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 the hoof beats which precede […] 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 trend and more recently cashed […] 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 real-time, and enable investors to […] 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. Stating “ETFs are the greatest trading innovation of the 21st century,” what the Midas of Mutual Funds added with a big (*) was […] Read More

16 February, 2012

iShares Adds More Junk (Bond) ETFs

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, euros, British pounds and Canadian dollars. […] Read More

16 February, 2012

“Agency-Only Execution Firm” To Seed Hedge Fund Clients

Cantor Fitzgerald, the “broker’s broker” that literally rose from the ashes of 9/11 to rebuild its business trafficking in multiple product types, including ETFs and options, and positions itself as an “agency-only” aka “conflict-free” broker, today announced the second phase of its plan to expand into the [often-conflicted] territory of hedge-fund seeding. As reported by […] Read More

15 February, 2012

First Trust Launches More Intl. ETFs

First Trust, the issuer of the first cloud computing ETF (SKYY) announced today they’ll be coming to market with a basket full of fun in their AlphaDEX Fund series. Up to the plate for trading on Wednesday is a first string list of products: First Trust Canada AlphaDEX (NYSEArca : FCAN),  First Trust Germany AlphaDEX […] Read More

14 February, 2012

Andaz-Hungry (& Thirsty!) Trader Destination

If you’re visiting your favorite broker (the one that’s got a real Wall Street address), Andaz is the place to see and be seen. Great menu with broad selections, great surroundings, and a comfortable place to crash if the market….well, you know what the next word is. Located at 75 Wall Street. Click on the […] Read More

14 February, 2012

No Free Luch Re: “Commission-Free” ETFs

As observed by Forbes contributor Janet Brown, it seems the race to zero is becoming rampant in the brokerage community when promoting “commission-free trading for ETFs.” A closer look at the story tells us that discount broker talk is even cheaper than the commissions, and RIAs (and others) should read the fine print imbedded in […] Read More

14 February, 2012

VIX Options Volume Spike: Front-Runners Focus on Liquidation?

A snarly spike in iPath’s VXX is causing some to scratch heads..is it a sign of things to come (change in recent weather of sunny and warm)? Or, was the volume surge a symptom of traders sensing that one customer was liquidated by their clearing agent? Read the full story courtesy of ETF Daily News Read More

13 February, 2012

Barron’s Blog: ETF Spreads & Asking For Trouble

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…

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 Magazine Read More

13 February, 2012