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  • Putting Single Stock Volatility in Perspective ETF Database - Mon, Jun 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Over the years, more and more investors have come to embrace the exchange-traded fund structure. For the most part, many have chosen ETFs over mutual funds because of the significantly lower expense, as well as the ability to trade these securities throughout the day [see Understanding the Mutual Fund vs. ETF Cost Difference]. …

  • ETF Scorecard – June 13th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Jun 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Major equity indexes kicked off the week on a strong note only to lose momentum and give way to profit taking pressures as the trading days progressed. On the home front, economic data releases were fairly ...

  • State Street, iShares, UBS, Credit Suisse Launch ETFs ETF Database - Thu, Jun 12, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

    As investors took a breather after a string of records on Wall Street, ETF issuers have been quite busy this month. Last week, State Street debuted four foreign equity ETFs, while iShares launched three ...

  • The Central Bank Divide: 3 Implications for Investors ETF Database - Wed, Jun 11, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Major central banks are no longer moving in lockstep. In addition to continuing with its tapering program, the Federal Reserve (Fed) may move to normalize interest-rate markets earlier than some expect, given that recent strong economic data – including last week’s labor market and manufacturing reports – confirm that …

  • ETF Scorecard – June 6th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Jun 6, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Major equity indexes inched higher throughout the week amid encouraging data releases at home. Overseas, the ECB stole the headlines yesterday when it finally announced the much-awaited rate cut, dropping its benchmark rate to 0.15% from 0.25% and even moving the deposit rate into negative territory in an effort to spur …

  • State Street Launches 4 ETFs; iShares Debuts 3 Style Funds ETF Database - Thu, Jun 5, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    So much for a summer slowdown. The last few weeks have seen a handful of new ETFs make their debut and today is no exception. State Street will launch four equity products that focus on overseas investing, ...

  • Can the Stock & Bond Market Rallies Continue? ETF Database - Wed, Jun 4, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Last week, both stocks and bonds rallied. Bond yields fell to an 11-month low, with the yield on the10-year U.S. Treasury hitting 2.44% as prices correspondingly rose. The question now is: Can stocks and bonds continue to advance together? As I write in my new weekly commentary, “Sticking with Stocks,” at current levels, …

  • Where ETF Investors Are Putting Their Money Now ETF Database - Wed, Jun 4, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This has led to a resurgence in interest in commodities and fixed income, two asset classes that mainly sat on the sidelines for the market run-up [for ore ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free Daily ETF Roundup]. We took a look at these three asset classes (commodity, equity, and fixed income) to take a look at …

  • June Swoon Ahead? Maybe, But Not Because of Valuations ETF Database - Tue, Jun 3, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Given the extraordinary performance of most equity markets and the percentage of gains driven by expanding multiples, it’s not surprising that many investors are wondering whether the bull market has run its course and a June swoon is on the horizon. My take: While there are few absolute bargains left anywhere in the equity …

  • Want to Be A Better Investor? Tune Out the Noise ETF Database - Mon, Jun 2, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Cable TV. Social media. Even newspapers. With all the information swirling around us, it’s easy to get obsessed with watching the market’s gyrations. And it’s tempting to think you can outperform everyone ...

  • How Currency-Hedged ETFs Stack Up ETF Database - Mon, Jun 2, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    With over 1,600 exchange-traded funds to choose from, investors can essentially tap into any corner of the investable universe. Perhaps one of the most popular markets has been ETFs that offer exposure ...

  • ETF Scorecard – May 30th Edition ETF Database - Fri, May 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Major equity indexes rose higher this week thanks to a number of encouraging data releases. With earnings season now behind us, investors cheered on upbeat economic data, including better-than-expected ...

  • iShares Launches Four Bond ETFs; Direxion Debuts S&P Bull Fund ETF Database - Thu, May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The ETF world is entering the summer slowdown, a time when trading volumes recede and ETF launches taper off for a few months. But that did not stop two issuers from collectively debuting five new products ...

  • Why These Three Retirement Rules of Thumb are Bad Ideas ETF Database - Tue, May 27, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Retirement is full of advice that sound reasonable but may be bad for your retirement health. Rule of Thumb #1: Save 3% of Salary for Retirement Think of it this way: you will likely work for about 40 years and retirement can last up to 30. Common sense suggests that 3% (even with a company match) is not going to be …

  • Sector SPDRs: How These ETFs Have Performed Since Inception ETF Database - Tue, May 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The democratization of asset classes has been one of the main driving forces behind the ever-expanding ETF universe.

  • Deutsche Launches Small Cap A-Shares Fund (ASHS) ETF Database - Thu, May 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    It’s been another up and down week on Wall Street, as investors continue to digest mixed earnings and economic reports. Small cap stocks were hit particularly hard on Tuesday, with the Russell 2000 Index ...

