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Should You Buy Oil ETFs Ahead of the OPEC Meet?

Posted on 09 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have been volatile lately flipping between bear and bull markets. While higher OPEC production and a rise in the number of rigs operating in U.S. oil fields stoked supply glut concerns, a likely output control talk among major oil producers scheduled to take place in September 26-28 in Algeria gave this commodity some support.
Also, Russia and OPEC bigwig Saudi Arabia’s decision to join hands on stabilizing the oil market, raised hopes further for oil ETFs. Overall, United States Oil Fund, which looks to track the spot price of WTI crude, added 6.7% and United States Brent Oil, which tracks the daily price movements of Brent crude oil, was up 7.2% in the last one month……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Investors Should Be Very Careful With Inverse ETFs

Posted on 09 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ubiquitous nature of ETFs ensures that they are accessible to virtually any type of investor in any type of account. That’s generally a good thing for the majority of these low-cost, diversified, and tax-efficient tools. Nevertheless, it also opens the door for complex and potentially unsuitable investments to make their way into places they should likely never appear.
Case in point is the growing use of short ETFs, which are also referred to as bear market or inverse funds. These contrarian vehicles have become a “go to” tool for many active investors who wish to make a bet that the market will fall………………………………………..Full Article: Source

A Commodity ETF Idea for a September Trade

Posted on 08 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many asset classes are sensitive to seasonal trends, but perhaps none more so than commodities. With that idea in mind, natural gas exchange traded products, such as the United States Natural Gas Fund and the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN , could be worthwhile trades this month.
Traders are anticipating the sweltering heat could raise natural-gas consumption as households and offices use more gas-powered electricity to run air-conditioning units………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil ETFs Have Rally Potential

Posted on 08 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund, which tracks Brent crude oil futures, are each up more than 4% over the past month. That could be just the start of more gains for the oil exchange traded products as some market observers see more upside on the way for crude.
Oil is also likely to get some help from now dwindling bets that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the coming months. Raising interest rates would likely boost the dollar, in turn pressuring dollar-denominated commodities such as oil………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Are Inverse ETFs and How and Why To Use Them

Posted on 08 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ubiquitous nature of ETFs ensures that they are accessible to virtually any type of investor in any type of account. That’s generally a good thing for the majority of these low-cost, diversified, and tax-efficient tools. Nevertheless, it also opens the door for complex and potentially unsuitable investments to make their way into places they should likely never appear.
Case in point is the growing use of short ETFs, which are also referred to as bear market or inverse funds. These contrarian vehicles have become a “go to” tool for many active investors who wish to make a bet that the market will fall………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Strong ETF Inflows Continue In August

Posted on 07 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After July saw more than $53 billion in new assets flow to ETFs, August followed suit with another strong month, with nearly $30 billion of inflows, with equity ETF gathering the lion’s share of new money.
In aggregate, August asset flows were solid, if much smaller than July’s $52 billion intake. So far this year, the U.S. ETF industry has gathered a net of $143.2 billion in fresh assets, in line with last year’s asset growth. When it comes to ETF flows in 2016, it really has been a tale of two trends. For the first half of the year, fixed-income ETFs dominated, with more than 80% of new assets going to that asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Comparing Total Return Bond ETFs

Posted on 07 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

This has been a big year for U.S. fixed-income ETFs, which have led asset-class net creations with inflows of more than $60 billion year-to-date. In this segment, no fund has been more popular this year, or is bigger than the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG).
AGG, which has a massive $41.3 billion in total assets, tracks an index of U.S. investment-grade bonds in a far-reaching portfolio that includes more than 5,800 securities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Five Best Practices for Trading ETFs

Posted on 05 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As traders go in and out of markets during shifting environments, it is important to understand some key trading practices to best execute exchange traded fund orders. For instance, traders who are trying to efficiently execute ETF trades should understand why premium/discounts occur, evaluate an ETF’s bid-ask price, wait a while after the market opens to trade, place international trades when foreign markets are open and consult ETF specialists for large orders, James Ross, Chairman of the Global SPDR Business for State Street Global Advisors, said in a note.
“Understanding the unique structure of ETFs and how they trade will allow you to transact more efficiently,” Ross said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commerzbank: Gold ETFs Post Big Outflow; Silver Inflows Continue

