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FTSE Puts Argentina On Notice

By Olly Ludwig | September 25, 2012

Self-Indexing: Investor Friend Or Foe?

By Cinthia Murphy and Olly Ludwig | September 25, 2012
If BlackRock gets the green light to self-index, the world of ETFs may never be the same.

Case Shiller: Housing Inks Another Uptick

By Cinthia Murphy | September 25, 2012
It seems housing has finally found a bottom it can live with.

Making Sense Of Low-Volatility Funds

By Charlotte Moore | September 25, 2012
The recent surge of interest in low-volatility strategies hasn’t dulled the debate about the validity of this index approach.

ProShares Sets Share Splits On 11 ETFs

By Olly Ludwig | September 24, 2012
ProShares plans share splits on 11 ETFs, including a reverse split of the huge 2x inverse T-bond fund, TBT.

Global X To Shut Down 4 ETFs

By Cinthia Murphy | September 24, 2012
The ETF graveyard claims another four niche funds.

iPath Sets VXX 1-For-4 Reverse Split

By Olly Ludwig | September 24, 2012
Contango and declining volatility lead to a reverse split for the market’s most popular VIX ETN.

Schwab Cuts Fees On All Its ETFs

By Olly Ludwig | September 21, 2012
Schwab unveils ETF price cuts that make all its funds cheapest in their respective classes.

Summit's Smith: Oil Price Downside Limited

By Cinthia Murphy | September 21, 2012
Despite hefty oil inventories, another round of quantitative easing should keep oil values underpinned, Summit Energy’s Matt Smith says.

VelocityShares Files For Its First ETFs

By Olly Ludwig | September 21, 2012
The ETN sponsor is looking to expand into ETFs with U.S. hedged and emerging market equities funds.

GREK Soars Despite Fear Of Euro Boot

By Cinthia Murphy | September 20, 2012
What is GREK’s wild upward ride this summer all about anyway?

FlexShares Plans Emerging Market Factor ETF

By Cinthia Murphy | September 20, 2012
FlexShares' planned ETF is another way to tap into emerging markets.

Market Vectors’ KOL, BJK Get New Indexes

By Cinthia Murphy and Olly Ludwig | September 20, 2012
Van Eck moves further into the self-indexing camp with changes on two ETFs.

Bill Gross: Dump BND & AGG; Buy BOND

By Cory Banks and Olly Ludwig | September 20, 2012
Pimco’s Gross takes off gloves, says BOND is best.

Diamond ETFs: For Dragons Or Portfolios?

By S.M. Brorup | September 19, 2012
All that glitters in diamond ETFs are the fakes.

ITB, XHB At The Top Of Their Game

By Cinthia Murphy | September 19, 2012
 

WisdomTree Launches China Payout ETF

By Cinthia Murphy | September 19, 2012
The latest China dividend fund bypasses financials completely.

ALPS Plans 4 ETFs Using Goldman Indexes

By Olivier Ludwig | September 19, 2012
ALPS, the Denver-based exchange-traded fund distributor that also sponsors four ETFs, filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to market four additional ETFs that use momentum-focused indexes that span the globe and target separate asset classes. Together, the four funds appear to represent the latest attempt by an ETF firm to provide access to different portions of the investment universe using enhanced beta indexation, in this case a securities screen that isolated momentum. The ETFs and their respective strategies are: ALPS/GS Momentum Builder Growth Markets Index ETF—the fund’s index is comprised of shares of ETFs whose underlying indexes track the equity markets of the following emerging market countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, and Turkey. The fund will also own shares of ETFs whose underlying indexes track U.S. fixed income markets. ALPS/GS Momentum Builder Multi-Asset Index ETF—the fund’s index is comprised of shares of ETFs whose underlying indexes track U.S., international, developed and emerging equity markets, commodity markets, real estate markets and U.S. fixed income markets. Debt holdings include U.S. Treasurys and investment-grade, high-yield, international and emerging market bonds. ALPS/GS Momentum Builder Asia ex-Japan Index ETF—the fund’s index is comprised of shares of ETFs whose underlying indexes track the equity markets of the following countries in Asia: India, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Australia, as well as shares of ETFs whose underlying indexes track U.S. fixed income markets. ALPS/GS Risk-Adjusted Return US Large Cap Index ETF—the fund’s index is designed to reflect the performance of a hypothetical portfolio of U.S. stocks that are anticipated to have the highest risk-adjusted returns based on a methodology Goldman. The Goldman methodology for the latter large-cap ETF selects a target of 50 stocks for inclusion in the index from a subset of U.S. equity securities within the Russell 1000 Index that meet the minimum analysts coverage, liquidity and market capitalization requirements set forth below. The Index is rebalanced semiannually. The first three funds each use a Goldman index methodology seeks to provide exposure to price momentum of these equity and U.S. fixed income markets by reflecting the combination of underlying ETF weightings that would have provided the highest six-month historical return, subject to the certain constraints on maximum and minimum weights and volatility controls. The three indexes are rebalanced monthly, but may also be rebalanced as frequently as daily if the daily volatility control is triggered. In its paperwork, ALPS didn’t include the ticker symbols or the proposed annual expense ratios of the four ETFs. The four existing ETFs the company already sponsors are: Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP) ALPS Equal Weight ETF (NYSEArca: EQL) ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: SDOG) Cohen  & Steers Global Realty Majors ETF (NYSEArca: GRI)

AdvisorShares Launches Buy-Write ETF

By Cinthia Murphy | September 18, 2012
 

ETF Trading Plummets 64% In August

By Cinthia Murphy | September 18, 2012
ETF trading volume dried up in August, though it’s hardly grounds for worry.
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