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Do You Believe in the Inflation Boogeyman?

May 27 7:00am ETF Trends
By Kevin Flanigan via Iris.xyz One of the lynchpins behind the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) decision-making process thus far in 2017 has apparently been the altered inflation landscape. The policy makers seem to be more comfortable that deflationary conditions have passed and that inflation will be “running close to the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run objective.” Does that mean that fixed income investors should…...
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An ETF That Jumped on the Bitcoin Craze

May 26 5:36pm ETF Trends
An exchange traded fund focused on disruptive companies was the first to add bitcoins, a form of cryptocurrency, to its portfolio and the move is paying off as the digital currency rallied in recent weeks. The ARK Web x.0 ETF (NYSEArca: ARKW) was the best performing non-leveraged ETF over the past month, increasing 16.5\%. ARKW…...
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U.S. ETF Industry is Enjoying a Great Year

May 26 3:52pm ETF Trends
Exchange traded funds have grown increasingly popular among the investment community as more mom and pop investors, financial advisors, money managers and institutions utilize the convenient investment tool. About $188 billion in new assets have flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs in 2017, according to ETF global research and advisory firm XTF. The inflows is an all-time…...
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Increased Cyber Attacks Could Be a Boon for CyberSec ETFs

May 26 3:16pm ETF Trends
After the so-called WannaCry ransomware cyber attack infected over 200,000 computers over 150 countries, the specter of growing security issues in an increasingly interconnected world could help strengthen the nascent cybersecurity industry and sector-related exchange traded funds. The recent WannaCry attack leveraged a hacking tool built by the U.S. National Security Agency, which leaked online…...
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ETF Investors Saw Contrarian Bet in Brazil After Sell-Off

May 26 2:44pm ETF Trends
Following one of their worst drops since the financial down turn, Brazil exchange traded funds experienced large investment interest as traders tried to capitalize on a cheap, oversold market. According to EPFR data, over $750 million flowed into Brazilian stock funds in the week ended May 24, with most of the inflows coming from institutional…...
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U.S. Stock ETFs Relaxed Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

May 26 1:55pm ETF Trends
While U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were mostly flat ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the markets are on track for their largest weekly gain in almost a month. “We’ve reached new highs and we expect days of strong gains. Investors may be taking a breather as we head into the holiday weekend,”…...
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Kevin O'Leary Wants To Teach Millennials How To Invest With Fintech, Even If He Loses Money Doing It

May 26 1:28pm ETFs
The finance industry has been agonizing over how to get young people interested in financial products, especially fintech startups that have used venture capital funding to absorb the high customer acquisition costs. It takes a shark, however, to not sweat the CAC stuff. Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Shares ETF Investments and "Shark Tank" judge, is launching a fintech app. The app, called Beanstox, will allow users to invest small dollar amounts into ETFs and market-leading stocks in order to build portfolios without large up-front capital requirements. O’Leary announced the app at the 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards and said his 24-year-old daughter’s struggle to start a portfolio inspired his decision to develop a fintech product. “My daughter can afford to invest about $50 a week,” said O’Leary. She asks me, ‘How do I invest, dad?’ So I’ve been thinking about this: How could I create a platform, just an app, ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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A Case for Value ETFs as U.S. Stocks Push to Record Highs

May 26 12:29pm ETF Trends
U.S. stocks continue pushing to record highs and with cyclical sectors such as consumer discretionary and technology doing a lot of the heavy lifting, investment factors such as growth and momentum are getting plenty of acclaim while value is getting left behind. The value factor experienced some rough times during the heyday of the ongoing…...
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Why Money Is Flowing Into This Country ETF

