New Benchmarks for Coal, Gaming ETFs

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Market Vectors plans on swapping out the indices of its coal and gaming exchange traded funds in favor of in-house indices.

According to a press release, on or about Sept. 21, the Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) , which currently tries to reflect the performance of the Stowe Coal Index, will follow the new Market Vectors Global Coal Index.

KOL has dropped 27.5% year-to-date on the oversupply of coal in both the Atlantic and Pacific markets.

Additionally, the Market Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK) , which tries to reflect the performance of the S-Network Global Gaming Index, will begin tracking the Market Vectors Global Gaming Index.

BJK is down 13.8% over the past three months but up 2.8% year-to-date.

Both of the new indices are rules-based, modified cap-weighted, float-adjusted indices that try to follow the largest and most liquid global companies. The index constituents are required to generate at least 50% of their revenues from the industry they are engaged in, and the holdings are capped at 8%.

“We expect that KOL and BJK will become more diversified as a result of these changes,” Ed Lopez, Marketing Director at Van Eck Global, said in the press release. “They will continue, however, to offer pure play global exposure. Consistent with the Market Vectors index methodology, these indexes have limits on individual holdings which help to avoid overconcentration in a few large holdings.”

Industry observers have pointed out that providers are engineering their own private indices in an attempt to cut out other index providers, along with the hefty royalties that come with brand-name indices, and reduce costs for clients. [More ETF Providers Managing Indices]

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

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