Futures Overview

Futures contracts are financial instruments traded in organized exchanges to buy or sell assets, especially commodities or shares, at a fixed price on a future date.

Futures also serve as underlying holdings of several ETFs, especially commodity funds, which do not buy the physical commodity, but track the futures contract price.

Daily Hot Reads

Thursday Hot Reads: PowerShares To Buy Guggenheim ETFs

Also, CBOE plans to launch bitcoin futures.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: iShares Rolls Out Ex-China Fund

New fund removes China from its emerging market exposure.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: 3 Firms Debut Funds

TrimTabs, U.S. Global Investors and Virtus each roll out an ETF on Wednesday.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Newcomer Debuts Commodity Funds

New ‘No K-1’ ETFs will undercut pricing on existing commodity ETFs.

Daily Hot Reads

Thursday Hot Reads: Billionaires Don’t Use Index Funds

Plus, comments from Fed officials should serve as a flag for traders.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Triple Exposure Oil Funds Launch

New ETFs offer 300%, -300% exposure to performance of crude oil futures. 

ETF.com Analysis

Always A Change Of Storms With Volatility ETFs

Investors need to understand the nature of short-term VIX funds like XIV and SVXY.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: iPath Launches NatGas ETN Clone

The Barclays unit is rolling out a sequel to its natural gas ETN that is closed for creations, and has outlined ways for investors to swap the old for the new. 

Features and News

CBOE Completes $3.4B Bats Acquisition

The two exchange companies have already begun the integration of their staff and services.