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global holdings of gold by physically backed exchange-traded funds collectively posted their highest daily outflow – of 11.3 tonnes – in nearly three weeks on Wednesday, Commerzbank reports. “The SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold ETF, was responsible,” the bank says.
The SPDR website shows a single-day outflow of 12.17 tonnes. “Holdings in the gold ETFs tracked by Bloomberg were topped up by a mere 13.7 tonnes in all in August; that’s the smallest monthly increase since April,” Commerzbank says………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs May Experience Seasonal Weakness in September

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds are subject to seasonal trends as certain supply and demand dynamics shift through the year. In September, energy and silver ETFs could suffer through a changing trend.
For starters, the United States Oil Fund, which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, has historically underperformed in September, only inching higher 30% of the time and typically falling by 3.5% for the month, writes Cory Mitchell for Investopedia………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fed Could Initiate The Push For Preferred ETFs

Posted on 02 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Among the high-yielding asset classes benefiting from the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates to this point in the year are preferred stocks and the corresponding exchange-traded funds.
TheiShares S&P US Pref Stock Idx Fnd (ETF) has a 30-day SEC yield of 5.3 percent and is up 6.6 percent year-to-date. Income investors embraced preferred stocks, in large part, because of high yields, but as the spike in Treasury yields earlier this year and in 2013 taught investors, high-yielding assets are vulnerable to rising rates………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy sector ETF on pace to cap August with worst daily loss of the month

Posted on 01 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy-related stocks and funds tumbled on Wednesday, tracking the price of crude oil lower as investors continued to fret about oversupply that has dogged the global crude market for two years. The Energy Select Sector one of the most popular ways for investors to play the space, fell 1.8% in its steepest one-day decline since Aug. 1, according to FactSet data.
“Right now the whole world is awash in oil, and in order to sop that up and get a balance between supply and demand, we need to see demand pick up sizably,” said Robert Lutts, chief investment officer at Cabot Money Management. “That’s not going to happen, so I think we’ll see more pressure on the downside.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Japan Currency-Hedged ETFs Gain on Fed Speculation

Posted on 01 September 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency.
On Tuesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund gained 1.4%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF rose 1.2% and Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF advanced 1.1%. The currency-hedged ETFs are outperforming non-hedged funds as the local currency depreciates against the U.S. dollar………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Assets Invested in ETFs/ETPs In Canada Reached Record $81 Billion By July 2016

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed in Canada have increased 25.3% year to date to reach a new record of US$81 billion at the end of July 2016. The Canadian ETF industry had 430 ETFs, with 585 listings, assets of US$81 Bn, from 17 providers listed on 2 exchanges, according to ETFGI’s July 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report.
Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of July for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$3.343 trillion, in the United States at US$2.367 trillion, in Europe at US$539.16 Bn and in Japan at US$191.82 Bn. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

The 5 Best Oil ETFs

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

These 5 oil ETFs offer investors an opportunity to speculate on oil futures, E&P stocks large and small, and services companies that are especially leveraged to changes in drilling activity.
An explosion in ETFs has left investors with so many choices that it’s difficult to separate the best ETFs from the worst. I’ve taken a deep look into many oil exchange-traded funds on the market and determined that these five are my picks for the top funds for oil investors and speculators alike………………………………………..Full Article: Source

2016’s Best-Performing Commodity ETFs Could See Gains Evaporate Soon

Posted on 30 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With great gains come great risk, and a number of high-flying commodity ETFs are now facing big potential pullbacks, as the odds of an interest rate hike rise. As a result, investors sitting on big gains could very well see them go up in smoke soon. Let’s take a look at some of the most at-risk precious metal and commodity ETFs.
Clearly, the GDXJ and GDX are particularly vulnerable here. Both gold miner-focused ETFs have been on incredible runs in 2016, and despite cooling off this month, they lack any major technical price support to help prevent further pullbacks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF vs. Index Fund: Which Is Best for You?