  • Despite the “Grand Reversal,” Stick With Stocks ETF Database - Wed, May 21, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Last year, stocks were up strongly while bonds struggled. However, this year so far, U.S. stocks have struggled to hold onto gains while U.S. bond yields have plunged. Most recently, last week, stocks slipped as investors digested mixed economic data and U.S. small caps entered correction territory, and equities are now …

  • Using ETFs to Get Emerging Markets Exposure ETF Database - Wed, May 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Emerging markets have become an increasingly popular investing theme over the last few decades as investors seek new outlets for growth in their portfolios. Where many developed economies are trudging ...

  • America The Youthful? Yes, On a Relative Basis ETF Database - Tue, May 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Economists and journalists are increasingly turning to the topic in order to explain everything from developed countries’ relatively slow growth rates to their low level of interest rates. Populations’ growth rates and age profiles have been shown to have important economic and investing implications. The post points …

  • ETF Scorecard – May 16th Edition ETF Database - Fri, May 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    After touching all-time highs on Tuesday, markets endured a tough sell-off this past week. The S&P 500 was able to briefly hold above the 1,900 barrier but quickly lost grip as selling pressures overtook ...

  • In my recent blog post on why investors should consider ETFs for the core of their portfolio, I highlighted the trend of institutional investors using ETFs in the core. A recent report from Greenwich Associates reinforces this fact. Greenwich interviewed over 200 institutional investors, including pensions, foundations, …

  • This week saw one release from Invesco Powershares and news concerning the proposed bitcoin ETF from the famed Winklevoss twins [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETF Daily Roundup]. A New Alternative ETF Powershares announced that it will soon launch the PowerShares Multi-Strategy Alternative Portfolio …

  • Energy Equities ETF Cheat Sheet ETF Database - Wed, May 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Energy equities have long been investor favorites, for both buy-and-hold strategies as well as tactical allocations. This corner of the market is one of the fastest-moving sectors in the world, and with ...

  • To Love, Honor and Collect: You, Your Spouse and Social Security ETF Database - Tue, May 13, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    As if you really needed another reason to thank your spouse, here it is: When it comes to Social Security, your beloved’s benefits could have a meaningful impact on your lifetime “take home pay.” Spousal benefits are a powerful (but not necessarily well understood) component of the Social Security program.

  • Real Estate ETF Performance Review from Market Bottom ETF Database - Tue, May 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The ETF universe has undeniably grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, but even more impressive are some of the funds’ stellar track records since the depths of the most recent financial crisis.  In light of the U.S. bull market turning five years old in March of 2014, we’ve been taking a look back to the market …

  • Owning the Market Isn’t As Easy as it Sounds ETF Database - Mon, May 12, 2014 9:34 AM EDT

    When most investors think of the U.S. equity market, the S&P 500 is likely what first comes to mind. The legendary benchmark has long been used as a barometer of the broad market, as it represents approximately ...

  • ETF Scorecard – May 9th Edition ETF Database - Fri, May 9, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Major equity benchmarks endured a choppy trading week thanks to uneventful earnings releases and a lack of major developments in the overseas conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All in all, the lack of both good and bad news kept many investors on the sidelines while traders paved the way for back-and-forth swings on …

  • WisdomTree Launches Two International Dividend ETFs (IHDG, EUDG) ETF Database - Thu, May 8, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Wall Street got off to a relatively good start this week, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports. On the macro front, China’s HSBC’s manufacturing PMI came in at 48.1; readings below ...

  • Your Core Portfolio: The Case for ETFs ETF Database - Wed, May 7, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Instead, the idea of the core is to establish the right mix of exposures and investments, at an attractive price point, that seek to drive value over the long term. It’s crucial to get these investments right, because the composition of the core of your portfolio – the way you allocate across different types of investments …

  • 33 ETFs with P/Es Below 10 ETF Database - Wed, May 7, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio is one of the most popular valuation metrics in the investing world. It is calculated by dividing a security’s current price by its earnings. As a general rule, a P/E ...

  • ETFs Vs. Mutual Funds: Why ETFs Are Cheaper ETF Database - Tue, May 6, 2014 8:19 AM EDT

    ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios over the years thanks to the efficiency of the exchange-traded product structure; There are many good reasons why a lot of noise has been made about the cost difference between mutual funds and ETFs. Many people must initially wonder why ETFs are cheaper than mutual …

  • Millennials: Let’s Grab a Beer, Burger and a Movie. In 2064 ETF Database - Mon, May 5, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    This inflation calculator states that US inflation from 1964 to 2014 was 4.12% per year. It may be depressing to think that an evening that costs less than $30 today could cost your future you around $200 in retirement.