May 26 12:21pm ETFs
The Global X MSCI Pakistan ETF (NYSE: PAK) is up 8.3 percent year-to-date, a solid performance among the single-country exchange traded funds dedicated to nations classified as frontier markets. PAK: Purely Pakistan However, Pakistan will not be a frontier market for long and the country's widely known and imminent promotion to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is perhaps one reasons why investors have flocking to PAK and Pakistani stocks. “The biggest gains were seen on Tuesday as foreigners bought the most shares in a single day in 2017. This is only the fourth time this year that the country has seen net buyers on its holding. The sentiment remains optimistic and can be directly linked with the country regaining the emerging status on MSCI’s index,” according ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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A Dividend ETF For Immediate Consideration

May 26 10:38am ETF Trends
Investors continue looking for new sources of income and yield, but tried and true dividend stocks should remain part of that equation. Scores of exchange traded funds offer up exposure to dividend-paying stocks. However, a series of interest rate hikes should not be viewed as an indictment of dividend stocks and exchange traded funds. Some…...
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A Bold Look at Oil Services ETFs

May 26 10:36am ETF Trends
As has been widely cited, oil prices are tumbling and the energy sector is the worst-performing group in the S&P 500 this year. Not surprisingly, oil services stocks and exchange traded funds, assets that are often highly correlated to oil prices, are stumbling. For example, the VanEck Vectors Oil Service ETF (NYSEArca: OIH), the largest…...
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Will Demand Help or Hinder Gold ETFs?

May 26 10:35am ETF Trends
Gold exchange traded products, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL), have traded mostly flat over the past few days, leading some gold market observers to highlight geopolitical flareups and demand trends as the most credible near-term catalysts for the gold metal.…...
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3 Aerospace & Defense ETFs On The Move

May 26 10:24am Blog – FMD Capital Management
Sometimes you stumble across a sector of the market that is just in the right place at the right time.  That may very well be the sentiment driving the remarkable price action in aerospace and defense stocks in the current geopolitical environment.  These companies are the driving forces behind military... Read more » The post 3 Aerospace & Defense ETFs On The Move appeared first on FMD Capital Management.
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Battle Of The Cryptos: Bitcoin Vs. Ethereum

May 26 8:44am ETFs
This week, bitcoin enthusiasts and investors celebrated Bitcoin Pizza Day, the seven-year anniversary of the day programmer Laszlo Hanyecz spent 10,000 bitcoin on two Papa John’s Int'l, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) pizzas. Today, the bitcoin spent on those pizzas would be worth $22 million. The price of bitcoin has skyrocketed in recent years as investors look for protection in an increasingly uncertain global economy and speculators attempt to capitalize on the momentum. However, while bitcoin may be the most popular cryptocurrency out there, it’s certainly not the only game in town. There's Another Sheriff In Town In fact, bitcoin isn’t even the top-performing crypocurrency of 2017. While bitcoin has once again doubled in value in 2017, the value of rival currency ether is up 2,000 percent. On the surface, ether and bitcoin share a ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Oil ETFs And OPEC Meet Again

May 26 8:33am ETFs
The United States Oil Fund (NYSE: USO) plunged 5.3 percent Thursday, bringing its year-to-date decline to 14.3 percent. USO, the most heavily traded oil exchange-traded product in the U.S., is now almost 20 percent below its 52-week high, putting it dangerously close to officially being in a bear market. OPEC Extension The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is again confounding energy investors. On Thursday, the cartel and other major oil-producing countries extended a production cut that has done little to bolster crude prices. “OPEC announced it would extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018 on Thursday, after November's landmark deal failed to clear a global supply overhang,” reported CNBC. “The move, which was then ratified by non-OPEC producers, was the base-case scenario for the market and means the 1.8 million barrel per day supply cut will ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Trumps Political Uncertainty Boosts Bond Prices

May 26 7:00am ETF Trends
By Horizon Investments U.S. economic data released last week painted a mixed picture. Better-than-expected results in initial jobless claims and industrial production, and from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey, were offset by disappointing results in terms of housing starts, The Conference Board’s index of leading U.S. economic indicators, and the…...
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Investors are pouring billions into the hottest part of the stock market

