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…

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)…

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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.

Oil Drops on Worries of Swelling U.S. Stockpiles

Oil prices fell 1.5 percent on Wednesday on expectations of another surge in U.S. inventories, retreating from multi-week highs hit in the previous session after OPEC signaled optimism over its deal with other producers to curb output.