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  • Friday Hot Reads: Are You Missing Out On China? ETF.com - Fri, Feb 24, 2017 7:28 AM EST
    Friday Hot Reads: Are You Missing Out On China?

    Compiled by ETF.com Staff Cautious Investors Could Miss In China's Markets (BlackRock Blog) China's markets are attractive now, despite fears around its debt load, capital outflows and a possible trade war.   

  • Swedroe: Investors’ Odd Affection For Dividends ETF.com - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:06 PM EST

    It has long been known that many investors have a preference for cash dividends. From the perspective of classical financial theory, this behavior is an anomaly. My hope is that this article will provide you a better understanding of the relationship between dividends and price changes, helping you to characterize the gains …

  • Trump Trick and Tweets: These ETFs May Prosper Ahead ETF.com - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 10:16 AM EST
    Trump Trick and Tweets: These ETFs May Prosper Ahead

    This article is part of a regular series of thought leadership pieces from some of the more influential ETF strategists in the money management industry. Today's article is by Scott Kubie, CFA, chief strategist of Omaha, Nebraska-based CLS Investments. Donald Trump’s narrow presidential victory, Brexit and …

  • 15 Most Actively Traded ETFs ETF.com - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 10:06 AM EST

    While it's still early in the year, one thing is clear: 2017 has so far been a "buy and hold" market rather than a "trading" market. With stocks on a one-way trip higher through January and February, there's been little reason for investors to do anything but sit tight and count their gains.

  • Thursday Hot Reads: Value Surpasses High Beta As Top Factor ETF.com - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 7:04 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com Staff   Value Surpasses High Beta As Top Factor (Invest With An Edge)Following months of no change at the top of the factor rankings, the value factor has finally replaced high beta in the top slot.  

  • Different Drivers Fuel Dispersion In Transport ETFs ETF.com - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:14 PM EST
    Different Drivers Fuel Dispersion In Transport ETFs

    The performance of transportation stocks can offer clues as to whether a U.S. stock market rally still has legs to run further. That’s the idea behind a decades-old market theory known as the Dow theory of stock price movement. According to the theory, a bull market in industrials will not last unless transportation is …

  • Banking ETFs: Why This Time May Be Different ETF.com - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:07 PM EST

    In 2017, certain financial services ETFs have received large inflows due to what CFRA sees as increased confidence that macroeconomic and political developments will drive these securities higher. Yet if this were to occur, during a rising interest environment, the outperformance would be different than what occurred in …

  • Wednesday Hot Reads: Best Commodity Trade You Missed ETF.com - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 7:14 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com staff   ETF Investors Miss Out On The Best Commodity Trade Of The Year (Bloomberg)Instead of piling into the asset that’s offered the biggest gain among 22 raw materials on the Bloomberg Commodity Index this year―silver―ETF investors are retreating. 

  • Swedroe: Hedge Fund Managers Reflect Their Cars ETF.com - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 5:20 PM EST

    Sensation-seeking is a personality trait that can be described as the seeking of varied, novel, complex and intense sensations and experiences, and the willingness to take physical, social, legal and financial risks for the sake of such experiences. Does sensation-seeking affect the behavior of financial market participants, …

  • This ETF’s $100 Billion Milestone Approaching ETF.com - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 3:50 PM EST
    This ETF’s $100 Billion Milestone Approaching

    Nearly a decade after the first ETF did it, another exchange-traded fund is about to hit a key milestone. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) is fast approaching the $100 billion in assets under management (AUM) mark, a level first reached by the world's largest ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), in December 2007.

  • Tuesday Hot Reads: Greek Bonds Rally As Bailout Odds Rise ETF.com - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 9:02 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com staff  

  • Finalists Announced For 2016 ETF.com Europe Awards ETF.com - Sat, Feb 18, 2017 1:26 PM EST

    ETF.com today announced the nominated finalists for the 2016 ETF.com Europe Awards, developed in partnership with Inside ETFs. The ETF.com Europe Awards are designed to recognise the people, products and firms that are driving the ETF industry forward and creating better outcomes for investors.

