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

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

Tip-Toeing Into Social Media: Watch Wedbush

Whether you're sitting inside a buy-side or a sell-side firm,  someone in your shop is talking about using social media. But, you're compliance officer is saying  "Let's let another shop experiment..we don't need to be the SEC test case." Well, Wedbush Securities isn't standing on ceremony. Just a few years…Read More

24 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

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

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

Barron’s Blog: ETF Spreads & Asking For Trouble

[caption id="attachment_30" align="alignleft" width="60" caption="Barron's Brendan Conway"][/caption] Barron's debuts Brendan Conway's new column "Focus on Funds" with a pithy observation courtesy of veteran ETF trader and former UVa basketball titan Willy Dersch.   See the blog roll here:Read More

13 February, 2012

WallachBeth ETF Trader Takes A Dive: To Raise $100k…

[caption id="attachment_27" align="alignleft" width="80" caption="Chris Hempstead; Head of ETF Trading / WallachBeth Capital"][/caption] Hands above your head and clap 'em together for Chris Hempstead, head of ETF trading at WallachBeth Capital..Hempstead recently took a dive (in frigid water), to help raise $100k for ALS...See the full coverage courtesy of TRADERS…Read More

13 February, 2012