May 26 6:02am Money Game: ETFs
No area of the stock market has been hotter than tech since the election, and it seems investors still haven't gotten their fill. They poured $1.8 billion into the largest exchange-traded fund tracking the sector on Tuesday, the biggest single-day inflow since September 2010. That jibes with data compiled by Bank of America Merrill Lynch last week, showing that the group is on pace to absorb the most capital since the dot-com bubble 15 years ago. It's a remarkable signal of confidence for tech industry, which has already surged 21\% since the US presidential election. So why are people so keen to continue loading up on shares? Look no further than the sector's torrid earnings growth. It boasts the best profit expansion in the S&P 500 at the moment, excluding energy, and is projected to see earnings expansion of 19\% for the full-year 2017, while the broader benchmark is expected to see ex-energy growth of just 9.2\%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Led by juggernauts like Google, Amazon and Facebook, internet companies specifically are driving gains. As BAML chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett pointed out last week, the 90-stock Nasdaq internet index is on pace for a 75\% gain in 2017. Hedge funds are also helping. The aforementioned trio of tech firms are the three stocks that matter most to hedge funds right now, according to Goldman Sachs, which combed through 821 funds holding a combined $1.9 trillion. But just because tech stocks have caught fire doesn't mean investors are throwing all caution to the wind. Options traders are paying the most since early January to protect against a 10\% loss in the PowerShares QQQ Trust Series ETF over the next six months, relative to a 10\% increase.  With all other signs pointing to extended bullishness for the sector, it's likely investors are simply protecting the considerable gains they've already realized, rather than speculating on a large decline.SEE ALSO: Corporate America investing in itself is going to be what powers stocks higher SEE ALSO: Tech stocks are on pace to do something that hasn't been seen since the dot-com bubble Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's why the American flag is reversed on military uniforms...
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Hedging & Trading Bond ETFs in a Rising Rate Environment

May 25 5:35pm ETF Trends
With the Federal Reserve signaling that it is on pace to shrink its balance sheets and raise interest rates, fixed-income investors may think about alternative investment options to hedge against rate risks. After over a decade of a zero-interest-rate policy, the Fed has issued two quarter-percent rate hikes and brought the federal funds rate up…...
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Steve Sosnick's Gold ETF Trade

May 25 4:46pm ETFs
Steve Sosnick, the chief options strategist at Interactive Brokers, spoke on Bloomberg Markets about an options strategy in SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) (NYSE: GLD). He thinks that it would be a good idea to ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Tap a Capital Markets Team to Execute Smoother ETF Trades

May 25 4:22pm ETF Trends
If investors and financial advisors want large trades, especially in what is perceived as less liquid exchange traded funds, one should think about working with an ETF provider’s capital markets team to help execute a more efficient trading opportunity. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Anita Rausch, Head of Capital Markets at WisdomTree, at…...
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Financial Advisors Need to Gain the Trust of Investors First

May 25 3:23pm ETF Trends
In light of recent rumblings about the fiduciary rule going into effect in June, Personal Capital, a digital wealth management firm, has discovered that a large number of Americans are unaware that financial advisors are not always working in their best interest and require greater information on how to work with advisors to grow their…...
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Oil ETFs Brush Off OPEC Output Promises

May 25 2:35pm ETF Trends
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries renewed an agreement to diminish supplies in an attempt to put a dent into the global oil glut, but the pledge was not enough for oil exchange traded fund traders. On Thursday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, plunged 4.3\%…...
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Cambria Launches New Core Equity ETF

May 25 2:29pm ETFs
Cambria Investment Management, the California-based investment management firm and issuer of exchange-traded funds, added to its ETF lineup Wednesday with the debut of the Cambria Core Equity ETF (NYSE: CCOR). The Cambria Core Equity ETF is the eleventh ETF in the Cambria stable. CCOR “uses proprietary models and analysis of historical portfolio profit and loss information to identify favorable option trading opportunities, including favorable call and put option spreads,” according to Cambria. CCOR's Holdings And Allocations CCOR has 57 holdings and 10 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors are represented in the new ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Consumer Sector Helps Keep U.S. Stock ETFs on a Record Run

