The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and most other natural resources saw price declines as well.
May demonstrated the importance of a meaningful allocation to fixed income within any long-term portfolio, as most bond ETFs turned in nice gains during the month. The following tables highlight the best performers from each ETFdb Category during the month of May [ETFdb Pro members can download spreadsheets showing performance and expense data for the entire ETF universe]. [click to continue…]
Continuing its push for dominance in the MLP space, UBS announced this week the launch of the E-TRACS Wells Fargo MLP Index ETN (MLPW). The new exchange-traded note will be linked to the Wells Fargo Master Limited Partnership Index, a float adjusted, capitalization weighted benchmark that seeks to measure the performance of all energy master [...]
The month of September brought an unexpected but very welcome rally in stock markets, as many equity ETFs enjoyed their best month of the year. September also set a number of records from the product development perspective in the ETF industry; more than two dozen new funds from a handful of different issuers hit the [...]
UBS rolled out the latest addition to its rapidly-expanding suite of MLP products on Wednesday, launching the E-TRACS 1x Monthly Short Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return ETN (MLPS). The new exchange-traded note is designed to provide short exposure to the MLP Infrastructure market by tracking the inverse performance of the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return [...]
As the stock market continues to rise, seemingly running ahead of fundamentals, more and more investors are becoming concerned that the stocks are becoming overvalued, and that a downward correction may be just around the corner. While safe haven investments such as the U.S. dollar and gold are popular picks for investors looking to profit [...]