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  • Lock In Gains On A Chip ETF With Puts - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    One investor finds a creative way to protect gains on a high-flying semiconductor ETF.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a proprietary trader and financial engineer w...

  • The 4 Different Costs Of ETF Ownership - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    ETFs are cheap, but not always in the way you think.ETFs have probably done more to improve investor outcomes than any innovation in financial services since the mutual fund.

  • GLD, The Revolutionary Gold ETF, Turns 10 - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST

    GLD’s glorious past decade may not be a prologue for its future.The SPDR Gold Trust is turning 10 years old today, and it remains as important now as it was the day it first came to...

  • Winklevoss Bros: Beware Bitcoin ETF Risks - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    Investors need to go into a bitcoin ETF with ‘eyes wide open,’ the Winklevoss brothers say.There are many questions surrounding the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF such as its viability as ...

  • WisdomTree’s New Long Dollar ETF Shines - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    The firm's long-dollar ETF ‘USDU’ is getting the attention it deserves.Long-dollar ETFs are all the rage in the currency space this year.

  • 3 Things To Know About Cyber ETF ‘HACK’ - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    Is an ETF with a ticker like 'HACK' as good as it sounds?One of the newest ETFs to come to market offers investors first-of-a-kind exposure that’s focused exclusively on tech companies involved w...

  • Why Did Your ETF Reverse Split? - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:28 AM EST

    Stock investors are used to splits, but why all the reverse splits in ETFs?It’s surprisingly common.

  • A Cheaper Way To Use Pricey VXX Options - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    If you’re going to use VXX options, some ways are cheaper than others.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a proprietary trader and financial engineer with about 20 y...

  • Finding The Right Int'l Bond ETF - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 7:21 AM EST

    Is there a sweet spot for fixed-income diversification?Yesterday I highlighted three funds I thought might help out most investor portfolios.

  • China ‘Stock Connect’ To Impact Many ETFs - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 5:48 AM EST

    A new program linking exchanges in Hong Kong and mainland China will have far-reaching consequences.It’s official, the historic Shanghai-Hong Kong “Stock Connect” program will commence on Mon...

  • These ETFs Will Fix Your Portfolio - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 7:58 AM EST

    Chances are, your finances need a tuneup.Every time we get insights into how actual investors are allocating their money, it’s somewhat depressing.Just a few weeks ago, we had the shocking news t...

  • Uranium ETF Comes Back From The Dead - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 7:10 AM EST

    The restart of shuttered Japanese nukes breathes life into a moribund global uranium market.A left-for-dead global uranium market is showing major signs of life in the wake of Japan’s decision la...

  • Advisor Views On MLP Funds & Notes - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    Straddling fixed income and energy growth is attractive.

  • Stay On Sidelines With BRIC Funds - Mon, Nov 10, 2014 6:30 AM EST

    With the Russian ruble down almost 30 percent this year and India stocks at all-time highs, the divergence in the group is unsettling.It's easy to dismiss the "Brazil, Russia, India, China" market ...

  • New Frontier Market ETFs On Horizon - Mon, Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    Another frontier market ETF is likely coming up, and not a moment too soon.FTSE’s launch of its new frontier markets index series in September likely spells future competition for the popular iSh...

  • 3 Viewpoints On A Newly Minted 5-Star ETF - Fri, Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    An actively managed ETF, ‘TTFS,’ marks its three-year anniversary with mixed results.An ETF hit its three-year anniversary recently, an important milestone for any fund.

  • Eaton Vance ETMF A Step Forward, But ... - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 8:44 PM EST

    Sometimes I’m wrong.

  • Alibaba Spikes, But ETFs Are Lagging - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 8:44 AM EST

    While Alibaba’s shares are on a tear, the waves China’s Internet giant are making in ETFs is another story.Alibaba stock has been on a tear, rising roughly 18 percent from its closing pr...

  • 3 ETF Tax Tips While There’s Still Time - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 6:27 AM EST

    You’ve got eight weeks left to get smart with your mutual funds and ETFs.It’s that time of year.

  • A Breakout Year For Deutsche X-Trackers - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    In case you overlooked it, Deutsche Bank’s ‘X-trackers’ brand of ETFs is getting serious traction.Olly Ludwig recently wrote about First Trust enjoying a banner year.

  • 10 Best Performing ETFs Year To Date - Wed, Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    So far in 2014, India, coffee, biotech and long-dated Treasurys have been good to investors.There are a myriad themes coursing through our tally of the 10 best-performing ETFs year-to-date.

  • Getting Your Developed Market ETFs Right - Tue, Nov 4, 2014 6:10 AM EST

    Year-to-date ETF flows show a lot of interest, but perhaps in the wrong funds.With only two months left to go in the year, I’m always curious where folks are placing their bets.

