trillion in assets invested in 5,580 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,770 listings, from 239 providers listed on 62 exchanges in 49 countries.
We expect the assets to break through the US $3 trillion milestone in the first half of 2015. There were US $61.5 billion in net new asset (NNA) inflows in December – the largest NNA month on record. Net inflows of US $338.3 billion are a new record beating prior full year net inflows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF/ETPs In Canada Reach Record Of $2.7B in Net New Assets in December 2014

Posted on 13 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI’s research finds the ETF/ETP industry in Canada gathered a record level of 2.7 billion US dollars in net new asset (NNA) in December 2014. During 2014 net inflows totalled US $9.2 billion. At the end of December 2014, the Canadian ETF industry had 341 ETFs, with 475 listings, assets of US $66 billion, from 9 providers listed on 1 exchange, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s end December 2014 Global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
“The global ETF/ETP industry enjoyed a very good year in 2014 gathering US $338 billion in net new assets. The US market outperformed other developed markets in 2014 marking the third year of double digit gains with the S&P 500 ending the year up 14%. Emerging markets gained 1% while developed markets were down 4% for the year,” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy ETPs attract lion’s share of commodity inflows in 2014

Posted on 12 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The collapse in the oil price attracted bargain hunters to energy exchange-traded products (ETPs) in 2014, with inflows leaping in December even as the sell-off in oil intensified, global data from BlackRock and ETF Securities showed.
Investors in the United States accounted for about 85 percent of the $3 billion-plus inflow into energy ETPs globally, ETF Securities, an issuer of ETPs, said. “A lot of the flows were in WTI (U.S.) crude ETPs,” said Martin Arnold, global FX and commodity strategist at ETF Securities. “It’s U.S. investors looking at the U.S. economy.” Natural gas accounted for about 25 percent of the inflows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Ravaged by Outflows in 2014

Posted on 12 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Last year was a dismal one for commodities exchange traded funds, both from a performance and outflows perspective. Although it fell just 2.2% for the year, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) each lost more than 2%.
Frustrated by a lack of inflation and spurred by a soaring U.S. dollar, investors pulled $3.2 billion from GLD. That placed the world’s largest gold ETF on the 2014 top 10 list for largest outflows and now GLD is no longer among the ten largest ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF industry booms in record-breaking year

Posted on 12 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors ploughed record amounts of cash into exchange traded funds last year as the expansion of the ETF industry accelerated worldwide.
Numerous records for ETF inflows were set in 2014 by providers, and across asset classes and geographies. This was helped by a massive surge in December, when investors allocated $61.5bn of new cash, a monthly record………………………………………..Full Article:

Precious metals drove commodity ETPs’ $20bn loss in 2014

Posted on 09 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Declines in precious metals prices drove a drop of more than $20 billion in commodity exchange-traded product holdings in 2014, according to ETF Securities Ltd. Assets under management in commodity ETPs fell $20.6 billion to $101.5 billion by the end of the year, according to a report published by the Jersey, U.K.-based company today.
Some 70 percent of the decline was attributable to precious metal ETPs, the value of which slid $14.8 billion to $79 billion. Record inflows into energy products, mostly crude oil, in the final quarter partially offset the annual decline in global ETP values.“With the Federal Reserve having pushed out of quantitative easing and looking to interest rate hikes and as the dollar rallied quite considerably, gold has just been an unfavored asset,” Nitesh Shah, an associate research director at the company, said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Investors flood into oil ETPs

Posted on 09 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors have flooded into oil related exchange-traded products at record levels according to data from ETF Securities. The data indicates investors are already using the recent oil market rout as an opportunity to rotate exposure at attractive price levels.
Much of the money going into oil ETPs has come from reductions to gold exposure. Gold ETPs saw $3.1bn of withdrawals, the largest quarterly withdrawals in a year. US investors accounted for 78% of this as confidence in the US recovery grew. Commodity sector performance generally continued to deteriorate in Q4 2014, confirming it as the worst year for the asset class since the financial crisis………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETP Trends Q4 and full year 2014

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Commodity performance continued to deteriorate in Q4 2014, marking the worst year for the asset class since the global financial crisis. A perfect storm of factors – the combination of strong supply across most commodity sectors, concerns about demand from China and a strengthening US Dollar – depressed prices and saw global AUM drop US$9.2bn in Q4 to US$101.5bn from Q3 2014.
Net flows into commodity ETPs were neutral and the AUM decline was entirely driven by price movements. Investors now appear to be looking at the current environment as an opportunity to increase cyclical commodity exposures, rotating away from more defensive exposures like gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Exchange-traded commodity funds lost more than $20-billion of assets in 2014

Posted on 09 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Declines in precious metals prices drove a drop of more than $20 billion in commodity exchange-traded product holdings in 2014, according to ETF Securities Ltd. Assets under management in commodity ETPs fell $20.6 billion to $101.5 billion by the end of the year, according to a report published by the Jersey, U.K.-based company today.
Some 70 percent of the decline was attributable to precious metal ETPs, the value of which slid $14.8 billion to $79 billion. Record inflows into energy products, mostly crude oil, in the final quarter partially offset the annual decline in global ETP values………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Strategy Based ETFs to Consider in 2015

Posted on 08 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETF offering continue to expand with new types of funds coming available to investors. A small but growing niche is strategy-based ETFs. These ETFs attempt to replicate investment strategies of “guru” investors, hedge funds and “smart money.” This is accomplished in various ways, based on the ETF’s trading methodology.
Some strategy-based ETFs have researched the strategies of successful investors, such as Warren Buffett, and incorporated his practices into their trading approach. Other ETFs track publicly disclosed stock purchases by major hedge funds, attempting to replicate the return of the funds. Another strategy-based ETF group is managed futures. These ETFs invest in futures products in an effort to profit in up, down or sideways markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Positioning for an Oil ETF Rebound? Watch For Contango

Posted on 08 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As crude oil prices dip to fresh lows, contrarian traders are becoming increasingly antsy for a rebound. Traders may try to tap into an oil-related exchange traded fund to capitalize on a potential recovery, but one should first look under the hood and understand how the futures market can affect an ETF.
For instance, many would likely turn to the U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, to play a potential turn in the energy market. USO is the largest and most popular oil-related ETF option on the market, with $1.2 billion in assets and $387 million changing hands daily, according to Attain Capital………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Services ETFs as Contrarian Plays

Posted on 07 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the past three months, nearly all of the worst performing exchange traded funds have direct ties to oil. Wade through the commodities plays such as the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index ETN (NYSEArca: OIL) and the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO) and the trail of tears includes scores of country ETFs and sector funds.
Oil services ETFs are predictable members of that less-than-illustrious list. The Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH), iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: IEZ), SPDR Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (NYSEArca: XES) entered Tuesday with an average 90-day loss of 27.6%, firmly positioning oil services stocks and ETFs as a hated asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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