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New ETF Tracks the Billionaire Dream Team

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s the philosophy behind the new Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF (IBLN). The exchange-traded fund tracks the stock holdings of some of the richest and most successful investors, such as Warren Buffett, David Einhorn and Carl Icahn.
The index uses the billionaires lists produced by both Bloomberg and Forbes to identify 20 or so U.S.-based billionaire investors. (So no Bill Gates or Walton family members.) It then picks the top 10 billionaires by performance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How ETF Structure Comes Through In A Crisis

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you haven’t been attending ETF.com’s ETF University webinar series, you’re missing out. We’ve been walking through the ins and outs week after week of how ETFs really work, and Tuesday’s fixed-income session was fantastic.
One of my favorite parts of work like that is the kind of feedback we get from attendees, and here’s a great question we were asked: “I recall hearing about difficulties in the muni fixed income ETF space last year and I believe it stemmed from AP [authorized participant] unwillingness to take delivery in kind and/or PM [portfolio manager] unwillingness to sell bonds at a fire-sale price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Exchange-traded fund an internation passport to global treasure

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There was a time when you effectively needed a financial passport to invest in overseas share markets. You had to find a broker who dealt in offshore markets or had a relationship with a foreign broker, research offshore companies and even arrange currency transfers. Now it is as simple as buying an exchange-traded fund that is listed on the Australian market.
There are still some odd wrinkles — you shouldn’t expect much in the way of dividends and what does come through will usually have some withholding tax deducted………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Avoid These Global Energy ETFs on BP Warnings

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Europe’s third largest oil company, BP plc, reported second-quarter 2014 results before the opening bell on July 29. The company missed our earnings estimate and warned of potential losses in its Russian business in the wake of tough sanctions imposed by the Western powers.
This is especially true as BP owns a nearly 20% stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft. The threat of more sanctions by the U.S. or European Union against Russia could worsen BP’s relationship with Rosneft and hamper its production, reserves and reputation. Notably, Russian sanctions so far had no impact on the company’s business but new measures could dilute its profits in the upcoming quarters……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Can We Trust Silver’s Leadership Over Gold?

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While gold has been nabbing the bulk of the recent commodity headlines, investors have missed what has been — and will likely continue to be — the better long-term, safe-haven holding. Surprise! Silver has actually outpaced gold since both hit a short-term bottom on June 2. Specifically, even with last week’s tumble, the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is still up 10% since that point, while the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is only up 4.9% for the nearly-two-month timeframe.
In fact, SLV has outpaced the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), the iShares Barclays 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), and a whole slew of other asset classes over the past couple of months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Navigating an Uneven Market for Commodities ETFs

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity exchange traded funds help diversify an investor’s portfolio, but traders can also dive into the market to pick and select potential opportunities while avoiding duds. According to the Goldman Sachs Group, nickel and palladium are set to outperform in an uneven global economy, reports Glenys Sim for Bloomberg.
“While cyclical recovery tends to see rising commodity demand, prices will likely largely be determined by more structural supply factors,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note. “Accordingly, not all boats are expected rise with the tide created by continued improvement in global macroeconomic data.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

5 Most Popular New ETF Launches

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Issuers have brought to market 110 new ETFs so far this year, offering exposures that run the gambit—and few resemble what we would consider “plain vanilla” strategies. But only a handful of these new funds have gathered any traction with investors.
Among the most popular newcomers, there is no common denominator when it comes to a theme that is resonating with investors. Instead, there’s evidence of demand for minimal exposure to interest-rate risk, as well as appetite for value and momentum opportunities, and gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Guide to Small Cap Growth ETFs Investing

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Small cap investing has been out of investors’ favor this year, giving up all its gains made last year. While large caps are clearly leading the broad market rally, small caps are lagging after their past 15 years of outperformance. This indicates a trend reversal after a long-standing preference for small caps.
In fact, the small caps, as represented by the popular ETF ( IWM ), lost about 0.9% in the year-to-date time frame, compared to a gain of 8% for SPY and 5.5% for IJH . This is because small caps seem overly priced at current levels after rising for several years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