  • Swedroe: Investing Habits Affected By Genetics ETF.com - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 4:11 PM EST

    It’s been well-documented that, on average, retail investors are “dumb” money. For example, on average, the stocks they buy go on to underperform and the stocks they sell go on to outperform. Investors, sadly, even manage to underperform the very mutual funds in which they invest.

  • Busy Timeline For 2017 Eurozone ETFs ETF.com - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 2:38 PM EST
    Busy Timeline For 2017 Eurozone ETFs

    The eurozone is in the middle of a political upheaval. Faced with several crucial elections amid a brewing wave of populist ideas, and an ongoing banking crisis, portfolio managers have plenty to digest in 2017.

  • Friday Hot Reads: BlackRock Backs Gold To Hedge Market Risk ETF.com - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 5:17 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com   BlackRock Backs Gold to Hedge Market Risk (Bloomberg)There are things that could go wrong, particularly when it comes to political risks. That adds to the argument for having gold in a portfolio, said a BlackRock money manager.   

  • Bitcoin ETFs For Dummies ETF.com - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 3:55 PM EST
    Bitcoin ETFs For Dummies

    Spencer Bogart is vice president of equity research for Needham & Co. He joined the firm in 2014 and currently leads the research efforts on blockchain technology and bitcoin while supporting research on cloud software (SaaS) companies.

  • Swedroe: Investors Respond To Feedback ETF.com - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 3:24 PM EST

    It’s been well documented that, on average, retail investors are “dumb” money. For example, on average, the stocks they buy go on to underperform, and the stocks they sell go on to outperform. Sadly, investors even manage to underperform the very mutual funds in which they invest.

  • Why Water ETFs May Belong In Your Portfolio ETF.com - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 1:41 PM EST
    Why Water ETFs May Belong In Your Portfolio

    Water is a bona fide investment theme, and one that’s gaining traction. The latest ETF to come to market this week, the Tortoise Water Fund (TBLU), was nothing short of another testament to the fact that the business of water is real, and is investable.

  • Finalists Announced For 2016 ETF.com Europe Awards ETF.com - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 1:36 PM EST

    ETF.com today announced the nominated finalists for the 2016 ETF.com Europe Awards, developed in partnership with Inside ETFs. The ETF.com Europe Awards are designed to recognise the people, products and firms that are driving the ETF industry forward and creating better outcomes for investors.

  • ETF Industry Service Directory ETF.com - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:25 AM EST

    If you're in need of help with anything to do with ETFs, you can find someone to provide a solution here. Contact us should any of your information need updating. ETF Service Providers

  • Friday Hot Reads: Are You Missing Out On China?

    Compiled by ETF.com staff   Yellen Gives Hawkish Signals: 5 ETF Plays (Zacks.com)There are ways to profit from rising rates. We highlight a few ETF ways.  

  • Soros Exits Gold, Paulson Cuts GLD Stake ETF.com - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 4:04 PM EST

    New York (Reuters) – Soros Fund Management got out of gold in the fourth quarter of 2016, while Paulson & Co. reduced its stake in the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) as bullion prices saw their weakest quarterly performance in 3 1/2 years, regulatory filings showed on Tuesday.

  • The Most Interesting New Gold ETF Since GLD ETF.com - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 1:48 PM EST
    The Most Interesting New Gold ETF Since GLD

    As well as the stock market has been performing recently, many investors are hedging their bets. That's based on flows into physically backed gold ETFs, which ticked into positive territory last week for the first time in 2017.

  • Compiled by ETF.com Staff   The 5 Most Insane Quotes Against The Fiduciary Rule (Reformed Broker)The opinions found on social media can be a dark jungle of misinformation and lies. This is not a surprise.  

