2 Views: How Low Can Rates Go?

 Kevin FlanaganSenior Fixed Income StrategistWisdomTree      Bob SmithPresident & CIOSage Advisory Services     Fixed income markets have been on a wild ride this year. A record $15 trillion of global bonds have negative interest rates, according to Bloomberg, and even U.S. yields are tumbling to jaw-droppingly low levels. Could the U.S. join Europe and Japan with negative interest rates? Will the Fed cut rates only a few times, or more deeply than that? And how should investors position their fixed income portfolios? Those are a few of the questions ETF.com raised with four…

2 Views: Are Negative US Rates Coming?

 Jon HillVP, U.S. Rates StrategyBMO Capital Markets      Michael AroneChief Investment StrategistState Street Global Advisors    Fixed income markets have been a wild ride this year. A record $15 trillion of global bonds have negative interest rates, according to Bloomberg, and even U.S. yields are tumbling to jaw-droppingly low levels. Could the U.S. join Europe and Japan with negative interest rates? Will the Federal Reserve cut rates only a few times, or more deeply than that? And how should investors position their fixed income portfolios in this fast-moving environment? Those are a…

ETFs With The Most Liquid Options

Options just got a lot more expensive. An escalation of the trade war between the U.S. and China sent stocks plunging and volatility surging on Monday, boosting the cost of options on stocks and ETFs. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which measures the “implied volatility” of S&P 500 Index options based on how much investors are willing to pay for them, jumped to nearly 25, its highest level since early January. Implied volatility is a key determinant of an option’s price. A VIX of 25 means that S&P 500 Index…

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…