Posted on 29 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The difference between an ETF an index fund is not as insignificant as it might seem. It isn’t just about performance, or which type had the best returns. Making the wrong choice could cost you thousands of dollars in extra fees and commissions and require hours of work on your part.
The differences boil down to four main pillars — fees, minimums, taxes, and liquidity — all of which ultimately determine whether your best option is to buy an ETF or stick to an index fund. 1. Fees and expenses: ETFs generally have a slight advantage when it comes to annual expense ratios………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The 10 Best ETFs on the Planet

Posted on 29 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

You can hunker down in these funds for several years and know your investment is in good hands. They’ll rarely be the 100%, exact, best, perfect ETF for any given moment. They’re all still pretty darn great regardless.
The U.S. exchange-traded fund and exchange-traded product world is closing in on 2,000 strong. As of June 2016, the country boasted 1,931 ETFs and ETPs that had amassed more than $2.2 trillion in assets, according to research and consultancy firm ETFGI………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sold on Softs: These Commodities ETFs Could Move Higher

Posted on 26 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Energy commodities and precious metals garner most of the press within the broader commodities asset class, but investors can find some notable, tactical opportunities with agriculture commodities or “softs.” The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund offers broad-based exposure to agriculture commodities, including cattle, coffee, corn, soybeans and wheat.
The PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund tries to reflect the performance of the Diversified Agriculture Index Excess Return, which is comprised of futures contracts on the most liquid and widely tracked agriculture commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Power This Emerging Markets ETF

Posted on 26 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In a year when many emerging equity markets are soaring, Latin America is a standout at the regional level and a big reason why is rebounding commodities prices.
Latin America’s central bank policies are notable, at least among the region’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico. Although Brazil’s central bank has not hiked interest rates since last year, its benchmark borrowing cost of 14.25% is among the highest in the world, emerging or developed markets. Earlier this year, Mexico’s central bank surprisingly raised rates to help prop up the peso………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hi Ho Silver: Investors Love These ETFs

Posted on 25 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though they have recently retreated a bit, the iShares Silver Trust and ETFS Physical Silver Shares remain two of this year’s best-performing commodities exchange traded products and investors seem to be acknowledging as much.
Year-to-date, silver has mirrored the surge in gold in response to ongoing market volatility. Silver has exhibited a correlation of over 80% to gold and typically moves in the same direction as the yellow metal but in larger movements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Best (And Worst) Part of Trading Gold ETFs

Posted on 25 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors love the premise, but it may be more volatility than most of them can handle. Talk about extremes! The Direxion Daily Jr. Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF and Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF are down 15% and 14% today, respectively, while the Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X ETF is up a whopping 14%.
For those who made the right call on gold prices, it’s reason to celebrate. For those who sat on the wrong side of the table though, today’s instantaneous losses are downright painful………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs For Investors 2017

Posted on 24 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In 13 categories of investment, from big U.S. stocks to international bonds, this annual survey ranks the best buys in exchange-traded funds. The determining factor: cost of ownership.
Most of the $2.2 trillion sitting in U.S.-based ETFs is indexed, meaning that your money is apportioned automatically to some predefined basket of stocks. Managerial talent is not a factor. All that matters is which product skims off the least in overhead………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global ETF assets continue upward march, reaching new record highs

Posted on 23 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets invested in exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products listed globally continued their upward march in July, reaching a new record high of $3.343 trillion, according to data from London-based ETF consultancy ETFGI.
Various new regional record highs were also reached, including in the US at $2.367tn, Europe at $539.2bn, Japan at $191.8bn and Canada at $81.2bn. The milestones were reached through a combination of strong net inflows as well as bullish markets during the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs Are Mispriced

Posted on 23 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange traded funds, at their onset, provided new and valuable ingress for investors. Daily liquidity is an additive feature for investors, and the financial instruments made access to passive market exposures attainable at low expense. Some of the larger, and broader-based ETFs still provide that utility.
However, the more than 500 net new ETFs created over the last five years have altered the industry’s value proposition, replacing inexpensive access with thematic or sovereign speculation, often with leverage………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Your Investment Portfolio’s Missing ETF Piece

