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While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings… New ETF Launches: IGRO & FAAR Bats Exchange on Thursday launched the iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (BATS: IGRO). IGRO seeks to track the investment results of the Morningstar Global ex-US Dividend Growth Index. iShares, which was the first issuer […]

After a tumultuous start to the year, exchange traded fund investors have been easing back into the riskier segments of the market, focusing on income generation and some more defensive strategies that may keep the edge off their stock plays. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was on track to become the most popular […]

Slow and steady wins the race. Investors seeking an exchange traded fund strategy that can produce attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long haul should take a look at the low-volatility theme. “Imagine a race between a speedy, boastful hare and a steady, quiet tortoise,” Andrew Ang, Head of BlackRock‘s Factor Based Strategies Group, mused in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Many market observers and pundits have been saying for a while now that the U.S. equity market is the place to be. Returns prove as much. Though Tuesday was just one day, forty-one of the 105 exchange traded funds that hit new 52-week lows yesterday were global or international funds, a factoid emblematic of the […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

In what was buoyant market environment in 2013, low volatility exchange traded funds, not surprisingly, lagged the S&P 500. When animal spirits are high, ETFs heavy on consumer staples, health care and utilities names have the potential to trail the broader market. That was the case last year for the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility […]

U.S. and international equity markets have started 2014 in turbulent fashion. Against the backdrop of stretched valuations in the U.S., other developed markets not yet duplicating last year’s bullishness and a staggering emerging markets sell-off, low volatility exchange traded funds could once again be in style. That applies to ex-U.S. developed markets as well. U.S.-focused […]

With over $52.1 billion in assets under management, the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (NYSEArca: EFA) is now the third-largest U.S.-listed ETF. EFA’s underlying index, the MSCI EAFE Index, is also one of the most widely followed developed markets indices in the world. Suffice to say when an ETF such as EFA is on the brink […]

With last week’s surge, the S&P 500 is now higher by 30.1% this year. Not surprisingly, low volatility exchange traded funds have not been able to keep pace. The average 2013 gain for the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) is 22.7%. Although […]

Investors still like low volatility exchange traded funds. Combine inflows of about $1.52 billion this year to the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) and the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV)  say as much. It is also hard to quibble with the returns. SPLV and USMV are up an average […]

High-risk, high-return equities have been on a hot streak, outpacing the big, boring dividend payers in the current market rally. However, looking at risk-adjusted returns, low-volatility stock exchange traded funds could outperform in the long run. “In nearly every market studied, low-volatility stocks have greatly outperformed high-volatility stocks on a risk-adjusted basis, a finding at […]

Investors are still battle-scarred from suffering through two brutal market pullbacks since 2000. They can’t seem to shake off the dot-com bust and subprime meltdown despite SDPR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) breaking out to record highs. That’s a big reason why low-volatility ETFs continue to sell at a rapid pace despite the […]

Exchange traded funds that track stocks with low volatility have been a popular holding during these turbulent times, with iShares recently announcing that its line of minimum volatility ETFs gathered over $4 billion in assets. The iShares suite of low-volatility ETFs cover broad domestic and international equities: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Many investors are scrambling for yield in a low-rate market for bonds and the Federal Reserve seems committed to keeping it that way. There are ETFs that can provide exposure to income-generating sectors with low costs and liquidity. However, investors just need to be careful and understand the risks when stretching for yield. “The scramble […]

Low-volatility stocks and exchange traded funds appear to be the new safe havens for those investors who are risk-averse but still want some exposure to equities. Stocks that tout prices which have fluctuated the least in the past are attracting nervous investors during this time of uncertainty over the U.S. fiscal cliff and Europe’s debt […]

A lot of people are stuck in their traditional stock and bond asset split, but with exchange traded fund products, investors can diversify and expand on traditional allocations to augment their current income. Low-volatility and dividend ETFs are attractive options for yield. In a recent webcast, Morninstar analyst Samuel Lee pointed out that there are […]

Low-volatility exchange traded funds have garnered a lot of attention after investors were burned by the wild market swings in recent years. Joining in on the party, State Street Global Advisors plans to launch its own set of actively managed, low-volatility ETFs. According to an SEC filing, SSgA, the provider behind the SPDR suite of […]

International ETFs are one way to diversify a portfolio of U.S. stocks. Most investors gravitate to ETFs tracking the MSCI EAFE Index, the well-established benchmark for international developed markets. However, there are many ways to carve up non-U.S. stocks that are worthy of consideration. When it comes to developed foreign market exposure, most investors turn […]