This Week in ETFs: August 28 Edition

by on August 28, 2009 | ETFs Mentioned:

It’s been an exciting week in the world of ETFs: a mini bull market continues on Wall Street, and some key executives shared their thoughts on the future of the ETF industry. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web:

Christian Magoon On The Claymore-Guggenheim Merger and The Future Of The ETF Industry at ETF Database:

It certainly seems like Claymore is taking the right steps to increase its growth potential and strengthen other facets of its business via a merger with Guggenheim. Christian Magoon offers some interesting thoughts on future expansion within the ETF industry and the likelihood of ETFs expanding into 401(k)s.

Where Does Silver Go Next? at Hard Asset Investor:

Silver has really been on the move this year, with price increases reflected in the strong performance of commodity ETFs such as SLV and SIVR. The article gives some great insight into the silver market by expounding on the commodity’s trait as both an investment and industrial asset.

Four Sector ETFs to Consider Today at Morningstar:

The article undertakes a very interesting analysis of the recent 50% rise in the S&P 500, breaking it down by sector, with a focus ETFs tracking the particular sectors. It also delves into how China’s growth has had a huge impact on the industrial and materials sector. A very good and insightful read for the prudent investor.

The Next Big Thing: ETFs Focusing On Risk at IndexUniverse:

Another interesting interview, this time with Michael Latham, co-chief executive of iShares at Barclays Global Investors. He touches on some of the more complex ETF products which should be expected from iShares, such as risk factor-based and strategy-type products.

U.S. Stock Pessimism Drops to Lowest Since 2007, Survey Finds at Bloomberg:

The findings of the survey show that investors are starting to feel more confident about investing. The recent positive data on the housing market has given more clout to economic reports and policy makers’ statements indicating that the recession is at (or near) an end.

That’s it for This Week in ETFs: happy reading. Have a great weekend everyone!