American Funds ETF Filing A Very Big Deal

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

On Friday, a new petition seeking the right to offer non-transparent active ETFs titled “The Capital Group ETF Trust” went into the regulatory pipeline at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It might be the biggest ETF story of the year.
That filing follows the fairly standard boilerplate we’ve seen from State Street, BlackRock and Invesco PowerShares. That boilerplate points to the ETF structure being put forth by Precidian investments, which itself has also filed to run nontransparent active ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Yuanta to launch Taiwan’s first commodity futures ETF

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yuanta Securities Investment Trust Company (Yuanta SITC) is reportedly poised to launch the first commodity futures ETF in Taiwan as early as the fourth quarter this year, according to a report from Commercial Times.
The move comes after the island’s financial regulator amended the ‘Regulations Governing Futures Trust Funds’, which loosens investment constraints for index equities futures trust funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Index funds vs ETFs

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you believe that Nifty and Sensex will scale new peaks over the next three-to-five years and are wondering how to bet on them, ETFs and Index funds are the two options that you can explore. Though both are passively managed funds and their returns closely track that of the benchmark, they are not the same. Here are the differences.
How to buy them? ETFs, as the name suggests, are traded on the exchange and are bought and sold only through the exchange. ETFs being similar to equity shares, you will need demat and broking accounts to buy them. But Index funds can be bought or sold directly from the fund house, similar to other mutual fund schemes………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Three Commodity ETFs to Play the Recent Pullback

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity ETFs like PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund (DBA), PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund ETF (DBC) and United States Commodity Index Fund ETV (USCI) could all be good plays on the commodity space which has pulled back to key technical levels.
As the rest of the equity markets achieve new historical highs, the commodity space has pulled back to key technical levels providing nice risk/reward entry levels – a reason why we have recently added both the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund and PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund ETF, the latter being similar to the United States Commodity Index Fund ETV, to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity portfolio………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. gold ETF delivers first physical bullion coins; holdings grow

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Merk Gold Trust, a bullion-backed exchange-traded fund which allows its shares to be redeemed for physical gold, said on Wednesday it has made its first delivery in dozens of U.S. gold coins to an investor.
The ETF, launched by Palo Alto, California-based Merk Funds in May to offer a liquid trading product with the benefits of physical gold bullion, has accumulated 40,000 ounces in two months even in a bearish gold market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Malta launches its first alternative investment ETF under new Securitization Act

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The first Exchange Traded Instrument (ETI) issued under the Malta Securitization Act went live recently on the European Wholesale Securities Market (EWSM). The “Dynamic Trading Strategies ETI” is linked to and backed by a performance linked bond issued by a Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicle allowable under the Securitization Act of Malta with the sole purpose of holding Managed Accounts at Interactive Brokers LLC and Sensus Capital Markets plc.
The EWSM is a joint venture between the Malta Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange and acts as an EU regulated market for arrangers and issuers of wholesale debt products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Signal Meaningful Divergence

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In investing, the term commodity spans a great deal of assets and sectors. Precious metals, industrial metals, agriculture, livestock, and energy are just some of the varied classes that fall into this diverse arena. In an ideal world of inflationary and deflationary pressures, all of these sectors would move in a similar direction according to cyclical forces.
However, the reality is that significant divergences can appear based on a host of factors for each sub-grouping. Individual influences can include: supply and demand, governmental policy, geopolitical events, weather patterns, and other subtle nuances that affect each commodity differently. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

What Is A Short ETF?

