Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan is CEO of Inside ETFs, a division of Informa PLC. He spearheads the world's largest ETF conferences and webinars. Hougan is a three-time member of the Barron's ETF Roundtable and co-author of the CFA Institute’s monograph, "A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Trade Funds."

Features and News

Five Questions With Brad Zigler

Brad Zigler has emerged as a leading voice in the commodities market. He sat down with HAI Editor-in-Chief Matt Hougan to discuss the commodities market.

  • Is gold getting crowded?
  • TIPS vs. gold
  • Should you own Exxon or oil futures? Analysis

The Real First Rule Of Regulation

You've hinted at the real first rule of regulation, Paul: The need for regulation is inversely related to the level of transparency in the market.  The more transparency you have, the less regulation you need. Analysis

Now Is The Time For Buy-And-Hold

I keep reading articles about how "buy-and-hold is dead." That's laughable. If there were ever a time for buy-and-hold, that time is now.

ETF Report

 The ETF Class Of 2008

2008 was a difficult year to launch a new exchange-traded fund. Attracting assets to new ETFs is difficult in any environment, but doing so in the worst year ever for global equities is an even greater challenge.

Features and News

The Roll Yield In 2009

If you want to know why we keep talking about contango and roll yield on this site, look at the results for 2008 ... and then examine the market now.
  • Contango hurts everything but copper in 2008
  • Big pain for the best-performing spot commodities
  • The current outlook for 2009 is ugly Analysis

Trading, Investing Or Both?

Jim's picking a fight in his last blog. And I'll take the bait. Analysis

Is Gold Really A Good Hedge Against Inflation?

I mostly agree with you and Jim on your anti-dollar tirades, although I think you both overstate the case. Analysis

ETFs Are Taking Over The World

The exchange-traded fund industry is ascendant.

ETF Report

 Comparing Commodity ETFs

Commodity exchange-traded products have suffered mightily in recent months. But with major commodity benchmarks like the DJ-AIG Commodity Index hitting five-year lows in November, some investors are wondering if the worst is over. If that's the case, which broad-based commodity ETF should you buy?