From the monthly archives:

May 2012

United States Commodity Funds announced this week that is is slashing expenses on its United States Copper Index Fund (CPER) from 0.95% annually to 0.65%. The move makes CPER the cheapest of the three commodity ETPs currently available to U.S. investors; both JJC and CUPM charge annual fees of 0.75%. JJC and CUPM are both ETNs offered by iPath, meaning that they are debt instruments whose performance is linked to an index consisting of copper futures contracts. CPER is structured as a commodity pool, meaning that the fund actually holds the futures contracts and does not feature credit risk (VelocityShares also offers a pair of 2x leveraged copper ETNs: SCPR and LCPR).  [click to continue…]

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Innovation in the ETF industry has become standard over the past several years, with countless first-to-market products opening up new asset classes and strategies. And it turns out that the U.S. isn’t the only place where product development is going full throttle; our neighbors to the north have recently rolled out some rather unique exchange-traded products. 

Horizons, one of the largest Canadian issuers of ETFs, recently debuted a suite of Black Swan ETFs that are designed to protect investors against sudden plunges in equity markets. The new ETFs, including the Horizons Universa Canadian Black Swan ETF (HUT) and Horizons Universa U.S. Black Swan ETF (HUS) will combine traditional exposure to stock indexes with an actively-managed options strategy. The goal of these products is to protect assets in the event of extreme downside events–such as a wave of sovereign debt defaults in Europe [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].  [click to continue…]

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Sector rotation strategies have long been popular with investors–especially those who believe they are able to spot relative opportunities in various corners of the market. Sector rotation strategies have the potential to generate significant alpha, as there are often big differences between performance of various sectors of the economy. Timing movements into strong performers and out […]

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Dividend investing has proven to be a staple strategy for investors of all walks; the appeal of a current income stream is only magnified in the current ultra-low rate environment, making dividend-paying securities all the more attractive. As such, ETFs have become a popular vehicle of choice for investors looking to beef up their portfolio’s current […]

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Throughout the past couple of years, investors have witnessed just how far and how deep the Euro Zone’s debt crisis has spread throughout the global financial market. As looming uncertainty and volatility continues to be a dominating force, many have flocked to their preferred “safe haven” investments, abandoning some of the more profitable and potentially lucrative corners of the market. […]

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Ahead of the long holiday weekend, stocks showed little movement as investors digested the latest news from both the home front and overseas. On the upside, U.S. data on consumer sentiment surpassed expectations, showing that Americans are now more positive than they have been since the recession. After the highly anticipated Facebook IPO last week, […]

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Is Spain The New Greece?

by on May 26, 2012

A wild week on Wall Street came to a sour end on Friday, as reduced activity ahead of a long weekend saw stocks trade lower as the final bell approached amidst ongoing anxiety. Volatility seemed to have temporarily subsided, though a VIX north of 21 indicates that there is plenty of lingering anxiety among investors. Attention […]

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With interest rates frozen at near-zero levels for the next two years, investors have been scrambling to find sources of income for their portfolios. As such, dividend investing has become increasingly popular in the past few years, as investors have been quick to adopt the benefits offered by securities that pay out a steady cash […]

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This has shaped out to be another volatile week as investors continue to juggle looming uncertainties from overseas and mixed economic data releases on the home front. Amidst the flurry of trading on Wall Street, activity on the product development front has picked up after cooling off last week. ProShares rolled out the first-to-market covered […]

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Stock markets have endured an up-down week thanks to looming Euro zone debt woes plaguing investors’ confidence. Volatility levels remain elevated as the threat of Greece exiting the euro appears to have intensified. On the home front, economic data releases have been largely positive; new home sales data beat expectations, along with stronger-than-expected durable goods […]

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AdvisorShares has made another addition to its lineup of actively-managed ETFs, recently debuting a fund that will focus on the concept of sustainable investing. The new Global Echo ETF (GIVE) will be structured as a core allocation that will seek out sustainable investment-themed opportunities across various asset classes, including fixed income, equities, and alternatives. The […]

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UBS continues to develop a suite of exchange-traded notes that appeal to yield-focused investors, recently expanding its lineup with a pair of ETNs that offer monthly leveraged exposure to dividend-paying stocks. Both of the new ETNs will be linked to indexes that currently serve as the basis for extremely popular dividend ETFs; the new UBS […]

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