  • 5 Biggest Broad Commodity ETFs Differ In Approach ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 3:36 PM EST
    5 Biggest Broad Commodity ETFs Differ In Approach

    Each commodity market has its own fundamentals and its own individual outlook. But there’s a general sense that 2017 could be a good year for commodities, after a long period of being underdogs. Growth policies in the U.S. that should lead to a rise in inflation; tighter oil supplies; strong demand from the industrial sector; …

  • Swedroe: Prospecting For Returns ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 2:23 PM EST

    Behavioral finance is the study of human behavior and how that behavior leads to investment errors, including the mispricing of assets. The field has provided many important insights that we can use to improve investor behavior and produce better investment results. If investors are made aware of their biases and the negative …

  • Morgan Stanley Fined $8M For Inverse ETF Sales ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 1:54 PM EST

    Washington (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges related to single inverse exchange-traded fund investments that the firm had recommended to clients, U.S. financial regulators said on Tuesday.

  • Here’s A Portfolio Based On JP Morgan’s 2017 Outlook ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 8:33 AM EST
    Here’s A Portfolio Based On JP Morgan’s 2017 Outlook

    This article is part of a regular series of thought leadership pieces from some of the more influential ETF strategists in the money management industry. Today's article is by Corey Hoffstein, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Boston-based Newfound Research. J.P. Morgan recently released its 2017 …

  • Betting On Red: Building A Russian ETF Portfolio ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 7:26 AM EST

    This article is part of a regular series of thought leadership pieces from some of the more influential ETF strategists in the money management industry. Today's article is by Mike Venuto, co-founder and chief investment officer of New York-based Toroso Investments.

  • Tuesday Hot Reads: Ray Dalio Expands ETF Empire ETF.com - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 7:22 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com Staff   Ray Dalio Expands ETF Empire In 4th Quarter (Yahoo Finance)With these transactions, Dalio increased his portfolio holdings by about 4.7% in aggregate.  

  • HACK and ROBO Funds On A Technical Roll ETF.com - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 3:27 PM EST
    HACK and ROBO Funds On A Technical Roll

    Sure the year is young, but nonetheless, there are trends forming. In the ETF world, there are two funds that probably are flying under your radar. And when I say “flying,” I mean in both demand and performance.

  • The Best Trump Trade No One Expected ETF.com - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 11:04 AM EST
    The Best Trump Trade No One Expected

    What's the best-performing trade since Donald Trump was elected president? Even today, with the benefit of hindsight, a lot of people might not know. Go back a few months to November, or even earlier, and no one in their right mind would have predicted it.

  • Monday Hot Reads: Vanguard Assets Top $4 Trillion ETF.com - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 8:36 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com staff   Vanguard  Assets Top $4 Trillion (MarketWatch)Indexing pioneer Vanguard Group has climbed to $4 trillion in assets for the first time.  

  • 3 Easy Steps To Create Your Own Advisor Fiduciary Rule ETF.com - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 5:07 PM EST

    New York (Reuters) – Tired of the on-again/off-again tease of a government rule that would make financial advisors act in your best interests? No need to wait. You have all the tools you need right now to enforce your own fiduciary rule, simply by asking the right questions at the right time and voting with your feet.

  • The First New Trump ETF? Not Quite ETF.com - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 4:50 PM EST
    The First New Trump ETF? Not Quite

    I won’t pretend to know the motivation of an ETF issuer when it comes to investment theses behind new products, but the timing of last week’s new global-ex Mexico ETF launch is tremendous, or maybe sad. Or maybe it’s just coincidental timing. My perception of the WisdomTree Global ex-Mexico Equity Fund (XMX) that was launched …

  • Swedroe: The Nuts and Bolts Of Currencies ETF.com - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 4:16 PM EST

    The carry factor is the tendency for higher-yielding assets to provide higher returns than lower-yielding assets. A simplified description of the carry trade is the return an investor receives (net of financing) if an asset’s price remains the same.

  • The Innovative Side Of Dividend ETFs ETF.com - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 1:11 PM EST
    The Innovative Side Of Dividend ETFs

    Reality Shares is a small ETF issuer trying to break into the competitive dividend-focused ETF landscape with some of the most innovative strategies we’ve seen recently.