Posted on 22 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The framework for an architecturally sound investment plan is to have a core portfolio built upon core asset classes. Like the foundation of a building, your portfolio’s core must be built on a solid and stable footing.
While there are many things within your investment plan that are optional, this isn’t one of them. Before answering the question of what pieces are missing from your current investment plan, we must first answer this question: What are core asset classes?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Silver Miners ETFs Can Keep Soaring

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Global X Silvers Miners ETF and the PureFunds ISE Junior Silver Small Cap Miners/Explorers ETF are two of this year’s best-performing non-leveraged exchange traded funds. In fact, SILJ is this year’s best-performing non-leveraged ETF and that contest is not even close.
Year-to-date, silver has mirrored the surge in gold in response to ongoing market volatility. Silver has exhibited a correlation of over 80% to gold and typically moves in the same direction as the yellow metal but in larger movements………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Leveraged ETFs Are Horrible Investments

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchange-traded funds have surged in popularity in recent years. As they’ve gained traction, they’ve also become more diverse, and one of the more high-profile ETF types to emerge has been the leveraged ETF.
Leveraged ETFs, which allow investors to magnify the returns of an index by two to three times, sound brilliant in theory. Who wouldn’t want to earn triple what the Standard & Poor’s 500 index did last year? Alas, all that glitters is not gold. And true to form, the shiny, promising world of leveraged ETFs is more an obstacle to be avoided and overcome than a tool to be harnessed and put to use………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Assets Invested in ETFs/ETPs Listed Globally Reached Record By June 2016

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$3.343 trillion at the end of July 2016.
Net flows gathered by ETFs/ETPs in July were strong with US$52.68 Bn of net new assets gathered during the month marking the 30th consecutive month of net inflows, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s July 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of July for ETFs/ETPs listed in the United States at US$2.367 trillion, in Europe at US$539.16 Bn, in Japan at US$191.82 Bn and in Canada which reached US$81.19 Bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Advisers should think twice before adding volatility ETFs to client portfolios

Posted on 18 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If your clients are worried about stock market volatility, your first question might be to ask them why. And if you’re considering using a volatility exchange-traded fund to combat volatility, you might ask yourself why as well.
According to the third-quarter Eaton Vance Advisor Top-of-Mind survey, volatility is the chief concern among financial advisers, with 56% of those surveyed saying that their worries about volatility have increased over the past 12 months. And several fund companies, including BlackRock, State Street Global Advisers and TIAA, have all warned about volatility in the coming months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF market hits all-time AUM high

Posted on 18 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets under management in Europe’s exchange-traded funds (ETF) market hit €473.6 billion in July, marking a new record high for the passive investment universe. According to Lipper figures, the July data indicated an increase from the previous high of €452.8 billion, which was achieved in June of this year.
The increase of €20.8 billion was largely driven by underlying markets, which added €12.8 billion on net new money, while bonds proved the most popular single asset class………………………………………..Full Article: Source

European ETF assets under management hit record in July-Lipper

Posted on 17 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Assets under management (AUM) at European exchange-traded funds (ETF) hit a record high at the end of July, according to Thomson Reuters Lipper data, helped by a rebound in regional markets. Lipper data showed that assets under management (AUM) rose to 473.6 billion euros ($534 billion) at the end of July from 452.8 billion at the end of June, underscoring the growing popularity of low-cost passive investment vehicles among institutional as well as retail investors.
A rush into fixed income saw bond ETFs pull in 5 billion euros. U.S. equity ETFs had inflows of 1.5 billion euros, followed by global emerging market equity ETFs with 1.3 billion euros. Global equity ETFs saw 1 billion euros worth of inflows………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold ETF Speculators Brace For Speed Bumps

Posted on 17 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold has been on fire in 2016. While the commodity rallied at the start of the year as stock markets sold off, it more recently enjoyed its “safe-haven” status in the wake of the “Brexit”-fueled broad-market plunge in late June. Additionally, the Federal Reserve’s hesitancy to raise interest rates has helped boost the malleable metal to levels not seen since 2014.
Gold’s impressive run is mirrored in the price action of the SPDR Gold Trust ETF. Year-to-date, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) is up 27%, and hit a two-year high in early July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brexit Kicked Currency-Hedged ETFs into High Gear

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Brexit vote in June sent United Kingdom stocks on a wild ride, and currency-hedged U.K. exchange traded funds have been a clear winner in the aftermath. Since the June 23 close, the day prior to the watershed United Kingdom referendum vote on European Union membership, currency-hedged U.K. ETFs have rebounded from their initial knee-jerk sell-off, and then some.
The iShares Currency Hedged MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) gained 7.2%, WisdomTree United Kingdom Hedged Equity Fund rose 11.1% and Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity ETF increased 9.1%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Lies Ahead for Alternative Energy ETFs?

