This Week In ETFs: May 14th Edition

by on May 14, 2011

This week has been full of ups and downs, as investors tried to sort through all of the data and happenings from around the globe. The week started off strong only to see major indexes plummet on Wednesday and then rebound back on Thursday. Oil has still been the center of attention as the fossil fuel treads along the triple digit line, failing to make a clear break one way or another.  Perhaps the biggest single event from the week was the announcement that Microsoft would be purchasing video telephony company Skype, for a whopping $8.5 billion. The ETF world saw plenty of activity, as the first ever automobile fund launched this week, along with a new Latin American bond fund from Van Eck and another new product from First Trust [see First Trust Wins Auto ETF Race, Debuts CARZ].

Below, we outline the most interesting ETF stories from the around the web this past week:

McCall’s Call: Assessing New Niche ETFs at IndexUniverse:

With last month seeing the introduction of 43 ETFs, and the previous month bringing 38 new funds, it has become very difficult for investors to keep up with the various offerings. This article, written by Matthew McCall, aims to help investors sort through the wealth of new funds that recently came to market. McCall outlines funds from several different niches, including those that are first to market and new small cap funds. But while a wave of new funds may be exciting, McCall urges investors to do their homework before buying, in order to know exactly what you will be adding to your portfolio.

Income Generating ETFs To Add To Your Portfolio at Investopedia:

Income investing is a vital strategy to many investors around the world, but there lies one major issue: it can be difficult to find a cost-effective way of obtaining well diversified income portfolio in a single ticker. Luckily, there are scores of exchange traded products that offer quick fixes for this issue. This article outlines various ways for investors to gain diversity through a single ETF ticker, while still maintaining a healthy level of income that is vital to any investment portfolio.

Q&A With Dan Weiskopf: Inflation Concerns And ETFs (Part I) at ETF Database:

Dan Weiskopf is one of the Principals of Global ETF Strategies (GES), an Asset Management firm which has been managing ETF portfolios since 2004. Wesikopf is also the author of a piece titled “100 Ways to be long the inflation trend” and has a new Tactical Portfolio Strategy called Positive Return Inflation Strategy (PRIS). This interview gives investors an inside look at inflation from one of the field’s experts, and will give some ideas and direction for those looking to protect portfolios from inflationary concerns.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.