  • Compiled by ETF.com staff   Low-Carbon ETFs Catch A Spark In Trump Era (MarketWatch)A duo of funds—which aren’t alternative energy funds, but instead offer broad-market exposure with a bias toward companies with low emissions—have outperformed the S&P 500 index thus far this year. The funds also …

  • Swedroe: Turns Out The ‘Smart Money’ Isn’t ETF.com - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 5:05 PM EST

    Institutional investors are generally considered “smart money” that exploits the behavioral biases of “dumb” retail money. However, there have been some holes poked in that idea recently.

  • Top 10 Highest Yielding ETFs ETF.com - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 3:44 PM EST
    Top 10 Highest Yielding ETFs

    With interest rates up from their record lows of 2016, the search for yield among investors isn't as intense as it was last year. Still, with rates at historically low levels even now, there's plenty of demand for high-yielding products.

  • 2 Key Trends Benefiting Japan ETFs ETF.com - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 2:04 PM EST
    2 Key Trends Benefiting Japan ETFs

    It could be time to take another look at Japan equity ETFs. The segment, which seems to have gone from hot to cold in the past few years, now appears to have two key trends in its favor.

  • How To Make Money In The ETF Business ETF.com - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 9:54 AM EST
    How To Make Money In The ETF Business

    We cover flows all the time, but you might be surprised where the revenue actually is in ETFs. ETF flows tell us a lot—mostly about investor sentiment. Big flows mean enough buyers were in the market long enough to trigger creations. But with expense ratios as low as .03%, is anyone actually making any money in the ETF …

  • Compiled by ETF.com staff   You Can Now Bet On Whether The Bitcoin Winklevoss ETF Will Go Live (Coindesk.com)A new prediction market is targeting one of the industry's biggest unanswered questions.  

  • Advisors, Due Diligence Crucial To Asset Allocation ETF.com - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 4:42 PM EST

    Advisor usage of ETFs to support asset allocation needs has continued to grow, according to a TD Ameritrade survey. Such adoption is consistent with the strong inflows CFRA saw in 2016 and the $40 billion of new money in January as well as from a recent discussion with Brett Mossman, head of BlackRock Portfolio Solutio …

  • BlackRock CEO: Markets Ahead Of Themselves ETF.com - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 3:55 PM EST

    New York (Reuters) – BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink on Wednesday said the U.S. economy is in the midst of a slowdown and financial markets could see a significant setback because of uncertainty over global trade and the Trump administration's plan to cut taxes. "I see a lot of dark shadows," he said …

  • Why Israeli Tech Stocks Are ‘Underowned and Undiscovered’

    Steven Schoenfeld is one of the index industry’s most knowledgeable figures. His classic tome, “Active Index Investing,” published in 2004, is a must-read for any die-hard indexing fan. He also was a founder of IndexUniverse, the predecessor to ETF.com.

  • Trying To Beat The Market With Index ETFs Is Alive and Well ETF.com - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 12:51 PM EST

    Jared Dillian is editor and publisher of The Daily Dirtnap, a market newsletter for investment professionals, and the author of “Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers.” and “

  • Wednesday Hot Reads: ETF Industry Diversifying Wall St. ETF.com - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 7:39 AM EST

    Compiled by ETF.com Staff   ETF Industry Diversifying Wall Street (The Atlantic)Exchange-traded funds are challenging the status quo in investment management—including who’s in charge.  

  • Population Growth Exposure Key To Utility ETFs ETF.com - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 3:12 PM EST
    Population Growth Exposure Key To Utility ETFs

    Rowland Wilhelm is vice president of Reaves Asset Management based in Jersey City, New Jersey, which is the ETF issuer for the Reaves Utilities ETF (UTES), an actively managed fund that focuses on the utility sector.

  • Swedroe: Tactical Approaches Miss The Mark ETF.com - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 1:23 PM EST

    We can define “conventional wisdom” as ideas that have become so ingrained that few people ever question them. Millions of people believing in an idea, however, doesn’t make it true. Yes, conventional wisdom can be wrong. For example, at one time, millions of people believed the Earth was flat, and that the Earth was the …

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