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A short exchange-traded fund (ETF) is designed to profit from a decline in the value of the underlying index. A short ETF gets its name from the fact that it is designed to benefit in the same manner as a short position in an underlying index. Thus, a short ETF will be profitable if the underlying index or asset declines in price, and will incur a loss if the underlying index or asset gains in price.
Short ETFs can be used for speculation or hedging.Short ETFs are widely known as “inverse ETFs”, and sometimes as “bear ETFs.” Short ETFs are not constructed through short positions in the constituents of an index, but rather, through the use of derivative instruments like options, futures and swaps………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Water ETFs for Thirsty Investors

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As the world reviews the effects of climate change, global population growth and inadequate or aging infrastructures, investors can consider water industry-related exchange traded funds to capture potential long-term opportunities.
For example, the First Trust ISE Water ETF and PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio both track U.S. companies that derive their revenue from products that conserve and purify water………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Metal ETFs Lure Investors at Fastest Pace Since ‘09

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors are buying metals from zinc to aluminum at the fastest pace since 2009, betting demand gains will tighten supply, just as Citigroup Inc. and Macquarie Group Ltd. predict this year’s rallies will end.
Exchange-traded funds in the U.S. backed by base metals took in new money this year equal to 18 percent of their market capitalization, more than any commodity group, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Hedge funds are the most bullish on copper in at least eight years, after spending March and most of April betting prices would drop. The Bloomberg Industrial Metals Subindex is heading for its biggest annual gain since 2010………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Long Natural Gas ETFs Burning Out

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Natural gas prices have plunged to about an eight-month low as temperate weather conditions keep Americans from reaching for the A/C. Meanwhile, related exchange traded funds that take a bearish stance on the market are surging on the falling prices.
The VelocityShares Daily 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN , which seeks to provide the daily inverse 3x, or -300%, performance of the NYMEX natural gas futures, has increased 51.8% over the past three months while the ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas, which provides the daily inverse 2x, or -200%, performance of natural gas futures, has gained 36.2%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETF Trends Q2 2014: Diversified ETFs gets second largest inflows, Agri weak

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Diversified broad commodity ETFs received the largest inflows after platinum and palladium with total inflows of $172mn in the second quarter of 2014 with agri seeing outflows,according to a Global Commodity ETP Quarterly released by ETF Securities Ltd.
The inflows reflect improving sentiment towards commodities as an asset class as China growth has shown signs of picking up and China policy makers have made clear they are moving into stimulus mode after three years of tightening………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs in Rough Patch as World Bank Turns Bearish

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Issuing a bad omen for commodity-related exchange traded funds, the World Bank believes precious metals, oil and soft commodity prices are set to drop. Broad commodity ETFs have underperformed the broader market this year, with the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund flat, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return ETN up 3.1% and the iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust 0.9% higher.
Now, the World Bank expects precious metals prices to fall as investors shift away from safe-haven assets and into riskier plays on the expanding U.S. economic outlook and higher borrowing, reports Millie Munshi for Bloomberg………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs For Traders: Currency And Commodity

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Our Best ETFs for Traders scorecard ranks the most cost-efficient exchange-traded funds for investors holding a position for three months. This portion of it displays the winners among funds holding foreign currencies and commodities.
It’s a short list. There aren’t many commodity funds that come in under the 0.4% expense ratio ceiling in our Best ETF survey. The rules and methods for the Best ETFs for Traders rankings are set forth in this summary. That file also has links to all the tables………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETFs for Traders and Speculators

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Do you want to go in and out of the market with a short-swing trade? If you plan on staying put for three months, Vanguard has the most efficient exchange-traded fund. Its S&P 500 portfolio would cost you a bit more than $2 per $10,000 invested. It beats the much bigger SPDR S&P 500 fund (SPY) on that cost score.
For a three-month bet on the bond market, the cost winner is from BlackRock. Its iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (AGG) would run you less than $3. Vanguard’s competing product, the Total Bond Market ETF (BND), is 10% more expensive………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs Get a Performance Boost This Year

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors in some commodities exchange-traded funds are getting a performance boost this year from a quirk of the commodities futures markets. Most commodities ETFs get their exposure by buying futures contracts, and over time they typically shift, or roll, their positions from nearby to later-dated contracts. Sometimes, they have to pay more for the new contracts, which eats into returns.
But this year, declining inventories, a series of supply disruptions and demand jolts across markets from oil to nickel to hogs has resulted in prices being higher for immediate-delivery futures contracts than for contracts for later delivery……………………………………….Full Article: Source

