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Smart-beta exchange traded funds (ETFs) have evolved as the industry matures. Before, investors had ETFs with a single twist that provided a themed approach to investment styles. Now, index providers and ETF sponsors implement a multi-factor approach to potentially enhance investment returns and diminish overall volatility. In the beginning, investors relied on market cap-weighted indices to […]

More exchange traded fund investors are looking to smart beta or alternative index-based strategies to fill out their investments, and focusing on which targeted factors within the indexing methodology matters when appropriately balancing a portfolio. On a recent webcast, Smart Beta Factors: How Many and What is Ideal?, Joel Schneider, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice […]

Investors can look to smart-beta, alternative index-based exchange traded funds to for a diversified solution to enhance returns and balance an investment portfolio. On an upcoming webcast this Tuesday, Smart Beta Factors: How Many and What is Ideal?, Joel Schneider, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President of Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Phil Fontana, Head of Product […]

Smart- or strategic-beta exchange traded funds that track alternative or customized indices have been a popular way to gain diversified exposure to the equities market. However, the recent surge is making some of these smart-beta strategies pricey. Rob Arnott, founder of Research Affiliates and father of fundamental indexing, warns of a potential bubble or possible […]

Investors have looked to emerging market exchange traded funds to access potential growth opportunities in a low return environment and diversify an investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, Define Your Emerging Market Smart Beta Strategy, Mike LaBella, Portfolio Manager at QS Investors, pointed out that the developing economies are projected to expand 4.1% this year […]

Traditional emerging market investors may be overexposed to regional risks. Instead, traders may consider an alternative to cap-weighted index strategies, such as a smart-beta exchange traded fund that takes a more balanced macro approach the the developing countries. On the upcoming webcast, Define Your Emerging Market Smart Beta Strategy, Mike LaBella, Portfolio Manager at QS […]

The utilities sector remains the best performing area of the S&P 500. However, a rising rate environment could cause utilities to underperform. While investors may have enjoyed the ride by overweighting the sector, exchange traded fund investors should also take the time to look under the hood of some of their investment plays lest they […]

After a volatile start to the year, precious metals exchange traded fund advisors will have to consider factors beyond market risks. On the recent webcast, June Update: Central Bank Separation Anxiety, James Butterfill, Head of Research and Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, pointed out that world growth has stabilized, the likelihood of a global recession […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: RHS). RHS is a defensive play for the summer doldrums. Click here to […]

With the Federal Reserve largely expected to begin hiking interest rates sometime this year, fixed-income assets could weaken, but bond exchange traded fund investors have some alternative options to help maintain yield generation and hedge against the negative effects of rate risks. Bond-related ETFs are exposed to rate risks because of their effective duration exposure. […]

The markets still face a number of headwinds. Consequently, investors should consider specific hurdles and look toward asset allocation opportunities. On the recent webcast, Tactical ETF Strategy in an Easy Mutual Fund Package, Deborah Frame, President and Chief Investment Officer of Frame Global Asset Management, pointed to a stagnation outlook, with waning strength in the […]

As we weigh market risks ahead, investors can look to some exchange traded fund strategies to capture opportunities that can help hedge against potential hurdles while participating in any upside. On the upcoming webcast, Tactical ETF Strategy in an Easy Mutual Fund Package, Deborah Frame, President and Chief Investment Officer of Frame Global Asset Management, […]

The European Central Bank is expanding its quantitative easing program to include corporate debt as a way to stimulate its economy. As demand for Eurozone debt rises, investors can look to international corporate bond exchange traded funds to capitalize on the momentum. The accommodative measures, bond purchasing programs and and even negative interest rate policies […]

After a tumultuous start this year, U.S. dollar exchange traded funds just registered one of their best monthly gains since 2015, and the greenback may have more room to run. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), which tracks USD moves against a basket of major currencies, dipped 5.5% to 93.08 on April 25, but the benchmark […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Eurozone Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBEZ). As global markets strengthen, investors should consider currency risks, especially with the U.S. dollar […]

