ETFs with Largest Exposure to AAPL: Should You Hedge?

Now that we've all forgotten the name of that former derivatives trader from Goldman who enjoyed his 15 minutes of "de-fame", we can now all re-focus on the brand that's causing people to line up once again for their latest product offering: Apple Inc. According to ETF Research Center, 91…Read More

16 March, 2012

How To Hedge Market Top With ETFs.

Following is courtesy of ETF Database market analyst Stoyan Bojinov: Are we near the top or did the bull train just leave the station? Fundamental news has been bolstering equity markets higher since the start of 2012, although many investors are fearful that if they jump in now, the next…Read More

15 March, 2012

Move Over Ashton Kutcher: ex-Goldman’s Greg Smith Now Most…

If you haven't read, or at least heard about the brouhaha surrounding GoldmanSachs' former head of equity derivatives Greg Smith and his farewell-to-the-firm soliloquy in today's New York Times, you might be on an advance scouting mission to Mars on behalf of Newt Gingrich. Aside from this story occupying Wall…Read More

14 March, 2012

Top RIA’s 20 Top Twitter Feeds for Financial Advisers

Social Media + Financial Services is (so far) an oxymoron. After all, the odds are 10:1 that you're compliance officer will call you a moron if you solicit approval to become socially-engaged in any digital venue. All of that said, the tide always turns, until of course, it comes back…Read More

13 March, 2012

Fidelity Snags State Street ETF Czar: Rumors Abound

In a "if you can't beat 'em, poach 'em" moment, mutual fund monster Fidelity Investments has apparently thrown in the towel and will finally focus on running their own actively-managed sector-specific ETFs. At least that's the obvious conclusion being drawn by industry watchers after news of Fidelity, which still only…Read More

9 March, 2012

Fixed Income ETF Fans Tune In Here

It's a big bowl of alphabet soup when it comes to quenching your appetite for fixed income ETFs. On today's menu you'll find that a small smorgasborg of just these alone will get you through the first of several courses: EUO, UUP, ELD, XLU, IDU. [caption id="attachment_464" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Ron…Read More

9 March, 2012

Preferencing Preferred’s: PFF a BFF For Financials’ Fans?

For those following flows, and in particular, fans of financials, a stand-out seems to be iShares' U.S. Preferred Stock Index fund (NYSE ARCA:PFF), which is currently trading to yield 7%. Preferred stocks, which are historically considered to be second-class citizens by those seeking "oomph" and predominantly issued by financial firms…Read More

8 March, 2012

ETN Focus: Risk On, Risk Off..For HF Traders Only?

Market wisdom:markets go up and prices go down. When it comes to selecting an ETF or ETN that might make you a sage when managing money for risk-sensitive,sophisticated investors, UBS ETRACS launched a twin-set product back in the dull days of December, one of which might whet your hedge-fund like…Read More

6 March, 2012

Hearing is Believing: ETF Best Ex Expert Says…

As US equity indexes search for a trading session bottom from which to bounce today, traders are slamming their phones in frustration when discovering the screen markets are as clear as a very cloudy day. Nothing new on that front..as ETF market experts will repeatedly repeat "don't expect to find…Read More

6 March, 2012

Risk OFF! And, What Top Hedge Funds Say (or…

This morning's precipitous decline in major equity indexes comes as no surprise to anyone, even if its the first Triple-Digit Decline in the Dow in 3 months. Synonymous with big market moves, we think about what hedge funds are doing right now, and whether or not they're exploiting ETFs as…Read More

6 March, 2012

BlackRock Bulks Up in Europe: Expanding “ETP Education” Campaign

However much the use of ETF and ETP products in Euro-Land continues to grow,  Global ETF Issuer iShares knows that it can grow faster and bigger. Consistent with parent company BlackRock Inc.'s focus on staying in front of the pack, and as reported by IndexUniverseEU staff, iShares has recently introduced…Read More

2 March, 2012

ETF Market Mavens March Madness Event-City of Brotherly Love

Expect more than lots of brotherly love networking at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton March 19-20, when ETF market mavens gather  to attend the InsideIndexing forum "Risk, Return & Indexing Strategies." An early look at the menu indicates a few tasty treats will be served up by a formidable group of moderators…Read More

1 March, 2012

Bloomberg LP Touches ETF Hot Button: Where’s the Beef…

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Bloomberg LP's Catherine Cowdery Feb 29 Interview w WallachBeth Capital's Andy McOrmond"][/caption] For those gray-bearded former floor brokers who would gallop into an exchange specialist's trading pit and shout, "I'll buy what's offered on the screen!",  and were often dismayed when the specialist yelled back,  "Go…Read More

1 March, 2012

Social Media ETF: Is this a tipping point

In a Nov 15 story from CNN: the prospects for social media ETF “SOCL” were pretty much slammed. “NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A social media exchange-traded fund has made its debut, but experts say to hold off before you “like” and “+1″ it to share it with all of your…Read More

29 February, 2012

ETF Transparency: Thinly-Traded Does Not Mean Illiquid-Says Leading ETF…

Unbeknownst to too many who traffic in ETFs, the phrases "thinly-traded" and "illiquid" are far from synonymous. Yes, of the now 1300+ exchange-traded funds, 2/3 of the total ETF trading volume is attributed to the top 25 "go-go names." But, whether you're an RIA, a corporate treasurer, a hedge fund…Read More

29 February, 2012

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

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

BuyWriting Back in Vogue: Mutual Funds Warm To “CYA”

We all know that equity markets have been climbing the wall of worry for the past number of months. With both the Dow and S&P recovering to the sanguine levels not seen since the spring of 2008, covered call (buy-write) strategies within the mutual fund complex has until recently remained …Read More

27 February, 2012