  • How Emerging Is Your Emerging Market ETF? ETF Database - Mon, May 5, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Emerging market investing has been a major theme over the last decade or so, as developed economies settle into a more stable pattern and investors look elsewhere for growth in their portfolios. But defining ...

  • ETF Scorecard – May 2nd Edition ETF Database - Fri, May 2, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Major equity benchmarks advanced higher this week thanks to upbeat economic releases on the homefront and a lack of worrisome developments regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and looks at how various asset …

  • Another way to Build your Fixed Income Portfolio ETF Database - Thu, May 1, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    In today’s interest rate landscape, the search for yield can be a difficult pursuit, particularly when you consider that yields on traditional core bond funds are less than half of what they were in 2008. 1 With the Fed and other central banks maintaining low interest rates with accommodative interest rate policies, investors …

  • Deutsche Bank Launches New China ETF; Barclays Deputs MLP ETN ETF Database - Thu, May 1, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    On top of a busy week of earnings and a Fed meeting yesterday, the ETF world saw two new funds step into the ring over the past few days [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free Daily ETF Roundup]. Deutsche Bank’s One-of-a-Kind China ETF The China ETF space has been well explored by a handful of issuers over …

  • Unit Investment Trusts (UIT): An Introduction ETF Database - Wed, Apr 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    By now, most investors are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as they have become some of the most popular securities currently on the market. There are, however, fewer investors who are familiar ...

  • Single-Country Emerging Market ETFs: A Review Since Market Bottom ETF Database - Tue, Apr 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Thanks to the proliferation of ETFs over the years, more and more investors have started to shed their home-country bias. Education and ease-of-use have been the driving forces that have prompted countless investors to geographically diversify their portfolio’s equity component with ETFs; In light of the U.S. bull market …

  • “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another ETF Database - Mon, Apr 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    As recently as last summer and fall, respondents to BlackRock’s Global Investor Pulse Survey indicated that they held nearly half of their portfolio in cash and intended to increase that exposure over the coming year. But despite perceptions that investors hold a lot of cash and are still quite risk averse, my team’s analysis …

  • A Simple Buy and Sell Indicator for Long-Term ETF Investors ETF Database - Mon, Apr 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    It’s called the Coppock Curve – a rarely spoken of indicator that works quite well at providing long-term buy and sell signals for ETFs linked to major indices, which provide an easy way for investors to access a basket of well-known stocks. Using the Coppock Curve in conjunction with major index ETFs provides a simple …

  • Yield Curve 101: The Ultimate Guide for ETF Investors ETF Database - Mon, Apr 28, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    With the central bank keeping interest rates artificially low, yields on Treasury and investment-grade bonds have subsequently fallen, forcing investors to look towards other asset classes on the hunt for yield. Now that the Fed is scaling back its massive bond buying program and has announced its intentions to raise interest …

  • ETF Scorecard – April 25th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Apr 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Throughout the week, investors digested a slew of earnings from big-name tech stocks, including upbeat results from Netflix and Apple; Rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia permeated headlines on Thursday, making investors wary of the potential drama that could arise over the weekend. To help investors keep up with …

  • U.S. equities got off to a relatively good start this week, bolstered by upbeat corporate earnings. Halliburton, Hasbro, United Technologies, Travelers, and Comcast managed to beat analysts’ EPS and revenue ...

  • Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk) ETF Database - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    It’s hard to read the headlines of the past several years and not come to the conclusion that the world, or at the very least the United States, is awash in oil. In fact, the Energy Information Administration announced last week that oil inventories in the United States are approaching an all-time high. The United States …

  • UNG’s Volatility in Two Charts ETF Database - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG, B ) is among the most heavily-traded ETFs in the world. Tracking front-month NG futures, UNG has solidified its place as a trader’s delight, featuring hefty volatility ...

  • Direxion Insights: How to Deal with Volatility in 2014 ETF Database - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    As investors grow more familiar with the exchange-traded product structure, many have started to utilize these instruments for tactical exposure and not just as buy-and-hold building blocks in their portfolios. After equity markets logged a stellar performance in 2013, volatility has rightfully been a key concern for many …

  • Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples ETF Database - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    While not as fun as cake tasting or dance lessons, talking finances – including spending, saving and investments – could be the most important thing a couple does before tying the knot. And getting going early is the key to getting where you want to go.

  • Why ETFs Are Better than Mutual Funds, in Two Charts ETF Database - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Though some may disagree, exchange-traded funds have certainly proved their worth over the years. With more than 1,500 products to choose from, more and more investors have turned to the ETF wrapper, embracing ...

  • ETF Scorecard – April 18th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Bullish pressures returned to Wall Street, following a choppy finish to the week prior. Major equity indexes were able to rebound modestly after investors digested better-than-expected retail sales data ...

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Technology ETF ETF Database - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall ...

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