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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

ETF Tracking Errors

ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 9:42am

Pharma ETFs Rise on Swine Flu Pandemic News

pig1As the death toll climbs, the World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic, a move that could prompt fast-track production of preventive vaccines. The declaration of a global epidemic came Thursday as WHO officials gathered in an emergency session in the wake of 141 swine flu deaths worldwide.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 12, 2009 9:03am

BlackRock Agrees to Acquire Barclays Global Investors, Including Its Market-Leading iShares Business

ishares--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) announced it has executed a purchase agreement to acquire Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”), including its market-leading ETF platform, iShares, from Barclays PLC (“Barclays”). The combination of BlackRock and BGI would bring together market leaders in active and index strategies to create the preeminent asset management firm operating under the name BlackRock Global Investors (“BlackRock”).
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 8:18pm

You Can Still Buy China and India ETF’s

china1David Serchuk from Forbes says "The emerging markets rally isn't over yet." He continues to say "First the bad news: There's been an amazing rally taking place in the world's emerging markets, and it's entirely possible you missed it. Now here's the good news: Just because you missed it so far, doesn't mean it's over. Now here's more bad news:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 5:31pm

What’s Moving In ETF Land? (TBT, SHY, SDS)

NYSE:SDS June 11, 2009 5:17pm

Pressure Mounts on ETFs at State Street, Vanguard

blackrockMatt Ackermann, writing for "financial-planning.com", came out with a great article today about the effects of an Ishares sale to Blackrock. The article states that " Bank of New York Mellon and BlackRock could enhance iShares' ETF lineup by adding actively managed products to index funds for individual investors. Neither Vanguard nor State Street offers actively managed products, and they lack the capability to introduce them.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 12:11pm

Plenty Of Fuel To Power These Energy ETF’s Higher?

crude"Supply and demand is a constant issue for all commodities including oil. The current perception is that oil demand will increase with stronger economic activity and that stability within the broader U.S. economy might be on the horizon. The other half of the perception equation is that actual supply of crude seems to be falling. Data from the American Petroleum Institute last week showed U.S. crude inventories dropped more than expected," Ron DeLegge reports for ETFGUIDE. 
NYSE:XLE June 11, 2009 11:53am

MOO, A Great ETF To Play The Agriculture Market

cow-mooThe Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO) "seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the DAXglobal Agribusiness index. The fund normally invests at least 80% of total assets in equity securities of U.S. and foreign companies primarily engaged in the business of agriculture, which derive at least 50% of their total revenues from agribusiness.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 11:46am

Profit From An Airline Industry Collapse Shorting This ETF (FAA)

airline-industry"A way to play the global economy decline is by shorting the airline industry. Here we turn to underground investor Martin Denholm, writing in today’s Smart Profits Report. The problem with the airline industry is that in business terms, it can be “lose-lose,” no matter what the economy is doing…" Contrarian Profits Reports
NYSE:FAA June 11, 2009 10:43am

Jon Nadler On The Price Of Gold And The Impact Of The ETF Market (GLD)

ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 10:38am

Penny Pilot program set to expire on July 3, proposals to extend and expand to all ETF options classes

penny"The penny pilot program is an SEC initiative to quote a number of options classes in pennies, on a trial basis with only a limited number of options. The SEC intended the penny pricing initiative to help tighten price spreads, provide better prices to retail customers, and reduce payment for order flow.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 10:06am

Five Extreme-Rated ETFs

etf-newsWhen moving to the high end of the risk band, sometimes there can be a fine line between investing and speculating. Morningstar's ETF research team is not averse to taking risks if we think that the potential upside is significant. However, there are times when visibility is so uncertain that gambling may be a suitable alternative...... .....For some ETFs, though, the inherent risks affect many of the companies instead of just a select few. The list below contains some of the most unpredictable ETFs in our coverage universe. These could be choices for a very risk-seeking investor, or one who is willing to find the nearest roulette table and bet it all on red. 
NYSE:FAA June 10, 2009 11:25am

Options Bullish On Treasury Bond ETF (TLT)

treasuryLong-term Treasury bonds have taken a beating this year as markets worried about the U.S. budget deficit and money shifted to higher-yielding assets. This morning, a large options trader bet on a rebound using the TLT exchange traded fund. Volume in the June 92 calls surged to 10,166 against open interest of 3,014 contracts, according to optionMONSTER Heat Seeker monitoring system. Almost all the activity priced in less than a minute at $0.50, suggesting large institutional money was at work. 
NYSE:TLT June 10, 2009 10:38am

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