Archive for December 2011

AdvisorShares launches active long/short sector rotation ETF

Dec 29th, 2011 | By
AdvisorShares launches actively-managed long/short sector rotation strategy ETF

AdvisorShares has launched an actively-managed long/short ETF that follows an equity sector rotation strategy. The fund will go long sector ETFs forecast to outperform the S&P 500 Index, while also shorting an equal dollar amount of sector ETFs that are forecast to underperform. The strategy will be based on a proprietary quantitative process known as “Sector Scoring and Allocation Methodology”.



Emerging market bond ETFs well positioned to withstand global downturn

Dec 28th, 2011 | By
Emerging market bond ETFs well positioned to withstand global downturn

With superior fundamentals, sovereign bonds of emerging market nations may be better positioned to withstand a global downturn, while at the same time offering investors the opportunity to generate strong returns without the level of volatility seen with equities. Moreover, as these nations grow in wealth, their currencies should appreciate, leading to gains for sterling investors.



Gilt ETFs: Moody’s confirms UK’s AAA rating but warns of challenges

Dec 21st, 2011 | By
Lyxor introduces double short ETFs on Treasuries, gilts and Japanese government bonds

Ratings agency Moody’s has confirmed the UK’s AAA credit rating but warned that economic challenges lie ahead. In its report, Moody’s gives the UK high scores for economic governance, but notes that the budget deficit, weaker macro prospects and risks emanating from the euro-zone crisis mean that the UK has a reduced ability to absorb further shocks.



Africa ETFs: African economies begin to roar

Dec 19th, 2011 | By
Africa ETFs: African economies begin to roar

While East Asia has received the lion’s share of investor attention recently, the real lion has been Africa, which has grown faster in eight of the past ten years. Indeed, over the past decade, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies were African. With the trajectory of economic growth remaining positive, the continent represents an increasingly important investment opportunity.



RBS rolls out dynamic Nasdaq trend-following ETN

Dec 16th, 2011 | By
ETF inflows surge as assets under management reach all-time high

Structured to provide exposure to either the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 Index or US Treasury bills, depending on the relative performance of the Nasdaq-100 Index, the RBS Nasdaq-100 Trendpilot ETN offers a low-maintenance way to follow a dynamic, trend-based trading strategy on the Nasdaq-100 Index.



Gold Mining ETFs: Gold mining stocks look set to close gap on gold

Dec 14th, 2011 | By
VanEck sees value in gold mining stocks

The stellar rise in the price of gold from just over $600/oz five years ago to around $1600 today has not been replicated by gold mining stocks, which have lagged for much of this period. This divergence in performance has accentuated recently and many analysts now think that the valuation gap has become unjustifiably wide. Gold mining stocks could be about to catch up.



Direxion launches ‘Insider Sentiment’ ETFs

Dec 12th, 2011 | By
Direxion launches 'Insider Sentiment' ETFs

Direxion, best known for its leveraged ETFs, has launched a pair of ‘insider sentiment’ ETFs, which allocate constituents according to indicators such as stock purchases by corporate insiders (employees and board directors). Corporate insiders are presumed to be well-apprised of business prospects. Thus large purchases can be interpreted as a bullish sign, whereas disposals are seen as bearish.



Deutsche Bank and PowerShares team up to launch inflation/deflation ETNs

Dec 12th, 2011 | By
Deutsche Bank and PowerShares team up to launch inflation/deflation ETNs

The PowerShares DB US Inflation/Deflation ETNs are the first exchange-traded products to provide investors with direct exposure to US inflation or deflation expectations. The ETNs track changes in the market’s expectations of future inflation implied by the difference in yields between TIPS and US Treasury bonds with approximately equivalent terms to maturity.



Timber and forestry ETFs offer growth, income and downside protection

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
Timber and forestry ETFs offer growth, income, downside protection and diversification

With equity markets faltering and inflation soaring, timber and forestry ETFs provide investors with exposure to a physical asset which can offer steady growth, regular income, downside protection and increased portfolio diversification. It is no surprise, therefore, that institutional investors have long viewed woodland as a useful portfolio tool.



Global X Funds launches Greece ETF

Dec 9th, 2011 | By
Russell Indexes downgrades Greece to emerging market

Global X Funds, a New York-based provider of exchange traded funds, has announced the launch of the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF – the first NYSE-listed ETF tracking Greek equities. “Whether bullish or bearish, this new ETF allows investors to take a viewpoint on the recent news coming out of Greece” says Bruno del Ama, Global X Funds CEO.