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Commodity exchange traded funds are enjoying their best month since 2010 and are beating traditional equities and fixed-income assets to boot. Over the past month, the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEArca: DBC) rose 7.8%, iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: DJP) increased 7.4% and iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEArca: GSG) gained […]

Gold bullion and commodity-related exchange traded funds surged to a 15-month high Friday on a depreciating U.S. dollar, along with rising risk-off sentiment with a equity market pullback. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) rose 1.8% Friday as Comex gold futures gained […]

Water stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have rallied this year as investors turned to more conservative utility plays, but the sector may still have legs as the world confronts increasing fresh water scarcity. Year-to-date, the First Trust ISE Water ETF (NYSEArca: FIW) and PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio (NYSEArca: PHO), which both track U.S. companies […]

While the health industry has underperformed so far this year, health care stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds can gain momentum on increased merger and acquisition activity. About $144 billion in deals for biotechnology, health care and pharmaceutical companies have been announced this year, with Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) agreeing to acquire St Jude Medical […]

As financial advisors look for ways to grow their businesses, many have turned to exchange traded fund investments in multi-asset strategies or ETF managed portfolios. On the recent webcast, Why Popularity of Multi-Asset ETF Portfolios are Booming, Daniel Gamba, Head of iShares Americas Institutional Business at BlackRock, explained that ETF managed portfolios are investment strategies […]

In stark contrast to market expectations of further intervention to stimulate a stagnating economy, the Bank of Japan opted to stand pat Thursday, triggering a surge in the Japanese yen and currency-related exchange traded fund. The CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) jumped 3.2% Thursday as the U.S. dollar depreciated 3.0% to ¥108.2. Meanwhile, the […]

High-yield dividend exchange traded funds offer attractive yields for the income-strapped investor, but the higher payouts come with risks, such as potentially unsustainable dividends from a beleaguered energy sector. “A lot of companies have adopted dividend policies that are unsustainable and have been rewarded by the financial markets that don’t sufficiently question the sustainability,” Harald […]

The fight against the Islamic State, or Daesh, is quickly depleting U.S. munitions. As the Pentagon replaces its inventory, aerospace and defense sector-related exchange traded funds could capitalize on the increased government spending. Analysts and market observers argue that billions of dollars will be needed to replenish U.S. military munitions that were expended on strikes […]

A slew of poor earnings results from the biggest tech names, with the latest lackluster results from Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), have dragged on the technology sector. However, an equal-weight tech-related exchange traded fund has been holding up surprisingly well. Following Apple’s earnings miss after the close Wednesday, the Guggenheim S&P Equal Weight Technology ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Financial advisors seeking to expand their businesses can look to multi-asset strategies and exchange traded fund managed portfolios. On the upcoming webcast, Why Popularity of Multi-Asset ETF Portfolios are Booming, Daniel Gamba, Head of iShares Americas Institutional Business at BlackRock, John Hyland, Head of ETF Investment Strategists at BlackRock, Robert Smith, President & Chief Investment […]

As more take a second look at the developing world, fixed-income investors can also tap the emerging markets through local currency debt-related exchange traded funds. BlackRock Inc. believes that central bank cuts across the emerging markets will extended the largest surge in debt in at least 13 years, Bloomberg reports. “We are in a sweet […]

Oil sector exchange traded funds are facing some hurdles as major energy producers ready their first quarter results. With overwhelmingly weak expectations after crude prices plunged to near 13-year lows in February, the sector ETFs could surprise if oil producers reveal conditions weren’t as bad as previously expected. Energy traders will be watching for the […]

More are beginning to align personal beliefs with their investments through exchange traded funds that adhere to socially responsible investing. For instance, investors seeking to invest in companies that have a smaller impact on the global environment would typically follow characteristics described under sound ESG or environmental, social and governance principles, such as the SPDR […]

Exchange traded fund investors have largely shunned developing economies as the area underperformed developed markets over the past few years. As more look to diversify away from an aging bull rally in the U.S., investors should consider re-allocating toward the developing world. According to a recent Emerging Global Advisors survey on investor sentiment, less than […]

Many investors have shied away from exchange traded funds with low trading volumes, but do not let the perceived liquidity deter you from a potentially lucrative investment strategy. Investors who are trading a stock would look at the average daily volume as a guide to how quickly and efficiently they are able to place a […]

