Fed Aside, Real Estate ETFs Have Potential

Real estate assets, including exchange traded funds tracking real estate investment trusts (REITs), have struggled since the group was separated from the financial services sector in the third quarter of 2016. The Federal Reserve hiking interest rates in December and the notion that more rate increases are on the way this year is also weighing…

Investing in Gold Miners ETFs: Near-Term Pullback Due?

The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDXJ), the two largest gold miners exchange traded funds, are up 18.5% and 30.7%, respectively, year-to-date. Those big gains in a small amount of time have some traders arguing that gold miners ETFs are due for a near-term pullback.…

Largest Russia ETF Up More Than 53% Over Past year

The VanEck Vectors Russia ETF (NYSEArca: RSX) is flat year-to-date, but the largest exchange traded fund tracking Russian stocks is higher by more than 53% over the past year and there are potentially more catalysts ahead that could boost Russian financial markets. Some market observers believe RSX and Russian equities have the wind at their…

Traders Turn Bullish on Beloved Biotech ETFs

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGM: IBB), the largest biotechnology exchange traded fund by assets, is up nearly 11% year-to-date and that could be encouraging some traders to turn bullish on once-beloved biotechnology stocks and ETFs. Healthcare stocks and ETFs rallied immediately following Republican Donald Trump’s surprising November victory. The impact of a Trump presidency…

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Investors are Flocking to Emerging Markets ETFs

Emerging markets equities and exchange traded funds were among the asset classes seen as highly vulnerable to Donald Trump winning November’s U.S. presidential election. It appears that investors are dealing with the notion of “President Trump” and are putting money to work with ETFs tracking developing economies. The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO)…

Client Education is Key to Increasing Portfolio Diversification

As advisors guide their clients heading into the uncertainty of 2017, one of the most valuable things they can offer is a clear, concise path for managing potential volatility. “The market is always going to fluctuate,” says David Mann, head of global capital markets in ETFs for Franklin Templeton, “which is why it’s so important…

Some Hedge Funds Call Time on Stock Market Rally

Stock market optimism about U.S. President Donald Trump's economic agenda is overdone and political risk in Europe isn't priced in, according to some hedge funds who are betting that the rally in equities is coming to an end.

Tech ETFs: One Year Later

By Clayton Fresk, Stadion Money Management A little over a year ago now, the markets here in the US were looking very vulnerable. After languishing essentially sideways during the spring and early summer 2015, investors experienced the rampant August selloff. Then as the market moved higher again and a bit of calm reentered the market,…

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China Shares Rise For a 3rd Day

China's main share indexes rose for a third day on Wednesday to approach three-month highs, though gains were capped as speculators sold some recently-listed financial sector stocks.

A Dividend ETF That Limits the Negative Effects of Rising Rates

Even in a rising interest rate environment, people will still seek out dividend stocks to generate yields. Exchange traded fund investors, though, can look to a targeted dividend strategy that specifically screens out areas vulnerable to rising rates. For instance, the Fidelity Dividend ETF for Rising Rates (NYSEArca: FDRR) is designed to reflect the performance…

Short Sellers Lose Big Time in Tesla Tug-of-War

Short sellers have been at the losing end of a tug-of-war with Tesla Inc investors in 2017, with some surrendering in recent weeks following nearly $2 billion in losses as shares of the electric car maker approach record highs.

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A Smart Beta Bond ETF Strategy in a Rising Rate Environment

Traditional fixed-income index investments may expose investors to increased credit risks and lower yields. Consequently, more may turn to smart beta index-based exchange traded funds that may diminish risks and potentially enhance returns in a rising rate environment. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Martin Kremenstein, Senior Managing Director and Head of NuShares Nuveen,…

What’s the Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds?

Exchange traded funds have taken the financial industry by storm, experiencing phenomenal growth in the fund space. Many investors now consider ETFs as a valid replacement for traditional open-end mutual funds as strategies evolve. On the upcoming webcast this Wednesday, ETFs vs Mutual Funds: What’s the Difference?, Steven Vannelli, CEO and CIO of Gavekal Capital,…

An Outstanding Core Portfolio ETF Strategy

Investors considering a core investment portfolio position should look to an exchange traded fund strategy focusing on quality companies with wide economic moats that help provide long-term competitive advantages. The VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (NYSEArca: MOAT) tries to reflect the performance of the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index, which is comprised of attractively…

Strong Earnings Help U.S. Stock ETFs Maintain Record Pace

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds continued to hit new records as market optimism and strong retail earnings help support the momentum. 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 0.4% higher…

Copper ETN Could be Ready for a Breather

The iPath Bloomberg Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC) jumped more than 2% last week, bringing its year-to-date to over 9%, but some commodities market observers believe the red metal could be poised for a pullback. Copper prices are benefiting as investors anticipate greater demand out of China and increased infrastructure projects under President…