Features and News

Screened Global Real Estate?

ALPS enters ETF market with a global real estate fund tracking a Cohen & Steers index.

Features and News

Portfolio Review: Mench Buying REITs & Currency ETFs

After a long absence, institutional advisor returns to real estate and keeps adding to euro, peso ETFs.

Features and News

Time To Consider REITs?

Battered and beaten in the past year, real estate funds opening 2008 with better valuations, strong relative performance.

Features and News

Best And Worst Of ETFS: Year-To-Date

What trends have been driving ETF performance in 2007?

Features and News

Top And Bottom ETF Performers, First Half

The Market Vectors Steel (AMEX: SLX) turned in the best first-halfperformance of any exchange-traded fund (ETF), posting a 42.46 percentrise since January. That easily topped the nearest competition, theiShares Brazil (NYSE: EWZ) fund, which turned in a 30.8% return.Clearly, metals, energy and emerging markets were the places to be forthe first half of this year.

ETF Report

 iShares declares 2006 cap gains

All but two of the 115 domestic equity, international equity and domestic fixed income iShares trading in the US at the end of 2006 realized zero capital gains distributions for the 2006 tax year...

Journal Of Indexes

AROUND THE WORLD OF ETFS

Simply SPDRs

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) has dropped the streetTRACKS brand name from its family of ETFs, and will consolidate all of its funds under the catchier "SPDRs" moniker.

The rebranding was to begin January 8, and is to be completed in stages throughout the year.

This is the second major rebranding of an ETF fund family in the past year, following Vanguard's decision to give up the unfortunate "VIPERS" moniker and call its ETFs, simply, "Vanguard ETFs."

ETF Report

 Internationals sweep the field

The storyline for 2006 is one of ex-US outperformance. If it's a tale that sounds familiar, it should. Foreign markets have taken center stage since 2002, handily beating the S&P 500 thanks to some head-turning growth in emerging markets, low global interest rates, and a weaker US dollar.