New ETFs

With emerging markets equities continuing to tumble, it would be reasonable to expect high dividend yields, but that is not always the case. For example, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of developing world equities, yields just 2.47% on a trailing 12-month basis. As share prices have tumbled for […]

Innovative Tech ETF State Street Global Advisors launched the SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (NYSEArca: XITK). The fund tracks U.S. tech companies in the most innovative segments of the technology and media sectors as defined by FactSet Research Systems. The underling index selects firms with the highest revenue growth and believes these companies are in […]

Breakout new drugs usually receive all the attention in the pharmaceuticals space, but generic drugs make up the bulk of the industry. Now, investors can target the rising growth in the generics space with a new sector-specific exchange traded fund. Van Eck Global’s Market Vectors Generic Drugs ETF (NasdaqGM: GNRX) began trading Wednesday, according to […]

Franklin Templeton Investments may soon be entering the exchange traded fund space with a handful of smart-beta or alternative index-based ETF options. According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Franklin Templeton is working on its first group of ETFs, including the Franklin LibertyQ International Equity Hedged ETF, Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets ETF, Franklin […]

Investors who rely on a steady income stream may be interested in a new Reality Shares exchange traded fund focusing on U.S. companies that are expected to increase dividends ahead. The new Reality Shares DIVCON Leaders Dividend ETF (BATS: LEAD) begins trading tomorrow. The ETF has a 0.43% expense ratio and a dividend yield of […]

Seasoned fund industry player Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: LM) has launched four smart-beta or alternative index-based exchange traded funds that bring institutional styled strategies to retail investors. The new Legg Mason ETFs highlight the importance of risk management, especially during the current environment of heightened volatility. For instance on Monday, the huge 7% sell-off in […]

The exchange traded fund industry continues to expand its product line, providing investors with a growing number of strategies to customize and maximize their portfolios. According to XTF data, there are now 1,843 exchange traded products, which include exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes, with $2.15 trillion in assets under management. Fund sponsors launched […]

The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA), the tracking exchange traded fund for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, got a little more exciting earlier this year when Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, joined the venerable blue-chip index. However, some market participants believe the Dow needs even more refreshing […]

It has been a rough year for the energy and materials sectors, but those groups being two of 2015’s worst-performing sectors, 2016 could be the time to take a new look at natural resources stocks. That refreshment could come in the form of a new exchange traded fund, the SPDR S&P North American Natural Resources […]

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the oldest and most widely followed U.S. equity indexes, but the blue-chip benchmark has its flaws. Chief among those flaws is a weighting methodology that assigns the largest weights to Dow components based on price tag. To put the skew created by the Dow’s price-weighting methodology in […]

Count Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) among the issuers of exchange traded funds mulling the launch of an ETF dedicated to environmental and socially responsible investing. Goldman “said in a filing on Monday it would launch a new climate-focused index-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF). Launch of the Goldman Sachs S&P 500 Environmental & Socially Responsible ETF comes […]

Northern Trust’s (NasdaqGS: NTRS) FlexShares unit is making it easier for investors to get exposure to real assets with the new FlexShares Real Asset Allocation Index Fund (NasdaqGM: ASET), which holds three other FlexShares exchange traded funds. ASET “seeks to provide investors with a core real assets allocation that helps address their inflation-hedging, diversification, and […]

The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (NYSEArca: HACK), the first exchange traded fund dedicated to the fast-growing cyber security space, is just over a year old and at this point it is fair to call the ETF, which is home to more than $1 billion in assets under management, a legend. HACK’s legendary status has […]

The S&P 500 is one of the most tracked indexes in the world with an undeniable legacy. Ric Dillon, CEO of Diamond Hill Capital, thinks that it can be improved though and has set out to find a better weighting system that generates more value. Many in the ETF space believe that the days of […]

First Trust Advisors L.P. introduced its second actively managed exchange traded fund in as many weeks this week with the debut of the First Trust Heitman Global Prime Real Estate ETF (NYSEArca: PRME). The new ETF “will seek to provide access to U.S. and non-U.S. real estate securities consisting of shares of public companies with […]

More financial advisors are including exchange traded funds that track smart-beta or factor-based indexing methodologies, notably low-volatility and equal-weight strategies. Over two thirds of financial advisors using ETFs have invested in smart-beta funds, according to FTSE Russell. Among financial advisors, those utilizing smart-beta ETFs tend to be younger, have a higher share of assets under […]

