Indexing Beats Hedge Fund Investing

A brief, but intriguing blog post over at SeekingAlpha--written a a self-proclaimed gear-head backed by compelling research suggests that returns using straight-forward indexing has trumped fast-money hedge fund investing for each of the past five years. As illustrated by the table below (the full article can be accessed by clicking…Read More

13 March, 2012

ETFs for #MarchMadness

Someone with the handle "ETF Professor" is said to have studiously researched specific ETFs (and a few single stocks) that might bounce higher thanks to the billions that will be spent promoting, viewing, betting, and let's not forget dining and imbibing, in the course of this week's NCAA March Madness.…Read More

12 March, 2012

Fidelity Snags State Street ETF Czar: Rumors Abound

In a "if you can't beat 'em, poach 'em" moment, mutual fund monster Fidelity Investments has apparently thrown in the towel and will finally focus on running their own actively-managed sector-specific ETFs. At least that's the obvious conclusion being drawn by industry watchers after news of Fidelity, which still only…Read More

9 March, 2012

WisdomTree Gets Wise With Corporate Bond ETF

WisdomTree, the publicly traded New York-based ETF sponsor, today rolled out the market’s first broad-based emerging market corporate bond ETF, beating iShares and State Street Global Advisors to the punch. The WisdomTree Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund (NasdaqGM: EMCB) is an actively managed portfolio consisting of dollar-denominated investment-grade corporate bonds…Read More

9 March, 2012

Fixed Income ETF Fans Tune In Here

It's a big bowl of alphabet soup when it comes to quenching your appetite for fixed income ETFs. On today's menu you'll find that a small smorgasborg of just these alone will get you through the first of several courses: EUO, UUP, ELD, XLU, IDU. [caption id="attachment_464" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Ron…Read More

9 March, 2012

Preferencing Preferred’s: PFF a BFF For Financials’ Fans?

For those following flows, and in particular, fans of financials, a stand-out seems to be iShares' U.S. Preferred Stock Index fund (NYSE ARCA:PFF), which is currently trading to yield 7%. Preferred stocks, which are historically considered to be second-class citizens by those seeking "oomph" and predominantly issued by financial firms…Read More

8 March, 2012

Is It Time To Bet on Consumers? Why #XLY?

Optimists are opining that consumers are on the verge of waking up from a spending slumber that, for the better part of the past 3+ years, has impeded the shift from recession to rejuvenation and kept a cap on discretionary debits to their credit card. What with gas pump prices…Read More

8 March, 2012

Your Girl’s Best Friend is Now an ETF..

How can you not keep reading after that shining headline?..courtesy of Jason Kephart over at InvestmentNews.. In the category of "what will they think of next?" IndexIQ has apparently scratched a new surface--IN reports that IQ has filed to offer the first physically-backed diamond ETF. The IQ Physical Diamond Shares…Read More

7 March, 2012

ETN Focus: Risk On, Risk Off..For HF Traders Only?

Market wisdom:markets go up and prices go down. When it comes to selecting an ETF or ETN that might make you a sage when managing money for risk-sensitive,sophisticated investors, UBS ETRACS launched a twin-set product back in the dull days of December, one of which might whet your hedge-fund like…Read More

6 March, 2012

Hearing is Believing: ETF Best Ex Expert Says…

As US equity indexes search for a trading session bottom from which to bounce today, traders are slamming their phones in frustration when discovering the screen markets are as clear as a very cloudy day. Nothing new on that front..as ETF market experts will repeatedly repeat "don't expect to find…Read More

6 March, 2012

Risk OFF! And, What Top Hedge Funds Say (or…

This morning's precipitous decline in major equity indexes comes as no surprise to anyone, even if its the first Triple-Digit Decline in the Dow in 3 months. Synonymous with big market moves, we think about what hedge funds are doing right now, and whether or not they're exploiting ETFs as…Read More

6 March, 2012

Betting on Benchmarks : MDY + IJR Out-Performs SPY

Private investor and SeekingAlpha contributor Richard Bloch makes a noteworthy observation when suggesting that "MDY + IJR > SPY". Bloch's thesis is that investing in the S&P 1500, but without the top 500 would have produced noticeably better returns. In fact, Bloch's analysis includes not only a 10-yr look-back on…Read More

5 March, 2012

The Skew is The Clue: VIX Spread Widens

Even if the WSJ is a bit slow on the uptick re: noticing the recent anomaly in VIX skew volatility that we commented on last week, Chris Dieterich's WSJ weekend story, "Surge in FIX Futures Volumes Driven By Bigger Risk Appetites" makes note of the fact that last month's daily…Read More

5 March, 2012

BlackRock Bulks Up in Europe: Expanding “ETP Education” Campaign

However much the use of ETF and ETP products in Euro-Land continues to grow,  Global ETF Issuer iShares knows that it can grow faster and bigger. Consistent with parent company BlackRock Inc.'s focus on staying in front of the pack, and as reported by IndexUniverseEU staff, iShares has recently introduced…Read More

2 March, 2012

Vanguard Cuts Expense Fee on 6 Big ETFs-Cheap access…

Courtesy of InvestmentNews reporter Jason Kephart.   Vanguard Group, one of the world's biggest issuers of ETFs, has announced they're cutting the fees on 6 funds, including the world's 3rd largest ETF by asset size, the $54 billion, EMG flagship "Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF" (VWO),  to 0.2%, a 9%…Read More

1 March, 2012

ETF Market Mavens March Madness Event-City of Brotherly Love

Expect more than lots of brotherly love networking at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton March 19-20, when ETF market mavens gather  to attend the InsideIndexing forum "Risk, Return & Indexing Strategies." An early look at the menu indicates a few tasty treats will be served up by a formidable group of moderators…Read More

1 March, 2012

Bloomberg LP Touches ETF Hot Button: Where’s the Beef…

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Bloomberg LP's Catherine Cowdery Feb 29 Interview w WallachBeth Capital's Andy McOrmond"][/caption] For those gray-bearded former floor brokers who would gallop into an exchange specialist's trading pit and shout, "I'll buy what's offered on the screen!",  and were often dismayed when the specialist yelled back,  "Go…Read More

1 March, 2012

Social Media ETF: Is this a tipping point

In a Nov 15 story from CNN: the prospects for social media ETF “SOCL” were pretty much slammed. “NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A social media exchange-traded fund has made its debut, but experts say to hold off before you “like” and “+1″ it to share it with all of your…Read More

29 February, 2012