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The other day I was thinking to myself, if I were an ETF provider what ideas for new ETFs could I come up with that are not currently in registration by any other ETF company. My goal is to try to find spots where there is an unmet market need. Yes, there are over 1400 ETF/ETNs but there are still some holes in the market. To make sure my ideas were not already used, I used the ETFs in Registration section from Index Universe, which lists all the ETFs with a prospectus filed at the SEC. Below are my ideas with a description of what the proposed ETF would look like.

Idea #1

Precious Metals Covered Call ETF

Proposed Symbol: PMCC

ETF Description: The ETF would own shares of SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:GLD) and the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SLV) and then use covered calls on each to create an income for the fund.

Benefits: GLD and SLV pay no dividends, which is a turn off to income investors, so if there was an ETF that had exposure to the physical metals and had income it would be more desirable. Therefore, instead of appealing to just one group of investors wanting metals exposure, there would be the added group of income investors who would possibly like the product.

Current Index Available: NONE

Proposed Holdings:

  • Shares of GLD
  • Shares of SLV
  • Covered Calls on GLD
  • Covered Calls on SLV

Idea #2

Cyber Security ETF

Proposed Symbol: SAFE

ETF Description: The ETF would invest in companies that deal with online security.

Benefits: With more and more data being on networks, and cloud computing expansion, protecting the massive amount of data is extremely important.

Current Index Available: The Solactive Online Security Index.

Proposed Holdings: The table below shows the holdings for the online security index, and is from Structured Solutions Solactive Indices webpage.

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Idea #3

Internet Commerce ETF

Proposed Symbol: ECOM

ETF Description: Would own companies that are involved in commerce on the internet.

Benefits: E-commerce sales have been steadily growing, so companies that engage in e-commerce would be included in the ETF. The first chart below compares the Internet Commerce Index to XLK and shows a large outperformance. The second chart compares the Internet Commerce index to FDN which uses the Dow Jones Internet Index, as the chart shows the two are very close but the Internet Commerce index has outperformed FDN the last two years. The two charts below are from Bloomberg.com.

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Current Index Available: The Dow Jones Internet Commerce Index

Proposed Holdings: The following table shows the the only holdings I could find online, on Bloomberg.com quote page for the index.

Idea #4

Low Volatility Multi-Asset Income ETF

Proposed Symbol: LVI

ETF Description: The ETF would be a fund of funds ETF, with a goal of minimizing volatility while producing income as well.

Benefits: Low volatility stocks have performed very well in the recent past. So creating an ETF that has low volatility stocks as well as bond ETFs, and currency ETFs will provide a diverse portfolio that has some stable income.

Current Index Available: NONE

Proposed Holdings:

Weight

Volatility

Dividend Yield

Weight* Vol

Weight*Yield

PIMCO 1-5 Year U.S. TIPS Index ETF (NYSEARCA:STPZ)

15.00%

1.90%

1.33%

0.29%

0.20%

PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility (NYSEARCA:SPLV)

15.00%

8.20%

3.05%

1.23%

0.46%

Vanguard Short-Term Corp Bond Index ETF (NASDAQ:VCSH)

15.00%

1.30%

1.96%

0.20%

0.29%

SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital S/T Muni Bond (NYSEARCA:SHM)

10.00%

1.80%

1.17%

0.18%

0.12%

iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond (NYSEARCA:EMB)

10.00%

3.30%

3.83%

0.33%

0.38%

iShares MSCI Emerging Market Minimum Volatility Index (NYSEARCA:EEMV)

10.00%

11.00%

2.05%

1.10%

0.21%

JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEARCA:AMJ)

10.00%

13.60%

5.40%

1.36%

0.54%

iShares Barclays MBS Bond (NYSEARCA:MBB)

5.00%

1.60%

1.12%

0.08%

0.06%

CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:FXA)

5.00%

7.10%

2.33%

0.36%

0.12%

iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index ETF (NYSEARCA:PFF)

5.00%

4.10%

5.86%

0.21%

0.29%

100.00%

Stocks

35.00%

Portfolio Composite Volatility

5.32%

Bonds

55.00%

Portfolio Composite Yield

2.66%

Other [Currency,Preffered Stock]

10.00%

Idea #5

BRIC Dividend ETF

Proposed Symbol: BDIV

ETF Description: The ETF would track dividend-paying companies from the BRIC countries, and weights the holdings by dividend yield.

Benefits: The ETF would be desirable because it would have income from dividend paying companies, and growth to go along with the income.

Current Index Available: NONE

Proposed Holdings: The proposed ETF would screen stocks from the MSCI BRIC index and ONLY include those that pay a dividend. Because many of the stocks in the Index are listed overseas, it is almost impossible to search for the dividend of each of the companies of the MSCI BRIC Index.

Idea #6

Low Volatility Energy Dividend ETF

Proposed Symbol: LVED

ETF Description: The ETF would include Energy companies from the S&P 1500 Index that pay a dividend, and weights the index by volatility.

Benefits: The ETF would be desirable because it would take a high volatility sector like energy and weight it by the lowest volatility, so the fund should have less volatility than an ETF like XLE, and a slightly higher yield.

Current Index Available: NONE

Proposed Holdings: Data from the below table is from Finviz.com. As the last part of the table shows, the proposed ETF would have a higher yield than the XLE, but a slightly higher volatility using data from Finviz, because XLE mainly holds mega-cap and large cap energy stocks whereas my portfolio would also hold small and mid-cap energy companies as well. The goal, as the ETF description above states, is to get a broad selection of energy companies, which is why I chose to use energy companies from the S&P 1500, instead of just the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY).

