Inside The ETFdb 60 Index: January 2012
The ETFdb 60 Index is an equal-weighted benchmark comprised of the largest ETF in each ETFdb Category, excluding inverse and leveraged ETFs. The Index gives an indication of the overall direction of the investable asset classes represented by this group of ETFs. At present, the ETFdb 60 Index includes 32 equity ETFs, 14 fixed income ETFs, 5 commodity ETFs, 2 real estate ETFs, and 6 miscellaneous ETFs (including currencies and multi-asset funds). For more information about the ETFdb 60 Index, or to see a complete list of holdings, click here.
Monthly Winners and Losers
The ETFdb 60 Index extended its losses from the previous month as more and more investors gave into selling pressures in an effort to raise cash in anticipation of continuing uncertainty in the new year. Many were disappointed after the so-called “Santa Claus” rally never truly took off on Wall Street, perhaps emphasizing that the current environment is still unwelcoming for investors.
The winners in December were overshadowed by the overwhelmingly dismal performances across every nook and corner of the equity market. It’s quite clear that dividend-focused products have taken on appeal amidst the overwhelming uncertainty. MLPs, REITs, and high yield bonds finished off December in green territory:
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