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As the emerging market grows, a rising middle class and increased spending power could bolster the consumer market. Investors can tap into this expanding area through a targeted emerging market sector-related exchange traded fund. On the upcoming webcast, The Emerging Markets Consumer is Online, Kevin Carter, Founder of EMQQ Index, and Richard Kang, Advisor for […]

The depressed crude oil prices have weighed on energy producers, with the upcoming earnings season expected to reveal another dismal result for the sector. However, energy exchange traded funds may see brighter days ahead as we move past a market bottom. “Analysts currently project that both the price of oil (WTI) and the estimated earnings […]

After falling out of favor along with other growth stocks at the start of a volatile year, technology sector-related exchange traded funds have outperformed in recent months. Technology companies have regained their footing in recent months as volatility dissipated and investors renewed their focus on a beaten up growth category, with the Nasdaq Composite and […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global X Funds, an exchange traded fund provider known for its targeted or niche investment strategies, expanded on its tech sub-sector options with a Robotics & AI, FinTech and Internet of Things themes. On Tuesday, Global X launched the Global X FinTech Thematic ETF (NasdaqGM: FINX), Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (NasdaqGM: […]

While the markets may be worried about the effects of a Federal Reserve interest rate, there are still a number of factors that can still support the gold market and bullion-related exchange traded funds. On a recent webcast, A Golden 2016: Where Does Gold Go from Here?, Imaru Casanova, Senior Analyst at VanEck, argued that […]

A large acquisition and favorable results from a drug trial helped biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector-related exchange traded funds rally on Monday. Among the best performing ETFs of Monday, the PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome (NYSEArca:PBE) jumped 3.0%, ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ETF (NYSEArca: SBIO) advanced 3.1%, iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: IBB) rose 2.7% and SPDR Pharmaceuticals […]

The markets soured on speculation of a possible Federal Reserve interest rate hike as soon as this month. However, there are market segments and exchange traded funds that welcome higher rates. Speculation of an interest rate hike rose after the usually dovish Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric Rosengren said that a “reasonable case can […]

Investors have turned to alternative avenues of income, like real estate investment trusts, in their search for income. Those who wish to allocate toward REITs should also consider a exchange traded funds that provide global exposure as a significant portion of the opportunity set lies outside our borders. “Global real estate offers unique features and […]

While the rest of the equities market plunged, bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds were partially supported by the notion that a Federal Reserve rate hike could help improve profit margins. On Friday, the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) was down 0.4%, SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) was 0.5% lower, […]

Direxion Investments has rolled out the first leveraged and inverse silver miner sector-specific exchange traded funds to help more aggressive traders gain exposure to the quick turns in the precious metals market. On Thursday, Direxion launched the Direxion Daily Silver Miners Index Bull 2X Shares (NYSEArca: SHNY) and the Direxion Daily Silver Miners Index Bear […]

Coal exchange traded funds climb on an insatiable Chinese demand for foreign supply with a growing shortage at home. On Tuesday, the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEArca: KOL), which tracks the coal industry, jumped 4.5% and the GreenHaven Coal Fund (NYSEArca: TONS), which is designed to offer investors with exposure to daily changes in the […]

Energy sector and master limited partnership-related exchange traded funds are rallying Tuesday after Canada’s Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) announced it would acquire Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) for $28 billion to establish the largest infrastructure company in North America. Enbridge said it would buy Spectra Energy in an all-stock deal valued at about $28 billion, Reuters reports. […]

Gold bullion and precious metals miners exchange traded funds are clawing back from a recent sell-off, surging on Tuesday as more traders grow skeptical of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike anytime soon. Leading the charge on Tuesday, the PureFunds Junior Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SILJ) jumped 7.6%, Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SGDJ) […]

Precious metals miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded fund lead gains Friday after a weaker-than-expected monthly jobs data fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve would hold off on an interest rate hike this month. Leading the charge on Friday, Global X Gold Explorers ETF (NYSEArca: GLDX) jumped 5.2%, VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

When implementing a sector rotation strategy, different people may use varying guidelines to achieve their goals. Investors, though, may also utilize an exchange traded fund that does the work for them. For instance, the the actively managed SPDR SSGA Global Allocation ETF (NYSEArca: GAL) invests in other ETFs to build a global diversified portfolio comprised […]

The gaming exchange traded fund rallied Thursday as Macau casinos revealed their first positive monthly year-over-year growth since 2014. The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEArca: BJK) rose 2.9% Thursday after slipping 3.1% over the past week. BJK gained 7.1% year-to-date. SEE MORE: Is it too Late to Roll the Dice on the Casino ETF? Macau, […]

Despite somewhat recovering from heavier losses earlier in the day, U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds finished August on a down note but remained largely flat for the month. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.1%, the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.9% and the S&P 500 dipped 0.1%. The best performing […]

Boutique exchange traded fund provider, PureFunds, launched a different kind of technology-related ETF, one based based on financial services and another on medical devices industries. On Wednesday, PureFunds rolled out the PureFunds Solactive FinTech ETF (NasdaqGM: FINQ) and the PureFunds ETFx HealthTech ETF (NasdaqGM: IMED). FINQ has a 0.68% expense ratio and IMED has a […]

In an attempt to reinvigorate the business, United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) tapped former American Airlines Group (NYSE: AAL) executive Scott Kirby to be its new president, lifting airline industry shares and sector-related exchange traded funds. The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEArca: JETS), the only dedicated airline industry-related ETF on the market, rose 2.4% Tuesday. […]

Agribusiness sector-specific exchange traded funds bounced Tuesday, rallying on a potential tie-up between Canada’s Agrium Inc (NYSE: AGU) and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE: POT). Among the best performing ETFs on Tuesday, the Global X Fertilizers/Potash ETF (NYSEArca: SOIL) rose 2.1% and the broader Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) and PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are finally having their moment in the limelight after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen hinted Friday of a greater chance for an interest rate hike. On Monday, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) rose 1.1%, Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) gained 1.1% and PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio […]

Small-cap and community bank exchange traded funds may find support from this election season as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outlines a plan to cut down the red tape for smaller banks. Clinton plans to require regulators to issue “straightforward” statements explaining how small institutions are exempt from post-financial-crisis rules that were intended for big […]