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The recent fallout in response to the United Kingdom’s referendum vote on breaking ties with the European Union revealed the potential pitfalls international stock exchange traded fund investors face as traditional market capitalization-weighted country and sector exposure may leave investors open to unnecessary risks. “The Brexit shows the benefits of sector and country ETF diversification,” […]

Exchange traded funds have been a huge hit in the investment community, with financial advisors increasingly turning to the index-based tool as their go-to investment option for clients. According to the annual 2016 Trends in Investing Survey conducted by The Journal of Financial Planning and the FPA Research and Practice Institute, 83% of advisors use […]

As we head toward the third quarter and the start of the earnings season, a strengthening U.S. dollar could weigh on S&P 500 and large-cap exchange traded funds that have exposure to multi-national companies with a global footprint. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard […]

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 […]

Indonesian stocks and country-specific exchange traded funds rebounded along with global markets off the Brexit selling, and the emerging market found further support after Indonesia’s parliament approved a tax amnesty bill. On Tuesday, the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: EIDO) increased 4.0% and Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEArca: IDX) gained 4.1%. Indonesian markets bounced […]

Exchange traded fund investors may find a better way to control their oil exposure through two new AccuShares ETFs designed to track swings in the spot price. On Tuesday, June 28, AccuShares Investment Management brings to market the AccuShares S&P GSCI Crude Oil Excess Return Up Shares (NasdaqGM: OILU) and AccuShares S&P GSCI Crude Oil […]

As investors shied away from riskier assets in the wake of the Brexit results, emerging market exchange traded funds were pummeled, dipping below their long-term trend lines. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) fell 1.4% Monday and was trading below its 200-day simple moving average while the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: […]

A rush toward safe-havens and the sudden surge in the U.S. dollar are dragging on crude oil prices and energy-related exchange traded funds after the unexpected results from the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union. The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and […]

U.S. Treasury bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum Monday, with yields on benchmark 10-year notes nearing record lows, as investors continued to jump into safe-haven assets following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury (NYSEArca: ZROZ) was among the best performing non-leveraged ETF Monday, […]

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 […]

Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have outperformed this year, with Treasuries enjoying their best start to a year in over a decade. Momentum could be sustained as lingering concerns over the “Brexit” vote pushes investors toward safe-haven assets and the Federal Reserve will likely delay interest rate normalization in light of the uncertainty. U.S. […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

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% […]

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 […]

The Brexit dust has not even settled and exchange traded fund (ETF) options traders are already hedging against a potential slowdown in the Chinese economy as the next major unresolved risk. The ratio of bearish to bullish options on the largest ETF tracking Chinese shares listed in Hong Kong jumped to the highest level since […]

European markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were leading the market rebound Thursday ahead of widely observed “Brexit” vote. The European Stoxx 600 ended 1.5% higher Thursday. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the iShares MSCI EMU ETF (NYSEArca: EZU) added 2.7% and the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) returned 2.8%. The two ETFs both […]

The shipping-related exchange traded fund caught a tailwind Thursday after A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S shares surged on a planned restructuring and new chief executive officer. The Guggenheim Global Shipping ETF (NYSEArca: SEA), which tries to reflect the performance of the Dow Jones Global Shipping Index and holds high dividend-paying companies in the global shipping industry, rose […]

Brick-and-mortar department stores have been struggling for sales, but online outlets are thriving. As people spend more time on the internet, consumers are spending more through online catalogues, supporting the outlook for e-commerce and internet-related exchange traded funds. Standard Chartered Plc research shows U.S. consumers are rapidly moving online, and in-store sales will likely slow […]

If the United Kingdom decides to break off from the European Union, stock exchange traded funds investors may be better off sticking to U.S. markets and related exchange traded funds. “All you can do here in the United States, given the low level of interest rates, is go to the equities market,” Dennis Gartman, publisher […]

Exchange traded fund investors will have to weigh global growth prospects with potential market hurdles for the rest of the year. On the recent webcast, Expert Mid-Year Outlook & Strategy: Bernstein, RiverFront, and Deutsche Asset Management, Peter Hooper, Managing Director & Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, argued that we are still on a growth […]

Palladium exchange traded funds bounced Wednesday after China revealed a surge in vehicle sales, and the white metal could continue to outperform as global consumers continue to buy new automobiles. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) rose 1.7% Wednesday as the palladium spot prices gained 1.2% to $558.8 per ounce. PALL was down 2.4% […]

After years of outperforming, the equities market bull rally is running out of steam, with a number of global uncertainties weighing on riskier assets. Consequently, overweight stock exchange traded fund investors may want to consider revisiting the fixed-income theme. “What does a low-growth world, pricey stock valuations and a more cautious Fed add up to? […]

While market momentum has somewhat stalled, with growing pessimism over an uncertain outlook, exchange traded fund investors may still find some opportunities. On an upcoming webcast this Wednesday, Expert Mid-Year Outlook & Strategy: Bernstein, RiverFront, and Deutsche Asset Management, Peter Hooper, Managing Director & Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, Richard Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of […]

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 […]

Biotechnology-related exchange traded funds are stuck in a malaise, with the underlying biotech sector declining for the ninth consecutive session, its longest selloff in a twenty years. Since June 6, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), which tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, declined 10.3%. Related: Hit The Lab With These 17 Biotech ETFs The […]

On the heels of BlackRock iShares’ new fallen angel bond fund, VanEck slashed the management fees for its popular bond exchange traded fund that tracks downgraded debt securities initially issued with an investment-grade rate. On Monday, VanEck announced the expense ratio for the VanEck Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ANGL) will be lowered to […]

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 […]

With mounting uncertainty over speculative-grade debt markets, Direxion Investments has expanded its line of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds to include a high-yield, junk bond option. The recently launched Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares (NYSEArca: HYDD) tries to reflect the daily performance of -2x or -200% performance of the Barclays U.S. High […]

The exchange traded fund investment tool has been a hit with investors, accumulating $2.2 trillion in assets under management, and the ETF industry may continue to find traction among institutions. According to recent Greenwich Associates research on institutional ETF adoption, ETFs will enjoy $300 billion in annual flows by the year 2020 as institutional investors […]

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 […]