  • 'Little' First Trust Enjoying Banner Year - Mon, Nov 3, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    Huge inflows into a single ETF tell the tale of a firm that’s on a roll.Last week an ETF from First Trust pulled in a huge amount of new money—going from basically no assets to more than $500 m...

  • Supercharged QE Boosting Japan ETFs - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 8:41 AM EDT

    Japan’s central bank decision to increase asset purchases puts Japan ETFs back in the limelight.Japan is expanding its quantitative easing program for the first time in about 18 months, offering ...

  • ETF Scary Monsters & Super Freaks - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 6:36 AM EDT

    No need for the horror movies, these ETFs will keep you up all night.I love Halloween.

  • Livestock ETFs Delivering Outsized Gains - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Here’s one part of the commodity space where supply is not overabundant.No one has been particularly fond of commodity ETFs this year.

  • Value Trap Underneath Gold Miner Fund GDX - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 6:58 AM EDT

    Divergence of earnings in the gold mining sector masks risks.Yesterday was a serious gut check for investors in the mining sector.

  • Finding The Best Biotech ETF - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:04 AM EDT

    It's easy to be blinded by headline numbers.

  • Beware Different Kinds Of ETF Yields - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Knowing what ‘yield’ even means is a crucial requirement for ETF investors.Investors continue to reach for yield in the current zero-interest-rate environment.

  • Janus To Make Use Of Gross For ETF Push - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:19 AM EDT

    By acquiring VelocityShares and hiring Bill Gross, Janus says it’s laying the groundwork for a bigger future in ETFs.After barely a month into Bill Gross’ tenure at Janus, the company’s chief...

  • SEC Denies Precidian Active ETF Request - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

    A brave new world of nontransparent active ETFs, for now, will have to wait.U.S.

  • Milestone For Nontransparent Active ETFs - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    This week, the NYSE expects to hear from the SEC.

  • Your ETF Has ‘DRIP Drag’! - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:17 AM EDT

    When it comes to reinvesting dividends, mutual funds have ETFs beat.At, we love to explain why ETFs are better than mutual funds—tax efficiency, transparency, lower average fees, insulati...

  • Don’t Bet Either Way On Market Volatility - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    With VIX spiking, it’s tempting to pile in or bet against it.

  • 5 ETFs Crushing Their Indexes - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT

    Some ETFs really do track their indexes better than others.Investors often spend much of their time focusing on an ETF’s expense ratio without taking into consideration the fund’s total holding...

  • How New Commodity ETFs Really Work - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    iShares’ new commodity fund splits the finest of marketing hairs.Today’s press release from BlackRock trumpeting its brand-new iShares Commodities Select Strategy ETF  certainly sounds ...

  • Betting On Yields With TLT Put Options - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    In a volatile market, one TLT options trader makes an interesting bet on bond yields.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a proprietary trader and financial engineer wi...

  • Goldman Sachs In Talks To Acquire IndexIQ - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 1:51 PM EDT

    Looks like Goldman plans to buy its way into the ETF industry.Goldman Sachs is in talks to acquire IndexIQ, an exchange-traded fund company best known for its hedge-fund replication fund, the IQ He...

  • Smaller Emerging Markets ETF Hot New Trend - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    The firm joins a new era of emerging market investing with the launch of a new fund.Today iShares launched a promising new emerging market ETF based on the “beyond BRICs” theme that’s gained ...

  • MLP Funds Withstanding Oil’s Swoon - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Master limited partnership ETFs differ from broad energy ETFs in avoiding oil’s four-month decline.The sharp decline in oil prices has hit energy-sector ETFs hard.

  • Eurozone’s QE Fuels Currency Hedged ETFs - Thu, Oct 2, 2014 5:06 AM EDT

    Investors in currency-hedged ETFs, take note: It’s official—the ECB is ready to roll out QE, eurozone style.As the Federal Reserve gets ready to wrap up QE, the European Central Bank is just be...

  • Why Laddering Bond ETFs Works Right Now - Thu, Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Forget perpetual bond ETFs—a laddered strategy might be just what you need in this rising-rate environment, Gradient Investments’ Wayne Schmidt says.

  • Hong Kong-Linked Options Trade Revisited - Thu, Oct 2, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    Revisiting an options trade focused on benefiting from growing upheaval in Hong Kong.This is a weekly column focusing on ETF options by Scott Nations, a proprietary trader and financial engineer wi...

  • $97M More Exits PIMCO’s ‘BOND’ - Wed, Oct 1, 2014 8:11 AM EDT

    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 - 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 - 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 - 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? - 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...

  • PIMCO’s BOND: Active Management Warning - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 5:44 AM EDT

    Bill Gross’ departure is a wakeup call for active management fans.In case you’ve been under a rock, one of the few rock stars of investment management has jumped to a new band.

  • Meb Faber Waves Red Flag On Dividend ETFs - 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.

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