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

Oil Returns To Contango (As Does Everything Else)

WTI crude oil slips back into contango, and everything else is there already. What’s an investor to do?

  • Eighteen commodities examined, 18 commodities in contango
  • Is anything backwardated?
  • What’s going on here?

Features and News

An Interview With Edward Meir

The senior commodity analyst for MF Global considers what will happen to commodities in the event of a recession.

  • Troubling times for industrial metals
  • A strong outlook for gold
  • A Chinese recession?

ETF Report

 Will WisdomTree Survive?

One question I get asked a lot is if I think there is a bubble in the ETF market. A large number of new ETF companies launched last year, and there is a feeling that some of them won't make it. People are waiting … some of them eagerly … for the first one to go bust.

ETF Report

 The Best Small-Cap International ETF

Investors are increasingly frustrated with the growing correlation between large-cap U.S. and large-cap international stocks, and they're turning to small-cap international for help. The theory is that small-cap companies will be more closely tied to local economic conditions, and as a result, will offer more of a diversification benefit than large-caps. A recent study by Steven Schoenfeld and Stefanie Jaron in the Journal of Indexes ("International Equities," Jan/Feb 2008) supported this idea with hard data.

Features and News

Looking Back And Looking Forward

What commodity markets performed well in 2007, and which are primed to outperform in 2008?

  • Farmers get rich … finally
  • Bullish trends to continue
  • Insight from Barclays, Merrill Lynch and more

Journal Of Indexes

China Forum

A survey of leading experts in the field Analysis

Top And Bottom Performers

Starting this week, I’m adding a new feature to ETF Watch: I’m going to start tracking the top and bottom performing ETFs for the week.

Features and News

The Chinese Bubble?

Jim Rogers calls China an “incipient bubble.” If that’s true, what does that mean for the commodities market?

  • The source of marginal demand
  • An export- or import-led economy?
  • The AH Premium index

ETF Report

 ETN Letter Update

As it turns out, submitting a personal letter request to the IRS is not as easy as it might seem. There are legal issues to consider, user fees to pay, and a 77-page instructions manual that reads like Finnegan's Wake...