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." Analysis

Deflation Is No Picnic

That's a clever post, Paul, and you make some excellent arguments. But let's be clear: deflation is no picnic. Analysis

Standard Deviation Doesn’t Get Close

The idea that standard deviation is an appropriate measure of risk for "real" investors is absurd. Analysis

ETF Spreads Widen Substantially

Average spreads on ETFs have widened substantially over the past year, and investors should take care before they trade some of the less-liquid funds.

ETF Report

 After The Crisis

The credit crisis is blowing full bore. Analysis

Does The Bailout Change Anything?

Before the recapitalisation, Paul, you said that the "outlook is bleak, maybe terminal, for ETNs and large parts of the structured product industry." Do you still think that's the case with the government standing behind the various banks?

Features and News

How Safe Are Your ETFs?

The credit crisis is squeezing exchange-traded products. Here's an analysis of what's safe and what appears to be less so in differing categories. Analysis

The Big Boys Come A-Knockin’

We've got the attention of the big boys now.

ETF Report

 Commodities Dominate YTD

Commodity ETFs ran the table, performancewise, over the first six months of the year. If you exclude inverse ETFs (designed to go up when the market goes down), commodity and natural resource ETFs took the top 39 spots on the ETF performance table through July 1, 2008.

Features and News

For ETFs, First Half Was All Commodities

There are more than 790 ETFs and ETNs on the market today, but for the first half of the year,
all the best performers were commodities.

  • Top 39 ETFs were all commodities
  • How commodities compared with other
    asset classes
  • Which broad-based ETF did best?