Direct Edge wants to launch two US stock exchanges

Fast-growing U.S. stock trading venue Direct Edge said on Thursday its wants to turn itself into two stock exchanges later this year. The company said it filed applications with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late on Wednesday. It is now an electronic communication network, or ECN, that matches equity transactions on two separate platforms…… […]

The Wrong Way to Invest in China (FXI)

According to Morningstar, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index ETF (FXI) is not only one of the 25 most popular exchange-traded funds on the market today, it’s also the most-traded China-focused ETF. Despite the volatile Chinese market, this ETF attracted a net $3 billion of inflows in 2008. “That’s great,” you might think. “Investors are […]

Are You Ready for the Next ETF Bull?

In recent weeks, we’ve been seeing some exchange traded funds (ETFs) start to pop above their 200-day moving averages. Eventually, we will be in a new bull market. What can you do to be ready for it? There is no way to tell when the market will definitely turn around and re-enter bull territory, but […]

Ascensus Adds ETFs to Increase Fee-Based Platform Flexibility

Ascensus, the nation’s largest independent recordkeeper and administrator for retirement plans in the micro- to large-market segments and a leading provider of regulatory expertise, plan document services and participant enrollment support, has enhanced its PrudentAdvisor(TM) and PrudentLink(TM) fee-based advisor retirement plan solutions with the addition of exchange traded funds (ETFs). Through this development, financial advisors […]

The New MacroShares ETFs Revealed

The biggest news in ETF-land over the next month could be the launch of the MacroShares home price ETFs. Or, maybe we shouldn’t say ETFs.  MacroShares is going to great lengths to remind people that these are not technically ETFs; they’re exchange-traded products, or ETPs. Understanding that difference is the key to understanding how these products […]

Why ETFs Beat Mutual Funds By A Mile

I’ve been trading and investing in mutual funds for most of my life, and I’ve had some success. Yet I have to admit that mutual funds have some shortcomings as an investment vehicle. I’ll bet you’ve noticed the same things, too …  Limited Liquidity. You can only buy and sell mutual funds at the end […]

Best-Performing ETFs Invest in Real Estate

The best-performing exchange-traded funds signal a bottoming in two key areas of the U.S. economy: real estate and commodities. The ETFs also point to a bottom-fishing expedition in value stocks. After excluding the 20 ETFs that use leverage, 10 of the 25 best-performing funds in April invest in real estate. Pending sales of existing U.S. […]

Energy stocks rise, led by XTO, Devon

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) – Energy stocks moved up to their highest levels in months on Wednesday on bullish signs in the latest petroleum inventory data, while earnings from XTO Energy and Devon provided a lift. Crude-oil futures also buoyed energy stocks, with crude prices breaking through the $55 a barrel level after government data showed […]