Ticker

Company

Dividend Yield

Volatility (Month)

Weight

Weight* Yield

Weight* Vol

XOM

Exxon Mobil Corporation

2.55%

1.25%

4.92%

0.13%

0.06%

COP

ConocoPhillips

4.54%

1.28%

4.55%

0.21%

0.06%

CVX

Chevron Corporation

3.33%

1.41%

4.05%

0.13%

0.06%

KMI

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

4.27%

1.44%

3.32%

0.14%

0.05%

SE

Spectra Energy Corp.

4.51%

1.46%

3.14%

0.14%

0.05%

DO

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.

0.73%

1.65%

3.04%

0.02%

0.05%

TDW

Tidewater Inc.

2.23%

1.70%

2.69%

0.06%

0.05%

OXY

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

2.83%

1.71%

2.59%

0.07%

0.04%

DVN

Devon Energy Corporation

1.51%

1.72%

2.59%

0.04%

0.04%

MUR

Murphy Oil Corporation

2.13%

1.77%

2.48%

0.05%

0.04%

APA

Apache Corp.

0.87%

1.83%

2.39%

0.02%

0.04%

OII

Oceaneering International, Inc.

1.36%

1.84%

2.38%

0.03%

0.04%

SLB

Schlumberger Limited

1.51%

1.85%

2.33%

0.04%

0.04%

EOG

EOG Resources, Inc.

0.56%

1.85%

2.31%

0.01%

0.04%

BHI

Baker Hughes Incorporated

1.40%

1.93%

2.29%

0.03%

0.04%

HAL

Halliburton Company

1.06%

1.95%

2.23%

0.02%

0.04%

MRO

Marathon Oil Corporation

2.23%

1.98%

2.11%

0.05%

0.04%

BRS

Bristow Group, Inc.

1.51%

1.99%

2.11%

0.03%

0.04%

NBL

Noble Energy, Inc.

0.98%

2.00%

2.09%

0.02%

0.04%

INT

World Fuel Services Corp.

0.38%

2.02%

2.07%

0.01%

0.04%

HFC

HollyFrontier Corporation

1.76%

2.05%

2.00%

0.04%

0.04%

NOV

National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

0.78%

2.05%

1.98%

0.02%

0.04%

WMB

Williams Companies, Inc.

4.18%

2.08%

1.96%

0.08%

0.04%

APC

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

0.48%

2.08%

1.96%

0.01%

0.04%

QEP

QEP Resources, Inc.

0.27%

2.11%

1.93%

0.01%

0.04%

EGN

Energen Corp.

1.24%

2.13%

1.93%

0.02%

0.04%

COG

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

0.16%

2.20%

1.90%

0.00%

0.04%

HES

Hess Corporation

0.77%

2.22%

1.88%

0.01%

0.04%

MPC

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

2.28%

2.24%

1.87%

0.04%

0.04%

EQT

EQT Corporation

1.51%

2.24%

1.86%

0.03%

0.04%

NE

Noble Corp.

1.50%

2.37%

1.83%

0.03%

0.04%

RRC

Range Resources Corporation

0.24%

2.44%

1.82%

0.00%

0.04%

CRR

CARBO Ceramics Inc.

1.35%

2.46%

1.74%

0.02%

0.04%

XEC

Cimarex Energy Co.

0.83%

2.48%

1.74%

0.01%

0.04%

VLO

Valero Energy Corporation

2.13%

2.53%

1.73%

0.04%

0.04%

CHK

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

2.06%

2.54%

1.72%

0.04%

0.04%

PTEN

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

1.12%

2.64%

1.66%

0.02%

0.04%

LUFK

Lufkin Industries Inc.

0.86%

2.75%

1.62%

0.01%

0.04%

HP

Helmerich & Payne Inc.

1.10%

2.75%

1.61%

0.02%

0.04%

PXD

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

0.08%

2.86%

1.60%

0.00%

0.05%

CNX

CONSOL Energy Inc.

1.46%

3.23%

1.55%

0.02%

0.05%

SM

SM Energy Company

0.21%

3.34%

1.37%

0.00%

0.05%

BTU

Peabody Energy Corp.

1.23%

3.53%

1.35%

0.02%

0.05%

PVA

Penn Virginia Corporation

5.07%

4.31%

1.33%

0.07%

0.06%

GIFI

Gulf Island Fabrication Inc.

1.67%

4.84%

1.20%

0.02%

0.06%

ACI

Arch Coal Inc.

1.57%

5.23%

1.18%

0.02%

0.06%

Portfolio Composite Yield

1.86%

Portfolio Composite Volatility

2.10%

XLE Yield

1.67%

XLE Volatility

1.21%

Closing Thoughts

This year there have been a record number of ETF closures, so the ETF market is getting a little saturated I believe, but there are some themes that are extremely popular right now: Dividends, Low Volatility, and High-Growth Industries. I think the above ideas would fill a specific spot in the market by satisfying current unmet market segments, or providing new twists on current segments that are popular with investors. If anyone that works for an ETF provider reads this article, I would enjoy sharing my thoughts and further research I have done on the above ETF ideas.

Disclaimer

Source: Intriguing Ideas For New ETFs