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  • Smart Beta Grows In Commodity ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    A new index from Dow Jones and RAFI addresses a real issue.Commodities are notoriously hard to index.

  • CalPERS Abandons Hedge Funds—For ETFs? IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 6:18 AM EDT

    If CalPERS is taking hedgies out, ETFs may be coming back in.The California Public Employees' Retirement System is one of the largest pension funds in the world.

  • Health Care ETFs Outpacing Market IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Obamacare is adding fuel to a rally two-plus years in the making.The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is boosting health care spending, offering increasing support to a sector of the e...

  • New Active ETF Mixes Safety And Risk IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    WBIG hedges in some areas and bets big in others.Last month, WBI Shares launched a suite of actively managed ETFs.

  • Newest Data In: Active Managers Still Failing IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    The latest SPIVA scorecard is pretty depressing news for active managers.One of my favorite scenes in any movie ever is when Navin Johnson, the lead character from Steve Martin’s unheralded class...

  • Tempting Fate With VXX Options IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    As if the vagaries of VIX weren’t enough, one options trader is tempting fate by selling VXX puts.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a proprietary trader and financ...

  • Mackintosh On What Fuels Low-Cost Trading IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Phil Mackintosh, freshly arrived at KCG Holdings from Credit Suisse, discusses his new role, making markets for ETFs, high-frequency trading and much more.[This article previously appeared in our S...

  • Don’t Be Starstruck By A ‘5 Star’ ETF IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Today’s headlines on these quant/active strategies have us scratching our heads.This morning’s email box had a press release from AdvisorShares, touting its pleasure at receiving a “5 Star”...

  • ETF Investors Bracing For Alibaba IPO IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 11:28 AM EDT

    There’s a lot to consider about the Chinese e-commerce giant’s IPO.Alibaba’s U.S.

  • Learning To Love Little ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    With so many new strategies on the market, how do you evaluate a tiny ETF?Deciding among big ETFs is, if we’re honest, relatively straightforward.

  • Inside Robo Advisor Tax Loss Harvesting IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Nobody’s an average Joe when it comes to taxes.This is the sixth blog in a multiple-blog series by ETF.com’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” industry.

  • Getting The Europe ETF Choice Right IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 4, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

    With new action by the ECB, hedging may be back in vogue in Europe too.Yesterday I wrote about Japan, and how I think things have swung back in favor of hedged equity ETFs—specifically the Wisdom...

  • SPLV Vs DEF: Different Flavors Of Defense IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    For nervous investors bracing for a stock-market pullback, two funds offer real choices.September usually brings out investor jitters, given its track record of being a month that’s been tough on...

  • Robots Leave Money On The Table IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    ETF.com schools the robo advisors on ETF selection.This is the fifth blog in a multiple-blog series by ETF.com’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” industry.

  • New ETF Issuer WBI Pulls In $1B-Plus IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

    Fund issuer surprises with huge money inflow into 10 new funds.New ETF issuer WBI—the manager of the Absolute Shares Trust—had more than $1 billion flood into its range of 10 actively managed E...

  • Why ETF Price/Earnings Ratios Lie IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Be careful when making fruit-basket comparisons; you’re likely to come up with lemons.Last week, one of my analysts, Boris Valentinov, penned a blog titled “Brace For Irrational Exuberance 2.0....

  • 3 Things To Weigh With S&P 500 At 2,000 IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 9:39 AM EDT

    Is the S'P 500 reaching the 2,000 milestone cause for celebration?The S'P 500 Index closed above 2,000 for the first time this week—a milestone that was long in the making, and one that o...

  • ETF Tradability: A Primer IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Understanding how to trade ETFs means understanding a number of crucial metrics.The “T” in ETF often throws investors.

  • Accessing Pimco's Alpha Via ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Pimco is going back to what it does best—generating alpha through fixed-income exposure.After launching the actively managed Pimco Total Return ETF —an ETF version of Pimco’s flagsh...

  • Rebooting Robo Advisors’ ETF Selection IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    A robotic focus on expense ratios costs more than you think.This is the fourth blog in a multiple-blog series by ETF.com’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” in...

  • Target Date Closures Highlight ETF Limits IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    In the retirement vehicle space, ETFs wither while mutual funds flourish.The world’s largest ETF issuer, BlackRock, is closing 10 target-date ETFs for lack of interest.

  • Inside Robo Advisor Asset Allocation IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    The humans behind the robo advisors seem to be tilting away from the market.This is the third blog in a multiple-blog series by ETF.com’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo...

  • A Preventable ETF Trading Hiccup IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 3:00 AM EDT

    A cautionary tale: Master limited partnership fund briefly trades well above its fair value.One of the oft-cited advantages ETFs have over mutual funds is that they trade like a stock.Tradability i...

  • Selling Options On Housing Fund XHB IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    If the housing sector continues to improve, then selling puts on the homebuilder ETF makes sense.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a financial advisor with about 20 ...

  • 5 Fastest Growing ETFs Of 2014 By Flows IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    A close look at the most popular new ETFs reveals a vibrant and varied fund industry.Here at ETF.com, we monitor ETF flows religiously on a daily basis.

  • Vanguard’s Rise To No. 2 ETF Firm Matters IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:47 PM EDT

    The ongoing rise of Vanguard in the world of ETFs is a story that keeps giving investors a lot to cheer about.We’ve long been expecting Vanguard, the low-cost pioneer in the fund industry, to pas...