3 Agricultural Commodity ETFs Slumping in July

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Agricultural commodities had a smooth ride in the first four months of 2014. A weaker dollar, adverse weather and higher demand brightened the potential of the space. However, the space bucked the trend lately thanks to a favorable weather outlook and accelerated crop plantings. The latest data by USDA on monthly agricultural demand-supply report released on July 11 confirms the fact as well.
Below we have highlighted three agricultural commodity ETFs which harbor a bearish trend as of late and have retreated considerably in July. Thus, investors should keep a close eye on these ETFs, which might continue to plunge if things remain against this space in the near term:……………………………………….Full Article: Source

The Bears Are Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on Gold ETFs

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with modestly depreciating currencies.
Theoretically, tactics designed to devalue a currency as well as push borrowing rates into the basement should strongly benefit precious metals like gold. And in the first three years of ultra-accommodative policies (e.g., zero-percent overnight lending, quantitative easing, etc.), the SPDR Gold Trust roughly doubled in price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Half Time Review: The Best New ETFs Of 2014

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The ETF universe is one that is continually changing in an evolutionary fashion. Each year new ETFs are created and others delisted in a Darwinian-style “survival of the fittest” environment that allows the best funds to thrive while the weakest die off.
Through the first six months of 2014, we have seen total U.S.-listed ETF assets surpass $1.8 trillion. That includes net inflows of $73 billion this year alone. The total count of exchange-traded products, including both ETFs and ETNs, now stands at more than 1,600 available options with the list expanding rapidly………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ETFs to Surpass Hedge Fund Assets by 2015

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ThinkAdvisor’s big annual ETF event will cover everything from smart beta to finding winning global ETFs and everything in between. The summer is typically quiet time for Wall Street, but not in the fast-moving ETF marketplace.
Never mind that a Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF is on the verge of being launched, the adoption rate of ETFs among financial advisors is through the roof. “We predict annual growth rates of 15%-30% around the globe over the next five years and believe the ETF industry could surpass the hedge fund industry in assets under management during the next 12–18 months,” said EY in its 2014 ETF Global Survey………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Global AUM In Short And Leverage ETPs Is $60 Billion As Investors Cut Positions

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Short & Leverage (S&L) ETP/ETF investors cut their exposure to equities as outflows overwhelmed inflows in US, Europe and Japan ETPs. Outflows in US debt ETPs also exceeded inflows into German debt ETPs.
Bearish repositioning by S&L investors underpinned flows in equity and debt ETPs, with Japan recording $780 million in redemptions of long ETPs. A contrarian stance by S&L investors took hold over commodities, as sharp falls in natural gas futures accompanied bullish flows in natural gas ETPs, while the marked rally in silver futures coincided with bearish flows in silver ETPs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETFs For The Long Term Investor

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity ETFs have a place in every portfolio, just not a big place. Of all the investments in the market, the one area that tends to generate the most controversy is commodities. Some long-term portfolio managers insist that the cyclical nature of commodities, along with their high volatility, suggest they have no place in your portfolio. Others, including myself, believe commodities do have a place in a long-term portfolio.
I don’t think you should allocate massive amounts to commodity investments, but there is a reason to have them. Enough studies have been done that show portfolio risk declines somewhat to make me a believer……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs in demand as China outlook improves

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global commodity exchange-traded products (ETPs) saw a second consecutive quarter of inflows in Q2 2014 as increasing confidence in China’s economic outlook and global economic recovery boosted commodity prices and investor demand for commodity exposure.
Inflows totalled $275 million, up from $271 million of inflows in Q1 2014, according to ETF Securities, a leading provider of commodity ETPs. The combination of inflows and higher prices pushed assets under management in commodity ETPs at the end of Q2 2014 to $123.3 billion from $122.4 billion at the end of Q1 2014………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Best ETF Strategies to Consider Now

