This Week In ETFs: April 16th Edition

by on April 16, 2011

This past week left no shortage of events for investors to chew on, as earnings season kicked off, bringing more attention to domestic affairs. Despite the wealth of data being released in the US, news of a worsening nuclear situation in Japan managed to snag some headlines and send markets lower in the Asia Pacific region. The majority of this week was focused on bellwether earnings reports from major American corporations like JP Morgan and Alcoa. The ETF world maintained its momentum as several new funds came to market, including a new ETF designed to track waste management companies from around the world [see also Investing In Garbage: Global X Launches Waste Management ETF (WSTE)].

Below, we profile three interesting ETF articles from around the Web:

Just Accept Inflation And Start Making Money at Forbes:

With U.S. rates at an all-time low, and rates from foreign central banks inching upward, commodities may be headed for significant inflationary pressure. This may be caused by the fact that most commodities are priced in U.S. dollars, and as “foreign currency rates rise versus U.S. rates, it puts downward pressure on the value of the U.S. dollar” writes Janet Brown. This article aims to outline several options for taking advantage of inflation via commodity investments, namely through exchange traded products.

ETFs Are “All The Rage” With Generations X And Y at The Street:

Though ETFs may be younger, and newer to the scene, they are starting to represent a major portion of today’s investors’ holdings. ETF assets have grown more than 30% each year, and now account for roughly 10% of the average Generation X or Gen Y portfolio. But the popularity of these powerful tools does is not lost on older generations either, as TD Ameritrade reported that all generational groups have higher ETF balances today than six months ago. This article goes on to explain why ETFs have gained such popularity as of late, especially in younger generations.

Where Are All The ETF Closures? at ETF Database:

The ETF industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, as the segment as a whole is nearing 1,200 total products with over $1 trillion in assets collectively. But as more and more funds continue to launch, one part of the equation seems to be missing; where are the closures of funds that have failed to garner significant attention? This article outlines numerous funds with low AUM, and speculation on why the industry has yet to experience a major blowback.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.