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Small-cap and community bank exchange traded funds may find support from this election season as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outlines a plan to cut down the red tape for smaller banks. Clinton plans to require regulators to issue “straightforward” statements explaining how small institutions are exempt from post-financial-crisis rules that were intended for big […]

In a low-growth, low-yield environment, many have turned to alternative avenues of income generation, such as real estate investment trusts. Among the various options available, investors should focus on health and residential REITs-related exchange traded funds. “Balancing the search for income while managing risk remains a challenge for investors,” according to BlackRock. “REITs may play […]

Gold exchange traded funds are trading flat after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen skirted a definitive plan on monetary policy, leaving investors uncertain when the central bank will ultimately hike rates. On Friday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) dipped 0.1%, with […]

The equities market has been in a sideways trading range and some observers are warning that we are in for a correction as the summer rally losses momentum. Consequently, investors may consider an exchange traded fund strategies to hedge their portfolios from a pullback in the equities market. UBS AG equity technical analysts argue that […]

First Trust Advisors expanded its line of actively managed exchange traded fund strategies with two new options that seeks to generate alpha while mitigating expected volatility in both domestic and developed international markets. The new actively managed First Trust Horizon Managed Volatility Domestic ETF (NYSEArca: HUSV) and the First Trust Horizon Managed Volatility Developed International […]

Nigerian stocks and its country-specific exchange traded fund are reeling, again, after the central bank suspended nine commercial banks from foreign exchange transactions for not paying money owed to the government. The Global X Nigeria Index ETF (NYSArca: NGE) fell 1.4% Thursday after dropping 3.1% the previous session. NGE has declined 35.7% over the past […]

Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, put the spotlight on Mylan (NasdaqGS: MYL) EpiPen prices, triggering a selloff in biotech exchange traded funds and reminding investors of political risks in an election season. Biotech stocks were still reeling from Clinton’s Wednesday remarks, with the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: IBB) down 3.6% and SPDR S&P Biotech […]

The exchange traded fund industry is a business, and like any business, a sponsor will cut down on any money losing ventures. For instance, BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), the money manager behind the iShares line of ETFs, is shuttering 10 ETFs this month, despite each of the funds posting gains this year, reports Rachel Evans […]

Utilities companies have been on fire this year, outperforming the broader S&P 500 index as investors shifted toward safety and sought attractive yields. Among the sector options, one actively managed utilities exchange traded fund stands out. The Reaves Utilities ETF (NasdaqGM: UTES) has been the best performing utilities sector-related ETF of 2016, rising 19.7% year-to-date. […]

Developing countries and emerging market exchange traded funds have experienced high inflows and delivered a strong performance in recent weeks, but investors should still pick their spots as the various economies can exhibit uneven growth. A number of factors helped support the emerging market play, including signs of stabilization in China, leveling of commodity prices […]

Ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement at its annual Jackson Hole meeting, gold prices dipped to a four-week low, with gold miners and sector-related exchange traded funds breaking below a key level. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) dropped 4.5% Wednesday, plummeting below its support at the short-term, 50-day simple moving average. On […]

Real estate investment trusts and sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the most popular investments in an extended low-rate environment. However, after this year’s run, REITs may be starting to look pricey. The Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ) is the eighth most popular ETF of 2016, adding $4.6 billion in net inflows year-to-date, according […]

South African police reportedly ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to its offices, fueling speculation that the Treasury chief may be replaced and upending the South African rand currency and country-specific exchange traded fund. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) plunged 2.9% Tuesday. South Africa has been one of the better performing emerging markets of […]

An Italy country-specific exchange traded fund, along with Italian banks, is rallying Tuesday as the chief executive of Poland’s biggest insurer flies to Milan for talks to acquire UniCredit’s Bank Pekao. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 2.0%. EWI, though, declined 17.0% year-to-date. PZU’s chief executive, Michal Krupinski, is going […]

Homebuilder stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds climbed Tuesday after new U.S. home sales unexpectedly rose to their highest level since 2007 on rising demand and shrinking inventories. On Tuesday, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 2.0% and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 2.7%. Year-to-date, XHB increased 5.4% and ITB […]