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Alternative energy stocks as well as the corresponding ETFs suffered when oil prices toppled. Now, since prices are rebounding, it may be a good time for investors to revisit the alternative sector. Although the green energy sector is pretty volatile, it remains attractive and is engaging more funds than fossil fuels are.
Further, this sector could be a major beneficiary under a Clinton presidency as she is in favor of reducing US dependence on fossil fuels. As recent polls suggest strong possibility of a Clinton win, investors should take a look at alternative energy stocks and ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Should You Buy Retail ETFs Now?

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Q2 earnings season reaching the tail end and retail being the only sector that is yet to come up with many reports, investors must have kept an eye on retail earnings and got sweet surprises on August 11 on a series of upbeat earnings reports.
As per the Earnings Trends issued on August 10, 2016, total earnings of the reported retailers are up 8.1% from the same period last year on 8.7% higher revenues. However, such flattering growth rates are mainly due to the stellar Amazon report. About 45.5% (which is the below the index average) of retailers surpassed on earnings and a meagre 18.2% exceeded revenue estimates………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What Can Help Industrial ETFs

Posted on 15 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With the Industrial Select Sector SPDR up nearly 12 percent year-to-date, it’s hard to say the industrial sector is struggling. XLI’s performance is good for the fourth-best among the nine original sector SPDR exchange traded funds.
However, much of the upside being accrued by XLI and rival cap-weighted industrial sector ETFs is being driven by aerospace and defense stocks. That group is XLI’s largest industry weight at 27.2 percent, or nearly 1,000 basis points more than the ETF’s second-largest industry weight………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs ‘steal the show’ as investors drive gold demand to a record

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global investment demand for gold soared to a record for the first six months of this year, as investors sought a safer place to park their money against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, according to a report Thursday from the World Gold Council.
For the first half the year, investment demand for gold, which includes bars and coins and demand from exchange-traded funds, reached 1,063.9 metric tons. That was up 16% from the previous first-half-of-the-year record in 2009 and accounted for almost half of the overall gold demand during the first six months of 2016, the WGC said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Palladium & Platinum ETFs on a Tear: Will the Surge Continue?

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

By now, the precious metals rally is known to all. The most popular precious metal, gold, initiated this momentum spurred by safe haven demand and dovish central banks across developed economies. Plus, a favorable demand-supply scenario favored metal investing to a large extent. A subdued greenback also helped all precious metals as these are linked to the U.S. dollar.
The Chinese market rout and a 13-year low oil price at the start of the year instigated a flight to safety while Brexit at the end of Q2 and a still-shaky global market backdrop have still kept risk-off trade sentiments alive. In fact, the lure for low volatility products is steady after the U.S. indices hit all-time highs several times to start Q3……………………………………….Full Article: Source

ETFs Are a Key Investing Solution

Posted on 12 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There’s no denying that the market action this year has kept us on our toes. It has created the kind of environment that many like to call a stock-picker’s market, specifically because of the large gap the volatility forms between the winners and losers.
Looking at the S&P 500 over the last year, 93 stocks are up 20% or more while 77 are down that same amount. A full 67% of the index moved at least 10% in one direction or the other. Now, a 10% move in 12 months may not sound all that riveting, but when you consider the S&P was up just 5% overall, those big moves become that much more important………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World Gold Council, LME to launch LMEprecious in 2017

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The World Gold Council, LME and several key market participants plan to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals products.
Gold market development organisation, the World Gold Council, and futures exchange, the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with key market participants including Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale will be launching the initiative as a means to drive greater market transparency and to support and aid ongoing regulatory change………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Industrial Metal ETFs: Time to Shine Like Precious Metal Rivals?

