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  • In the financials space, investors are finding that insurance companies and related exchange traded funds provide less of a safeguard as more Americans forgo life insurance all together. Industrywide sales ...

  • When picking an actively managed fund, people are betting on the fund manager’s ability to produce alpha, or outperformance. However, investors may be better served in a passive index-based exchange traded ...

  • Investors Embrace ETFs Backed by MSCI Indices ETF Trends - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    This year has been a decent one for inflows to exchange traded funds and there is an outside chance U.S.-listed exchange traded products can reach last year’s record inflows total of $247.3 billion. Even ...

  • Tom Lydon, founder of ETF Trends, appeared on CNBC Monday to discuss geopolitical tensions and the subsequent impact on various exchange traded funds tracking Europe and emerging markets. Tom also discussed ...

  • More investors are utilizing derivatives to make up for liquidity concerns in the fixed-income market. For example, PIMCO is using credit-defaults swaps as an alternative in its flagship fund, but the ...

  • First Trust Plans Global IPO ETF ETF Trends - 18 hours ago

    Looking to capitalize on the success of the First Trust US IPO Index Fund (NYSEArca: FPX) , First Trust has filed plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission to possibly launch an international equivalent. ...

  • Growing Confidence Supports Spain ETF ETF Trends - 18 hours ago

    Investors could be gaining confidence in Spanish markets and related exchange traded fund as the country’s financial sector rebounds and yields on benchmark Treasuries dip to a two-century low. The iShares ...

  • The energy sector has pulled ahead of utilities for top honors among S&P 500 sectors this year. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) entered Monday with a 14.4% year-to-date, 90 basis points better ...

  • With tensions still high in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, gold’s status as a safe-haven investment has the yellow metal and the corresponding exchange traded funds in focus, but bullion faces a challenge ...

  • American Funds Mulls Active ETF Entry ETF Trends - 20 hours ago

    American Funds, one of the largest issuers of actively managed mutual funds, is the latest fund giant to file plans with the Securities and Exchange to possibly list non-transparent actively managed exchange ...

  • Industrial ETFs Not Looking too Sturdy ETF Trends - 21 hours ago

    Although investors have been favoring late-cycle, value sectors for much of 2014, the industrial sector has been surprisingly weak. While not in the red, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) ...

  • Most investors show a preference to their home countries, or “home country bias,” but with exchange traded funds, portfolio diversification and global markets are easy to access. Investment experts argue ...

  • Some investors may be reluctant to trade exchange traded funds that are thinly trade. However, an ETF’s true measure of liquidity is taken from its underlying components, and investors who are trying to ...

  • Cotton-related exchange traded notes are in a bear market, with cotton futures trading at a five-year low and extending their longest losing streak in over half a century, as increasing supply outstrips ...

  • It has been nearly two years since BlackRock’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares, the world’s largest ETF issuer, introduced its first batch of core ETFs, a group of 10 funds that included new and renamed, established ...

  • Momentum Materials Masterpiece With This ETF ETF Trends - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 8:15 AM EDT

    With a weight of just 3.5% materials sector is merely the eighth-largest of the 10 represented in the S&P 500. That is less than half the weight the benchmark U.S. index allocates to consumer staples, ...

  • Another Way to Skin the Mid-Cap ETF Cat ETF Trends - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Mid-cap stocks have been solid performers for most of this year, helping turn investors attention to traditional cap-weighted exchange traded funds that track the well-known S&P MidCap 400 Index. Alternatively-weighted ...

  • Indonesia ETFs Vulnerable as Prabowo Contests Ballots ETF Trends - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 7:30 AM EDT

    With an average year-to-date gain north of 30%, the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (NYSEArca: EIDO) and the Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEArca: IDX) are two this year’s best single-country emerging ...

  • Most Searched ETFs: Tech Talk ETF Trends - Sat, Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Even with some Friday doldrums caused by marquee names such as Visa (NYSE: V), the Dow’s largest component, and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN), the S&P 500 managed to close little changed on the week. Amazon ...

  • This Week’s Epic ETF Stories ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 4:09 PM EDT

    Compared to last week, things were somewhat subdued on Wall Street this week with earnings and economic data taking center stage. Geopolitical handwringing did not fall off investors’ radars, but it did ...

  • Dollar ETF Finds Support From Outperforming Economy ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 2:36 PM EDT

    Despite the country’s slow growth, the U.S. is still outperforming other major economies, bolstering a gauge of the dollar to its highest level in over a month and lifting dollar-related exchange traded ...

  • A Resurgent China ETF ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 1:48 PM EDT

    China exchange traded funds are slowly but surely starting to creep back into the limelight. A multi-month rally that has lifted some China ETFs to their highest levels since late 2013 will do that. Of ...

  • Junk Bond ETFs Crimped by Outflows ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT

    The weakness in the high-yield bond exchange traded fund space is being exacerbated by rapid redemptions. However, the problems seem to be confined to junk-rated corporate bonds for now as other areas ...

  • Passive Muni ETFs Shed Puerto Rico Exposure ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    Passively managed exchange traded funds usually do not make wholesale changes to their portfolios. Most of the underlying indices for passive ETFs rebalance quarterly and even then, holding and sector ...

  • A Lyondell Lift for This Materials ETF ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    On a dreary day for U.S. stocks, just seven exchange traded funds made new 52-week highs to this point in Friday’s session. Just two have made new all-time highs. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: ...

  • Heroic Hong Kong ETFs ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    It is a territory of China, giving it an enviable gateway to the world’s second-largest economy and one of a member of the dwindling AAA sovereign credit rating club. Hong Kong is also home to an equity ...