Despite selling off at the end of last week in response to speculation that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this year, U.S. Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds pushed higher Monday as foreign demand may still support the relatively more attractive U.S. bond market. On Monday, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond […]

Emerging markets and related exchange traded funds faltered on increased speculation that the Federal Reserve may still hike interest rates later this year. Developing market stocks have been this year’s comeback kid, with the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging market […]

Natural gas prices and commodity-related exchange traded funds are perking up as forecasts for hotter weather ahead raise expectations for higher electricity consumption. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 3.5% on Monday as Nymex natural gas futures were up 3.8% to $2.68 per million British thermal units. Despite recent gains, UNG has […]

Oil markets and related exchange traded funds are giving back some of their recent gains as China adds exports of refined products, U.S. rig count rises for an eighth straight week and production increases out of Nigeria and Iraq. After a swift turn from a bear into a bull market, crude oil and related ETFs […]

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) announced a $14 billion deal to acquire cancer drug developer Medivation (NasdaqGS: MDVN), propelling the broader biotechnology exchange traded funds higher on speculation of more deals in the sector. Biopharmaceutical giant Pfizer will pay Medivation shareholders $81.5 per share in cash, or a 21% markup to Medivation’s closing price on Friday of […]

Workers investing their hard-earned money in recent years have increasingly turned to target-date funds in 401(k) plans to prepare for future retirement. Some may also be able to consider exchange traded fund options, like quickly growing ETF managed portfolios in the separate accounts space. Target-date funds currently dominate 401(k) plans, where $700 billion in assets […]

Investors are throwing money into developing country equity funds at their quickest pace in 58 weeks, with popular emerging market exchange traded funds among the most popular picks over the past week, as depressed rates around the world push people to riskier and higher yielding assets. Emerging market equity funds attracted $5.1 billion in inflows […]

Index exchange traded fund giant Vanguard Group is broadening its scope as the money manager files with the Securities Exchange Commission to launch active ETF options. According to a recent SEC exemptive relief filing, Vanguard is seeking to allow a group of its active funds to be permitted to issue ETF shares that will be actively […]

The dividend growth style has been a popular investment theme this year as volatility gripped U.S. Exchange traded fund investors, though, need not limit themselves to domestic markets as there are international dividend growth strategies as well. For example, the relatively new ProShares MSCI Emerging Markets Dividend Growers ETF (BATS: EMDV) is the sixth ETF […]

Many advisors and investors have utilized sector exchange traded funds to gain exposure to targeted areas of the market. However, maintaining the right mix of these various sectors is equally important. “Given the importance of a stock portfolio’s sector mix to its outcome, monitoring a portfolio’s sector mix may be one of the most important […]

Precious metals have been among best performers this year, but investors shouldn’t wait for conditions to be just right before looking into gold allocations. Gold should not be used as part of a market-timing trade, but rather as a core investment portfolio diversifier, Jerry C. Wagner, President and Founder of Flexible Plan Investments, said on […]

After just a couple of weeks past a bear market fall off, crude oil futures moved backed into bullish territory Thursday. Meanwhile, some larger traders jumped into a smart-beta, energy sector exchange traded fund on the suddenly rosier outlook in the oil market. Crude oil futures are now trading 20% higher since spending a day […]

In a world awash of easy money and rising uncertainty, investors and advisors should consider allocating a portion of their portfolio to hard assets like gold to help stabilize their investments against swings in traditional assets. On the upcoming webcast this Thursday, What’s the Optimal Percent Allocation to Gold?, Jerry C. Wagner, President and Founder […]

Despite all the misgivings about riskier assets in a volatile year, speculative-grade debt related exchange traded funds have steadily strengthened as yields on junk bonds dip to levels not seen since last summer. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), […]

The Gavekal Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (NYSEArca: KLDW), the first exchange traded fund based on the so-called Knowledge Effect, has been an outperforming international play. Since its inception as of July 31, 2016, KLDW has outpaced the MSCI World Index by over 5.5 percentage points. Over the past year, KLDW increased 7.4% while the […]