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As the exchange traded fund universe expands and money managers fill out the missing spaces with new investments, some exchange traded fund strategies have fallen out of favor and closed down, but a number of ETF ideas have stuck. In the upcoming in-person ETF Boot Camp conference, Ethan Powell, Founder & President of Impact Shares, […]

A pharmaceuticals sector exchange traded fund perked up Friday after Endo International (NasdaqGS: ENDP) Chief Executive Rajiv De Silva stepped aside to be replaced by generics division head Paul Campanelli. The SPDR Pharmaceuticals ETF (NYSEArca: XPH) rose 0.8% Friday. Meanwhile, ENDP shares jumped 16.1% on the shift in management. SEE MORE: M&A Activity, Passing Drug […]

In a retreating market, social media and internet-related exchange traded funds stood out Friday after Twitter (NasdaqGS: TWTR) initiated talks with several large technology companies, seeking potential suitors for an acquisition. Twitter has received expressions of interest from several technology companies and may receive a formal bid shortly, reports David Faber for CNBC. TWTR shares […]

Steadily improving growth and an ongoing low-yield environment could support risk appetite for corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds. While some may be concerned with a slowdown in the global economy, we are still experiencing growth, albeit at a slower pace. In a research note, BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, argued that the […]

The exchange traded fund universe is quickly expanding as more managers and even traditional fund providers jump in. With growing interest for ETF options, money managers may look to the upcoming ETF Boot Camp to better understand the ins and outs of the industry and the investment vehicle. In the upcoming third annual ETF Boot […]

As market conditions grow more volatile, investors can utilize the new Recon Capital Managed Risk exchange traded fund to smooth out a bumpy ride. Recon Capital recently came out with the Recon Capital USA Managed Risk ETF (NYSEArca: USMR). USMR has a net expense ratio of 0.30%. USMR will try to reflect the performance of […]

As the U.S. prepares¬†for potential risks that could topple the markets’ push toward new highs, investors may look toward leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to hedge against potential volatility. On the recent webcast, Smarter Beta: Tricks of the Trade for Leveraged ETFs, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy […]

First Trust has expanded its line of smart beta exchange traded funds with multi-factor sector plays based on attractive valuations, strong momentum and low volatility to help investors focus on portfolio risk management and improved diversification. First Trust has come out with seven new smart-beta sector ETFs, including: First Trust Nasdaq Bank ETF (NasdaqGM: FTXO) […]

With recent talks of a Federal Reserve rate hike and bond yields ticking higher, some are concerned of another taper-tantrum event that could pressure developing market debt. Nevertheless, emerging market bond exchange traded funds may still find support as one of the few areas that investors can generate decent yields. “The search for yield is […]

Given the heightened risks we have experienced this year, investors may consider leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to manage the challenges presented by volatile markets. On the upcoming webcast, Smarter Beta: Tricks of the Trade for Leveraged ETFs, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy Team at Direxion, and […]

Amplify Exchange Traded Funds has come out with a new ETF that can help investors hone in on the right dividend-paying stocks on the market. The Amplify YieldShares Prime 5 Dividend ETF (BATS: PFV) began trading Wednesday. PFV has a 0.49% net expense ratio. The new Prime 5 Dividend ETF is essentially a fund-of-funds, holding […]

Elkhorn has partnered with Dorsey Wright & Associates and Research Affiliates Fundamental Indexes to launch two new actively managed commodity-related exchange traded funds. On Tuesday, Elkhorn rolled out the Elkhorn Commodity Rotation Strategy ETF (NasdaqGM: DWAC) and Elkhorn Fundamental Commodity Strategy ETF (BATS: RCOM). DWAC has a 0.99% expense ratio and RCOM comes with a […]

AdvisorShares has come out with a new actively managed stock exchange traded fund with a dynamic fee structure that aligns the manager’s incentive with shareholders’ interests. On Wednesday, AdvisorShares launched the AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF (NYSEArca: CWS). CWS is managed by Eddy Elfenbein. Elfenbein is the Owner, Publisher and Editor of the Crossing Wall Street […]

After a multi-year rally, the equities market is trading at elevated valuations. Consequently, investors seeking exposure to stocks may want to consider a smart-beta, multi-factor exchange traded strategy to limit risks and potentially enhance returns. “High Valuations and limited multiple expansion may hinder broad market returns,” Steve Deroian, Head of ETF Strategy at John Hancock […]

