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What Impact will GM’s Bankruptcy Have on Your ETF?

gmFunds with the Largest GM Stake The top mutual fund holders of GM’s stock are all index mutual funds and index ETFs. The Dow DIAMONDS (NYSEArca: DIA) carries almost 7 million shares, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (Nasdaq: VFINX) has 5.8 million shares and the SPDRs S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) owns 5.26 million shares. Because GM is a component of key stock benchmarks like the Standard & Poor’s 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average, index funds following these benchmarks have been forced to own the stock. What type of performance has that meant for investors?
NYSE:DIA June 2, 2009 1:04pm

Gold reclaims $980 mark as dollar weakens (ETF: GLD)

goldGold rose Tuesday, trading above $980 an ounce as the dollar fell to the lowest level against the euro in more than five months and lost ground against other major currencies, raising gold's investment appeal. The dollar index (DXY), which measures the performance of the greenback against a basket of global currencies, declined for a fourth-straight session.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 12:53pm

US STOCKS-Wall St rises after pending home sales XHB gained 2 percent

housing-etpU.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as key housing data provided further evidence the U.S. recession was abating. The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in April, rose 6.7 percent for that month from March, well above economists' average forecast of a 0.5 percent rise, according to a Reuters poll. Shares of home builders increased after the data, as the Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction index .DJUSHB added 1.6 percent and the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB.P) gained 2 percent. "This is our third monthly increase, and it really supports the bullish case," said Jim Awad, managing director at Zephyr Management in New York.
NYSE:XHB June 2, 2009 10:24am

Highlighting International Real Estate ETFs

china-real-estateWe Americans live in interesting times. On the one hand, our new Camelot-like president has raised the hopes of millions. On the other hand, we’re in the most challenging economic environment of our generation. Two victims of the meltdown have been real estate and the dollar: real estate because of all the overvalued properties, the dollar because of government spending. This may lead you to disregard any investment containing the words “real” and “estate.”  It may also lead you to think all investments are bad right now. Yet while the real estate market is suffering here, there can still be opportunity abroad. Broad-based international real estate ETFs could continue to do well despite the stateside economic situation.  iShares FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Real Estate ex-US (IFGL) & SPDR Dow Jones Wilshire International Real Estate (RWX) are the most actively traded and both have done very well over the last several weeks.
NYSE:RWX June 2, 2009 9:42am

Strategies for Short Selling ETFs

shortsaleYesterday there was a short signal on IYT on the close. Unfortunately many brokers did not have shares available to borrow in order to get the short position off. How do you deal with such a situation? There are a few solutions. You can trade the inverse of the ETF. In IYT's case, there was no inverse so therefore this couldn't be done. But in most ETFs an inverse exists and within time more inverse ETFs will be coming to market.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 9:32am

Benefit From Ultra ETFs’ Tracking Error

errorUltra ETFs have become very popular, but can destroy your portfolio if you are not careful. Most of these seek to ‘double’ the daily movement of the underlying security or sector. The important word in this description is ‘daily’ not ‘double’; these are not long-term investment vehicles! It seems like this should not present a problem, but simple math will explain how “tracking error” will erode your equity in a choppy market.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 9:13am

What a Vanguard-iShares Combination Would Mean for ETFs

vanguardWould the transaction be allowed under U.S. and EU anti-trust laws? On its face, this would have a hard time passing anti-trust. The combined entity would control over 60% of ETF assets under management, and that is generally not something lawmakers look favorably on. Of course, Vanguard is the "Great Disrupter," and even in this endeavor, its track record of consistently enhancing the investor experience would work in its favor. The other providers will not be happy about this, and we would expect a political dogfight. How could a merger impact ETF investors? From an ETF user's perspective, the potential merger of these two groups is mixed, mostly depending on how you use ETFs. The biggest detraction would be that this could potentially stifle competition in the ETF space. We would go from three sizable providers (SPDRs, iShares, and Vanguard) down to two. Countering that concern is the fact that Vanguard has a history of reducing costs for investors and enhancing the investor experience in every market that it has entered. If Vanguard were to lower the fees on some of iShares' more liquid products or merge them with Vanguard's lower-cost vehicles, then we would see a tremendous benefit for long-term ETF investors. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 9:10am

PIMCO Launches First ETF (TUZ); Files For Six More

pimco2Currently, the largest direct competitor for TUZ is theiShares Lehman 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: SHY), which has $7billion in assets and charges management fees of 0.15%.  If TUZ can attract sufficient liquidity tosupport low-cost trading, it will be a serious challenger to SHY. In related news, PIMCO also filed papers with the Securitiesand Exchange Commission to launch six additional fixed-income ETFs: •         PIMCO 3-7 Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund •         PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund •         PIMCO 15+ Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund •         PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index Fund •         PIMCO Short Maturity U.S. TIPS Index Fund •         PIMCO Long Maturity U.S. TIPS Index Fund PIMCO ETF WEBSITE: Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 9:02am

