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…

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…

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…

Another Big Year Could be in the Cards For This eSports ETF

The  VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NASDAQ: ESPO) is already up 5.60% to start 2020, confirming that many investors are banking on growth for the burgeoning esports industry. Some recent data points indicate those wagers could prove accurate. ESPO seeks to track the performance of the MVIS Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPO). The index is a rules-based, modified capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index intended to give investors a means of tracking the overall performance of companies involved in video gaming and eSports. “According to the Consumer Technology Association,…

ETF Of The Week: Clean Power Shines Amid Conflict

With Iran dominating the headlines, all eyes have turned toward oil and other energy funds to see how this latest crisis will be priced into the sector. (My colleague Sumit Roy even wrote his own take: “How The Iran-US Conflict Impacts ETFs.”) It’s true that rising Iran-U.S. tensions have caused a spike in energy funds. Astonishingly, however, the best-performing ETF of the past few weeks wasn’t an oil or a natural gas fund—but a renewable power one. Over the past 30 days, the SPDR S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF (CNRG)…