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

    It's easy to be blinded by headline numbers.

  • 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.

  • 3 Int’l ETFs With Huge Diversification - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

    If you look hard enough, you can find single-country equity ETFs that don’t look and act at all like U.S.

  • 3 Overreactions To PIMCO’s Probe - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 8:35 AM EDT

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

  • A Convertible ETF For Rising Rates - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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? - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” industry.

  • Getting The Europe ETF Choice Right - 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 - 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 - Thu, Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM EDT schools the robo advisors on ETF selection.This is the fifth blog in a multiple-blog series by’s Director of Research Elisabeth Kashner on the new “robo advisory” industry.

  • New ETF Issuer WBI Pulls In $1B-Plus - 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 - 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 - 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...

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