This Week in ETFs: May 15 Edition

by on May 15, 2009 | ETFs Mentioned:

It’s been another exciting week in the world of ETFs. Here are the ETF Database staff picks of the week’s most important and interesting stories from around the Web.

Harvard Buys Korea, Brazil ETFs as Emerging Markets Beat U.S. at Bloomberg:

Harvard University, the richest U.S. college, raised its holdings of exchange-traded funds that track stocks in Brazil, China and Mexico in the first quarter as emerging markets outperformed U.S. equities… The quarterly 13F filing, which doesn’t reflect all of Harvard’s equities, offers a glimpse of how the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school is navigating the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Perez-Santalla: The Big Hurt at Hard Assets Investor:

At this moment, we’re seeing no growth at all in demand for physical metals. The only industry that’s buying platinum at all is the medical industry – which uses it for stents and other medical devices – and the percentage of platinum or the quantity is minute.

Barclays Files To Launch Two Actively Managed ETFs at Index Universe:

Barclays Global Investors’ iShares group is apparently moving forward with plans to launch actively managed exchange-traded funds. In a filing dated May 4, BGI is requesting approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to open two broad-based active ETFs. One would focus on stocks and the other on bonds.

ETF Expert: How To Whip The Heck Out of Inflation (WIP) at ETF Expert:

For those who are looking to hedge against inflation, however, you might want to consider something else entirely. The SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond Fund (WIP) corresponds to an inflation-linked basket of government bonds outside the U.S.

Five ETFs Most Investors Don’t Understand at ETF Database:

The majority of ETFs on the market follow the traditional ETF model – tracking an underlying equity or bond index. But as the benefits of the ETF structure become more widely accepted, inflows from increasingly sophisticated have created a demand for increasingly complex funds. Here are five of the more complex ETFs available to investors today, along with explanations of their objectives and strategies.

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