In a bid to help investors better manage their municipal bond market exposure, VanEck listed two new exchange traded funds to provide a more diversified exposure to intermediate-term muni debt. On Tuesday, VanEck launched the VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 12-17 Year Intermediate Municipal Index ETF (BATS: ITML) and VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 6-8 Year Intermediate Municipal Index […]

The financial industry is coming to terms with the new Department of Labor fiduciary rules. With the markets adapting to the eventual changes to the way advisors handle client portfolios, exchange traded funds could ultimately end up reaping a huge windfall. In a new report, Accelerating Growth: The Department of Labor Conflict of Interest rules […]

Many have utilized sector plays to better control their portfolio exposure to varying market conditions. With exchange traded funds, investors can utilize smart-beta or multi-factor strategies to better diversify their sector exposure and potentially enhance returns. In the upcoming webcast, A Smart (Beta) Approach to Sector ETFs, Joel Schneider, Senior Portfolio Manager & Vice President […]

Sarepta Therapeutics (NasdaqGS: SRPT) surged Monday and lifted biotechnology-related exchange traded funds after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen. Leading the charge in the ETF space on Monday, the BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials Fund (NasdaqGM: BBC) increased 2.2%, PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum Portfolio (NYSEArca: PTH) gained 3.8% and¬†SPDR S&P […]

Dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds have been a popular play this year as value investments returned to style. While some may be apprehensive of the category after the recent run up, dividend stocks are only still trading near their historical averages. The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY), which holds firms that have […]

Despite speculation of an imminent Federal Reserve interest rate hike, precious metals-related exchange traded funds may still hold up ahead. “I don’t think any immediate action from Fed would derail precious metals,” Maxwell Gold, Director of Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, told ETF Trends in a call. The Federal Reserve has backpedaled on rate hikes […]

As markets brace for a rising interest rate environment, bond investors should begin to look to alternative investments, such as a strategic interest rate-hedging exchange traded fund, to limit the negative effects or even benefit from rising rates. Specifically, fixed-income investors can utilize long-short bond strategies to diminish rate risk. The Sit Rising Rate ETF […]

Developed markets have made a rapid recovery in the years following the financial crisis and outperformed developing economies. After being left behind, emerging market exchange traded funds may now offer better opportunities for investors as developed markets begin to taper off. “EM equities still enjoy the benefit of low growth expectations and relatively attractive valuations,” […]

Sugar exchange traded notes climbed Friday, with sugar futures surging to a four-year high, on speculation of smaller harvest across major producing regions. On Friday, the iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: SGG) rose 6.3% and Teucrium Sugar Fund (NYSEArca: CANE) gained 5.1%. Sugar has staged a huge comeback in 2016, with SGG […]

The equities market is a dynamic ecosystem with various segments moving to their own tune. Since various sectors may shine or dull in varying conditions, investors may consider ex-sector exchange traded funds to limit exposure to areas of weakness and focus on areas of strength. For instance, healthcare and financials are two of the worst […]

The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule backed by President Barack Obama’s administration in Congress could put an end to hidden fees and conflicts of interest in the investment market, potentially driving more assets out of actively managed investments and into low-cost, transparent exchange traded funds. A controversial new regulation for investment advisors is due to […]

Real estate investment trust exchange traded funds may continue to enjoy greater attention ahead as the REITs sector formally becomes the 11th major industry segment of the S&P Dow Jones Indices at the end of the week. REITs, which make up about 3% of the S&P 50o’s market valuation, will be splitting away from the […]

Exchange traded funds that replicate hedge fund strategies or track liquid alternatives are a good way to diversify a traditional equity and fixed-income portfolio to lower the potential negative effects of a volatile market ahead. “Current equity market levels and the prospect of rising rates may mean lower returns and higher volatility in traditional portfolios,” […]

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has rolled out a speculative-grade bond exchange traded fund, its first fixed-income related strategy and its second actively managed offering. J.P. Morgan launched the JPMorgan Disciplined High Yield (BATS: JPHY) on Thursday. JPHY has a 0.40% expense ratio. The new active high-yield bond ETF tries to generate higher risk-adjusted returns and […]

Short-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds are beginning to outperform their longer-term counterparts as investors ease up on Federal Reserve interest rate expectations and anticipate rising inflationary pressures. Over the past week, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SHY), Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: SCHO) and Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Expanding on its BulletShares target-date exchange traded fund line, Guggenheim launched investment-grade and high-yield corporate bond strategies to further help investors build out their bond laddering strategies as the market prepares for a rising rate environment. On Wednesday, Guggenheim Investments rolled out the Guggenheim BulletShares 2026 Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: BSCQ) and Guggenheim BulletShares 2024 […]