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After a bout of politically induced market volatility, exchange traded funds that track low-volatility strategies continue to outperform. Over the past month, the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (NYSEArca: USMV), which selects stocks based on variances and correlations, along with other risk factors, rose 4.4% while the competing PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility […]

The utilities sector remains the best performing area of the S&P 500. However, a rising rate environment could cause utilities to underperform. While investors may have enjoyed the ride by overweighting the sector, exchange traded fund investors should also take the time to look under the hood of some of their investment plays lest they […]

With many lingering global market risks and now a potential Federal Reserve interest rate hike ahead, exchange traded fund investors may look to a low-volatility strategy that specifically excludes rate-sensitive stocks. The PowerShares S&P 500 ex-Rate Sensitive Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: XRLV) gives investors the ability to combine the low volatility and hedging rising rates […]

Got a case of TMI (Too Much Information)? ETF Trends takes a condensed look at latest happenings… New ETF Launches: IGRO & FAAR Bats Exchange on Thursday launched the iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (BATS: IGRO). IGRO seeks to track the investment results of the Morningstar Global ex-US Dividend Growth Index. iShares, which was the first issuer […]

Each day ETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Here’s a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 9-13, 2016. Click the headline to read the full article – enjoy! 1) Soaring Silver ETFs to […]

Many investment innovations have been meet with skepticism, but exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track smart-beta or alternative index-based strategies have quickly caught investors’ attention. Contributing to the rapid growth, smart beta ETFs have helped investors capitalize on actively managed investment styles at a fraction of the cost. “Strategic beta, unlike most innovations, demands less […]

Each day ETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Here’s a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 2-6, 2016. Click the headline to read the full article – enjoy! 1. The Best and […]

After enjoying a multi-year bull run, equities may be in for greater volatility ahead. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors can still keep their toe in stock market but hedge against large drawdowns through a low-volatility strategy as a way to potentially generate steadier returns over the long run. While not as glamorous as high-flying […]

In a year marked by wider market oscillations, investors are filling their core portfolio positions with low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies. Investors have funneled over $5 billion into low-volatility ETFs globally over the first two months of the year, including a record $3.9 billion in February, reports Jackie Noblett for Ignites. Low-vol ETF strategies continue […]

Dan Draper, Managing Director of Global ETFs at PowerShares, joined Tom Lydon, ETF Trends Publisher, at the Inside ETFs conference to go over some exchange traded fund strategies that investors are putting to work. For instance, the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV), which tracks the 100 least volatile stocks on the S&P […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV). With the markets swinging, investors may be better off in a stock ETF that […]

Amid a turbulent start to 2016 for equities, investors looking to maintain long equity exposure are embracing low volatility exchange traded funds, such as the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV). Investors are being rewarded for the faith they are showing low volatility […]

The markets are likely in for a volatile year. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors have a few options to help diminish portfolio risks and help hedge against the swings. Russ Koesterich, Global Chief Investment Strategist and Head of the Model Portfolio & Solutions Business at BlackRock, attributes the market volatility to a number of factors, […]

With the equities markets experiencing one of their worst stumbles in years, exchange traded fund investors may turn to low-volatility strategies that could help hedge the risks and diminish a portfolio’s swings. “Low volatility is one of the few factors that have historically performed well in turbulent markets,” according to a MSCI research note, Constructing […]

Investors who still want their foot in the market but are wary of volatility weighing on their portfolios can turn to low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies that could generate more attractive risk-adjusted returns. For instance, investors can utilize something like the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV), which selects stocks based on variances […]

As people go bargain hunting after the recent selling pressure, investors should consider exchange traded funds that track small capitalization-weighted stocks, which have typically outperformed at the start of a new year. According to financial data provider Kensho, small-cap stocks have returned more than large-cap companies in the first quarter for the past two decades, […]

With markets experiencing wider oscillations, low-volatility exchange traded funds are outperforming traditional broad equity market bets. As witnessed this week, international events may still trigger market volatility, notably the recent sell-off in Chinese markets. The CBOE Volatility Index and VIX-related exchange traded products also spiked Thursday after a quick plunge in Chinese markets triggered selling […]

Investors can utilize a growing number of exchange traded funds that implement alternative indexing methodologies to diminish market risks and potential limit the impact of another bubble. James Norman, president of QS Investors, a Legg Mason affiliate, explains how market inefficiencies may lead to increased risk in the markets. “An example of market inefficiency is […]

We have been sitting through some wild market swings. However, investors can help dampen portfolio gyrations with low-volatility exchange traded funds strategies. “We believe the combination of slower global growth, uncertainty as to the Fed’s future path and less benign credit market conditions suggests that this period of heightened volatility is likely to persist,” writes […]

The markets have experienced a spike in volatility and some believe we are in for more wild swings ahead. Investors, though, can utilize low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies to ride out the any further bumps in the equities market. Volatility is the new norm for financial markets, writes Mohammed El-Erian, chief economic advisor to Allianz […]

A growing number of alternative, smart beta index based exchange traded funds have become a popular investment tool to gain market exposure without being exposed to potential risks associated with traditional market capitalization-weighted indices. According to PowerShares, smart beta ETFs refer to a group of investments that share similar properties as passive and actively managed […]

With U.S. stocks flailing and the S&P 500 officially in correction territory, investors looking to remain long equities or establish new bullish positions ought to consider the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV). The two are home to a combined $10.5 billion in […]

This article was written by Nick Kalivas, a Senior Equity Product Strategist for Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor that sponsors the PowerShares family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In the face of economic weakness and continued capital outflows, China devalued its currency, the yuan, on Aug. 11 and 12, fixing it a […]

With the sudden bout of volatility shaking up the markets from its listless first half, more conservative investors may consider exchange traded funds that track a low-volatility strategy. Market watchers argue that investors should get use to stock volatility as it is here to stay for some time, reports Michelle Fox for CNBC. Fueling the […]

When it comes to low volatility exchange traded funds, the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) are the undisputed heavyweights. A combined assets under management tally of almost $10 billion for SPLV and USMV says as much, but as has been previously noted, […]

Rising 10-year Treasury yields have, predictably, stoked chatter about the vulnerability of interest rate-sensitive asset classes and sectors. Case and point: Utilities stocks and exchange traded funds. Over the past three months, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU), the largest utilities ETF, is off 2.2% as 10-year Treasury yields have surged nearly 13%. There […]

The S&P 500, the benchmark U.S. equity index, now has $7.8 trillion following it with $2.16 trillion of that coming by way of exchange traded funds, mutual funds and other investment products, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Of the seven largest U.S.-listed ETFs, including the two largest, three are S&P 500 tracking funds. That […]

With the movement to smart beta exchange traded funds in full bloom, led in large part by institutional investors, it pays to zero in on exactly which genres of smart beta funds investors are embracing. Low volatility, dividend and fundamentally-weighted ETFs are among the key drivers of asset growth for smart beta ETFs. PowerShares, the […]

Invesco PowerShares Managing Director Dan Draper and Vice President of ETF Product Management John Feyerer joined ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon to discuss increased institutional adoption of smart beta exchange traded funds. PowerShares, the fourth-largest U.S. issuer of ETFs, recently revealed the results of its second annual study titled The Evolution of Smart Beta ETFs, […]

It has been more than 20 years since the first U.S.-listed exchange traded started trading, but a familiar conundrum facing ETF investors remains. Scores of ETFs have similar-sounding names that imply the funds are carbon copies of each other when that is not the case. “ETFs own baskets of securities that are designed to track […]