Big India ETFs Notch Double-Digit Year-to-Date

Emerging markets stocks and exchange traded funds are on fire to start 2017. One of the obvious sources of that strength is India, Asia’s third-largest economy. The fine start to 2017 comes after Indian stocks and ETFs sagged to end 2016, wilting in the wake of the surprising U.S. election results. The iShares MSCI India…

How Long Will Small-Cap ETFs Remain Hot?

Dating back to November, small-cap stocks and exchange traded funds have been one of the hottest corners of the U.S. equity market, but some market observers are concerned enthusiasm for smaller stocks is set to wane. ETFs, uch as the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IJR) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: IWM),…

South Africa ETF in a Fragile Spot Despite 25% 12-Month Gain

Thanks in large part to rising precious metals prices, the iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) has been a solid performer emerging markets single-country exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the South Africa ETF is higher by 8%, bringing its 12-month gain to 25%. South African equities have been rallying in the face of lingering concerns…

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The End of the “Great Experiment of the Managed Economy”

By Rob Stein, CEO and Founder, Astor Investment Management As we look ahead to what 2017 may hold, I’m predicting the end of  what I call “the great experiment”—the managed economy that has dominated the fiscal and economic landscape for nearly 10 years. The reason, as we state in the Astor Outlook 2017 Report, is…

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Volatility-Weighted ETFs to Enhance a Portfolio

As the markets continue on their record trek, investors may consider alternatives to traditional cap-weighted index investments to diminish exposure to overpriced companies, such as a volatility-weighted exchange traded fund strategy. Mannik S. Dhillon, Head of Investment Solutions, Product, and Strategy with Victory Capital, told ETF Trends in a call. that investors should take on…

Three Big ETF Themes for 2017

As investors shift around their portfolios in anticipation for what’s ahead, State Street Global Advisors offers some big exchange traded fund themes to better manage risk and potentially enhance returns. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Mike Arone, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at State Street Global Advisors, at the Inside ETFs conference…

Bond ETFs for a Rising Rate Environment

The U.S. economy has picked up momentum, along with inflation, fueling expectations of a tightening monetary policy out of the Federal Reserve to head off an overheating economy. Consequently, fixed-income investors may consider an interest-rate hedged exchange traded fund strategy that can hold up during periods of rising rates. “Given the relatively low yields that…

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An ETF Strategy for Investors to Access International Markets

As investors seek out new ways to access the international markets in a growing universe of investment options, look to a smart beta exchange traded fund strategy that could potentially enhance returns and diminish risks. On the recent webcast (available on-demand*), ETFs vs Mutual Funds: What’s the Difference?, Steven Vannelli, CEO and CIO of Gavekal…

U.S. Stock ETFs Meander Ahead of Fed Comments

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were relatively flat Wednesday ahead of minutes out of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting, with the energy sector dragging on markets on a projected expansion in U.S. crude oil stockpiles. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core…

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…