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The minutes of the FOMC meeting released last week suggested that the central bank is likely to maintain its accommodative policy stance in foreseeable future, even after it winds down its asset purchase program. With waning rate hike worries, stocks are likely to continue their slow, upward march.
Economic data in general has been surprising to the upside of late, indicating that the economy gained momentum in the second quarter after coming out of the deep freeze earlier this year. At the same time, while the labor market is improving, wage pressures are missing, suggesting that the Fed will not be in a hurry to change its monetary stance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ETFs, like mutual funds, are a good way to get exposure to many individual stocks without taking positions in any one of them on an individual basis. But unlike mutual funds, ETFs trade throughout the day, just like the underlying holdings.
So while making an investment in an ETF is a good way to get broad exposure to stocks, bonds or commodities without taking on specific risk, calculating performance may be a bit tricky………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ProShares Changes Name, Index For 6 Commodity ETFs

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

ProShares – best known for its leveraged and inverse ETF lineup – has a little less than 150 products spread across various categories such as Inverse Bonds, Inverse Equities, Currency, Financials Equities, Hedge Fund, Volatility and Leveraged Commodities.
Among these, six of the issuer’s leveraged commodity ETFs have recently undergone an index change from the DJ-UBS commodity indexes to the Bloomberg Commodity Index family. Though these ETFs are now trading with a new name they have retained their old symbols. Below, we have highlighted the new names and indexes for these ETFs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Gold ETF Bears Have Got It Wrong

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with modestly depreciating currencies.
Theoretically, tactics designed to devalue a currency as well as push borrowing rates into the basement should strongly benefit precious metals like gold. And in the first three years of ultra-accommodative policies (e.g., zero-percent overnight lending, quantitative easing, etc.), the SPDR Gold Trust roughly doubled in price………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold gains strength on dollar weakness, ETF flows positive

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold gain strength on a weaker dollar last week while inflows into exchange traded funds (ETFs) remain positive. Barclays said in a weekly report that release of FOMC minutes would have impact on the market. Tapering may conclude in October while but not confident enough to provide firm guidance on the expected timing of any rate hike.
“Gold ETP flows have been largely positive recently,and although they may have lent support to prices, we do not think this move is sustainable in the long term. Net speculative positioning in COMEX gold has continued to rise in recent weeks, with last week capping off a one-month streak of increasing net speculative positioning. In summary, investor demand has been strong lately, but we would caution against interpreting this as a longer-term change in investor sentiment.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Guide to Oil Commodity ETFs

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The energy sector, in particular oil, has caught investors’ attention for most of this year. Thanks to encouraging economic trends across the globe and geopolitical tensions, oil prices have been trading comfortably above the triple-digit mark. The favorable demand/supply dynamics is also supporting oil price increases.
Economic activity in the world’s largest oil consumer picked up strongly after freezing temperatures, housing market started showing signs of improvement, and the job market accelerated with the strongest growth seen last month since the technology boom in late 1990. The improving health of the economy will prompt further demand for oil in the coming months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Agricultural Commodity ETFs Hit New Lows

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

While the summer months spur rapid price increases in energy costs, another key indicator of consumer behavior is seeing a wave of deflationary selling pressure. Agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat and soybeans have been in a freefall since peaking in May.
The price action of these core food ingredients is indicating a glut of supply that may ultimately translate into lower prices of finished products as well………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity ETPs in demand as China outlook Improves

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Will The Uptrend In Gold Mining ETFs Continue?

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

A Global ETF on the Cheap

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Good returns bring investors back to commodity ETFs

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Five things your dividend ETF isn’t telling you

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached US$2.64 trillion

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Deutsche Bank: ETF flows have a predictive value

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

BlackRock’s ETF arm passes $1tn mark

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

Consider these must-know demand trends for ETFs like SPY

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

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

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