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Best Execution Wack-A-Mole Aims at Wholesalers

When it comes to gauging best execution, that exercise is akin to a game of whack-a-mole when calculating in the role of wholesalers aka over-the-counter market-makers whose business model includes leveraging maker-taker rebate schemes. MarketsMuse credits below excerpted observations from TabbForum and courtesy of Stanislav Dolgopolov, Decimus Capital Markets, LLC…Read More

29 March, 2016
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I’m Afraid There Is a New Fear Index

Exchanges Battle Each Other to Create Competing Fear Index Products, out of fear of losing market share. Another index product to "measure" investors' fear?? Are they bats?! As MarketsMuse Chief Curator says, "Yes, Matilda, I'm afraid to say there is yet another new fear index" intended to compete with the…Read More

8 March, 2016
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BlackRock Botches Gold ETF; IOU for IAU

Administrative oversight left BlackRock unable to meet demand for its Gold ETF, IAU; Suspends New Issuance. (WSJ) -BlackRock Inc. said it suspended the issuance of new shares in IAU, its roughly $7.7 billion gold exchange-traded product due to an administrative oversight, in the latest bruise for the exchange-traded-fund industry and its largest…Read More

5 March, 2016
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Eaton Vance Launches Non-Transparent ETF aka “ETMF”

Eaton Vance Corp. today launched the first-ever non-transparent, actively-managed ETFs. Their new creation is called an exchange-traded managed fund (ETMF) and goes under the brand name NextShares. Quite a coup considering last week's MarketsMuse story "SEC Chair White Says I've Got a Dream" [for the SEC to actually read offering…Read More

26 February, 2016
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SEC Chair White: “I Have A Dream..”

SEC Mary Joe White has a dream, and even if she aspires to leverage the inspirational outlook of  Dr. Martin Luther King, securities industry members are debating whether her dream could prove to be a reality any sooner than the civil rights agenda expressed by Dr. King so many years…Read More

19 February, 2016
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Bank Trading Desks Merge Bonds and ETFs

Corporate Bonds and exchange-traded funds is a combination that first seemed counter-intuitive to the select universe of traders who are actually fluent in both corporate bond trading and equity trading; two practice areas that are distinctively different. “Stocks are bought and bonds are sold” as they used to say, and…Read More

18 February, 2016
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Sec Lending Makes These ETFs Profitable

Its all about Securities Lending aka Sec Lending for certain ETFs to outperform and be profitable for investors looking for ways to offset the fund's expense fees. MarketsMuse salutes Eric Balchunas at Bloomberg for his a.m. report: "Hedge Funds Will Pay for You to Own Small-Cap ETFs" (Bloomberg)- With many…Read More

18 February, 2016
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SEC Aims To Ban Geared ETFs

The US SEC apparently has its cross-hairs on so-called 'geared ETFs,'  those high-testosterone, levered instruments that incorporate derivatives so as to deliver an advertised 2x or 3x return for certain strategies versus a typical 1:1 correlation provided by plain vanilla exchange-traded funds.  The SEC proposal would effectively ban the use…Read More

12 February, 2016
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Only Idiots Use USO ETF to Trade Oil-It Can’t…

For those who are confused as to the near-term, or even longer-term price direction of Oil, even J.R. Ewing would tell you there isn't an oil man in Texas, including Boone Pickens, who can see far beyond the prices posted at the pump. Especially when one gas station in Oklahoma…Read More

11 February, 2016
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Junk Bond ETFs-The Liquidity Debate Goes to SEC

MarketsMuse ETF and Fixed Income curators have frequently spotlighted the ongoing debates as to whether corporate bond ETFs, and in particular, junk bond-specific exchange-traded-funds pose special risks. Some argue that a liquidity crisis could unravel the high yield bond sector if/when institutional investors decide that risk of recession continues to…Read More

8 February, 2016
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Global Macro Guru Says: Look Out Below

MarketsMuse curators are often most inspired by views expressed by those dedicated to interpreting and positing financial market outlooks via a global macro lens. This 'style' requires a disciplined process and for those who are best in the practice of this dark art, the projections are often prescient. With that,…Read More

8 February, 2016
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Professional Investors Are Impaired Says MarketsMuse

Referring to anyone as 'being impaired' is not a compliment. And, in the world of financial market punditry, where at least half of the experts are best at telling their audience what happened during the past 12 hours, while another 45% who position themselves as forecasters are right maybe 50%…Read More

5 February, 2016
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TradeWeb Muscles Into ETF Execution Space

Fixed Income trading platform TradeWeb, best known for its dominant role administering OTC government securities trading between global banks and institutional customers is muscling into the world of ETFs. Tradeweb has just launched an electronic over-the-counter marketplace for trading exchange traded funds using a "request-for-quote" aka "RFQ"- based platform that…Read More

3 February, 2016
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Global Macro View-Friday’s Stock Rally In Perspective

MarketsMuse curators have canvassed assortment of guru-types who have attempted to decipher Friday's stock rally, along with tuning in to the abundance of Monday morning quarterback views. For those who turn to the cartoon channel (i.e. CNBC), some pundits call it a dead cat bounce, more optimistic professional traders and…Read More

1 February, 2016
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Invesco Pushes Canada’s Neo Exchange Into ETF Listing War

(Traders Magazine)- According to the ETF curators at MarketsMuse, "..If you're going to dominate the ETF space, you should own your own exchange.." and with that,  Canada's upstart Aequitas Neo Exchange has landed its first listed exchange traded fund in Canada – from mega money manager Invesco, whose Canada counterpart…Read More

29 January, 2016
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Oil-Slippery Slope for Traders and Pundits Alike-Except One..

(SubstantiveResearch.com). Trading oil or simply just talking about where, when and why this commodity will assert a more predictable pricing direction has proven to be a slippery slope for professionals and pundits alike. Expressing views via the actual barrel (WTI) or via an ETF (e.g. USO, BNO etc) has been…Read More

29 January, 2016
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NYSE Hold on ETF Business Slipping?

(Bloomberg LP)-NYSE Group Inc. may still be the king of exchange-traded funds among U.S. stock markets, but their hold on the ETF business might be slipping as Issuers, including BlackRock seek other listing venues and challengers to the throne are gaining ground. Last year, a record 23 ETFs left the…Read More

27 January, 2016
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2016-Global Macro-The Wrong Way First Trade

You don't need to be a MarketsMuse or a global macro guru (or any other type of pundit) to know that professional financial market traders are only as good as their last best trade. In that spirit, we look to the 2016 outlook and spotlight on the Wrong Way First…Read More

3 January, 2016