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The rally in metals exchange traded products this year has been stoked by precious metals, namely gold and silver with some solid contributions from palladium and platinum. By comparison, industrial metals, such as copper, have been obvious laggards.
Many industrial metals and miners rallied on the belief that China would support growth through stimulus measures, augmenting demand for metals while enticing investors to jump back in. Moreover, the depreciating U.S. dollar made USD-denominated resources cheaper for foreign buyers. The ongoing global low-yield environment also pushed investors toward more attractive assets, like commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Investors Pull $6.4 Billion From European ETFs

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain’s vote to leave European Union has sped up the flow of money out of some big Europe-focused exchange-traded funds. Investors yanked more than $6.4 billion from the 10 largest U.S.-listed Europe exchange-traded funds in the two months ended July 30, says S&P Global Market Intelligence. Those funds now have $41.9 billion in assets, it says.
“Brexit fears have caused a continuation of money moving out of Europe,” says Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual fund research at S&P Global Market Intelligence………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Expanding global ETF sector allows investors to zero in on hotspots

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australian investors are notoriously overweight to local shares. To counteract this, many investors are now seeking exchange-traded products that offer easy access to overseas markets to which they otherwise would not be able to gain exposure.
Alex Vynokur, managing director, BetaShares says one of the major trends in terms of international shares is a growing appreciation among investors of the distinction that’s happening around the world between the old economy and the new economy. Many are seeking to use ETFs to get access to new global economic trends………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Hedge Risks in More Volatile Conditions Ahead

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The complacent market belies the uncertain conditions ahead. As markets see gathering storm clouds ahead, investors should look to some exchange traded fund strategies to limit portfolio volatility. “Market volatility is unusually low, and we see it moving higher as the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election approaches,” BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, said in a research note.
The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, is at the 11.7 level and is hovering around its lowest point this year. While the stock market may react to more macroeconomic factors and corporate earnings, BlackRock argued that volatility will pick up ahead of the U.S. elections………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Pros Bet on Gold ETF Rebound

Posted on 10 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exchange traded products such as the SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Gold Trust and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares have retreated a bit in recent days as the July jobs report is stoking speculation the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates this year.
However, data indicate professional traders are betting gold will rebound. Gold and the miners group slipped Friday on rising bets the Fed would raise interest rates soon, with some eying a September rate hike, after the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold and Silver Dominate the ETF Charts

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bounceback, after years of pain, draws in more investors. It has been a golden year for precious-metal ETFs. This year’s top 10 nonleveraged ETFs by returns through July are focused on gold and silver, with all of them up at least 100% since the start of 2016, according to data from ETFdb.com, a site that provides information and analysis of the market. (Nonleveraged funds don’t use derivatives or borrowed money as part of their investment strategy.)
The funds take varying approaches, but they invest in mining companies. The top spot is held by PureFunds ISE Junior Silver (SILJ), which rose more than 250% through July………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Protect Investors from Sterling Concerns

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Forecasting how the exchange rate will evolve in the mid-to-long-term is notoriously difficult, but if you want protection there are exchange-traded-funds with in-built hedges.
Sterling has taken a bit of a battering over the past month. First in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, and more recently, though clearly linked to that event, because of the cut in interest rates by the Bank of England. Most of us will have some exposure to international equity or fixed income markets in our investment portfolios………………………………………..Full Article: Source

It’s Been a Good Year for the Commodity ETF Segment

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds have enjoyed greater investment interest this year as a recovery in oil prices and resurgence in safe-haven gold bets helped attract steady inflows.
Investors threw more than $50 billion into commodities this year, the best start to a year since 2009 when commodity assets were at the start of a three-year boom, the Financial Times reports. The new money, along with rising prices, have helped raise commodity assets under management to $235 billion, up from a low of $161 billion at the end of 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Irish ETF industry set to grow to $800bn over next five years

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Irish exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are set to grow to $800 billion (€719 billion) by 2021, representing an annual growth rate of in excess of 27 per cent, according to a new forecast.
Ireland’s market share of European ETFs has been consistently increasing over the last number of years and Irish-domiciled ETFs currently account for more than $260 billion, or half of the assets under management in European listed funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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