May 25 1:57pm ETF Trends
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds managed to touch new highs  as consumer sectors help bolster bullish sentiment and Federal Reserve minutes pointed to gathering momentum in the economy. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard…...
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Smart Beta ETFs Continue to Gain Traction

May 25 1:34pm ETF Trends
By Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA What percentage of average actively managed large cap strategies outperformed the Russell 1000 US Comprehensive Factor index? How about the MSCI USA Diversified Multiple Factor index? While those phrases are not being regularly written, perhaps even inside FTSE Russell and MSCI offices, a recent survey of global institutional investors indicates adoption of…...
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Assessing Strength in the Euro Currency ETF

May 25 12:12pm ETF Trends
With the dollar and the related exchange traded funds flailing this year, investors considering currency ETFs may want to have a look at the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE). FXE, which tracks the euro’s price movements against the dollar, is up nearly 6\% year-to-date. The Eurozone macroeconomic environment has steadily improved, with a significant…...
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EMQQ: A Popular Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF Play

May 25 12:00pm ETF Trends
ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon discussed the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ) on this week’s “ETF of the Week” podcast with Chuck Jaffe on the MoneyLife Show. EMQQ is a popular ETF play as a rising group of middle-income emerging consumers do the bulk of their discretionary shopping online and many do so with mobile…...
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A Boring ETF Sector is Starting to Get Exciting

May 25 11:01am ETF Trends
The utilities sector usually is not associated with excitement, but the sector is on a roll and is breaking out on a technical basis. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU), the largest utilities sector exchange traded fund, is up 8.4\% year-to-date and more than 2\% over just the past week. Previously, XLU and rival…...
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Momentum-Based Smart Beta ETFs Hit All-Time Highs

May 25 10:50am ETF Trends
Among the investment factors delivering solid returns this year is momentum, a fact confirmed by several momentum-based smart beta exchange traded funds hitting all-time highs on Wednesday. The Powershares DWA Momentum Portfolio (NASDAQ: PDP), which utilizes technical analysis from Dorsey Wright and picks out stocks based on relative strength, was one of the momentum ETFs to…...
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Investors Dash Out of Small-Cap ETFs, Spooked by Selloff

May 25 10:42am ETF Trends
Marquee small-cap exchange traded funds, including the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IJR) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: IWM), have been widely highlighted as laggards among equity ETFs this year. On a year-to-date basis, investors in S&P 500-tracking ETFs are enjoying returns of nearly 8\% while IWM and IJR are higher by…...
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What to Watch for With Oil ETFs After OPEC

May 25 10:34am ETF Trends
The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, is down more than 9\%, confirming that oil has been one of the year’s worst-performing commodities. Traders should keep an eye on USO and other oil-related exchange traded products with another meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)…...
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A Sunny Outlook For This Europe ETF

May 25 9:04am ETFs
With political risk muted, at least for the moment, and European stocks looking attractively valued relative to their U.S. counterparts, investors have multiple reasons to consider the region's equities and exchange traded funds such as the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF (NYSE: FEZ). The Importance Of Politics Proving that eurozone politics are an important catalyst for the region's stocks ETFs like FEZ, FEZ is higher by nearly 19 percent year to date and has been soaring since the recent French presidential election. Leftist candidate Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious and while Macron has leftist if not socialist leanings, his victory was the desired result for French assets and European equities in general. The result was also important to FEZ because the ETF allocates over 36 percent of its weight to French stocks, making the eurozone's second-largest economy the fund's largest country ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Market Pullbacks May Not Be Worth Waiting For