  • Ghosts In The Robo Advisor Machine IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Not all automated advisory services are created equal.This is the second blog in a multiple-blog series by ETF.com’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” industry.

  • Brace For Irrational Exuberance 2.0 IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Are small-cap stocks modern-day dot-coms?Anyone who lived through the dot-com boom and bust probably got a feeling of deja vu listening to Janet Yellen’s comments a few weeks ago about “valuati...

  • iShares, Pimco Together Closing 22 ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 8:42 AM EDT

    iShares decides to put an end to its lineup of target-date ETFs.iShares and Pimco, pruning deadwood and freeing resources for more prospective product development, together plan to shutter a total ...

  • Investing In The 'New China' With ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Investors can take full advantage of China’s next stage of growth with a number of old and new ETFs.[Editor's note: This is the second part of a previous blog, where I introduced the idea of reth...

  • Floating Rate Bond ETFs Back In Vogue IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Concerns about higher rates send investors back to floating rate bonds.With 10-year Treasury yields sliding, and longer-dated debt looking prospective again as the Federal Reserve signals that an i...

  • ALPS Shutters 4 ETFs For Lack Of Assets IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 5:24 AM EDT

    The distributor shuts four ETFs that were perhaps too complicated for their own good.ALPS, the relative newcomer to the world of ETFs that also casts a long shadow as one of the fund industry’s b...

  • Careful, This ETF Returned 167% In 2 Years IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    If you hate the VIX as much as I do, there just might be an ETF for you, but buyer beware.On Tuesday, we did the latest session in our ETF University Series.

  • Bank Loan ETF Trade Risk: Real But Remote IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    While concerns are well-grounded, BKLN has proved so far to be robust.A recent Barron’s article on the potential for serious trading problems in bank loan ETFs got me curious about the current st...

  • Junk Bond Selloff: More Than A Pullback? IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Two readily accessible data series suggest something else is brewing in the high-yield market.My colleague Cinthia Murphy recently pointed out—in the piece “Investors Losing Love For Junk Bond ...

  • MLP Index Changes In Pipeline, Taxes Ahead IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    MLP indexes could be in for a big shake-up with Kinder Morgan reorganization.Sunday’s announcement that Kinder Morgan Energy will be buying the Kinder spin-offs Kinder Morgan Energy Partner...

  • Pimco’s BOND Can Now Use Derivatives IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 11, 2014 10:51 AM EDT

    Gross’ ‘BOND’ may now use derivatives, just like its mutual fund counterpart.The Pimco Total Return ETF will soon be able to invest in derivatives such as options, futures and swap...

  • iBillionaire ETF Buyers: Beware Of Bear IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 11, 2014 9:03 AM EDT

    Snickering aside, IBLN is likely going to pull in the assets.It’s easy to be a cynic—in fact, I’ve been accused of either being a professional cheerleader or a professional cynic for most of ...

  • What’s Working In A Portfolio? Gold IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Aug 8, 2014 7:46 AM EDT

    It’s tempting to call for a commodity rally, but it’s hard to see past the ‘shiny.’The latest hiccup in the market has everyone scrambling for the next counter-correlated asset class that w...

  • Pricey Put Calls For Brazil Fund Bad Sign IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Here’s a collar option on EWZ that reflects the poor trading sentiment for Brazilian stocks.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a financial advisor with about 20 yea...

  • Behind SPY’s Monster $8.4B Redemption IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 8:10 AM EDT

    World’s largest ETF had its biggest one-day net outflow in a long, long time.

  • Nasdaq’s LaValle: Bitcoin ETF A Turning Point IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Proposed fund will be a credibility milestone to the digital currency and the exchange-traded fund industry.There are a lot of questions about the viability of, and the role that the Winklevoss twi...

  • Investors Losing Love For Junk Bond ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Big outflows in July correspond with a downturn in performance.July was a tough month for high-yield or “junk” bond ETFs.

  • When Is An ETF Not An ETF? IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 9:04 AM EDT

    When it’s a single stock.It’s not often I read an SEC filing and then swear under my breath.

  • Finding Value In Long-Dated Muni ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    A bit of duration in the muni market may be just what the doctor ordered.Interest-rate hikes are just around the corner, and one investor is taking a long-dated view on muni bonds to shore up his p...

  • Argentina Default Dents Related ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 6:36 AM EDT

    Terrible news for domestic economy, but European ETF investors emerge unscathed.Argentina on Tuesday defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years, and ETF investors exposed to Argentine eq...

  • How ETF Structure Comes Through In A Crisis IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    ETF premiums and discounts save investors money.If you haven’t been attending ETF.com’s ETF University webinar series, you’re missing out.

  • Solar ETFs Dip On Hint Of Trade Dispute IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    A tariff on Chinese solar companies is good for U.S.

  • 3 Contrarian ETFs From Alpha Think Tank IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Sometimes betting against the crowd can be the greatest wisdom.Being a contrarian investor is not for the faint of heart.

  • 4 Biotech ETFs Beating S&P 500 IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:07 AM EDT

    Biotech ETFs are defying predictions that small-cap stocks are likely to be under pressure.Biotech ETFs have moved higher in the past week on a combination of several estimate-beating earnings repo...

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