ETF Insight Articles

  • Sweet #MAGA (TWTW – July 17-21, 2017) July 24, 2017 - Sweet #MAGA – Or … Sweet Nothing, which seems to be what the Administration has accomplished thus far on numerous fronts… Oh well, at least a weaker USD provides a window for the FED to continue to hike rates, even if Janet Yellen remains a perma Dove, and US stocks continue to do rather well, overpriced or not … Last Continue Reading
  • Mid-July Flows: Summer lulls … July 17, 2017 - Hardly anything to report as at mid-month, as far as inflows, respectively market impact, both of which are considered rather modest in relation to June 30, 2017 AUM levels. Likely the pause that refreshes as it were, with plenty of action on the way, presumably, for back to school...
  • And don’t be surprised either if these were to vanish … July 17, 2017 - quick rundown of a further 10 ETFs that could easily be terminated without anyone missing them much
  • 10 ETFs I’d get rid of … July 17, 2017 - 10 ETFs I’d get rid of … and no, I don’t own any of them … While product proliferation and expansion in the ranks of ETFs Providers is the order of the day and likely to continue to be at the forefront for some time to come, last week’s announcement by iShares of some ETF terminations (read here!)  raises a Continue Reading
  • Suppressing Decoherence (TWTW – July 10-14, 2017) July 16, 2017 - Suppressing Decoherence – A Quantum Computing concept that capture well the essence of what Central Bankers face going forward as they push ahead with a long overdue normalization … Getting out from under the massive damage inflicted by the 2008/2009 Global Financial crisis has proven no small feat, and any glitches from here could demonstrate that again … That said Continue Reading
  • iShares announces some ETF closures … July 10, 2017 - For other players in the industry though - I can't help but wonder if taking over a BRIC ETF from iShares and then looking at perhaps re-engineering it somewhat, might not have had its appeal? I guess we won't find out...
  • Rising Rates (TWTW – Jul 3-7, 2017) July 10, 2017 - And it is a 94% probability event … that the BoC will hike rates this week, on the back of a strong Canadian Employment number on Friday. State-side, the US also enjoyed a stronger than expected NFP number, with upward revisions to prior readings. All-in … Not good for bonds, where yields have continued to climb of late – in Continue Reading
  • Below the Radar? But ahead in the performance table – is one of these for you? July 6, 2017 - Questrade's Russell 1000 EW US Healthcare took 2nd place, BUT UNFORTUNATELY has barely anyone that will enjoy the 20.49% gains in H1
  • Across the “Tier 1” board Performance: EM, Tech, and Europe still leading despite June’s weakness … July 6, 2017 - EM, Tech, and Europe  – were still leading the performance tables to the mid-year point, despite some weakness in June. As for Energy … again, not so much … As for what did well in June – CDN Prefs, both from an inflows perspective, as well as from a performance standpoint. If it weren’t for markets awaiting a rate hike Continue Reading
  • “Factors” at the half-way mark: Performance Dispersion … July 5, 2017 - With H1, 2017 now wrapped up, here is what Factors Performance looked like to the mid-year point, contrasted with traditional benchmark ETFs. Bottom Line: Differentials can be significant on account of the Factors themselves, resulting sector allocation based on their screens (see US where Index and Min Vol fared similarly as Tech’s share of min vol rose on account of Continue Reading