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 and industry panelists who will […] Read More

1 March, 2012

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

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 ahead, trade with the screen..but I don’t have that offer anymore!”– you won’t be surprised to know that today’s “screen-based markets”, […] 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 friends. While the Global X […] 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 manager, or a pension 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 logistical issues that have seen […] 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 look at the YTD top […] Read More

28 February, 2012

“Its Time To Hedge, Really!” Say Top Traders

Aside from all of the Squawk Box and Fast Money “professional traders” and “market experts” who have been on “high alert” [waiting for a correction] for the past several weeks, even the most blindsided bulls have to acknowledge that every nice move is followed by a pull  back. When considering the past 3 months gains’ […] 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 declining share price. The fund, […] 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 of WallachBeth Capital says,  “The […] 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  a relatively untapped strategy, despite […] 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. And underperforming other ETFs this […] 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 a lousy 25,000 shares?!” As […] 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 shy of their 60th birthday, […] 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 market volatility over the past […] 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, almost quadruple the $1.4billion during […] 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 years at Morgan Stanley’s London […] 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 review the entire prospectus. According […] 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 year in one of the […] Read More

22 February, 2012