ETF Filings Frenzy Roundup

by on April 27, 2012 | ETFs Mentioned:

Equity markets appear to have regained their footing as encouraging earnings releases are keeping confidence and growth expectations afloat. Amid the flurry of trading activity on Wall Street this week, ETF issuers have been busy on all fronts; industry giants like State Street and iShares are contintuing to beef up their product lineups with exciting first-to-market offerings. On the new filing front, developments have been just short of overwhelming as a number of issuers, big and small, have filed a number of exciting fund proposals with the SEC [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

Global X has laid down the groundwork for an intriguining multi-asset ETF [see SEC Filing]:

  • Global X Risk Parity ETF: This ETF will seek to deliver capital appreciation through a risk-focused asset allocation strategy. The proposed offering plans to invest in stocks, bonds, commodities, as well as derivatives, offering a diverse portfolio of holdings. This ETF will determine which asset classes to overweight and underweight based on a number of risk measures including volatility [see also Cheapskate Hedge Fund ETFdb Portfolio].
Exchange Traded Concepts is planning to bring to market two more MLP ETFs [see SEC Filing]:
  • Yorkville High Income Composite MLP ETF: This fund will offer focused exposure to the production and transportation segment of the MLP market.
  • Yorkville High Income Infrastructure MLP ETF: This fund will offer focused exposure to the infrastructure segment of the MLP market [see also Energy Bull ETFdb Portfolio].
This industry newcomer is also planning to debut three covered-call ETFs; this popular options trading strategy is designed to enhance risk-adjusted returns by profiting from a slow and steady rise in a given security. The proposed ETFs will provide exposure to a covered call strategy employed for each of the given benchmarks [see SEC Filing]:
  • Horizons S&P 500 Covered Call ETF
  • Horizons S&P Financial Select Sector Covered Call ETF
  • Horizons S&P Energy Select Sector Covered Call ETF
Another newcomer, Axel Merk, is planning to launch a physically-backed gold ETF [see SEC Filing]:
  • Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ): This ETF will trade on the NYSE Arca and will hold London Good Delivery Bars and other bars and coins with a minimum purity as specified in the regulatory filing.

First Trust has drafted plans for an agriculture ETF to add to its AlphaDEX family of products [see SEC Filing]:

  • First Trust Global Agriculture AlphaDEX Fund: This ETF will look to employ a fundamental screening and weighting methodology to construct an international portfolio of agriculture-focused equities [see AlphaDEX ETFdb Portfolio].
KraneShares Trust, another new issuer in the ever-expanding industry, is planning to debut a dividend-focused China ETF [see SEC Filing]:
  • KraneShares Dow Jones China Select Dividend ETF: This fund will look to provide exposure to dividend-paying securities from China-based companies that are primariy listed either in Hong Kong or the United States; allocations to publicly traded Hong Kong-based companies that generate the majority of their revenues from China will also be included.

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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.