Fixed-income exchange traded fund investors have largely been worried about a rising rate environment as the Federal Reserve plans rate hikes later this year. However, people should not neglect the negative effects of higher inflation. “One of the greatest risk to retirees’ portfolios is inflation,” Marie Dzanis, Head of Distribution for FlexShares and Northern Trust, […]

In an year of uncertainty, the consumer staples sector has acted as a defensive play for more conservative investors, with an equal-weight consumer staples exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. The defensive consumer staples sector has been one of the year’s best performing areas of the S&P 500, with the S&P 500 Consumer […]

With the U.S. dollar rebounding and European markets recovering, exchange traded fund investors may want to consider a currency-hedged strategy to capture the gains while mitigating the negative effects of an appreciating USD. For example, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ), the largest Europe currency-hedged ETF, rose 7.6% over the past three months […]

The smaller companies and small-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) are beginning to pull ahead. Over the past week, the Russell 2000 Index rose 3.4% while the S&P MidCap 400 Index gained 3.2% and S&P 500 added 2.1%. The small-cap segment has been gaining momentum in recent months, jumping on the risk-on sentiment after the Fed […]

Investors looking into high-yield bonds to augment their fixed-income portfolio may consider a fallen angel speculative-grade debt-related exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, explained that recent and potential sector growth will contribute to support fallen angel bonds and related VanEck Fallen Angel High […]

Middle-capitalization stocks are outperforming this year, and investors can also target the mid-cap segment through related exchange traded funds. The middle capitalization category has also outperformed, with the S&P 400, a benchmark for mid-cap companies across the U.S., up 5.9% this year, compared to the 2.5% increase in the S&P 500 and 0.5% gain in […]

Investors interested in the high-yields of junk bonds but are wary of potential credit risks can turn to a group of “fallen angels” bond-related exchange traded fund (ETF). On the upcoming complimentary webcast this Thursday, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, will help explain the group of fallen angels […]

As the economy improves and consumers begin to spend again, investors can capitalize on the growth through consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Consumer stocks have benefited from stronger household finances, rising employment and slowly expanding wages. Additionally, the plunge in energy prices, along with lower price tags at the gas pumps, have helped kept more […]

A recently launched social media insights exchange traded fund (ETF) provides investors with a social momentum strategy that harnesses insights from big data mined from media outlets. On a recent webcast, The Social Media Index: Today’s Market Sentiment Indicator, Jeremy Held, Director of Research & Investment Strategy at ALPS Portfolio Solutions, explained that the Sprott […]

A rising interest rate environment will weigh on fixed-income portfolios. Bond traders do not need to sacrifice yield-generation to diminish rate risk. Instead, investors can look to rate-hedged or zero-duration bond exchange traded funds. A relatively new breed of interest rate-hedged, zero duration ETFs hold long-term bonds, but they will simultaneously short Treasuries or Treasury […]

In anticipation of a rising interest rate environment, fixed-income investors should consider exchange traded funds that track floating rate notes. Should expectations of higher interest rates gain momentum, it would not be surprising to see investors embrace floating rate exchange traded funds as additions to fixed income portfolios. Related: 41 Target Maturity Bond ETFs for […]

As the U.S. braces for a rising interest rate environment, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may adopt a bond ladder strategy to hedge against the risks through maturity- or target-date ETF options. With the Fed intent on hiking rates ahead, investors can implement a bond laddering strategy through defined-maturity bond funds to hedge their fixed-income positions. […]

Investors seeking an easy way to fill out a fixed-income portfolio may start off with an aggregate or total bond market exchange traded fund that provides diversified exposure to U.S. government and corporate debt securities. For instance, the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has been the go-to benchmark for many fixed-income investors. The benchmark tracks […]

Oil prices are rebounding, with the fundamental outlook improving. As more return to the energy play, investors can consider a broad energy infrastructure exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, High Quality MLP Strategy: Understanding the Benefits of Pipeline ETF, Brian Sulley, Vice President of Tortoise Capital Advisors, projects that oil demand will grow in […]

Note: This article is courtesy of Iris.xyz By Shundrawn A. Thomas Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds can accurately be characterized as “sister” investment products because of their many similarities: Both are basically baskets of investments and offer a diverse range of investment types and strategies; Because a single fund can hold hundreds of […]