ETF Edge: April 2010
Welcome to the April issue of ETF Edge! The first quarter of the year is in the books, and after a few early bumps, investors enjoyed a relatively strong rally to kick off 2010. The ETF industry has continued to boom, as cash has begun flowing back into ETFs after January saw some fluke outflows (big withdrawals from SPY painted a picture that looked a lot more depressing than it actually was). March saw some interesting developments in the ETF industry, ranging from new product launches to perplexing regulatory changes. The stage is set for April to be one of the most active months in recent memory on the product development front, with a handful of highly-anticipated launches in the works.
From an investing perspective, April will get off to a quick start, with a major jobs report in the U.S. due out on just the second day of the month likely to set the tone. While the likelihood of a double dip has diminished significantly following relatively strong economic indicators, more and more “quasi-bears” expecting a more moderate pullback (i.e., 10%) have emerged. In coming months, jobs reports and Fed meetings will become more important than ever before, as investors look for some evidence that (true) unemployment has peaked and keep their fingers crossed for an extended period of low rates.
Here’s a look at what’s inside this month’s ETF Edge:
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