May 25 7:00am ETF Trends
By Doug Sandler, CFA, RiverFront Investment Group We have noticed that many retail investors are currently sitting on cash and waiting for an opportunity to get back in the market. Many of these people either pulled their money out of the market after the Financial Crisis, or raised cash before or after significant political events…...
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A Fixed-Income ETF Option to Approach a Rising Rate Environment

May 24 5:20pm ETF Trends
With the Federal Reserve likely to stay the course and slowly normalize interest rates, fixed-income investors may consider exchange traded fund options that limit exposure to debt securities that are more exposed to rising rate risks. Bond investors have been prepping for a rising rate environment, but many may not be taking it seriously or…...
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Why Its a Good Time to Consider Europe ETFs

May 24 4:19pm ETF Trends
Investors are taking a closer look at European markets and country-specific exchange traded funds as growth and abating political risks across Europe help improve traders’ outlook. “It feels like it’s been a very long time coming, but, we’d argue that the vital removal of a substantial degree of uncertainty that the French election has afforded,…...
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Hot ETF Ideas for Accessing Regional Banks

May 24 3:13pm ETF Trends
Regional bank exchange traded funds have outperformed in the financial sector over the past year but have recently tripped. Nevertheless, traders may still find an opportunity in this smaller subset of the broader finance industry. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE), the largest regional bank ETF, rose 35.3\% over the past year, but…...
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What The Algeria-Morocco UN Drama Means For Regional Stability And The Fight Against Terrorism

May 24 2:57pm ETFs
Diplomats at the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization meeting in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines witnessed an unprecedented event last week. According to a Moroccan official, a heated discussion ended with the director general of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hitting the deputy of the Moroccan ambassador to Saint Lucia in his face, reportedly knocking him out and sending him to the hospital. A couple of sources claim to have seen the medical and police reports that confirm this version. However, Algerian government officials argue the fight was staged. Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita told the French Press Agency (AFP) that Algeria should "contribute to a solution and assume responsibility in the matter (…) assume the consequences of its actions." Leaving all questioning about how things went down in this particular meeting aside, the relationship between Morocco and Algeria has been tense for years. This derives from a long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of Western Sahara and, most recently, from Morocco's return to the African Union and its allegations that Algeria was forcing Syrian refugees out of the latter and into the former. So what does this mean for stability in the Northern African region and for the fight against terrorism on a global scale? See Also: Morocco And The U.S.: Top African Businessman Talks About Bilateral Relationship Under Trump The Rising Temperature Dr. Magnus Norell, a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), adjunct scholar of The Washington Institute, and former senior analyst and ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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An Active Dividend ETF Strategy to Navigate Market Highs and Low Volatility

May 24 2:35pm ETF Trends
The Cambria ETF Trust and Cambria Investment Management added an actively managed core high quality equity exchange traded fund strategy that also helps investors access cheap volatility to hedge against eventual market pullbacks. On Wednesday, Cambria rolled out the Cambria Core Equity ETF (NYSEArca: CCOR). CCOR has a 1.05\% expense ratio. The Core Equity ETF…...
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Weekly Edge: ETF Relative Strength Signals Investors Economic View

May 24 2:22pm Invest With An Edge
Watching the relative strength of sectors can provide insight into investors’ views on the economy and specific sectors. The post Weekly Edge: ETF Relative Strength Signals Investors’ Economic View appeared first on Invest With An Edge.
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Small Investors and ETF Industry Trends

May 24 2:10pm Invest With An Edge
Individual retail investors appear to be benefiting from the trend of using ETFs in more portfolio applications. The post Small Investors and ETF Industry Trends appeared first on Invest With An Edge.
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U.S. Stock ETFs Slightly Higher Ahead of Fed Minutes

May 24 1:52pm ETF Trends
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds managed to push into positive territory for the fifth consecutive session as traders wait on the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting results that could provide further clues on where interest rates are heading next month. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF…...
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An International ETF Idea Taking a Multi-Factored Approach

