Wed, Feb. 4, 12:34 PM
- The RevenueShares Global Growth Fund (NYSEARCA:RGRO) is comprised of the top 5 developed and top 5 emerging countries based on their percentage growth of their year over year GDP from the prior 2 quarters.
- According the the fund website, "the top 10 revenue producing companies are selected for each country and are revenue weighted relative to each other and prorated into their country's weighting."
- Other global ETFs: VT, ACWI, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, IEIL
Wed, Jan. 7, 9:48 AM
- "Oil prices are the big story for 2015... They are a once-in-a-generation shock and will have huge reverberations," economist Ken Rogoff says.
- The collapse in energy prices is shifting wealth and power from autocratic petro-states to industrialized consumers, which could make the world safer; the biggest winner would be the Philippines, whose economic growth would leap to 7.6% on average over the next two years if oil fell to $40, while Russia would contract 2.5%, according to an Oxford Economics analysis of 45 national economies.
- The euro area probably would witness negative inflation, economists say, while rates in the U.S., U.K. and Japan also would weaken to ~0.5%.
- “Any massive redistribution of income can raise political tensions," Berenberg Bank says, “but net/net, strengthening the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and India, while weakening Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, is likely to make the world a safer place in the end.”
- ETFs: SPY, SH, SSO, SDS, VOO, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, SPXL, RSP, RWL, EPS, SPLX, SFLA, VT, ACWI, ONEF, DGT, FIGY
Mar. 12, 2014, 12:28 PM
- Mebane Faber's Cambria ETF Trust has introduced the Cambria Global Value ETF (GVAL), the newest addition to its lineup.
- GVAL will track an index of global funds based on systematic quantitative screens and hopes to avoid overvalued markets.
- Other broad global ETFs: VT, ACWI, IOO, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, TOK, IEIL
Feb. 27, 2014, 11:26 AM
- The SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS ETF (SIPE) launches today and will offer investors short term exposure to the TIPS market; this space features a lot of competition.
- The iShares Enhanced International Large Cap ETF (IEIL) and Enhanced International Small Cap ETF (IEIS) began their active strategy this morning and offer expense ratios of 0.35% and 0.49% respectively.
- The PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (IPKW), like IEIL and IEIS, is based on a previously launched domestic strategy; the PowerShares BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (PKW).
- TIPS ETFs: TIP, VTIP, IPE, SCHP, STPZ, LTPZ, TIPZ, STIP, TPS, TDTT, TIPX, TDTF
- Broad international ETFs: VT, VSS, SCZ, DLS, ACWI, IOO, SCHC, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, FNDC, TOK
- Buyback ETFs: SYLD, FYLD
Feb. 26, 2014, 10:46 PM
- The iShares Enhanced International Large Cap ETF (IEIL) and Enhanced International Small Cap ETF (IEIS) will begin trading when markets open tomorrow.
- Both funds will invest at least 80% of their net assets in their chosen market cap at all times and will be actively managed.
- The funds were modeled after IELG and IESM, which were launched 10 months ago and have returned 18% and 25% respectively since inception.
- Other global ETFs: VT, VSS, SCZ, DLS, ACWI, IOO, SCHC, ONEF, DGT, FIGY, RWV, FNDC, TOK
Jan. 15, 2014, 4:16 AM
- The World Bank expects global economic expansion to accelerate to 3.2% in 2014 from 2.4% in 2013, led by advanced economies that seem "to be finally turning the corner" following the financial crisis.
- In its Global Economic Prospects report, the bank also forecasts growth of 3.4% in 2015 and 3.5% in 2016.
- The bank predicts that the U.S. will expand 2.8% this year, up from 1.8% last year.
- While the Fed's scaling back of its bond-buying program is one headwind for global prospects, stronger growth in high-income countries should offset the impact of the taper, the bank says. (PR)
- ETFs: EEM, VWO, EFA, EDC, VEA, VT, FM, EDZ, EEB, SCHE, IEMG, FRN, BIK, ACWI, EEV, BKF, PIE, IOO, CEW, ADRE, IEFA, EUM, FNI, DZK, EET, PIZ, DPK, GWX, GMM, BBRC, EFZ, URTH, ONEF, EFU, DGT, DBEF, EEME, FIGY, EMDD, MFLA, EMCR, BICK, DBEM, PXF, EFO, ADRD, FEM, EWEM, RWV, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, FNDF, TOK, EMFM, IFSM, EMSA, IDHQ, FWDI, EMDR, EMFT, FDT
Dec. 11, 2013, 1:26 PM
- An MSCI study argues the low-volatility trade is a long way off from being a crowded one and says scalability isn't an issue, but the report, says Brendan Conway, didn't examine the market impact - i.e., the real world friction a large money manager might see moving in and out of positions.
- Then there's valuations - the study found low-volatility stocks had an average P-E ratio of 18.1x vs. 19.5x for all stocks from 1992-2012. But now the stocks making up the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV) trade at 18.5x earnings vs. the S&P 500 at 16.5x. Globally, it's similar, with the iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility ETF (ACWV) at 18.5x earnings vs. the MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI) at just 16.5x.
- "[O]ver the past 10 years, the cheapness or 'valueness' of developed market low volatility stocks seems to have diminished. As of May 1, 2013, the earnings yield and B/P ratio data indicate that low volatility strategies have become more expensive than the market cap-weighted core indices," says Research Affiliates' FeiFei Li.
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Jun. 3, 2013, 6:22 AM8 months after it initially announced it was changing the benchmark indexes on 22 key ETFs, 2 more Vanguard funds officially shift from MSCI to FTSE and CRSP indexes. The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) will now track the CRSP U.S. Total Market Index while the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS) will now track the FTSE Global All Cap ex-U.S. Index. According to a recent statement, Vanguard expects that the licensing agreements with FTSE and CRSP will lead to lower costs over time for all funds involved in the benchmark changes. | Comment!
Mar. 22, 2013, 4:29 AMPresident Obama's historic visit to Israel (which continues through today) appears to have sparked Israeli markets, in the midst of a global sell-off. iShares MSCI Israel (EIS) is +1.03% over the recent 5-day period, with global counterparts trailing behind over the same period: SPY -1.51%, EFA -1.51%, ACWI -1.62%, EEM -3.14%. | Comment!
Mar. 18, 2013, 4:57 AMRon Rowland offers additional highlights on the recently expanded lineup of commission-free ETFs over at Fidelity including the following caveat: Funds not held for 30 days by retail investors or 60 days by RIAs using Fidelity as a custodian will be subject to a $7.95 per-trade commission. Some RIAs have complained that the longer holding period directed at them is unfair. Rowland spells out the full list of affected ETFs here. | Comment!
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