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Smooth Out The Market Ride With Low Volatility Investing
Low-Volatility ETF Doubles S&P 500 Risk-Adjusted Return
Low-Volatility ETFs Still Hot Despite Collapsing VIXTom Lydon • Mar. 13, 2013
Beyond SPLV: The Expanding Universe Of Low-Volatility ETPsBill Luby • Feb. 27, 2013
January ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings And Closures
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The PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (Fund) is based on the S&P BMI International Developed Low Volatility Index (Index). The Fund will invest at least 90% of its total assets in the securities of companies that comprise the Index. The Index is compiled, maintained and calculated by Standard & Poor’s and consists of the 200 least volatile stocks of the S&P Developed ex. US and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index over the past 12 months. Volatility is a statistical measurement of the magnitude of up and down asset price fluctuations over time.
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Wednesday, Jan 223:45 PM
Wednesday, Jan 223:45 PM| Comment!
- The Market Vectors MSCI International Quality ETF (QXUS) and the MSCI International Quality Dividend ETF (QDXU) will both track the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 42 countries. Both funds have expense ratios of 0.45%.
- Related ETFs: EFA, VEA, EFV, PDN, IEFA, EFAV, DZK, DWM, PIZ, EFG, DTH, DPK, GWX, URTH, EFZ, EFU, IDLV, DBEF, PXF, MFLA, EFO, ADRD, TLTD, FNDF, IFSM, IDHQ, FWDI, FDTS, FDT, IDHB, IDV, SDIV, DWX, PID, DTN, LVL, FGD, DOO, DOL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DVYA, IQDF, IQDY, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
- The Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Quality ETF (QEM) and the MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Dividend ETF will both track the MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 19 emerging market countries.
- Related ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, BIK, EEV, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, EEMS, BBRC, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, DBEM, EMCR, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMDR, EMFT
Thursday, Jan 23:57 PM
Thursday, Jan 23:57 PM| Comment!
- Mebane Faber updates countries' cyclically-adjusted price-earnings ratios (CAPE) for the start of the year, and Greece, Russia, Ireland, Argentina, Hungary, Jordan, Austria, and Lebanon make the list of the cheapest - all under 10.
- How did the CAPE do in 2013? If you bought the 5 highest-priced countries - Peru, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Chile - you would have lost 17.8%. If you bought the 5 cheapest - Greece, Ireland, Argentina, Russia, and Italy - you would have gained 20.7%.
- 2014's full list is here (subscription required).
- Related ETFs: EFA, VEA, EFV, PDN, EFAV, IEFA, DWM, DZK, EFG, PIZ, DTH, DPK, GWX, EFZ, URTH, EFU, IDLV, DBEF, MFLA, EFO, PXF, ADRD, TLTD, IFSM, IDHQ, FNDF, FWDI, FDT, FDTS, IDHB
Thursday, Oct 172013, 5:25 AM
Thursday, Oct 172013, 5:25 AM| 3 Comments
- Global equities are mostly lower after Washington approved a deal to finance the U.S. government until January 15 and raise the debt limit so that the country can continue to increase its borrowing until February 7.
- The short-term nature of the agreement has markets wary of another stand-off in another three months or so.
- Japan +0.8%, Hong Kong -0.6%, China -0.2%, India -0.4%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.6%, London -0.4%, Paris -0.7%, Frankfurt -0.6%, Milan -0.6%, Madrid -0.3%.
- U.S. Stock futures: Dow -0.4%. S&P -0.25%. Nasdaq -0.1%
- ETFs: ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, MFSA, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, PFA, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH
Tuesday, Oct 82013, 4:50 AM
Tuesday, Oct 82013, 4:50 AM| Comment!
- Asian shares mostly rise as Chinese stocks climb 1.1% on the first day of trading following a week-long national holiday, with retailers and property developers boosted by higher sales during the period. The Shanghai Composite rose despite a dip in HSBC services PMI data.
- European shares are mostly lower as the deadlock in Washington continues, although U.S. stock futures are up following losses on Wall Street yesterday.
- Japan +0.3%, Hong Kong +0.9%, India +0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.05%, London -0.3%, Paris -0.3%, Frankfurt flat, Milan +0.2%, Madrid -0.2%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.1%. S&P +0.2%. Nasdaq +0.2%
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, FXI, GXC, PGJ, YAO, FCHI, PEK, CAF, YXI, XPP, FXP, MCHI, YINN, YANG, TCHI, CHXF, KFYP, HAO, ECNS.
Monday, Oct 72013, 4:14 AM
Monday, Oct 72013, 4:14 AM| Comment!
- Global equities are lower after John Boehner said the GOP won't agree to support legislation to finance the government or raise the debt ceiling until the Democrats agree to talks about reducing the deficit.
- "The U.S. shutdown saga is starting to really roil markets," says Capital Spreads trader Jonathan Sudaria. "What was once thought to be a case of chest thumping by politicians may have been underestimated by markets."
- Japan -1.2%, Hong Kong -0.8%, China closed. India -0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -1.1%, London -0.7%, Paris -1.3%, Frankfurt -1.2%, Milan -0.4%, Madrid -0.8%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.9%. S&P -1%. Nasdaq -1%.
- Crude -1% to $102.82, Gold +0.05% to $1310.60.
- U.S. Dollar index -0.2%.
- Ten-year Treasury yield -3 bps to 2.62%.
