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  • $97M More Exits PIMCO’s ‘BOND’ IndexUniverse.com - 16 hours ago

    The loss of Bill Gross keeps costing PIMCO’s BOND assets under management.Investors pulled out $97 million from the PIMCO Total Return ETF on Tuesday, bringing to more than $540 millio...

  • Beyond iBillionaire ETF’s Marketing Sizzle IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Can an equal-weighted large-cap ETF make you invest like a billionaire?In early August, Direxion Shares launched the Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF , which aims to track the investments of b...

  • 12.5% Of BOND’s Assets Follow Gross Out IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:27 AM EDT

    A spike in BOND’s trading volume on Gross resignation turns out to be redemptions.Investors pulled out about 12.5 percent of the PIMCO Total Return ETF’s assets in the wake of Bill G...

  • Currency Hedged ETFs Not Created Equal IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    High interest rates in emerging markets are paid, not earned, for currency-hedged ETFs like HEEM and DBEM.Currency-hedged products like the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets Hedged Equity E...

  • Has Exodus From PIMCO's ‘BOND’ Begun? IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 8:04 AM EDT

    With Bill Gross out at PIMCO, some assets may follow him.A huge spike in trading volume Friday on the PIMCO Total Return ETF suggests assets may be flowing out of the fund that, until Th...

  • Meb Faber Waves Red Flag On Dividend ETFs IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Income-hungry investors need to be aware of factor fatigue in the U.S.-dividend-ETF space.U.S.

  • 3 Overreactions To PIMCO’s Probe IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:34 AM EDT

    The PIMCO investigation has turned a spotlight on bond pricing.My piece yesterday talking about the SEC investigation of PIMCO’s pricing mechanics in the PIMCO Total Return ETF raised ...

  • Inside Stumbling Small-Cap ETF Returns IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Small-cap ETFs are struggling this year, especially those that favor the smallest firms.U.S.

  • SEC Probes Pimco’s Active ETF Pricing IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 8:33 AM EDT

    Bill Gross’ actively managed bond ETF ‘BOND’ is under investigation for reportedly ‘inflating’ returns.[A different version of this article previously appeared on our sister site, Europe....

  • What The SEC Will Find At PIMCO’s BOND IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:01 AM EDT

    The SEC is peeling back the covers on common practice.The Wall St.

  • Japan ETF Play Of 2013 Hardly Out Of Gas IndexUniverse.com - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 8:15 AM EDT

    Reports of the death of the currency-hedged Japan trade may be premature.There’s a new meme running through the investment sphere, and it goes like this:A strong dollar is great and all, except t...

  • Schwab’s ETF Gift Horse IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 8:35 AM EDT

    Schwab announced a huge expansion to its commission-free program.

  • A Convertible ETF For Rising Rates IndexUniverse.com - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Hybrid security fund works both like a bond and a stock.State Street Global Advisors now offers 48 ETFs in Schwab’s OneSource platform—a sort of ETF supermarket that offers access to funds from...

  • The Worst ETF In The World IndexUniverse.com - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    There are some stinkers out there, but this crazy ETF takes the cake.It’s not often you get the opportunity to make such a clear call, but I think I’ve figured out the single worst ETF on the p...

  • India ETFs Are Hot, But May Be Overbought IndexUniverse.com - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    India may well take investors to the promised land, but getting there won’t always be a smooth ride.Investing in India has been quite rewarding to investors in the past year and is likely to rema...

  • 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.

  • The Allure Of Quality In An ETF IndexUniverse.com - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    As valuations grow uncomfortably high, ‘quality’ ETFs make more sense—if you can figure out just what quality means.Many investing pundits are singing the same song: Equity valuations are hig...

  • 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...

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