Market Observers: Gold ETFs Can Keep Climbing

Gold is off to a fine start this year as illustrated by year-to-date gains of over 7.5% for gold exchange traded products, including the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL). Some market observers believe the yellow metal can keep climbing. Gold ETFs have…

Oil ETFs Look for Output Support

The United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, have traded slightly lower to start 2017. However, there is a chance oil could rally as 2017 moves along as more oil-producing nations rein in…

Leveraged Gold Miners ETF Sees Big Increase in Activity

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 surging and, not surprisingly, that is leading to some increased activity in leveraged gold miners ETFs. Notably, there is plenty of enthusiasm for the Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners…

A Soaring Utilities ETF Against Backdrop of Possible Interest Rate Rises

Heading into 2017, there was some concern about the ability of the utilities sector and the related exchange traded funds to deliver for investors against the backdrop of multiple interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. Give the First Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEArca: FXU), a smart beta spin on utilities, some credit. FXU is…

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A Roadmap to European Politics & Investing in 2017

By JAForlines Global After seven years of continuous crises within Europe’s byzantine political structures, American observers can be forgiven if they’ve become fatigued and lost interest. However, 2017 is set to be the year when Europe either confirms the end of its 70-year period of deepening regional integration, or the year it abandons the idea of…

Technology

All-Star Fund Manager Davis Advisors’ Pushes Into ETF Space

Each week, ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and losers among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the Davis Select Worldwide ETF (DWLD) as all-star fund manager Davis Advisors’ pushes into the ETF space. After a multi-year rally, it is…

Europe ETFs Offer Attractive Valuations, Growth Opportunities

Improving economic conditions and strengthening company earnings in Europe are signals that diversified exchange traded fund investors should keep in mind when looking for areas of potential growth after a multi-year run in U.S. markets leaves less opportunities at home. “We are upgrading Eurozone equities to overweight on a tactical basis due to a combination…

ETF Advisors, Investors Are Under Allocated Overseas

Many have enjoyed a bull run in the markets, focusing largely on U.S. domestic equities. However, if overseas stocks begin to pick up speed, exchange traded fund investors may be missing out on a growing opportunity. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Steve Deroian, Head of ETF Strategy at John Hancock, at the Inside…

Industrial Demand Will Support Silver ETFs

Even if safe-haven demand for hard assets abates, silver exchange traded funds could continue to find support out of the industrial sector as the precious metal is a major component in many manufactured products. For instance, silver used in the photovoltaic panel industry is growing and could reach record levels in 2018, Maxwell Gold, Director…

Retirement

4 Diversified ETFs to Match Various Investors’ Risk Appetite

Invesco PowerShares has rolled out actively managed multi-asset exchange traded funds with targeted levels of risk exposure to help investors achieve the risk tolerance they are comfortable with. On Thursday, PowerShares launched four new active ETFs, including: PowerShares Conservative Multi-Asset Allocation Portfolio (BATS: PSMC), which seeks total return consistent with a lower level of risk…

Technology Drags on U.S. Stock ETFs

U.S. markets and stock exchange traded funds were mostly flat Thursday as the technology sector weakened, with the broader Nasdaq Composite retreating led by a plunge in Nvidia (NasdaqGS: NVDA). 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…

Healthcare ETFs Continue to Impress Thanks to U.S. Economy

The healthcare sector, the third-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, is getting some of its groove back in 2017 and that is boosting an array of exchange traded funds. Within that bullish trend, some of the healthcare ETFs that were solid last year amid a disappointing run for the sector are still shining bright.…

Fed No Longer in Driver Seat for Economic Growth Under Trump Administration

ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon spoke with Sharon French, Executive VP & Head of Beta Solutions at OppenheimerFunds, at Inside ETFs conference that ran Jan. 22-25, 2017. French discussed economic growth and how the Fed is no longer in the driver seat under the Trump Administration. An Asset Allocator’s Guide to 2017 Markets seesawed through…

Managing Risks and Opportunities in the ‘New Abnormal’

Get ready to say goodbye to slow growth, low interest rates and benign inflation. Be prepared for the decline of monetary policy as defined by central banks and global institutions. Bid adieu to the embrace of globalization. And say hello to the new abnormal, says Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors.…