May 24 1:01pm ETF Trends
Investors looking for exposure to international equities without the potential pitfalls of strategies that weight stocks by market capitalization have a growing number of exchange traded funds to consider. An interesting name in that group is the iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Intl ETF (NYSEArca: INTF). Through a multi-factored approach, INTF attempts to deliver enhanced returns…...
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Reasons to Start Loving Emerging Markets ETFs

May 24 11:48am ETF Trends
The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets exchange traded funds by assets, are up an average of almost 16\% this year, but that does not mean the rally in developing world equities is over. Although emerging markets exchange traded funds…...
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Sector Surprises In A Popular Low Vol ETF

May 24 11:47am ETFs
The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSE: SPLV) turned six years old earlier this month and is home to over $6.6 billion in assets under management. In other words, SPLV is one of the oldest and largest low volatility exchange traded funds in the U.S. It can be argued that SPLV kick-started the low volatility ETF phenomenon in the U.S., but assumptions are often made about this fund that are not always accurate. Notably, many investors think of SPLV as a utilities ETF in disguise, but sector-level assumptions pertaining to SPLV can be misleading if investors do not know how stocks enter and exit this ETF. Simply, SPLV tracks the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index, a benchmark that holds the 100 S&P 500 stocks with the lowest trailing 12-month volatility. There is nothing in ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Renewed Hopes for Steel ETF Relies on Trump

May 24 10:46am ETF Trends
After more than doubling last year to rank as one of 2016’s best-performing non-leveraged exchange traded funds, the VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca: SLX) has cooled off in a big way this year. Year-to-date, SLX is lower by nearly 3\% and over the past quarter, the steel ETF has tumbled more than 18\%. SLX tries…...
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Investors Revisit Europe ETFs as U.S. Looks Increasingly Expensive

May 24 10:40am ETF Trends
Investors are revisiting Europe exchange traded funds in significant fashion this year with many looking for value plays as the U.S. equity market looks increasingly expensive. There are plenty of positives when it comes to European equity markets, including improving economic growth and some attractive valuations. Those could be the catalysts luring professional investors to…...
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Energy & Oil ETFs Waiting on OPECAgain

May 24 10:36am ETF Trends
The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE), the largest exchange traded fund dedicated to energy equities, is down nearly 10\% year-to-date, underscoring the point that the energy sector is the worst-performing group in the S&P 500 this year. Some of the struggles of oil and the energy sector this year can be pinned on investors’…...
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Smart Beta ETFs Continue Packing On Assets

May 24 8:44am ETFs
As has been widely documented, smart beta exchange traded funds are one of the fastest-growing segments of the broader ETF universe. Data continues to confirm smart beta growth is expected to continue as more institutional investors embrace fundamentally-weighted strategies. “FTSE Russell released this week the results of its early 2017 survey of almost 200 asset institutions, with a combined assets under management of $2 trillion about their investments in and views toward smart beta indices,” said CFRA Research Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research Todd Rosenbluth in a note out Tuesday. “To us, the trends were favorable, as 46\% of global respondents said they had a smart beta product allocation.” FTSE Russell is one of the larges providers of indexes ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Brazil ETF Deals With Specter Of Credit Downgrade

May 24 8:11am ETFs
The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSE: EWZ) and other exchange traded funds with large exposure to Brazilian have recently been wracked by controversy as another political corruption probe works its way though Latin America's largest economy. After plunging more than 16 percent May 18 in what was one of its worst intraday performances since coming to market nearly 17 years ago, EWZ rebounded Friday and has been performing admirably in the sessions since its tumble. As Benzinga reported last week, “Brazilian President Michel Temer was allegedly caught on tape discussing cash payments to former Brazilian speaker of the house Eduardo Cunha. Investors had been hopeful that Temer’s economic agenda would bring an end to a period of political turmoil in Brazil, but they are now concerned that the Temer presidency will ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Is Low Volatility a Contrarian Sell Signal?

