Commodities a golden investment opportunity

Exchange-traded funds have emerged as a cost-effective and popular way to gain exposure, as they allow the purchase of specific commodities in small lots, without taking delivery. “Actual delivery, however, does take place by the fund, which means it’s only available in more liquid markets such asgold, silver and oil,” the ANZ’s Pervan says. Apart […]

3 Ways To Stop Cannibalizing Your Portfolio

By definition, cannibalizing describes an act where a person’s attempt to improve a condition backfires against an existing situation. Not willingly, nevertheless very effectively, investors have been cannibalizing their own portfolios. Enticed by a multi-decade bull market, many investors tried to improve their portfolio’s return. Based on the almighty wisdom of the risk/reward principle, we […]

Try Putting Your Bad Trades On The Couch

ETF providers entice investors to new offerings with gain-enhancing features like “risk exposure,” “retirement solutions” and “investment strategies.” The list goes on. But regardless of what you buy or what happens in the market, the outcome ultimately depends on what’s happening in your brain, says Janice Dorn, a financial psychiatrist and gold futures trader. Dorn […]

Schwab To Enter ETF Arena

One of the world’s biggest financial services firms has decided to throw its hat into the ETF marketplace. On Jan. 30, Charles Schwab & Co. (NASDAQ: SCHW) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for exemptive relief that would allow it to create ETFs. The fund described in the filing would track the Dow Jones […]

ETFs with Surge in Traded Value

Here is a list of the top-10 ETFs that experienced the largest percentage increase in value traded for the week ending April 17, 2009. To create the list, I first screened for ETFs and ETNs that had an Average Daily Value Traded (ADVT) of at least $1 million for the past 21 market days.  This […]

London Stock Exchange Tops 200 ETFS

The London Stock Exchange today admitted seven new iShares ETFs, taking the total number of ETFs on the Exchange to 200. First launched in 2000, the ETF market in London has continued its strong expansion in spite of difficult recent market conditions, with 18 new admissions and £12.2 billion worth of trading so far this year. […]

The Global Consumer Will Rise Again

Each day we hear about how consumers world-wide are tightening their belts and spending less. Even the rich have pulled back, not a surprise considering, according to the Economist, high-net-worth individuals have lost a quarter of their wealth. Consumer confidence, which we charted a few weeks back has improved but is still historically bleak. Yet, […]

Big Spill in USO Options

The US Oil Fund (USO) is down more than 7%  today to trade at $27.37. The drop mirrors the fall in the commodity itself, but while the actual futures remain within the recent range, the USO exchange traded fund is now down to its lowest levels since March 16. The futures are 45% off the […]

How Managing Risk With ETFs Can Backfire

Alcohol ads urge us to “drink responsibly.” Cigarette packs are emblazoned with the surgeon general’s warnings about cancer. And the firms that sell leveraged exchange-traded funds keep begging individual investors not to buy the things because they are meant only for short-term trading and can have erratic long-term returns. Nonetheless, roughly 13,000 people are killed […]