Finalists Announced For 2019 ETF.com Awards

We’re off to the races. After a huge number of nominations across multiple categories, the finalists for the ETF.com Annual ETF Awards are here. The list of people worthy of achievement awards for their contribution to the ETF industry is nothing short of impressive this year. The U.S. ETF market is entering its 27th year since the launch of the very first fund, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), and along the way, many have stood out as thought leaders, innovators, traders and product experts. This year’s finalists speak…

Solar ETF Is Enjoying a Sunny Outlook

Solar ETF Is Enjoying a Sunny Outlook

Solar stocks and sector-related ETFs have shined over the past year and the outlook continues to look bright. The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN B) rose 5.3% so far in 2020 after advancing 58.3% over the past year. The outlook for the solar industry remains favorable as strong fundamentals could continue to back the sector, MarketWatch reports. “Global solar installations will continue double-digit growth rates into the new decade,” IHS Markit said in a recent note. “New annual installations in 2020 will reach 142 gigawatts (GW), a 14 % rise over…

Walmart Has Made a Genius Move to Beat Amazon

By Stephen McBride I ordered Powerbeats earbuds from Amazon the other day. As a Prime member, I got them to my doorstep in Stowe, Vermont the next day for free. When I unpacked the box, one of the accessories was missing. I called Amazon’s customer service to get a replacement sorted out. But what I was told raised my eyebrows: “We’ll make a one-time exception. Keep the earbuds and we’ll issue you a full refund right now.” “Why don’t you take them back? They are fine, it’s just the wire…

Day Hagan / Ned Davis Releases Smart Sector ETF ‘SSUS’

On Friday, Day Hagan Asset Management (DH) and Ned Davis Research (NDR), a leading independent provider of global economic and financial analysis, launched a new ETF looking towards long-term appreciation and preservation. The Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector ETF (SSUS) is designed to seek long-term capital appreciation and preservation of capital. A proactive, adaptive strategy, SSUS is incorporated in the U.S. and considered a “fund of funds” that, under normal market conditions, seeks to achieve its investment objective by principally investing in unaffiliated equity ETFs that track the performance…

iShares Debuts Style-Based Multifactor ETFs

Today, BlackRock’s iShares arm rolled out a pair of ETFs tracking factor-based versions of the Russell 1000 Index. The iShares Factors US Value Style ETF (STLV) and the iShares Factors US Growth Style ETF (STLG) have underlying indexes derived from the value and growth versions of the Russell 1000, and select companies from the parent indexes that offer exposure to the momentum, quality, value, size and low volatility factors. STLV and STLG both have expense ratios of 0.25% and list on Cboe Global Markets, the parent company of ETF.com. The…