Most Interesting ETF Launches This Year

If you were worried ETF issuers would run out of ideas for new funds anytime soon, set those concerns aside. A little over halfway through 2019, ETFs are still launching at a consistent pace, more or less in line with what we saw in 2018. By our count, 113 funds launched in the first half of this year, slightly less than the 128 that launched during the same period last year. Taking a quick glance at the launches list, you’ll see many of this year’s new funds come from small…

Worst Performing ETFs Of The Year

This year’s Teflon market has fooled the naysayers and delivered strong returns for most ETF investors. With the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) up by more than 17% in a little over six months, it’s been hard to go wrong in the markets. Earlier this week, we highlighted some of the best of the U.S.-listed ETFs this year. With so many ETFs performing well, it was understandably tough to make the top performers list. A solar ETF, the Invesco Solar ETF (TAN), with more than 50% returns, and an…

Head Spinning Reversal In Bond ETFs

What a difference six months can make. That’s how long it took for the Federal Reserve to go from hiking rates (with talk of more hikes to come) to suggesting it may cut rates imminently. The turnaround in the 10-year Treasury yield wasn’t any less abrupt. It went from a yield of 3.25% in November to as low as 1.97% this month, propelling the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF) to its highest level since 2016. (Bond prices rise as yields go down.) It’s enough to make anyone’s head…

Gold Hits 6 Year High, ETF Investors Yawn

Stocks and bonds have received a big boost following last week’s Fed meeting—the S&P 500 hit a record high, while the Barclays Aggregate Index reached its loftiest level ever on Thursday—but they aren’t the only assets delighting in the Federal Reserve’s recent dovish shift. Gold also zoomed higher, juicing returns for gold-related ETFs. The $33 billion SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is now up 8.8% year to date, with all of those gains coming just this month. Gold prices, which broke through $1,400/oz for the first time in six years last…

Geopolitics & Fixed Income ETFs

​Joyce Choi is director of fixed income product strategy at BlackRock and a panelist at this week’s Inside ETFs Canada conference in Montreal. ETF.com caught up with Choi ahead of the conference to get her take on the latest developments in the fixed income markets. [Note: This interview took place on Monday, June 17.]     ETF.com:  Tell us a little bit about what you’ll be discussing on your panel.   Joyce Choi: Our panel is titled “Fixed Income: Why Uncertainty Is the Worst Thing for Investors.”To be honest, I’m not sure if…