PIMCO Enters ETF Business With a Bang

pimcoAfter months of talk, one of the most exciting launches yet in the exchange traded fund (ETF) business is set to happen today: Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) is now an ETF provider. PIMCO is the leader in fixed-income management, so it’s fitting that their first offering  is the PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund (TUZ), which focuses on low-yielding short-term Treasuries. The launch is especially exciting, because it’s going to go head-to-head with the grandfather of Treasury ETFs, iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond (SHY). PIMCO recognizes that competition is fierce, but they are also sensitive to the fact that current yields are close to historic lows. To lure those looking for a strong fixed-income brand name at a reasonable price, the fund will have a 0.09% expense ratio after waiving a portion of the fees for at least a year. That’s less than any other bond ETF tracked by Morningstar, notes Ian Salisbury for The Wall Street Journal. SHY’s expense ratio is 0.15%. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 8:51am

Bank stocks slip as offers dilute some firms a bit

bank1The KBW Bank ETF (KBE), which tracks the industry sector, fell 0.4%.  Banks are rushing to raise capital without government assistance, because that is one of the preconditions for repayment of previous government investment that the Fed laid out late Monday. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS June 2, 2009 8:47am

Stat of the Day: 1 Million Foreclosures Already in 2009 (XHB)

forclosureThe Center for Responsible Lending estimates that there have now been 1,000,000 foreclosures filed so far in 2009.  It also noted that the Mortgage Bankers Association’s most recent data shows some 12% of all mortgages are delinquent.  It gets worse.  The group expects this 2009 foreclosure number to more than double. This is not likely to kill the SPDR S&P Homebuilders (NYSE: XHB) with its ETF shares still up 3% at $12.47, but it is also unlikely to give any great credit to the notion that housing is going to make a screaming return out of the blue.  Imagine what this does to the phantom housing inventory when you include the properties which banks are holding off the market for months.
NYSE:XHB June 1, 2009 5:27pm

High risk also brings potential for high reward, play this risk with ETFs

riskassessmentOur proprietary seasonality charts point to emerging markets as the most likely field from which to net profits in June. True, other fields offer opportunities, from inflation-protected bonds where I like the iShares Barclays Tips Bond exchange-traded fund (TIP) , to continued strength among mid-and small-cap stocks both here and abroad. But when I look at our sector specific charts, it's easy to see the standout: energy-related themes -- coal via the Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL)  and oil, best barreled in the United States 12-Month Oil Fund. (USL)  From this view, I can point to another with my eyes closed: emerging markets.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 1, 2009 11:28am

Travelers taking Citigroup’s spot in the Dow industrials

citigroupAnother chapter in the continuing decline of Citigroup Inc., once the nation's largest bank, was written Monday as the company was ousted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, to be replaced by insurer Travelers Cos. -- a company with which Citigroup entered an ill-fated marriage a decade ago. Cisco Systems (CSCO)  and Travelers (TRV)  will replace General Motors Corp. (GM)  and Citigroup on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Indexes said.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 1, 2009 10:51am

State Street to Rebalance Eight SPDR(R) Exchange Traded Funds In Accordance with New S&P Procedures

statestreetState Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced it will rebalance the holdings of eight SPDR(R) exchange traded funds that seek to track S&P Select Industry Indices on June 19, 2009 in accordance with the new procedural changes implemented by Standard & Poor's. Beginning with the June 2009 rebalancing of the S&P Select Industry Indices, Standard & Poor's will rebalance the indices to equal weights using closing prices on the second Friday of the rebalancing month (i.e. the stock price reference date is one week prior to the rebalancing date effective date). The rebalancing effective date will remain after the close of the third Friday of the month.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 1, 2009 10:36am

Vanguard’s Bid For iShares Raises Questions

raises-questionsReports surfaced Sunday in London that the biggest U.S.-based index mutual fund company is tossing its hat into the ring to purchase the leading sponsor of exchange-traded funds. The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that the Vanguard Group, which virtually created the modern indexing marketplace for individual investors, has made a bid in the neighborhood of $5 billion to buy Barclays Global Investors' iShares business. The combination would create an ETF industry juggernaut with some $311.9 billion in total assets. Such a figure is based on estimated ETF asset levels for both Vanguard and BGI's iShares lineup at the end of April. It would easily bolt Vanguard, now No. 3, past current No. 2 State Street Global Advisors.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 1, 2009 10:19am

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