While many typically checkout before the summer, investors should keep an eye on real estate investment trusts and related exchange traded funds in the months ahead as REITs becomes the newest S&P 500 sector. In September, the S&P and MSCI will no longer classify REITs as a financial sector component and will spin off real […]

Gold exchange traded funds have been a bright spot in the markets this year as an extended low-rate environment, depreciating U.S. dollar and volatility pushed investors into the hard asset. At the start of the year, gold enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. Gold maintained its momentum as the Federal […]

It is a big week for the social media exchange traded fund as a handful of prominent internet names announce first quarter earnings. On Tuesday, Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) will kick things off for the social media space. Market observers have been wary about Twitter’s ability to grow its user base after reaching its current heights. […]

After a lackluster week in response to a poor showing from Alphabet (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), technology sector exchange traded funds could experience another trying week with Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) up to bat. Google parent company Alphabet and Microsoft lost $30 billion each in market cap after their weak […]

The Saudi Arabia country-specific exchange traded fund surged Monday on prospects the kingdom will enact economic reforms to gradually diversify away from its reliance on crude oil. The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: KSA) rose 4.9% on Monday. KSA increased 18.2% over the past three months but it was still down 4.1% year-to-date. […]

As oil prices rebound on improved market sentiment, master limited partnership exchange traded funds have broken above their long-term trend lines and offer attractive yields to boot. Crude oil prices just finished higher for the third consecutive week as market sentiment turned upbeat on strengthening U.S. gasoline consumption ahead of the summer driving season and […]

As competition in the fund industry heats up, exchange traded fund investors have enjoyed lower fees on their investment portfolios. Over the past decade, the asset-weighted average expense ratio for ETFs, an indicator for the average fee an investor is paying, dipped to 0.23% from 0.28%, writes Morningstar analyst Patricia Oey. In contrast, the asset-weighted […]

With investors returning to more riskier segments of the market, defensive utility stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are losing momentum. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) has declined 3.8% since Wednesday and is now trading below its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. XLU has increased 9.3% year-to-date and reflects one of the best […]

Technology-related exchange traded funds that follow the traditional market capitalization-weighted methodology are under pressure as two tech giants fell sharply on lackluster first quarter earnings. Google parent company Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) revealed adjusted earnings per share last quarter total $7.50, missing analysts’ target of $7.96, with $16.47 billion in revenue also under estimates, reports […]

As investors begin to reconsider the beaten-down developing economies, Deutsche Asset Management has launched a new smart-beta emerging market exchange traded fund with a quality tilt. Robert Bush, Investment Strategist at Deutsche Bank, told ETF Trends that the emerging markets have been stabilizing and investors are beginning to funnel money back into the asset category. […]

The U.S. exchange traded fund industry has accumulated over $2 trillion in assets under management, but the majority of assets remain allocated toward the largest offerings, potentially causing investors and advisors to miss opportunities in smaller or lesser known ETFs. “The next time you are looking for an ETF solution to solve a client’s needs, […]

As the value investment style comes back to the forefront, dividend growth exchange traded funds have been among the best performing strategies. For instance, the ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (NYSEArca: SMDV) has returned 8.4% as of March 31, the best performer among 794 small-cap related mutual funds and ETFs, according to Lipper data. […]

When investing in overseas markets, investors should consider a currency-hedged international stock exchange traded fund to help diminish volatility associated with foreign exchange risks. “Since 1978, currencies have increased volatility 91% of the time over five-year rolling periods, contributing 2.7% more volatility on average each year,” Robert Bush, ETF Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management, said […]

ALPS Advisors and Sprott Asset Management have come together to launch a new exchange traded fund that targets companies on their public perception and buzz on social media platforms. The recently launched Sprott BUZZ Social Media Insights ETF (NYSEArca: BUZ) tries to reflect the performance of the BUZZ Social Media Insights Index, which identifies U.S. […]

Market cap-weighted emerging market funds are overexposed to a small group of developing economies and heavy on some segments of the market. Alternatively, investors may consider a smart-beta exchange traded fund offering that could provide a more balanced approach to country and sector weights. For instance, the Legg Mason Emerging Markets Diversified Core ETF (NasdaqGM: […]