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Active ETFs Prove Slow To Gain Assets

turtleActively managed exchange-traded funds haven't attracted assets as quickly as some have expected, but that hasn't slowed the race to expand ETFs beyond their index-tracking roots. Most ETFs defined as actively managed are still quantitative and formulaic. Still, the first to qualify as actively managed in the traditional sense -- using analysis and known stock pickers -- have already come to market, and more are on the way. ETFs are baskets of securities that trade like individual stocks. Their structures generally offer cost and tax advantages over conventional mutual funds as well as more transparency because they disclose their holdings daily. 
NYSE:PLK May 22, 2009 5:00pm

Hyperinflation? ETF Options

inflationMethods to protect or hedge oneself against the upcoming hyperinflationary phase Solution 1 As we stated last week one of the simplest and easiest methods would be to open an option for those who cannot or do not want to travel will to invest via currency ETF's FXY= Japanese Yen FXF= Swiss Franc, FXE= Euro FXC= Canadian Dollar FXA= Australian Dollar FXS= Swedish Krona Finally, the last option would be to open a Pay Pal account, fund it and then activate the currency option feature. Right now they offer the Euro, Canadian dollar, Swiss Franc and British Pound. Solution 2
NYSE:FXA May 22, 2009 4:25pm

Successful Financial Markets Day Trading ETFs

daytradingJudging from the contents of an increasing number of emails more and more investors are choosing to "actively" trade the market rather than "buy and hold." In the main, this is due to the fact that in a bear market the latter strategy creates losses that are difficult to accept long term. However another reason is that with limited business opportunity available investors are seeking "income" rather than capital gain from their investments. Accordingly I set out below some parameters to help these new "traders" avoid the worse pitfalls and hopefully guide them towards the mindset required for long term success.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 9:14am

Tactical Investing: Pick ETFs or Stocks?

updownBefore sifting through the investment universe for the most appropriate tool for the job, investors should be able to answer one central question: What is my investment thesis? For long-term core positions, there's a good chance that investors can get the exposure they seek through exchange-traded funds. However, when thinking about shorter-term tactical bets (or satellite positions), the line gets blurred. Usually, the decision boils down to which ETF is the best tool for the job. At other times, the right tool might not be an ETF at all but, rather, a stock. Regardless, the key is to match the thesis with the investment vehicle that most closely correlates with your conclusion.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 9:05am

3 Strategies to Make Your Life Less Taxing

taxmanUse the Right Financial Products Most broad-based index ETFs are very tax-efficient, meaning they distribute little to nothing in capital gains. This is one of the reasons index ETFs should be the foundation of most investment portfolios. Morningstar recently conducted a survey on capital gains distributions for stock ETFs across 27 broad-based indexes. The study showed only two ETFs made capital gain distributions over the past 5-years while just one ETF made distributions over the past 10-years. Popular funds like the Dow DIAMONDS (NYSEArca: DIA), iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM), iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSEArca: EFA), Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEArca: VTI), and the SPDRs S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) continue to lead the pack in low tax distributions. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 8:39am

Gold hits fresh 2-month high as dollar wilts (GLD)

goldGold climbed to a fresh two-month high of $957.50 an ounce in Europe on Friday, extending the previous session's near 2 percent gains, as investors bought the metal as a hedge against dollar weakness. Silver prices posted the biggest gains among precious metals, however, climbing to a nine-month peak of $14.79 as investors turned to the metal as a cheaper alternative to gold. Spot gold was bid at $956.95 an ounce at 1207 GMT, against $953.40 an ounce late in New York on Thursday. U.S. gold futures for June delivery on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $6.20 to $957.40 an ounce. Simon Weeks, director of precious metals at the Bank of Nova Scotia, said the majority of gold's gains were dollar-related, with investors "buying hard assets as opposed to hard currency". "Physical (buying) has been okay, but I expect a big increase in the open interest on the long side on the COMEX," he added. The dollar continued its slide on Friday, reaching a five month trough against a basket of currencies as fears over U.S. sovereign ratings accelerated a drive away from the unit. Ratings agency Moody's Investor Services said on Thursday it was comfortable with its U.S. rating but that it was not guaranteed forever, while Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on Great Britain to negative from stable. Fears over the economic outlook and the financial system fuelling interest in gold as a haven from risk. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 8:25am

The ETF Reflation Trade Portfolio

1-million-dollar-billWe had technological difficulties in Maine, however, and couldn't get the satellite hookup going in time. Even so, I thought it might be interesting to share the portfolio we were going to discuss. It brings up both an important as well as an interesting topic. According to Wikipedia, "Reflation is the act of stimulating the economy by increasing the money supply or by reducing taxes. It is the opposite of disinflation. It can refer to an economic policy whereby a government uses fiscal or monetary stimulus in order to expand a country's output." Reflation is not necessarily good or bad, of course. The response from the Fed, the Treasury and Congress over the past few quarters probably saved us from a more crushing recession/potential depression. 
NYSE:CEW May 21, 2009 4:38pm

BetaPro Proposes Change Of Underlying Index For Four ETFs (Canada)

changeBetaPro Management Inc. will hold special meetings of unitholders on July 24 to consider changing the underlying index of four exchange traded funds, the company said Thursday. “The proposed changes are in response to market demand and should in both cases significantly improve the market liquidity of these ETFs,” says Howard Atkinson, president of Toronto-based BetaPro. At the special meetings, unitholders of Horizons BetaPro DJ-AIG Agricultural Grains Bull Plus ETF and Horizons BetaPro DJ-AIG Agricultural Grains Bear Plus ETF will be asked to consider revising the investment objectives of the two ETFs by replacing the Dow Jones-UBS grains subindex with the S&P Agribusiness North America index. The S&P Agribusiness North America index is designed to provide liquid exposure to the upstream and downstream supply chain of the agribusiness sector. The index includes some of the largest publicly traded agribusiness companies trading on the U.S and Canadian exchanges. By moving to an equity based agricultural index, BetaPro believes the HBP Agri ETFs may benefit from improved market liquidity because public trading of the equity issuers in the index and exchange will close at the same time. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 21, 2009 4:12pm

Claymore Exchange-Traded Funds Declare Monthly Distributions

claymoreLISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Claymore Advisors, LLC, is pleased to announce that today the following Claymore Exchange-Traded Funds (“ETFs”) have declared monthly distributions. The table below summarizes the distribution schedule for each Fund declaring a distribution.


