This Week In ETFs: January 1 Edition

by on January 1, 2010 | ETFs Mentioned:

Happy New Year from all of us at ETF Database! What a year it’s been in the world of ETFs. A wave of new product launches and nearly $100 billion in cash inflows are but two of the highlights. For those taking a break from a day of college football, we offer our picks for the week’s most important and interesting ETF stories from around the Web:

Evaluating The DENT ETF at Index Universe:

Actively-managed ETFs were supposed to be the “next big thing” in the ETF industry. But 2009 saw only a handful of these funds hit the market, and none of them have really dazzled investors. Dave Nadig takes an in-depth look at the early results from Dent Tactical ETF (DENT), digging deep to discover why this fund has stumbled out of the gates (here’s a hint: the turnover is mind-boggling).

Ten ETF Ideas For 2010 at ETF Database:

As the calendar turns to 2010, many investors are sorry to see a year that delivered big gains across almost every asset class come to an end. Now that the low-hanging fruit has been plucked, investors are looking a little harder to identify areas of the market that could be poised for a strong 2010. We identify ten ETFs that present compelling investment cases heading into the new year, ranging from an under-appreciated sector to a battered Asian economy.

ETFs We Would Like To See In 2010 at Morningstar:

There’s been a lot of debate lately about the pace of product development in the ETF industry. With more than 120 funds launched in 2009, some argue that some degree of contraction is needed to slow an unsustainable pace. Bradley Kay lays out some of the ETF ideas he thinks would be big hits in 2010, including international credit bonds, international quality stocks, and “leverage done right.” This piece is a must-read for anyone in the product development.

December Investors Find REIT ETFs Appealing at ETF Expert:

REITS “used to offer attractive yields and a measure of stability,” writes Gary Gordon. “These days, a REIT is one of the more volatile investment choices. What’s more, even the attractiveness of the income stream is questionable.” Despite the considerable risks, Gordon discusses the stellar performance turned in by REIT ETFs over the last month, and provides a few theories as to what’s driving the mini-rally in real estate.

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

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.