U.S. equities are highly elevated relative to their counterparts across the globe and as investors have demanded more products that help to generate alpha and provide risk parity ETF issuers have obliged. Yesterday Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) entered the ex-US fray by launching their 3rd of 6 new smart-beta ETFs, branded ActiveBeta, the Goldman Sachs […]

BlackRock’s iShares exchange traded fund division is enticing long-term investors to its “Core” offerings after cutting down fees on a group of stock and bond options. On Tuesday, iShares lowered the expense ratios on seven funds in its iShares Core ETF suite, launched the iShares Core International Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IAGG), removed the iShares […]

The markets today and in the near future are challenging. Generating alpha is the mandate of all investors but the times of 8%+ annually yielded from equity investments with dividends above 3% are quickly evaporating. U.S. valuations are high and demand for alternative investment options is increasing everyday. AlphaClone sees this all as an opportunity. […]

Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) plans to continue bolstering its lineup of exchange traded funds with the introduction of two new small-cap ETFs. On Thursday, Denver-based Janus “announced it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for two innovative enhanced beta Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), which draw on the expertise […]

Kevin Carter, the man behind the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (NYSEArca: EMQQ), along with ETF Managers Group, a white-label exchange traded fund sponsor, launched the first restaurant sector-specific ETF to help investors capture the rising demand for convenient food services in a fast-paced world. The Restaurant ETF (NasdaqGM: BITE) began trading Wednesday, October […]

ProShares, the largest issuer of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds, said Tuesday it will split seven of its inverse and leveraged funds. The announcement was made in a statement released after the close of U.S. markets. Maryland-based ProShares said it will forward split the ProShares UltraShort MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: BZQ) and the […]

Refining its currency-hedged exchange traded fund suite, WisdomTree is working on a smart-beta currency adjustment strategy that could minimize losses and maximize gains as foreign currencies fluctuate. Wisdomtree has filed with Securities and Exchange Commission for four separate “Dynamic” currency-hedged ETFs, including: WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Europe Equity Fund WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged Japan Equity […]

Income-minded investors can now target the top dividend-paying companies taken out of the S&P 500 benchmark through a new State Street Global Advisor exchange traded fund. The SPDR S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SPYD) began trading Thursday, October 22, according to a press release. The new ETF has a 0.12% expense ratio. SPYD tries […]

Home to over $1.27 billion in assets under management, the SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (NYSEArca: TOTL) is easily the most successful new exchange traded fund to debut this year. TOTL, managed by bond guru Jeff Gundlach, can also lay claim to be one of the most successful actively managed ETFs and one of […]

Among investment factors, momentum is one of the most discussed and it is easily accessible via an array of exchange traded funds. That includes the newly minted PowerShares S&P 500 Momentum Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPMO). The PowerShares S&P 500 Momentum Portfolio, which debuted less than two weeks ago, tries to reflect the performance of the S&P […]

More exchange traded fund investors have turned to the Chinese A-shares market this year, riding the ups and downs of the emerging market, but they are also exposed to currency risks, especially as Beijing seeks to loosen control over the foreign exchange market. Nevertheless, ETF investors interested in China’s A-shares domestic market but wary of […]

With the advancements in biotechnology generating some attractive investment opportunities, exchange traded fund investors may now focus on a group of companies that specialize in the growing field of cancer immunotheraphy. The Loncar Cancer Immunotheraphy ETF (NasdaqGM: CNCR) began trading Wednesday, October 14, according to a press release. CNCR has a 0.79% expense ratio. “Immunotherapy […]

AlphaMark Advisors is the latest fund manager to turn to the exchange traded fund space, launching an actively managed small-cap ETF that was converted from a mutual fund. The recently launched AlphaMark Actively Managed Small Cap ETF (NasdaqGM: SMCP), which has $23.7 million in assets under management, fills a hole in the AlphaMark fund line […]

Adding on to its extensive suite of alternative index-based exchange traded funds, PowerShares launched five new smart-beta strategies. Invesco Powershares, along with Dorsey, Wright & Associates, added the PowerShares DWA Tactical Sector Rotation Portfolio (NYSEArca: DWTR) Friday, October 9, according to a press release. DWTR follows DWA’s indexing methodology. Specifically, the DWTR acts like a […]