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With the equities markets experiencing one of their worst stumbles in years, exchange traded fund investors may turn to low-volatility strategies that could help hedge the risks and diminish a portfolio’s swings. “Low volatility is one of the few factors that have historically performed well in turbulent markets,” according to a MSCI research note, Constructing […]

With markets experiencing wider oscillations, low-volatility exchange traded funds are outperforming traditional broad equity market bets. As witnessed this week, international events may still trigger market volatility, notably the recent sell-off in Chinese markets. The CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded products also spiked Thursday after a quick plunge in Chinese markets triggered selling […]

Investors seeking to expand their portfolios beyond U.S. markets may look to international exchange traded funds. When deciding to allocate toward overseas markets, investors can look to the FTSE Global All Cap Index as a guide. Alex Bryan, an analyst covering equity strategies at Morningstar, points out that U.S. markets make up 53% of the […]

A tumultuous year for the equities market has pushed more investors into low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies that try to diminish the swings. The BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) iShares minimum volatility suite has attracted $7 billion in net inflows this year and now hold about $15 billion in assets under management, reports James Comtois for Pensions […]

Despite risks in some of the more volatile regions of the global markets, investors may want to position for further strength in emerging market exchange traded funds. Technical indicators indicate that positioning in emerging markets has turned more positive, according to a Deutsche Bank Markets Research note. “ETF inflows, lower borrow rates, and futures trading […]

Without a definitive monetary tightening plan from the Federal Reserve, we could be in for increased financial market volatility. Nevertheless, investors can still gain exposure to the upward moves in equities and limit the swings through low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies. Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), warned that global volatility will remain […]

Emerging markets exchange traded funds have not inspired much confidence among investors this year, leaving market participants to search for “less bad” instead of “truly exceptional.” One way of accessing less bad among emerging markets ETFs is to take the reduced volatility approach with a fund such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility […]

We have been sitting through some wild market swings. However, investors can help dampen portfolio gyrations with low-volatility exchange traded funds strategies. “We believe the combination of slower global growth, uncertainty as to the Fed’s future path and less benign credit market conditions suggests that this period of heightened volatility is likely to persist,” writes […]

The markets have experienced a spike in volatility and some believe we are in for more wild swings ahead. Investors, though, can utilize low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies to ride out the any further bumps in the equities market. Volatility is the new norm for financial markets, writes Mohammed El-Erian, chief economic advisor to Allianz […]

With the sudden bout of volatility shaking up the markets from its listless first half, more conservative investors may consider exchange traded funds that track a low-volatility strategy. Market watchers argue that investors should get use to stock volatility as it is here to stay for some time, reports Michelle Fox for CNBC. Fueling the […]

Exchange traded funds continued their breakneck pace of asset gathering in May, adding $18.3 billion in new capital as investors shuffled into international funds. “Global ETP flows of $18.3bn were concentrated in developed market EAFE equities and Japan funds. Europe and U.S. flows were modest as mixed economic data for both regions has led to […]

As recently as the first quarter, investors were scurrying out of emerging markets exchange traded funds, pulling $1 billion from ETFs tracking stocks in developing economies. That after two emerging markets ETFs – the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM) – ranked among the […]

Investors seeking to spice up their investment portfolios should consider adding in an emerging market exchange traded fund into the mix after the area largely underperformed developed countries over the past few years. “On a reversion-to-the-mean basis, emerging-markets equities appear to be due for better performance than developed-markets equities going forward,” writes Christine Benz, Morningstar‘s […]

One of 2015’s more prominent exchange traded funds trades has been the resurgence of emerging markets funds. Year-to-date, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, are up 11.1% and 9.8%, respectively. Investors also continue to enjoy the […]

MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) continues bolstering its status as one of the premier providers of indexes for use by exchange traded providers as combined assets under management for ETFs benchmarking to MSCI indexes jumped 12% to a record $418 billion in the first quarter. Share of MSCI are trading slightly higher Monday, but it is impossible […]

Amid turbulent market conditions to start 2015, investors have favored low and minimum volatility exchange traded funds for equity allocations and that has been a boon for the major issues of these ETFs. On Monday, BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest issuer of ETFs, said its seven ETF suite of minimum volatility funds […]

For years, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) was the most widely recognized and largest emerging markets exchange traded fund. Home to $32.2 billion in assets under management, EEM is still one of the largest ETFs on the market and it is the second-largest emerging markets ETF behind the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets […]

Much to the active investor’s chagrin, the least risky stocks on the market tend to outperform riskier picks. Consequently, investors may be better off sticking to a low-volatility index-based exchange traded fund. From 1970 to 2011, fund manager GMO found that the top 25% of U.S. stocks with the highest sensitivity to the market generated […]

Even with a five-day winning streak for U.S. stocks, October has lived up to its reputation as one of the most volatile months of the year. That much is proven by the S&P 500 entering Thursday with a 1% loss for the month and needing today’s epic gains to turn positive for October. Simply put, […]

While low-volatility exchange traded funds may not outperform in a strong bull rally over the short-term, the strategy’s ability to hedge downside risk may be worth it over the long run. “If you have a client who when the market is up 30% one year and you’re only up 20% and that client’s going to […]

Tom Lydon appeared on FOX Business Thursday to discuss opportunities with emerging markets exchange traded funds, including the advantages of dividend-based and low volatility strategies found in ETFs such as the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV). The opinions and forecasts expressed […]

BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest issuer of exchange traded funds, today added to its lineup of low volatility ETFs with the introduction of three global funds. The new ETFs are the iShares MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EUMV), the iShares MSCI Japan Minimum Volatility  ETF(NYSEArca: JPMV) and the iShares MSCI Asia […]

BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world’s largest issuer of exchange traded funds, will add to its lineup of low volatility ETFs Thursday with the introduction of three new funds. All three new ETFs will trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The new ETFs are the iShares MSCI Asia ex-Japan Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Investors that have a once bitten twice shy view of emerging markets exchange traded funds still have reasons to consider developing economies. Recent strength in the emerging markets complex confirms as much. Over the past 90 days, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the […]

Investors who want exposure to emerging markets while avoiding elevated volatility can evaluate low-volatility exchange traded fund options. For example, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV) and PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV) can provide a more conservative alternative to market capitalization-weighted emerging market ETFs as a way […]

In an attempt to mitigate market swings, investors can take a look at exchange traded funds that focus on low-volatility stocks, but don’t expect these to strategies to outperform the broader markets during bull runs. The two largest low-volatility ETFs, the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum […]

When it comes to equity-based volatility exchange traded funds, it is the “low vol” variety that command most of the attention and assets. The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) have over $6 billion in assets under management combined. Standing alone, each of […]

It probably will not be remembered as fondly as the March 9, 2009 market bottom, but for now, Feb. 3 stands as this year’s bottom for emerging markets exchange traded funds. Since that day, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) are each up about […]

The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is off another 1.4% Monday on volume that is nearly 50% above the daily average at this writing. Monday’s tumble is more than enough to extend EZA’s woes. Those woes have EZA sitting as not only one of the worst emerging markets ETFs to start 2014, but […]

One takeaway from this year’s emerging markets sell-off is that investors need to be ultra-selective when evaluating exchange traded funds that hold developing world equities. Following the second-quarter spike in Treasury yields that exposed emerging markets saddled with heavy external financial burdens (think Indonesia as a prime example), investors started to prize those markets with […]