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…

5 Targeted ETFs to Track the Second-Biggest Slice of the Retail Market

Online shopping is now the second-biggest component of the U.S. retail market after overtaking grocery stores and restaurants. Investors can also focus on this quickly growing segment through targeted exchange traded fund strategies. According to the Commerce Department, consumer spending at non-store retailers, which includes online vendors like Amazon.com, increased by 1.7% in June and added to the overall increase in sales, Bloomberg reports. Those online retail outlets accounted for 12.45% of the $520 billion national retail spend in June, compared to the 12.44% going to grocery stores and 12.41%…

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…

ETF Investors Piled Into the S&P 500 Ahead of Earnings Season

Ahead of the earnings season, ETF investors have piled into broad stock ETFs, revealing their overall optimism for quarterly corporate results ahead. The three largest ETFs that track the S&P 500, including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEARCA: VOO), have collectively pulled in $6.2 billion last week as the benchmark crossed over the 3,000 for the first time, Bloomberg reports. The three S&P 500 Index-related ETFs attracted more cash than any other funds in one of their best weeks of…

5 Cool Economic Charts To Watch

[Editor’s Note: The following originally appeared on FactSet.com. Sara Potter is director of ETF research and analytics for FactSet.] We just completed the 10th year of this economic expansion, now officially tied for the longest business cycle expansion in the postwar period. This expansion has now lasted 120 months, matching the length of the 1991-2001 expansion. While most economists will tell you that expansions don’t die of old age, the odds of fatal missteps increase the older they get. Even though this expansion appears to still have some legs, there…