May 24 7:00am ETF Trends
By Henry Ma, Julex Capital Management One of the most-watched fear gauges on Wall Street has been traded at the lowest levels in decades. The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, which is based on the 30-day options contracts on S&P 500 Index, closed on May 9 at 9.77, the lowest level since Dec. 27, 1993. Despite the spike…...
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Investors Are Latching On To Robotics ETFs

May 23 7:29pm Blog – FMD Capital Management
Technology is one of those sectors where consumers and investors are constantly looking for the next big thing.  The truly innovative service or product that is going to have life-changing impact and ultimately lead to extensive profits for shareholders.  One of the emerging frontiers in this race is the application... Read more » The post Investors Are Latching On To Robotics ETFs appeared first on FMD Capital Management.
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Wary of Risks in an Extended Bull Run? Consider an Inverse ETF

May 23 4:54pm ETF Trends
With the bull market extending toward their ninth year and the summer doldrums right around the corner, equity traders may consider an inverse or bearish exchange traded fund hedge to stabilize any wobbles in their portfolios. Despite the recent rash of politics-induced risks, like President Donald Trump’s struggles following the firing of former FBI head…...
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Dan Deming's iShares Emerging Markets ETF Trade

May 23 4:38pm ETFs
Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Dan Deming of KKM Financial suggested a bullish options strategy in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx (ETF) (NYSE: EEM). He explained that the ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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How Smart Beta ETFs May Address Investors Changing Needs

May 23 4:00pm ETF Trends
As investors search for ways to navigate an extended bull market environment, more are turning to smart beta strategies, one of the fastest growing areas of the exchange traded fund universe. “Smart beta ETFs use a different lens than traditional index products, focusing on stocks or bonds that have potentially attractive and intuitive characteristics like…...
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Look to China A-Shares for a More Inclusive EM ETF Experience

May 23 3:21pm ETF Trends
Emerging market exchange traded funds provide diversified exposure to the developing economies, but most broad picks are leaving opportunities on the table as many options do not include domestic China A-shares exposure. “For the Chinese economy to be fully represented in global indexes and portfolios, A-share inclusion is critical, and our analysis has hinted at…...
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ETFs to Make Up for the Shortcomings of Short-Term When Rates Rise

May 23 2:34pm ETF Trends
Fixed-income investors have traditionally shifted down the yield curve when the Federal Reserve embarks on a tighter monetary policy to hedge against rate risk, but this comes with its own shortcomings. Alternatively, exchange traded fund investors may have a more appealing option through targeted interest-rate hedged strategies. While investors may shift their fixed-income holdings to…...
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Trump Helps Boost Aerospace and Defense ETFs

May 22 5:10pm ETF Trends
Aerospace stocks and exchange traded funds were lifted Monday on news of an arms deal between the U.S. and some Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSEArca: ITA), PowerShares Aerospace & Defense Portfolio (NYSEArca: PPA) and the SPDR S&P Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSEArca: XAR) have been one of…...
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An ETF Strategy that Incorporates Morningstars Investment Analysis & Methodology

May 22 3:28pm ETF Trends
More exchange traded fund providers are partnering up with other firms to create customized indices in what we now refer to strategic or smart beta offerings as a way to help investors enhance returns. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Pat Finn, Director of ETF Business Development for VanEck, at the 2017 Morningstar Investment…...
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Global Smart Beta ETF Adoption at Record High and Still Growing

May 22 3:11pm ETF Trends
Smart beta or alternative index based investment strategies in the exchange traded fund universe have been a huge hit with market participants and may continue to become a big component in many more investor portfolios. According to a new FTSE Russell survey, Smart beta: 2017 global survey findings from asset owners, the percentage of asset…...
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U.S. Stock ETFs Climb as Arms Deal Strengthens Defense Sector

May 22 1:51pm ETF Trends
U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds pushed forward after President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia sealed the deal on a multi-billion dollar arms contract. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO), were…...
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