ETF Edge: May 2012

Published on by on May 2, 2012

Welcome to the May edition of ETF Edge! Equity markets finally took a bit of a breather in April considering their impressive high-gear performance on the year thus far. The pullback on Wall Street wasn’t without its reasons though; a number of worse-than-expected economic data reports on the home front reminded investors that the recovery is still fragile. Furthermore, lingering debt drama in the overseas currency bloc continues to haunt the markets as resurfacing woes are known for sparking sell-offs around the globe.

The ETF industry is firing on all cylinders as issuers, both big and small, continue to roll out first-to-market products while also filling up the pipeline with exciting instruments to come. Inside ETF Edge, we feature actionable ETF investment ideas and also break down the best and worst performers to date this year; our databank of over 1,400 exchange-traded products provides a flexible resource for investors and advisors to analyze the performance and products available in every ETFdb Category.

Here’s a look at what’s inside this month’s ETF Edge:

  • Actionable ETF Investment Ideas: Our team of analysts looks back on how our April predictions played out while also taking the time to recommend several new actionable ETF investment ideas for the month ahead.

  • Coming and Going: In this section, we highlight the investment thesis behind each new ETP that launched in April.
  • ETF Spotlight: In this segment we highlight an ETF that is flying under the radars of most investors, but that may present an intriguing investment option in the current environment. This month’s spotlight focuses on a first-to-market bond ETF which gives investors a creative way to tap into the high yield debt market.
  • Sector & Region Outlook: In this section, we take a look at pricing multiples across the U.S. economy and around the world, pointing out some noteworthy developments.
  • Now Is The Season To: The Fed has affirmed its position to keep interest rates at historically low levels until late 2014; as such, this section takes a look at ETFs which are designed to combat inflation by seeking to generate a real rate of return.
  • ETF Performance Database: Year-to-date performance and expense data for all 1,400+ U.S.-listed ETFs, organized by ETFdb Category.

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