Past performance is not indicative of future performance. To the extent any portion of the distribution is estimated to be sourced from something other than income, such as return of capital, the source would be disclosed on a Section 19(a)-1 letter located on the Fund’s website under the “Literature” tab. A distribution rate that is largely comprised of sources other than income may not be reflective of the Fund’s performance. Full Story:
NYSE:UBD May 21, 2009 12:07pm

Emerging Global Advisors Launch First Emerging Markets Sector ETFs

new1The first-ever emerging market sector family of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) has been introduced by Emerging Global Advisors, LLC, (EGA) it was announced today. The new Emerging Global Shares (EGS) family of ETFs is based on the Dow Jones Emerging Markets Sector Titans Indexes and is designed to provide institutional investors with broad-based exposure to leading emerging market companies across multiple industry sectors. The initial funds will focus on Energy and Metals & Mining. All the ETFs will be listed on the NYSE Arca electronic exchange. "For the first time, institutional investors will have a transparent vehicle for gaining sector-based exposure to the emerging markets,” said Robert Holderith, chief executive officer at Emerging Global Advisors. "Our family of ETFs will provide the market access and liquidity to allow institutions to execute trading and investment strategies that have not been previously possible.”
NYSE:EEO May 21, 2009 11:18am

ETFs: Building a Reflation Portfolio (VIDEO)

ETF BASIC NEWS May 21, 2009 11:14am

Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) Red Hot

handful-of-coalCoal was one of our best performing sector groups in latter 2007 through summer 2008. While much of the focus of late has been on natural gas, the coal stocks have been ripping in even larger magnitude. I was a bull on coal over natural gas (although the market in its student body left trading simply moves all commodities together) because of the portability of coal over natural gas. We were early on this theme as the market was so focused on oil stocks at the time, and made a lot of money [Dec 6, 2007: Coal Stocks Quietly in Bull Market] I wrote a bevy of pieces about this 1.5 years ago... but again, the market is not very granular nowadays; it likes big sweeping themes that are simple: i.e. commodities good. I have a litany of posts on just about every major coal producer in the archives, but for a simple way to play the sector there is an ETF which we introduced January 2008 [Jan 14, 2008: New Coal ETF (KOL) Introduced from Van Eck Global] 
NYSE:KOL May 21, 2009 11:08am

Simple Is Best With ETF’s

complicatedIt was bound to happen, I suppose. While exchange-traded funds have not yet attracted the multi-trillions of dollars that mutual funds have, ETFs have become popular enough they're starting to acquire some of the bad habits of their older rivals. The first generation of ETFs were low-cost, broadly diversified products from firms like Barclays and Vanguard, well suited to average investors wishing to expose the core of their portfolios to the broad equity market. But we are well into the second phase of ETF proliferation, with more volatile sector ETFs sporting considerably higher price tags. How complex it's become can be inferred from the fact BetaPro Management Inc. is hosting an all-day Horizons ETF University session today at Ryerson University, part of a seven-city road show. 
ETF BASIC NEWS May 21, 2009 10:57am

Gain From the Greenback’s Pain Through ETF’s

dollarproblemsIf you're bullish on stocks, you should be shopping abroad. THE DOLLAR CONTINUES to be yin to the stock market's yang. As the perception that the worst of the economic and financial crisis has passed bolsters equities, the greenback is giving back its gains. The dollar's declines are being blamed by the sado-monetarists (to steal once again a terrific turn of phrase from John Liscio, our late friend and colleague at Barron's) on the aggressive expansion of liquidity by the Federal Reserve. And, indeed, the U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the greenback's value against a basket of America's major trading partners, broke below its 200-day moving a couple of weeks ago ("Green Shoots -- Bad for Greenbacks," May 7.) The further drop in the U.S. Dollar Index to below 82 essentially puts it back to where it started the year......
ETF BASIC NEWS May 21, 2009 10:20am

Nuclear: The Next Energy ETF Trend (NLR)

nuclear1Catching the mega trend is a tricky business. If you’re paying attention, you might have a chance. Green energy was one such trend - and now we think another such trend may be developing in nuclear energy. When oil jumped significantly a couple of years ago, Hummers were still popular. Most Americans didn’t mind filling up their 2 SUVs (remember those?). As long as gas was “reasonable” they just put it on the card. But as the global boom unfolded, the world consumed more energy than the market could supply at such “low” prices. Crude oil briefly shot up to around $150. This scared many Americans. They scaled back on their energy consumption - sometimes out of necessity. At the same time, Al Gore (remember him?) came out with his movie about global warming. The resulting publicity about greenhouse emissions led to soaring interest in alternative energy sources. Suddenly the hybrid Toyota Prius was mainstream and incandescent light bulbs were a social faux pas. Green energy was in. Anyone who bought Green four years ago made out like a bandit. 
NYSE:NLR May 21, 2009 10:14am

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