  • Russia ETFs Firm in the Face of Controversy ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Few if any emerging markets have been ensconced in as much controversy as Russia has this year, but the most recent bout of scrutiny on President Vladimir Putin has not derailed exchange traded funds holding ...

  • Active Large-Cap ETF That Targets Quality and Value ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    The actively managed iShares Enhanced U.S. Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IELG) provides investors with a low-cost alternative to broad large-cap exposure, focusing on quality companies with a value tilt. “The ...

  • ETF Spotlight: Equal-Weight Nasdaq-100 ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    ETF Spotlight on the Direxion NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted Index Shares (NYSEArca: QQQE) , part of an ongoing series. Assets : $26.4 million Objective : The Direxion NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted Index fund tries ...

  • Danger Lurks for Dow ETF ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:15 AM EDT

    The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) is up 7.6% over the past six months and resides just below its recently set all-time high, but there could be trouble for DIA and the blue chip ...

  • Investors Getting Skittish With Junk Bond ETFs ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    It has been a nice ride for high-yield bond exchange traded funds. For the three years ending July 23, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield ...

  • Homebuilders ETFs Still Contending With Tepid Data ETF Trends - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 7:30 AM EDT

    The S&P 500 continues to flirt with new all-time highs, but that is not doing much to boost the fortunes of homebuilders stocks and exchange traded funds. After tumbling Thursday, the iShares U.S. Home ...

  • The Next Generation of ETFs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    As the exchange traded products industry adds to and evolves from traditional market capitalization-weighted offerings, issuers are increasingly using alternative indexing. The next wave of ETF evolution ...

  • Improving Fundamentals Help Cultivate Potash, Fertilizer ETFs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM EDT

    The fertilizer industry and related agribusiness exchange traded funds are showing improved fundamentals, with Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) raising its outlook for industry-wide shipments while ...

  • An EM ETF for Risk-Tolerant Investors ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT

    To this point in Thursday’s trading session, over 15 emerging markets exchange traded funds have made new 52-week highs, confirming that after a couple of disappointing years, developing world equities ...

  • China’s Short-Term Demand Could Sway Gold ETFs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:02 PM EDT

    China gold demand fell in the first half of 2014. Nevertheless, gold consumption could find support from a rising middle class, potentially lifting the precious metal-related exchange traded funds over ...

  • Active ETFs Are Only As Good As The Managers ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 1:29 PM EDT

    I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at the actively ...

  • Another A-Shares ETF Comes to Market ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:57 PM EDT

    Market Vectors added a complement to its existing China A-shares exchange traded fund, the Market Vectors ChinaAMC A-Share ETF (NYSEArca: PEK) , with Thursday’s launch of the Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ...

  • India ETFs Aren’t Done Yet ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

    Exchange traded funds tracking Indian equities have been among the brightest spots in what has generally been a shiny year for emerging markets ETFs. In the run-up to and in the aftermath Narendra Modi’s ...

  • The Angelic ETF Way to High Yield Bonds ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Sometimes, people deserve a second chance. Perhaps the same is true of bonds, particularly the high-yield variety, with the second chance being another crack at an investment-grade rating. That is what ...

  • Rise of Tech Dividends a Boon for ETFs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    For years, technology was the not first sector investors thought of when they thought of dividends. The largest sector weight in the S&P 500 is changing that and that change has been a boon for an array ...

  • Spain ETF Stands Out in the Eurozone… For Now ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    Spanish stocks and related country-specific exchange traded fund have been outperforming other core Eurozone markets as the economy picks up at its fastest clip in six years over the second quarter. However, ...

  • Poor Brazilian Crop Yields Lift Coffee ETNs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Coffee prices and related exchange traded notes perked up Wednesday, testing their short-term resistance levels, on concerns over a production shortfall and potentially diminished quality in this year’s ...

  • New Money Market Fund Rules, a Boon for Ultra-Short-Term ETFs ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:15 AM EDT

    With the Securities and Exchange Commission adopting new reform rules for the $2.6 trillion money market fund market, large institutional investors could turn to easy-to-use, ultra-short-duration bond ...

  • Merk Gold Trust Makes First Delivery ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    The Merk Gold Trust (NYSEArca: OUNZ) , which debuted in mid-May, entered a crowded arena of established gold-backed exchange traded funds. However, OUNZ stands out from its older rivals in one noticeable ...

  • China ETFs Look Better Than They Get Credit For ETF Trends - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:30 AM EDT

    It is hard to imagine an almost $5 billion exchange traded fund that offers exposure to stocks in the world’s second-largest economy getting lost in the shuffle, but that may just be what has happened ...

  • A Look at the New International Focus 5 ETF ETF Trends - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 3:02 PM EDT

    The First Trust Dorsey Wright International Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: IFV) debuted Wednesday, marking the introduction of an international answer to the already popular First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 Fund ...

  • New York Muni ETFs Look Even Safer ETF Trends - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:43 PM EDT

    Standard & Poor’s ratings agency upgraded New York’s credit rating to the second-highest investment grade level, the state’s highest rating since 1972. Investors interested in gaining exposure to the state’s ...

  • Thailand Stocks, ETF Flourish Under Military Rule ETF Trends - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 1:43 PM EDT

    Despite political uncertainty after a military junta assumed control of the country, Thailand stocks and related exchange traded funds have surged, but some are concerned about rising valuations. The iShares ...

  • Natural Gas Tumble Weighs on Equity ETF ETF Trends - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 1:08 PM EDT

    Futures-based natural gas exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes (ETNs) are trading modestly higher, but that is not enough to stop the bleeding caused by moderate summer temperatures throughout ...

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