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The First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (NasdaqGM: SKYY) is up about 4% year-to-date, a solid showing, though it lags the 4.5% returned by the Nasdaq Composite. An alternative view of SKYY, the lone dedicated cloud computing exchange traded fund, is that its 2015 showing has been disappointing. Disappointing because the ETF is heavily […]

Once beloved income-generating asset classes, master limited partnerships and sector-related exchange traded products have tumbled in unison with oil and natural gas prices this year with some analysts expressing view that it is still too early to embrace downtrodden MLPs. At the crux of the matter, investors are worried that a traditionally attractive dividend-paying asset […]

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, fell again Monday, bringing its year-to-date loss to almost 48 percent. That put the widely followed oil exchange traded fund into the all-time low club, but oil’s struggles have not prevented USO from being a prolific gatherer of new assets […]

The iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWP), the largest exchange traded fund tracking stocks in the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy, slumped to a new 52-week low Monday after election results there are seen as bringing the end of Spain’s two-part political system. “The conservative party of current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won the most votes, […]

Until recently, Russian stocks and exchange traded funds such as the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) had been this year’s star BRIC performers. Next year could bring opportunity for another Russian asset class investors once avoided: Bonds. There was a time when Russian bonds were an avoidable asset class. That time was last year. […]

The Market Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) is down more than 44% this year amid a savage rout for commodities and the related equities. A decline like that could, in some cases, be enough to signal that worst is over, but more declines could be ahead for steel stocks and SLX. Recent weakness in a […]

The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA), the tracking exchange traded fund for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, got a little more exciting earlier this year when Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, joined the venerable blue-chip index. However, some market participants believe the Dow needs even more refreshing […]

The CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) is 10.6% this year, good for one of the worst performances among exchange trade funds tracking developed market currencies. While a major rebound for FXE and the common currency next is not something many currency market analysts are expecting, investors might do well to temper expectations for significant […]

Down 26.6% this year, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) is one of the worst-performing major emerging markets exchange traded funds and despite a recent pop in South African equities, betting on significant upside for EZA in 2016 could prove to be losing wager. Few of Africa’s equity markets have reflected oft-cited long-term […]

It has been a rough year for the energy and materials sectors, but those groups being two of 2015’s worst-performing sectors, 2016 could be the time to take a new look at natural resources stocks. That refreshment could come in the form of a new exchange traded fund, the SPDR S&P North American Natural Resources […]

In anticipation of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, gold and other dollar-denominated commodities were widely viewed as vulnerable to higher borrowing costs. That thesis has proven accurate, though it has been just one trading day since the Fed unveiled its first interest rate hike in over nine years. On Thursday, the SPDR Gold Shares […]

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. ETFs such as the iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: FLOT), SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate (NYSEArca: FLRN) and the Market Vectors Investment Grade Floating Rate […]

Gold and the related exchange traded products, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), were universally seen as vulnerable to higher interest rates prior to the Federal Reserve moving forward with such a policy on Wednesday. In the aftermath of […]

Investors holding long positions in exchange traded products such as the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, will love the bullishness of the following oil price forecast for 2016. USO and BNO […]

The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) is down more 39% year-to-date, which is to say it has been an eventful year for the largest Brazil exchange trade fund. Confounding investors is that the near-term outlook for Brazilian stocks is murky at best and volatility (and controversy) there do not appear to be ebbing. […]

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points, marking the first time the U.S. central bank has done so in nearly a decade. Prior to the Fed meeting, high-yield bond exchange traded funds, including the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield […]

Fixed income investors have heard plenty in recent months about the impact higher U.S. interest rates will have on corporate bonds and the corresponding exchange traded funds. There has also been plenty of news regarding the effects of higher U.S. borrowing on emerging markets sovereign debt funds. However, after some significant declines earlier this year, […]

Following Wednesday’s news of the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in nearly a decade, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, closed higher […]

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest and most widely followed U.S. equity indexes, but the blue-chip benchmark has its flaws. Chief among those flaws is a weighting methodology that assigns the largest weights to Dow components based on price tag. To put the skew created by the Dow’s price-weighting methodology in […]

It has been a banner year of asset-gathering for Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) as the brokerage giant continues cementing its status as one of the fastest-growing providers of exchange traded funds. According to ETF.com data, California-based Schwab had $38.5 billion in ETF assets under management as of Dec. 14, making it the seventh-largest U.S. ETF […]

Holdings in equity-based energy exchange traded funds, including the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) and the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEArca: XOP), have been voracious cost-cutters this year. If oil prices keep retreating, investors can expect more of the same in 2016. There are reasons for investors to be […]

The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), the two largest high-yield corporate bond exchange traded funds, are down an average of about 11% this year as controversy for the junk bond space has been easy to come by. However, junk bonds […]

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is down more than 45% year-to-date while the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, is down nearly the same amount. That makes BNO, USO and rival oil exchange traded products some of the […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, traded higher Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s Fed meeting. However, market participants are displaying some mixed emotions […]

Count Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) among the issuers of exchange traded funds mulling the launch of an ETF dedicated to environmental and socially responsible investing. Goldman “said in a filing on Monday it would launch a new climate-focused index-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF). Launch of the Goldman Sachs S&P 500 Environmental & Socially Responsible ETF comes […]

With the Federal Reserve just days away from possibly raising interest rates for the first time in nine years, it is not surprising that investors continue embracing financial services stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds. It also is not surprising that market observers continue lavishing bullish praise on the second-largest sector weight in the […]

High-yield corporate exchange traded funds, including the two largest, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), have been ensnared in controversy lately. However, some market observers believe the high-yield bond market will not be the cause of another market crisis. Junk […]

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest bullion-backed exchange traded fund is lower by nearly 2% over the past month, perhaps prompting some commodities market participants to think gold’s already lengthy bear market will be extended. However, some technical analysts see the potential for near-term upside in the downtrodden gold fund if certain […]

The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP), which tracks the price movement of the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc, is up nearly 6% year-to-date. That makes UUP one of the best-performing currency exchange traded funds this […]

Investors have heard it plenty of times over the past two years. That being how inexpensive emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds are compared to their developed market counterparts. But in the case of a major group of Chinese stocks, these shares are among the least expensive anywhere in the world. Over 260 U.S.-listed […]