Written by David Fabian, May 21st, 2016
Everyone hated energy ETFs last year as plunging oil and natural gas prices eroded valuations of companies engaged in this sector. The weakening demand for global commodities wrought havoc among large oil producers, exploration companies, and even storage conglomerates. Read more
Written by David Fabian, May 15th, 2016
This is probably one of the more interesting times in recent memory for the stock market. Investors are so panicked about the possibility of a recession, bear market, or even just a simple correction that they are exiting funds at a breakneck pace. Read more
Written by David Fabian, May 10th, 2016
The move higher in gold ETFs this year may be one for the record books. Through the first four months of 2016, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) has gained 21.87% and shown little sign of waning strength. This counter-trend move has likely caught many investors off-guard as a half decade of weakening prices and false rallies led to significant outflows in gold-related ETFs. Nevertheless, that trend may be turning as we see momentum and speculation coalesce into a broader interest in the precious metals space.
Purchasing physical gold as an investment may be a daunting task for many investors who simply wish to participate in the associated price action. To solve that problem, GLD tracks the daily price movement of gold bullion through a trust that buys and sells the physical asset on behalf of its investors. GLD currently has $34 billion in assets and charges an expense ratio of 0.40%.
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Written by David Fabian, May 06th, 2016
Looked at a chart of stocks lately? It’s difficult to conjure up any sense of enthusiasm in the price action over the last year. We have endured two pernicious drops that have been snatched from the jaws of defeat at seemingly the last moment. Only to experience a concomitant rip roaring rally that fizzles near the highs. This type of whipsaw action is where nervous investors get shaken out near the lows and stressfully forced back in at the worst possible time. Read more
Written by David Fabian, May 03rd, 2016
If you have been following the ETF industry at even a cursory level, it’s been difficult to miss the fervor surrounding currency-hedged funds. This dynamic strategy first burst onto the scene with the release of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ) in 2006. DXJ quickly amassed an impressive track record as its dual threat of equity and currency exposure propelled it into the spotlight. Assets soon followed and the fund has since grown to $9.1 billion in size.d
This success was then shadowed by a slew of successive international indexes trying to capitalize on the currency hedged theme. There now exists nearly 100 ways to play this space that include: broad baskets, regional indexes, single countries, and more.