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  • 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.  “Robots capable of manufacturing robots do not exist.

  • 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...

  • 5 Most Popular New ETF Launches IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    More than 100 new ETFs have come to market so far this year, but few stand out.Issuers have brought to market 110 new ETFs so far this year, offering exposures that run the gamut—and few resemble...

  • Midterm Muni ETFs Hit Sweet Spot IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 6:25 AM EDT

    Midterm-duration municipal bonds are doing well, and two ETFs—MUNI vs.

  • Pace Of ETF Flows Tapers In July IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:55 PM EDT

    Low volatility is leading to complacency, Nick Colas says.Headed into the final days of July, it’s becoming clear that asset flows into U.S.-listed ETFs this month will be a far cry from the $25 ...

  • Election Reignites Rally In Indonesian ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Reform is in the air in Indonesia, which gives another boost to related ETFs already flying high.Indonesia elected a new president this week, and local markets are reacting favorably, with the Jaka...

  • Retail Fund's Big Flows Fueled By Shorts IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    XRT had a monster day for new money.

  • First Investor Redeems OUNZ Shares For Gold IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 5:59 AM EDT

    The physical gold ETF shows that its redeem-for-gold feature is no gimmick.The Merk Gold Trust ETF , which came to market as the first ETF to allow even the smallest retail investors the opti...

  • Oil And NatGas ETFs Buck Seasonal Trend IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 5:31 AM EDT

    Highs summer usually brings to energy prices aren’t quite here.Summer months tend to be good for energy prices thanks to a pickup in demand linked to the summer driving season, and the need for a...

  • Top Macro ETFs From Alpha Think Tank IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    ETF.com’s Alpha Think Tank experts pinpoint three prospective countries.Working extensively on ETF.com’s Alpha Think Tank publication, I feel privileged to hear firsthand geopolitical and inves...

  • Questions To Ask Before You Buy An ETF IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 8:33 AM EDT

    How do you choose the right ETF? Here are seven questions that will guide your research.Choosing the right ETF is difficult.

  • 3 ETFs For Hot Chinese Tech Sector IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Three China tech ETFs vie for assets, but which one will end up holding shares of Alibaba?China’s slowing economy grew at a faster-than-expected clip last quarter, and investors who focus on the ...

  • Avoid 4 Common ETF Trading Mistakes IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Buyers—and sellers—beware: Trading mistakes can be costly, but they are avoidable.As much as I love collecting charts of terrible trades, it really does break my heart to see folks clearly losi...

  • 6 ‘Smart Beta’ ETFs For Earnings Season IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 5:53 AM EDT

    What’s better, an ETF weighted for earnings, or for revenues?“Smart beta” ETFs are all the rage these days, and those with a taste for such next-generation index investing can go beyond cap-w...

  • Sanctions, Plane Crash Shake Up Russia ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 6:34 AM EDT

    Reaction to Malaysian passenger jet shot down over Ukraine adds to losses of Russian-related funds.Russia-focused equities ETFs have had a topsy-turvy week, as a forging recovery in Russian equitie...

  • 5 Reasons To Invest In Africa IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 7:40 AM EDT

    Resource-rich Africa is growing quickly, with low debt levels and a youthful population.African equity exchange-traded funds have soared over the past year, as the resource-rich continent is growin...

  • Women-Focused Funds Show Return Promise IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to niche investing, pitfalls abound, but women-focused portfolios are not necessarily one of them.Sallie Krawcheck, known on Wall Street for her big-bank track record and, more recent...

  • Why DB’s Hedged Brazil ETF Yields 12% IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Sometimes what’s behind a very high dividend yield is truly surprising.Last Thursday, ETF.com posted an article about the five highest-yielding ETFs.

  • High Yield Corp Vs. Bank Loans ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Bank loans may be the hot ticket right now, but high-yield corporate bonds are delivering the yields.When it comes to capturing yield in the corporate debt space, ETF investors are showing a prefer...

  • Hedge Fund Shorting Treasury Bond ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    'All risk and no reward' in the world of bonds ...Fixed-income strategies, especially long-dated bonds, are currently a tough sell in today’s environment when rates look likely to be heading high...

  • iShares' New Euro Hedged ETF Needed IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Jul 14, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    But this new product is different than other euro-hedged funds.Last Thursday, BlackRock launched its iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EMU ETF to compete in the hedged European equity space that'...

  • Utility & REIT Funds Come Roaring Back IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    The popular equity income plays have turned in excellent 2014 performance so far but remain sensitive to interest rate hikes.History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes, as the saying goes...

  • Volatility ETFs Require Perfect Timing To Work IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    For VIX-related ETFs to work as that ‘magical’ hedge, you have to time the market.

  • Small Caps: S&P 600 Vs. Russell 2000 IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Fans of the Russell 2000 Index may want to rethink their loyalty.Small-cap indexes have trailed the S'P 500 Index this year, but in spite of the underperformance, investors should note that not...

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