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Wall St set to drop as commodities retreat (ETF: XLE)

commoditiesEllis Mnyandu, writing for reuters, reports that, "Shares of energy, mining and other natural resource companies were likely to be among the top drags. Before the bell, the Select Sector SPDR Energy ETF (XLE) shed 1.7 percent in light volume. A decline on Wall Street would extend a global sell-off that tripped equity markets in Asia overnight and had European stocks falling about 2 percent, or more, as the appetite for riskier assets ebbed.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 15, 2009 8:23am

Betting On A Bounce: How To Play The Housing Sector With ETF’S

house-shoppingWill Swarts  from Smart Money reports that "It’s been over a year since the housing sector imploded. Yet, it's still at the epicenter of the current economic crisis. Many market watchers are pinning any chance of a broad recovery on housing pulling one off first, so the data emerging out of the sector is closely watched. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 15, 2009 2:00am

Are Oil ETFs Showing Us The Future Of Natural Gas ETFs?

naturalgas1Keith Schaefer from the Resource Investor says "There are striking similarities between the stock charts of the US ETF for natural gas (UNG-NYSE) now and where the stock chart for the US ETF for oil (USO-NYSE) was in December-February."
ETF BASIC NEWS June 14, 2009 11:53am

Basic materials ETF’s Heating Up

shovelAndrew Leckey from the Chicago Tribune interviewed a few people, including Jack Kasprzak from BB&T Capital Markets, to determine why basic-materials stocks have been a hot investment in recent months. Jack stated "About $29 billion in the U.S. stimulus package is dedicated to road construction, and about half that money has specific time deadlines
ETF BASIC NEWS June 14, 2009 10:51am

BlackRock may hasten ETFs’ into retirement plans

401kLarry Fink, in an interview with John Spence from MarketWatch, Discussed his plans for BlackRock to get more ETF's into 401K plans. Mr. Fink states, "BlackRock could use its weight and influence to get ETFs into more retirement plans, which are dominated by mutual funds.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 14, 2009 6:24am

Will Active ETF’S Be The Way Of The Future?

futureIan Salisbury from the  online WSJ  reports that "BlackRock Inc.'s (BLK) plan to buy exchange-traded fund powerhouse Barclays Global Investors has prompted speculation the combined entity could dominate the active ETF business. There's one hitch: so far, active ETFs have been a flop."  "It's too early to tell exactly how BlackRock plans to approach ETFs. But it has hardly been shy about highlighting the potential benefits of marrying its expertise as a stock- and bond-picker with Barclays' more hands-off indexing approach," Ian Salisbury Reports. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 13, 2009 10:11am

Pension, hedge funds turn to popular investment vehicle, ETF’s

hedgefund1The Financial Times reports that "Hedge funds are increasingly using ETFs instead of futures and over-the-counter derivatives such as swaps. On the commodities front, they often focus on a single product such as wheat, platinum or palladium through an exchange traded commodity (listed securities backed by a commodity)." It is interesting to see that hedge funds, which some would consider a competing investment vehicle to the ETF, are finding their value within the hedge fund landscape.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 13, 2009 6:00am

What’s The Best Way To Invest For Retirement?

retirementBill Losey, an On The Money contributor for CNBC, wrote today about the advantages of ETF's and index funds as a part of your retirement plan. He states that "an index fund or ETF will enable you to own a broadly diversified basket of stocks or bonds.  This will help to reduce risk by not having all your eggs in one basket.  Because the goal of the manager is to replicate a benchmark and is not being asked to actively manage these holdings, this allows management fees and transaction costs to be kept to a minimum.  This cost savings could translate into thousands of extra dollars in your pocket over time." For the whole story click: HERE
ETF BASIC NEWS June 13, 2009 6:00am

More Wind In The Emerging Market Sails? (ETF: FXI)

chinaA year ago, many argued that emerging economies had become more resilient to an American recession, thanks to their strong domestic markets and prudent macroeconomic policies. The theory of "decoupling". Others claimed America’s weakness would effect all parts of the world including emerging markets. Over the past six months the global slump seemed to prove the sceptics right. Emerging economies also stumbled and decoupling was ridiculed.
NYSE:FXI June 12, 2009 3:48pm

Laurence Fink From Blackrock Has No Intentions To Raise ETF Fees

larry-finkWith all eyes on the acquisition of Barclay's iShares business unit "BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Laurence Fink on Friday told Fox Business he has no plans to raise expense ratios at Barclays Global Investors' lineup of exchange-traded funds," Fox Reports.  
ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 3:18pm

Retail and Institutional Investment in ETF’s

etfMurry Coleman, writing for Index Universe came out with a story today delving into The Blackrock merger and Retail and institutional investment in ETF's "In the U.S., Fuhr has seen individuals – or retail investors – grow in size and market activity in terms of ETF transactions. Still, she believes institutional investors continue to comprise the majority of ETF business. Now working for BGI, Fuhr estimates that about 60% of all ETF assets are tied to those types of accounts."
ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 12:05pm

Agriculture ETF (DBA) Draws Long-Term Calls

agricultureNasdaq.com Reports "A large trader is making a long-term bet that the agriculture sector will rise by year's end.  A huge block of 7,700 calls changed hands this morning at the January 35 strike of the PowerShares DB Agriculture exchange traded fund, followed by another 300 traded within seconds.  All 8,000 went for $0.70 in a strong buying pattern, according to optionMONSTER's real-time Heat Seeker tracking system,"  Says Mike Yamamoto. 
NYSE:DBA June 12, 2009 11:31am

South African and Brazilian ETF’s

ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 11:05am

Blackrock’s Purchase of BGI gives results in 2.7 Trillion Total Assets, Larger Than The Federal Reserve

blackrockIt is a bit tough to wrap your head around, but the recent deal reached by Blackrock to buy BGI and its coveted Ishares business for 13.5 billion, makes Blackrock the largest Asset Manager in the world. According to "seekingalpha.com" the combined 2.7 trillion in assets makes it larger than the Federal Reserve. The scale of this deal combined with other impressive comparisons that can be made in the ETF market, (SPDR GLD being the 6th largest holder of gold for example) are a testament to the explosive growth and attention given to ETF's in the past few years.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 10:27am

Claymore Files Prospectus For Silver Bullion ETF

silver-bars"Investors will soon have a pure play on physical silver bullion, following the filing of a preliminary prospectus by the Claymore Silver Bullion Trust in connection with its initial public offering. The offering price of the Units is $10 with a firm $200 million cap, according to a press release issued today by Claymore Investments Inc. The management fee is 0.6%," Jonathan Chevreau Reports. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 10:27am

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