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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 […]

Smart or strategic beta exchange traded funds have garnered plenty of criticism, mostly due to the verbiage assigned to these funds, but data make clear that smart beta has plenty of supporters as well. That support comes, in large part, from institutional investors. The second annual study titled The Evolution of Smart Beta ETFs, conducted […]

While the low-volatility exchange traded funds may underperform in isolated periods, the strategy can provide a more conservative long-term play with a more attractive risk-adjusted return profile. Based on the recent 30-day volatility readings, volatility in the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV), which tracks the 100 least volatile stocks on the S&P […]

Low volatility entered the investment lexicon over four decades ago, but the concept has received increase attention over the last several years thanks in large part to advent of popular exchange traded funds, such as the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV). With the growth of ETFs like SPLV, evaluation of low volatility […]

Low volatility exchange traded funds are still popular with investors as highlighted by over $1 billion in combined inflows to the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) this year. SPLV and USMV, the two largest low volatility ETFs, now have over $10 billion […]

Federal Reserve interest rate changes could incite greater swings in stocks and goad the CBOE Volatility Index, along with related exchange traded funds. Jim Strugger of MKM Partners LLC argues that while the Fed rate hikes have not fueled volatility over the past two decades, the central bank’s decision this time around could be different, […]

Cyclical stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are pushing ahead while safer, low-beta areas begin to fall behind. For instance, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLK) rose 4.4%, Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) increased 3.3% and Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLB) rose 5.3% month-to-date, according to CNBC. The technology, industrial and materials […]

The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: SPLV) and theiShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: USMV) are up to their old tricks again and for volatility-conscious investors, that is a good thing. Amid a turbulent start to 2015 for U.S. equities, SPLV and USMV are again outperforming the S&P 500. This year’s outperformance […]

The new year is still young, but investors have already been subjected to wild rides by major equity benchmarks. For example, the S&P 500 started 2015 on a downbeat note only to see all of those losses and then some erased by the end of last week, but a dismal showing this week has the […]