From the monthly archives:

April 2013

By Dodd Kittsley, CFA Global Head of ETP Research at BlackRock

According to the headlines last year, emerging market equities could do no wrong. With issues abounding in developed market economies and growth in the developing world on fire, these typically riskier stocks were tempting even the more conservative investors with their potential for out-performance.

Fast forward to now, and the story has changed rather drastically. With emerging market stocks hitting a 5-month low and significant outflows occurring in the biggest EM equity ETFs, at first glance it may seem as though investors are abandoning the category. But a closer look at ETF flows shows that many still agree with our long-term positive view of EM stocks [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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U.S. equities rallied once again today after a brief morning slide; the S&P 500 and Nasdaq logged in their sixth-straight month of gains, while the Dow ended higher for the fifth-straight month. Earlier losses came after Pfizer (PFE) posted a disappointing earnings report and the Chicago-area purchasing managers’ index came in lower than expected for April. Pulling stocks back up was a report that showed the employment-cost index fising for the first quarter less than expected, and the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index coming in higher than expected for February [see What Can You Buy With Apple's Cash?].

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While the bread-and-butter of the ETF industry has been index-tracking products, active ETFs are quickly growing in popularity as several funds have gained critical mass with investors. There are now more than 55 different active ETFs with a combined $13 billion and counting in total assets under management. More importantly, these funds have allowed retail […]

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When it comes to portfolio allocation strategies, most investors strive to cast a wide net over the entire investment landscape, capturing both lucrative opportunities and diversification benefits. While there are numerous strategies that can be used to achieve this objective, ETF issuers have sought to fill this demand with the introduction of multi-asset ETFs. As […]

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Stimulus euphoria bolstered markets into green territory on Monday morning as investors expressed their optimism that the Federal Reserve would maintain its bond-buying program while the European Central Bank is expected to slash rates later this week. Bullish sentiment was further fueled by upbeat economic data after pending home sales from March showed a 1.5% increases compared to last […]

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U.S. equities kicked off the week with a bang, with the S&P 500 closing at an all-time high and the Nasdaq ending at its best level since November of 2000. Bolstering today’s rally was a better-than-expected home sales report, which came in at the highest level in three years. The Commerce Department also reported that […]

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Hedge Your Bullish Bets This Week

by on April 29, 2013

Scattered signs of deteriorating fundamentals are leading us to take a cautiously bullish stance on the markets this week. Looking back, worse-than-expected durable goods orders and GDP data were quickly ignored by the equity bulls last week, which could set the scene for a steeper correction this week as long as earnings results can rattle […]

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ETF Collar Options Strategy Explained

by on April 29, 2013 | Updated May 2, 2013

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have enabled investors to quickly and easily capitalize on opportunities around the world. Stock options can help enhance these strategies by effectively controlling upside potential and downside risk. In this article, we’ll explore one such strategy that can help limit downside risk during times of uncertainty without any added expense [see 101 ETF […]

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As the ETF universe continues to expand, more and more issuers are digging deeper into the existing categories, trying to once again carve out their own niche market. There are a number of market-cap-specific funds to fit every investor’s needs, and many investors are electing to complement large and mid cap equity positions in their […]

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Last week saw a slew of economic and earnings reports, though Twitter managed to make headlines last Tuesday after a false tweet nearly derailed the markets. Despite the incident, investors shifted their focus once again to the Q1 earnings season. Though several bellwether companies have posted earnings that have topped expectations, a recent trend seen […]

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After another week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Vietnam, Vanguard, and Value ETFs. As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb Categories, ETF screener and the ETF Analyzer.

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U.S. stocks traded higher right from the opening bell on Monday morning as China growth fears subsided and upbeat earnings reports hit The Street. Despite bullish price action all week, U.S. GDP missed on Friday and the S&P 500 Index failed to summit the 1,600 level for the second time in April, leading many technicians […]

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