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ETF New Rules: SEC Says Derivatives for Actively-Managed ETFs…

etfdb images Courtesy of Back in March of 2010, the SEC began a review of the use of derivatives by ETFs, specifically actively-managed and leveraged funds. Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, stated that “The use and complexity of derivatives have grown significantly over the past two decades and have given rise to many interpretive and policy issues under the 1940 Act.”

But after over two years of analysis and review, the SEC finally made its decision last week: fund companies are now able to seek regulatory permission to include derivatives in actively-managed ETFs. There are, however, explicit stipulations that fund managers must adhere to [see also Actively-Managed ETFdb Portfolio ETFdb Pro Members Only]:

  1. The ETF’s board must periodically review and approve the ETF’s use of derivatives and how the ETF’s investment advisor assesses and manages risk with respect to the ETF’s use of derivatives.
  2. The ETF’s disclosure of its use of derivatives in its offering documents and periodic reports is consistent with relevant Commission and staff guidance.

The SEC stressed that it will continuously review this issue, but in regards to decisions concerning the use of derivatives by leveraged exchange-traded funds, they are still hesitant to grant permission. Champ expressed his concern over these powerful products, stating that “Because of concerns regarding leveraged ETFs, however, we continue not to support exemptive relief for such ETFs.”

What Does This Mean For ETF Investors?

Derivative use has been a touchy subject for many investors, as these powerful instruments have led to some of the worst financial disasters of all time. On the other hand, they have also provided lucrative opportunities for those with the knowledge and in-depth understanding of how exactly these products work. But will using derivatives in actively-managed ETFs do more good or harm for investors? Unfortunately, the most reasonable answer is that only time will tell. Below we outline the top five actively-managed funds that investors may want to keep a close eye on [filter by active/passive and other fields with the free ETF Screener]:

Ticker ETF Expense Ratio AUM
BOND Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund 0.55% $3.9 billion
MINT Enhanced Short Maturity Strategy Fund 0.35% $2.1 billion
ELD Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund 0.55% $1.5 billion
ALD Asia Local Debt Fund 0.55% $462 million
CEW Dreyfus Emerging Currency Fund 0.55% $276 million
 *As of 12/13/2012

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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.

Ron Quigley

There’s not enough room right here to go into further discussing which of the above fixed-income-flavored ETF(s) will work best, it all depends on which US or geopolitical scenarios you’re trying to feed into. That said, what Ron Quigley says –he’s Mischler Financial Group MD & Head of Fixed Income Syndicate– pretty much sums up what every primary market players’ perspective is this week: “Its good to be selling bonds!!”

Multi-Currency, Sovereign..Utilities..You name it, and the new issuance market says “they’re buying it!”

Reprinted without permission, here’s a 2 paragraph excerpt from tonight’s missive from Quigley to his institutional fixed income patrons:

“..With Consumer Confidence reaching a four-year high coupled with the Greek PSI close to achieving a 85% to 90% participation rate, issuers rode market momentum into what was another prolific day for primary markets.  In total, 11 issuers tapped the dollar markets pricing 16 tranches totaling $8.17 billion.  Thus far the weekly total is $48.55 billion, already placing it as the 3rdbusiest week in history!  With two days left to go, the record of $52.5Bil record may fall.  Among today’s diversified group of issuers were two regulated utilities for Southern California Edison and Consolidated Edison….”

You’ll want to contact Ron directly to see his complete market updates..And, you’ll want to dig into the latest market data behind the above-noted tickers to get the fix you’re looking for.