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Things are looking up for banks and financial sector exchange traded funds as more traders begin to feel more optimistic about the outlook of the underperforming area. The financial sector remains the worst performing area of the S&P 500, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 0.1% year-to-date, compared to the broader S&P […]

Among the most sold off areas of markets in the aftermath of a post-Brexit world, European bank stocks and related exchange traded funds have made a strong rebound off the lows as traders anticipate further monetary easing to support the economy. The iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF (NYSEArca: EUFN) gained 2.4% Thursday after rising 7.2% […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds rallied Thursday and pushed the broader S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to new highs as J.P. Morgan’s (NYSE: JPM) earnings beat helped set the pace for second quarter expectations. JPM shares rose 1.8% Thursday after revealing a much better-than-expected increase in second quarter revenue. Excluding accounting […]

After a seven year bull run and an increased uncertainty, people may expect the equities market will more likely pullback and give up some of its gains. Consequently, traders have turned to bearish or inverse exchange traded fund strategies to hedge against turns in a more volatile market. On an upcoming webcast this Wednesday, Sector Strategies […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds were among the worst performing areas of the U.S. markets as investors continued to digest the consequence of the United Kingdom separating from the European Union and the potentially extended low interest-rate environment out of the Federal Reserve. On Monday, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell […]

Bank stocks and financial sector exchange traded funds were the biggest losers in U.S. markets as traders weighed the potential years of uncertainty in response to the passing “Brexit” referendum. Broad financial sector ETFs came under fire Friday. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell 4.9% iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) dropped 4.5% […]

The votes are in and the United Kingdom will dissolve its 43-year membership in the European Union, triggering mass sell-off in global markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Leading the plunge, United Kingdom market-related ETFs were the worst hit, with the First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FKU), which provides a smart-beta play on […]

Financial services exchange traded funds have been laggards, but ETFs heavy on investment banks, such as the iShares US Broker-Dealers & Securities Exchanges ETF (NYSEArca: IAI), have been particularly poor performers. For example, IAI is off 10.2% year-to-date. There are signs things are starting to look for up IAI amid increased trading activity in the […]

Investors have been giving real estate investment trusts a second look ahead of indexing sector reclassification, bolstering demand for REITs-related exchange traded funds. “Demand for US real estate securities accelerated in May, as exchanged traded funds focused on the investment segment gathered $1.31 billion of new money, up from $510.4 million in April,” Todd Rosenbluth, […]

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 […]

The largest American banks may have to set aside more cash to strengthen balance sheets as a way to obviate further shocks, potentially putting additional strain on the financial sector and related exchange traded funds. Fed governors Daniel Tarullo and Jerome Powell, in separate public comments, have hinted that the central bank would probably require […]

As the markets move and traders ride the momentum, the increased trading activity could help bolster investment banks and brokerage related exchange traded funds. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s corporate and investment banking head Daniel Pinto projects trading activity to rise by over 10% in the second quarter year-over-year, reports Emily Glazer for the Wall […]

While a rising interest rate environment will help banks’ margins, financial sector exchange traded funds may continue to be pressured by losses on loans to beleaguered energy companies. The financial sector is beginning to turnaround with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) up 11.5%, iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) up 11.2% and Vanguard […]

The financial sector and bank exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Wednesday on a steepening yield curve ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest regional bank ETF, which have been thirsting for higher interest rates, increased 3.2% Wednesday. The fund also broke above its long-term resistance at […]

Note: This article is courtesy of Iris.xyz By Tina Powell Sitting in the front row were two athletic soon-to-be college graduates, eager for corporate, game face and all. A serious and focused young woman in her 20s, adjacently positioned, never stopped making eye contact with me or taking notes in the Giovatto Auditorium. This was […]

Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic moats or sustainable competitive advantages. Specifically, Munger and Buffett consider every aspect of a business […]

Note: This article is courtesy of Iris.xyz By Rick Kahler The Department of Labor’s groundbreaking new Fiduciary Rule may change the legal responsibilities of advisors who sell financial products for consumers’ retirement accounts. Financial services industry pundits aren’t sure whether the new rule is a giant step in the right direction or a successful dodging […]

Japanese equities bounced Friday, with currency-hedged exchange traded funds leading the charge on a weakening yen, as speculators bet the Bank of Japan will give banks a helping hand. Currency hedged ETFs, which diminished the negative effect of a weaker yen currency, outpaced non-hedged funds, on Friday. For instance, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund […]

Without a Doha accord on an oil production freeze, the markets may suffer through an extended period of low oil prices, potentially causing a ripple effect that could extend to financial sector and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds. “While nothing explicitly has been said, it’s not a far reach to suggest that the production freeze […]

The Italian government and top lenders could come up with a plan for a state-backed fund to mend Italy’s financial sector, bolstering bank shares and country-specific exchange traded funds on Monday. The iShares MSCI Italy Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWI) rose 1.9% Monday and popped back above its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. The FTSE Italia […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performing areas of the market so far this year. Bargain hunters seeking a cheap play may want to pass on this area as the industry may not turn around anytime soon. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is still down 5.9% year-to-date, […]

Investors have been sticking to the sidelines over a volatile first quarter This has dragging on ETFs that track investment banks and brokerage firms Wall Street’s busy season is underway, but for bank traders, market activity has been surprisingly tepid Trading activity usually picks up at the start of the year, but investors have been sticking […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Changes to S&P 500 index will affect how people position in REITs ahead S&P Dow Jones Indices stated it would add an 11th sector to its Global Industry Classification Standard Looking ahead, the new GICS classification will also further support the REITs sector Exchange traded fund investors have some exposure to real estate investment trusts […]

Financial sector ETFs maintained momentum Wednesday after stumbling at start of year Global financial sectors also rallied on Wednesday Market observers appear to be pouncing on a sector that has been underperforming in 2016 Despite a relatively tepid Wednesday, financial sector exchange traded funds maintained their momentum as bargain hunters jumped back into an oversold market segment. […]

As the energy sector is bludgeoned by low oil prices, banks and financial sector exchange traded funds could continue to underperform. Banking stocks are among the worst performing areas of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) fell 16.8% and PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) declined 17.3%. Meanwhile, the broader iShares […]

As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank’s Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sectors after the two areas fell off 9% this year, despite delivering positive earnings growth, […]

Exchange traded funds that track some of the worst areas of the year were among the best performers Tuesday as bargain hunters piled into downtrodden sectors. Consumer discretionary and bank stocks were led the advance in U.S. markets on Tuesday. For instance, the PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) gained 3.3%, SPDR S&P Bank ETF […]

Financial stocks and bank sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst areas of the market this year, but after the steep declines, investors may find a cheap play. The financial sector is the worst performing S&P 500 sector this year, with the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) down 17.5% year-to-date. However, some […]

Despite an upbeat earnings season and low exposure to the current round of economic risks, U.S. bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have underperformed, potentially opening up a buying opportunity for value investors. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) fell 12.6%, iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) dropped 10.9% and […]