Archive for October 2011

Royal Canadian Mint offers alternative to gold ETFs

Oct 29th, 2011 | By
Stretched equity valuations triggering gold inflows, says ETF Securities

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a series of Exchange Traded Receipts (ETR). The ETRs represent an interesting alternative to existing gold ETCs/ETFs, with each ETR providing evidence of direct ownership of physical gold bullion held in the Mint’s vaults.

Latin America ETFs: Commodities and domestic consumption boost LatAm equities

Oct 26th, 2011 | By
Latin America ETFs - Commodities and domestic consumption boost LatAm equities

Once associated with coups, financial crises and political instability, Latin America has transformed itself over the past 10 years to become an important engine of global economic growth. The region’s commitment to robust fiscal and monetary policy has created an environment conducive to domestic investment and consumption-led growth, while the region’s bountiful natural resources have stimulated foreign direct investment and bolstered government finances.

Clean Energy ETFs offer unrivalled growth opportunity

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
Etho Capital and Future Super to launch Australia’s first global sustainability index

As climate change becomes the defining issue of our generation, few industries are likely to match the earnings growth potential of ‘clean energy’. Buoyed by favourable legislation and vast public spending commitments, companies involved in the development of renewable energy sources and related ‘green’ industries look set to reap huge rewards.

iShares launches four minimum volatility ETFs

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
Bats introduces volatility index based on SPY ETF

iShares has launched four minimum volatility ETFs designed to help investors manage risk in their portfolios. The new funds can help provide a portfolio with downside protection while seeking to maintain some exposure to the upside price movement.

Global commodity ETP assets rise to record high

Oct 21st, 2011 | By
Gold and precious metal ETFs seeing increased demand, reports ETF Securities

Global commodity exchange-traded product (ETP) assets rose US$3.7bn in Q3 2011 to reach a record quarterly high of US$178.2bn. A combination of price gains and new investor inflows pushed gold ETP assets to US$121.7bn.

Agriculture ETFs: Agribusiness to harvest strong returns over coming decade

Oct 20th, 2011 | By
Agribusiness to harvest strong returns over coming decade

Robert Moskow, agribusiness analyst at Credit Suisse, has proclaimed this the “golden age” of agriculture, while Jim Rodgers, the commodities investor, told Bloomberg that “farming is going to be one of the great industries of the next 20 years.” The fundamentals support their claim.

iShares launches ETF ‘due diligence’ campaign for investors

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

Following calls for increased transparency and more consistent regulation of ETFs, iShares has embarked on a Europe-wide ‘due diligence’ campaign that will help professional investors evaluate and select exchange-traded products (ETPs).

Lyxor launches ‘ETF Quality Charter’

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

Lyxor, one of Europe’s largest ETF providers, has developed a ‘Quality Charter’ to dispel concerns relating to ETFs and, in particular, so-called “synthetic” swap-based ETFs. The charter commits Lyxor to a new set of ETF standards designed to ensure greater transparency, efficiency and liquidity.

High-yield bond ETFs offer attractive risk/reward profile

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
Product breadth and liquidity attracts institutional investors to ETFs, says Moody’s

With markets continuing to price in an excessive default rate for high-yield bonds, the superior risk/reward profile may represent an attractive buying opportunity for investors.

ETFs to play the resurgent nuclear, uranium theme

Oct 18th, 2011 | By
S&P DJI: Energy sector records worst start in 19 years

Despite the recent incident at the Tepco nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, economic powerhouses like China and India are relying more and more on nuclear energy. Experts say there is no foreseeable end to nuclear power as “too many countries depend too heavily on it.”