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 5:16 AM
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 5:16 AM| 2 Comments
- European shares and U.S. stock futures are mostly lower as investors start to get more than a tad concerned that the government shutdown in America might drag on longer than expected. Markets are also focusing on an ECB policy meeting later, when the bank is expected to leave interest rates at 0.5%.
- Japanese shares dropped 2.3% as the yen rose against the dollar, and investors analyzed the government's sales-tax increase and stimulus package.
- Stocks rose elsewhere in Asia, though, helped by a strong ISM manufacturing report in the U.S.
- Hong Kong +0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.3%, London -0.9%, Paris -0.7%, Frankfurt -0.6%, Milan +0.9%, Madrid -0.1%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.5%. S&P -0.7%. Nasdaq -0.5%
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS.
Monday, Sep 302013, 4:48 AM
Monday, Sep 302013, 4:48 AM| 1 Comment
- Equities are lower in most places around the world as the U.S. government heads for a shutdown at midnight tonight and Italy's government faces collapse.
- However, European shares remain near five-year highs and are on course for their best quarter in two years.
- Japan -2.1% to 14455.8. Hong Kong -1.5% to 22860. China +0.7%, India -1.3%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.8%, London -0.8%, Paris -0.9%, Frankfurt -1%, Milan -1.6%, Madrid -1%.
- U.S. futures: Dow -0.7%. S&P -0.7%. Nasdaq -0.5%
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVY
Wednesday, Sep 252013, 4:54 AM
Wednesday, Sep 252013, 4:54 AM| Comment!
- Global equities are lower as the deadline for a U.S. budget deal draws closer and investors wonder what the Fed will do next after it backed out of tapering last week.
- "We're not seeing a post-Fed party as perhaps the market was initially expecting and that's causing some safe-haven flows," says FXPro chief economist Simon Smith.
- The USD-JPY is -0.2% to ¥98.52 and gold is +0.4% to $1.321.20. The U.S. dollar index is -0.1%.
- In Japan, Tokyo Electron surges 13.2% on its merger with Applied Materials.
- Japan -0.8%, Hong Kong +0.1%, China -0.4%, India -0.9%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.1%, London -0.1%. Paris -0.1%. Frankfurt -0.1%, Milan -0.15%, -0.2%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.4%, S&P -03%, Nasdaq flat.
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR. AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA
Wednesday, Sep 182013, 5:25 AM
Wednesday, Sep 182013, 5:25 AM| Comment!
- Global equities are mainly higher as markets await the word from the FOMC later in the day, when the Fed is expected to announce that it's going to start tapering its bond-buying program.
- Japan +1.4%, Hong Kong -0.3%, China +0.3%, India +0.3%.
- EU Stoxx 50 +0.5%, London +0.1%, Paris +0.4%, Frankfurt +0.3%, Milan +0.5%, Madrid +0.8%.
- U.S. futures: Dow +0.1%, S&P +0.1%, Nasdaq +0.3%.
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, MFSA, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA
Friday, Mar 222013, 2:29 PMBill Luby takes a look at the low volatility fad, checking the performance of the popular SPLV against the high beta SPHB. Over longer periods - and even in bull markets - low volatility appears to have a high probability of outperforming high beta, particularly when risk-adjusted. The biggest risk is a sharp bull move similar to the last few months in which high beta leaves the defensive stocks in the dust. |Friday, Mar 222013, 2:29 PM| Comment!
Tuesday, Mar 192013, 3:05 PMThe low volatility space continues to be a popular one with PowerShares' SPLV surpassing $4B in AUM in its less than 2 years of existence. The fund holds the 100 stocks in the S&P 500 with the lowest volatility over the previous year, and has outperformed the SPY by more than 600 bps since inception. Competitors include: USMV, IDLV, EEMV, SMLV, LGLV. |Tuesday, Mar 192013, 3:05 PM| Comment!
Thursday, Feb 212013, 4:26 PMState Street rolls out 2 low-volatility ETFs: SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility (LGLV) and SPDR Russell 2000 Low Volatility (SMLV). SMLV has an expense ratio of 0.25% while LGLV is the cheapest among peers at 0.20%. Competitors SPLV, IDLV, XMLV and XSLV charge 0.25% while EELV charges 0.29%. Demand for low volatility ETFs has picked up due to recent risk-adjusted outperformance vs. standard market cap weighted funds. |Thursday, Feb 212013, 4:26 PM| Comment!
Tuesday, Feb 192013, 3:31 PMThe red-hot low volatility investing sector gets two more ETFs with State Street launching Thursday the SPDR Russell 1000 Low Vol. ETF (LGLV) and the SPDR Russell 2000 Low Vol. ETF (SMLV). The original low vol. ETF (SPLV) has outperformed the SPY by about 400 bps since its May 2011 inception. The sector ETFs have taken in $1.5B thus far in 2013, about 1/3 of the total for all 2012. |Tuesday, Feb 192013, 3:31 PM| 2 Comments
Friday, Feb 152013, 3:41 AMPowerShares expands its Low Volatility ETF suite with 2 new ETFs: S&P MidCap Low Volatility (XMLV) and S&P SmallCap Low Volatility (XSLV). The ETFs come with a 0.25% expense ratios, in line with counterpart IDLV (0.25%) and SPLV (0.25%), and slightly less than EELV (0.29%). Over the recent 1-year period, SPLV returned 16.36%, 68 basis points better than SPY, with an SD of just 8.6% vs. 12.8% for SPY. (pdf) |Friday, Feb 152013, 3:41 AM| 1 Comment