Four New Brent Crude ETPs

ETF Securities (ETFS) has expanded its Brent Crude exchange traded products offering against a background of rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. The issuer unveiled four ETPs on the London Stock Exchange, as Brent Crude’s importance as the new global benchmark for oil rises. West Texas Intermediate has been beset with local…Read More

29 February, 2012

Despite Rally, US Market Lags List of 35 Best…

We just scored the most recent trading desk comments courtesy of   WallachBeth Capital's Chris Hempstead. " Last week I took a look at YTD performance of the US Equity based ETF’s with exposure to the S&P sectors. Today I would like to broaden that view and simply rank and…Read More

28 February, 2012

ProShares To Reverse-Split VIX ETF UVXY

  Courtesy of IndexUniverse, reporting from Oliver Ludwig: ProShares, the fund company known for its large family of inverse and leveraged ETFs, set a 1-for-6 reverse split on its now-super-popular VIX-related ETF “UVXY” to ensure that bid/ask spreads on the security don’t grow too large as a percentage of its…Read More

28 February, 2012

VIX Higher, SPX Higher; 30 Yr T touching 3…

Everything went higher today (despite the data during the last minutes into the close); stocks, bonds and fear; a somewhat unique combination of ups. When noticing today's relatively rare direct correlation between equity market volatility (aka VIX), equity indices and "safe haven" US government bonds, option market veteran David Robbins…Read More

27 February, 2012

End of Week ETF Standouts – Closing Bell Friday…

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES) outperformed other ETFs this week, up about 4.4%. Components of that ETF showing particular strength this week include shares of Exterran Holdings (EXH), up about 19% and shares of Nabors Industries Limited (NBR), up about 10.8% on the week.…Read More

24 February, 2012

Expert ETF Trader: Liquidity Is There; Just Look Beyond…

Other than the ETF market "go-go names", one of the more commonly-voiced, and according to many, often-misguided observations regarding most ETFs is  "won't trade it, there's no liquidity in that name,"  or "the screens are only showing 1000 shares offered and I have to pay up 50 cents to buy…Read More

24 February, 2012

2 More Studies Say: ETFs NOT to Blame for…

Here's a wake-up call to critics of the ETF world: two more unrelated and just-published research studies have acquitted the ETF industry of charges leveled by critics who have claimed ETFs are at the root of heightened market volatility. In a newly-released report from the Investment Company Institute, which interrogated…Read More

23 February, 2012

High Yield Bond ETFs: InFlows “Off the Wall”

In a column filed through SFGate, Bloomberg LP's Joe Ciolli reports, "Junk Bond ETFs are drawing the biggest inflows on record from investors seeking easier access to higher-yielding assets. According to Lipper Analytics, ETFs that track junk-bond indexes have tapped $5.5 billion of investments since the beginning of this year,…Read More

23 February, 2012

ETF Market’s “Dame Deborah” Fuhr Launches Independent Research Firm

Debbie Fuhr, the undisputed "Dame" of the exchange-traded-funds industry, and most recently BlackRock's Managing Director and global head of ETF research and implementation will open the doors of a new independent research firm, "ETF Global Insight" next Monday. Prior to Debbie's 3-year stint at BlackRock/BGI, she was billeted for 11…Read More

23 February, 2012

PIMCO Primes The Pump for Launch of ETF

Its countdown time for all of those following PIMCO's entry into the ETF space; on March 1,  the House that Bill Gross Built is scheduled to debut The PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund under the ticker TRXT. Those that click on the link to the fund will be able to…Read More

22 February, 2012

Amsterdam Hosting 3rd Annual InsideETFs Europe

Where's a better place than Amsterdam for an International ETF conference in the month of May? Our global concierge says,  "No place compares to Amsterdam, for a variety of reasons!" Which is exactly why IndexUniverse, the largest ETF conference producer, is once again hosting its "Annual InsideETFsEurope" for the third…Read More

22 February, 2012

UK Wrap Platforms Wrapping Arms Around ETFs

As reported by FT.com, retail investors in the UK are rapidly wrapping their arms around ETF products, and platform providers are ramping up their offerings to facilitate the burgeoning growth in what is already a ubiquitous product in the US.   According to the FT.com story, David Bower, head of…Read More

22 February, 2012

HFTs Hampering Trade in ETFs? SEC Wants to Know.

As reported by Reuters, U.S. securities regulators have widened their inquiry into the trillion-dollar market for exchange-traded funds, according to a person familiar with the matter. Prompted by a delay in a big trade at a popular ETF, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a closer look at…Read More

21 February, 2012

ETF Fund Flow: Trumping Mutual Funds

According to technology and trading firm ConvergEx Group, during the first 6 weeks of 2012, more than $8 billion has flowed in to U.S. Equity ETFs, while nearly $8 billion has "flown out" of U.S. equity mutual funds. “Some of the commentary surrounding these products has made them sound like…Read More

21 February, 2012

Bullion Bulls Back Buying SPDR Gold (GLD)?

Despite cutting his GLD holdings at the end of 2011, Billionaire John Paulson is, according to a letter to investors obtained by Bloomberg LP, bullish on bullion, and adding to his 17 million+ share position in the yellow metal ETF. Similar stellar hedge fund managers, who have been trading the…Read More

21 February, 2012

“Navesis-ETF” Launches Today: 1st Euro-based Alternative Trading System for…

A joint partnership between Normua Holdings and inter-dealer broker Tradition PLC formalized the launch of the ETF industry's first electronic exchange platform.  Based in London and designed for the European theatre, where ETF transparency is often problematic, "Navesis-ETF" is  intended to provide "qualified customers" the ability to trade ETFs in…Read More

21 February, 2012

Bogle Boggles and Balks re: ETFs

In the category of  "He who speaks with forked tongue..." Index Icon and Vanguard Group founder John Bogle once again threw a curve ball while speaking at today's Bloomberg Portfolio Manager Mash-Up. [caption id="attachment_193" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="John Bogle, Vanguard Group founder"][/caption] Stating "ETFs are the greatest trading innovation of the…Read More

16 February, 2012

iShares Adds More Junk (Bond) ETFs

[slideshow] For those raising their hands high and asking for more high yield bond ETFs, iShares is serving up two more corporate bond ETFs that "will cover a spectrum of credit quality ranging from low-investment-grade to junk bonds." Both of the new funds will own corporates issued in US dollars,…Read More

16 February, 2012