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Exchange traded funds are a relatively new innovation in the financial industry. As more people learn about the benefits of the ETF investment vehicle, ETF adoption has risen and assets have grown. Now, financial advisors are showing greater interest for the new breed of smart-beta ETF options, potentially signalling a growth spurt for the alternative […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds have been attracting greater investment interest as a greater number of asset managers and financial advisors express improved sentiment over developing economies. According to a recent Emerging Markets Investor Sentiment Survey conducted by Emerging Global Advisors, the quarterly poll of asset managers and financial advisors are showing an increased interest […]

In the ongoing search for yields in an extended low-rate environment, investors have turned to preferred stock exchange traded funds as an attractive alternative investment, with the VanEck Vectors Preferred Securities ex Financials ETF (NYSEArca: PFXF) standing out among its competitors. PFXF has outperformed its peers, rising 12.2% year-to-date, and generated an attractive 5.62% 12-month […]

As global uncertainty dissipates and the equities markets push toward new highs, growth stocks and related exchange traded funds are beginning to outpace the value category. Over the past week, the iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEArca: IVW), Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEArca: VOOG) and SPDR S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSEArca: SPYG) returned about […]

Turkish stocks and country-specific exchange traded fund continued its downward spiral Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announced a state of emergency and concerns over capital flight in the face of further credit downgrades. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) fell 2.9% Thursday after plunging 13.5% over the past week. Turkish markets continued to fall Thursday […]

The BioShares Biotechnology Products Fund (NasdaqGM: BBP) has capitalized on a string of acquisitions and outperformed other biotechnology- and pharmaceuticals-related exchange traded funds. BBP, which follows U.S.-listed biotech companies with a primary product offering or product candidate that has landed FDA approval, gained 4.0% over the past week and increased 9.1% over the past three […]

When looking to overseas markets, people have to consider the various risks associated with each sector and country. Alternatively, investors can look to a broad exchange traded fund strategy that focuses on high quality international names with sustainable advantages. On the recent webcast, ETF Strategy to Access Morningstar’s Top International Picks, Dan Lefkovitz, Content Strategist […]

Emerging market stock- and bond-related exchange traded funds are experiencing robust inflows as the lingering global easy-money environment is drawing more investors to riskier assets in search of higher returns. Emerging market bond funds are experiencing the largest inflows on record as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other big institutions joined the search for […]

With lingering concerns over the Eurozone, a post-Brexit world and growth in China, investors seeking international exposure should turn to exchange traded funds that target strongly positioned companies. On the upcoming webcast, ETF Strategy to Access Morningstar’s Top International Picks, Dan Lefkovitz Content Strategist for Indexes Morningstar, Alex Morozov, Director of European Equity Research at Morningstar, […]

Gold and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds are moving in separate directions again after a strengthening U.S. economy renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates before the end of the year. The PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) rose 0.2% Wednesday and is trading back above its 200-day simple […]

U.S. equities strengthened Wednesday with biotechnology stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds leading the charge on better-than-expected second quarter results. On Wednesday, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), which tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index,rose 2.5%. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSEArca: XBI), which follows a more equal weight methodology, gained 3.2% and was testing […]

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 […]

A restaurant-themed exchange traded funds to capture consumers’ changing preferences and the increased popularity of spending on experiences, like dining out. On the recent webcast, How Your Portfolio Could Bite Into Consumer Spending, Michael Cronan, President of BITE ETF, explained that the consumer discretionary sector is characterized by businesses that are most sensitive to economic […]

As the equities market swings, traders have incorporated leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to jump on short-term opportunities and hedge around events, like the Brexit vote. “If ever there was a market environment for uncertainty hedging, it is now,” Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, told ETF Trends on a […]

While the equities market is making new highs, investors have increasingly turned to passive open-end strategies, along with index-based exchange traded funds, over active mutual funds to gain exposure to the record run. S&P 500 Index mutual funds attracted $3.0 billion in net inflows in June, writes Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Global Market Intelligence Director of […]

The precious metals market and related exchange traded funds have done a complete one-eighty compared to 2015 and may continue to end the year strong as ongoing uncertainty would support safe-haven demand. “We believe market uncertainty to keep strong support for precious metals – particularly gold and silver – for some time and that will […]

Americans’ shifting preferences and desire to spend on experiences, including dining out, could support the consumer services and restaurant industries, along with sector-related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, How Your Portfolio Could Bite Into Consumer Spending, Samuel Masucci, Founder and CEO of ETF Managers Group, and Michael Cronan, President of BITE ETF, will […]

The Turkey exchange traded fund plunged Monday, with Turkish markets experiencing its worst plunge in three years, after the failed coup late Friday. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) declined 6.1% Monday, dipping below both its 50- and 200-day simple moving averages. Meanwhile the 7.1% plunge in Turkey’s benchmark Borsa Istanbul 100 Index was […]

A semiconductor sector exchange traded fund was leading markets higher Monday after Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. announced a deal to acquire Britain’s ARM Holdings (NasdaqGS: ARMH) for $32 billion. SoftBank is seeking to expand into the so-called Internet of Things, or home devices from smart-thermostats to security cameras and domestic appliances that connect […]

With the Japanese yen weakening and speculation Prime Minister Shinzo will augment his administration’s stimulus measures, investors interested in the Japanese equities market should consider a currency-hedged exchange traded fund strategy. The Japanese yen experienced one of its worst weeks since 1999 as the U.S. dollar appreciated to about ¥105.6 from ¥100.5 over the past […]

With the value and dividend styles back in play this year, a dividend “aristocrats” exchange traded fund strategy has been among the better performers, providing exposure to companies with a history of sustainable yields. The ProShares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: NOBL) has increased 14.4% year-to-date, compared to the S&P 500 Index’s 7.1 gain. The […]

In a world filled with easing liquidity and depressed rates, investors funneled billions into fixed-income exchange traded funds to capitalize on central bank action and squeeze out more yields. Globally, yield-hungry investors threw $124 billion into bond ETFs so far this year, reports Rochelle Toplensky for the Financial Times. Among the most popular U.S.-listed ETFs […]

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have hit new highs, but observers remain skeptical over how much more room there is left to run in the so-called most hated bull market, with some pointing to a flat or low-return environment ahead. Consequently, if investors aren’t going to see a repeat of the breakneck performance […]

ETF Trends takes a condensed look at five new ETF products launched today, July 14. Cambria Expands on Shareholder Yield Suite Cambria launched the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield ETF (BATS: EYLD). EYLD tracks the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield Index, which is comprised of emerging market stocks ranked by dividend payments and net stock buybacks, key […]

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% […]

Airlines stocks and sector-related exchange traded fund are having a great week, with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) second-quarter profit beat among the latest to provide a tailwind for the industry. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market, rose 2.7% Thursday after surging 9.4% over the […]

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 […]

Master limit partnerships and related exchange traded funds have been hit along with the broader energy market in response to the plunge in crude oil prices, but the sector is turning around. For instance, Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) to “buy”, citing visible gas pipeline growth, valuations, M&A and a dividend cut […]

The dining industry and restaurant-related exchange traded fund may enjoy a strong second-quarter earnings season as lower food costs helped bolster diners’ margins. “Prices were some of the lowest levels in four years,” David Maloni, chief commodity strategist at the American Restaurant Association, told CNBC. “Egg prices are declining… cheese and chicken prices are attractive.” […]

U.S. consumers are losing confidence in the housing market, with renters having a less favorable outlook on hone ownership. On the other hand, as more prefer to stick to renting, a residential real estate investment trust-related exchange traded fund may continue to find support from rising rents. According to the National Association of Realtors, the […]