Wednesday Hot Reads: No More New Frontiers Creates Index Problem

April 19, 2017

Compiled by Staff

No More New Frontiers Creates Index Problem (Bloomberg)
Reclassification of Pakistan shrinks benchmark gauge; Argentina, Nigeria may also ascend to emerging market status


Are Thematic ETFs Gimmicks, Or Strategic Plays? (MarketWatch)
Some “niche” funds have posted strong results, but do they serve a broad purpose?


Potential Government Shutdown Next Week (CNBC)
When Congress comes back from recess Monday, it has just five days to head off yet another government shutdown by the end of next week, when the U.S. Treasury officially runs out of the legal authority to spend money.


Goldman Throws In Towel On Its Bullish Dollar Trade (Bloomberg)
The U.S. investment bank closed one of its top trade recommendations for 2017—long-dollar positioning against the euro, the sterling and the Chinese yuan—citing a slowdown in the reflationary momentum in the U.S. economy.


The 3 Biggest Treasury Bond ETFs & How To Use Them (Nasdaq)
Liquid and low-cost Treasury bond products can be useful tools in your portfolio. 


Why The French Election Is A Big Deal (CNBC)
France's presidential election is a major test for eurozone unity, and the first round Sunday could bring on intense market volatility.


Markets Start To Ponder The $13 Trillion Gorilla In The Room (Bloomberg)
Central banks must now navigate the waters of quantitative tightening.


When An ETF Changes Its Stripes (A Wealth Of Common Sense)
More important questions to ask as the VanEck Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) changes its index.


Japan's 10Y Yield Drops Below Zero Again: All Eyes On BOJ (ZeroHedge)
It was only a matter of time before Japan's 10-year JGB retraced the entire "reflationary" move from 0.0% to 0.1%. And sure enough, it did just that, dipping under 0%.


EWZ: The Situation Starts To Be Dangerous (Seeking Alpha)
This Brazil ETF 'EWZ' is up sharply, but the Brazilian economy is still weak and there could be more trouble ahead.


How Millennials Can Save The World While Saving For Retirement (BlackRock)
Impact investing strategies, or ESG funds, are gaining popularity and they can fit into a retirement portfolio. 


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