This Week in ETFs: May 22 Edition

by on May 22, 2009

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.

Has Gold Been Manipulated? at Hard Assets Investor:

The existence of a large bank position, short or long, does not in itself indicate manipulation. Indeed, if you looked at bank participation in other commodity contracts, you’d see many instances of lopsided positions. Take U.S. Treasury bond futures as an example. Bank short positions in T-bonds are heavier and more concentrated than those in gold…

Are Emerging Markets Safer Than Developed Markets? at ETF Expert:

Investors may need to recognize, then, that the developed markets may actually be a “riskier” prospect than places like China or Brazil. For instance, China’s $600 billion economic stimulus bolsters its middle class spending, infrastructure improvements as well as Chinese purchases from Chile, Brazil and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

ETFs Deliver on Their Tax-Efficiency Promise at Morningstar, via ETF Trends:

To find the answer to that question, I asked Morningstar’s Corporate Research Group to run a study comparing ETFs to the toughest competition we could find: open-end index funds. In the study we tabulated the capital gains distributions for equity-based ETFs across 27 broad-based indexes.

Suze Orman Can Woo A Crowd, But Can She Invest? at Index Universe:

I admire Suze’s wonderful ability to break down complicated products and cut through industry jargon. However, I think investors need to be wary of the information and advice she dispenses—and the example she sets.

Is the Time REIT for Real Estate ETFs? at ETF Database:

As a result of the seemingly endless decline in the U.S. housing market (we’re nearing the three year mark for the current downturn), most real estate ETFs on the market have been posted huge losses since 2007, with many still down more than 50% from their record highs despite recent rallies. But as any shrewd investor knows, crisis begets opportunity. With real estate ETFs reaching new lows, the time may finally be right to snatch up some funds at bargain prices.

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