ETF Investors Embrace ESG ‘Lifestyle’

Though socially responsible funds as a market segment remain small compared to the rest of the $4 trillion ETF market, their pace of growth is accelerating in 2019, thanks to a few high-profile launches and billion dollar bets. Year to date, investors have poured $4.7 billion into socially responsible ETFs, also known as environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs, almost twice the total money that went into these funds in 2018. Last year, investors added $2.6 billion to the space. More than half of this year’s flows went into two…

Why Do ETFs Change Indexes?

In late 2017, ETF Managers Group made headlines when it swapped the benchmark for its Tierra XP Latin American Real Estate ETF (LARE) to the marijuana-focused Prime Alternative Harvest Index. The resultant fund, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ), became the first pure-play marijuana ETF to hit the market (read: “When An ETF Changes Its Exposure”). At the time, the move shocked many industry participants and observers, but the index switch itself was and remains perfectly legal. That’s because, for the vast majority of ETFs, there’s no requirement that the…

ETF Of The Week: Small Cap Silver Miners Soar

Precious metals mining ETFs have been on a tear lately, with the top five best-performing ETFs of the past month all involved some way in the mining business:   Source: ETF.com; data as of July 3, 2019   Though most of these are gold mining ETFs, the top performer is actually a silver miner fund: the $58.8 million ETFMG Prime Junior Silver ETF (SILJ). There’s a good reason for that: Gold and silver—and gold and silver miners—tend to move together, because gold and silver deposits tend to appear together in the…

ETF Of The Week: Tale Of 2 Bond Funds

All month, investors were busy rejiggering their portfolios in advance of Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Reserve. Market observers widely expected that, at the meeting, the Fed would leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged, while setting the scene for a possible rate cut in July (which is exactly what it did). As a result, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) saw a staggering $2.2 billion of net outflows, while the iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV) has brought in new assets of $4.0 billion over the same time…

Trading Grain ETFs | ETF.com

All eyes are on grains—especially corn—as extreme weather and ongoing trade tensions have caused plantings in the Midwest to greatly lag historical records. Prices of agricultural commodities have risen, offering opportunities in single-commodity ETFs, like the Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN), which allow traders to play the space with ease. ETF.com recently chatted with Grant Engelbart, senior portfolio manager and director of research for CLS Investments. He follows the grains complex closely, and explained how he uses CORN and other commodity ETFs inside CLS’ client portfolios, worth $9.2 billion. ETF.com: We’ve…