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2 New Gold ETFs - GLDL and GLDS

Monday April 21, 2014

Direxion has launch a two new 3x leveraged gold ETFs, one a bull and one a bear...

  • GLDL - Direxion Daily Gold Bull 3X Shares
  • GLDS - Direxion Daily Gold Bear 3X Share

Both funds track a gold futures contract for the current active month for 100 troy ounces of gold. You can get full details on that futures contract and the performance of each fund on the Direxion fact sheet (opens a pdf). Both funds will have a triple leveraged relationship with the benchmark, however, GLDS will have an inverse relationship.

As of today, GLDL is trading around $37.82 and GLDS is at $41.98. And if you want to see similar funds, then you should check out the...

New Dividend ETF - EDOG

Monday April 21, 2014

Today I want to chat about a new dividend that ALPS launched earlier in the month...

  • EDOG - ALPS Emerging Sector Dividend Dogs ETF

This is the newest fund in the ALPS Sector Dividend Dog Series, the others being...

  • SDOG - ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF
  • IDOG - ALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF

As for EDOG, it correlates with the -Network Emerging Markets Indexand consists of stocks such as Tekfen Holdings, Natura Cosmeticos and Kimberly Clark. As of today it is trading around $26.45 and you can get full details about the entire series on the ALPS site. Or if you want to see more dividend funds, then check out the...

Tax Time and ETFs

Monday April 14, 2014

As I'm sure you are all aware, D-Day is tomorrow, so hopefully you have your tax return complete. However, if you invest in ETFs or even dividend ETFs, you might want to understand how they impact your return. As you know, one of the main benefits of ETFs is the tax advantages, but it's also important to understand how taxes on dividends from ETFs are calculated. So with that being said, these two pieces should help...

5 New Japan ETFs from WisdomTree

Tuesday April 8, 2014

WisdomTree has brought 5 new currency-hedged Japan ETFs to the market today...

  • DXJC - WisdomTree Japan Hedged Capital Goods ETF
  • DXJF - WisdomTree Japan Hedged Financials ETF
  • DXJH - WisdomTree Japan Hedged Health Care ETF
  • DXJR - WisdomTree Japan Hedged Real Estate ETF
  • DXJT - WisdomTree Japan Hedged Tech, Media and Telecom ETF

The new funds will each focus on a sector of the Japanese economy based on the fund name. And the firm makes a great case for the selection of each fund on the new ETF fact sheet (opens a pdf). Or if you want to see other Japan-focused fund, check out these ETFs...

New TIPS ETF - SIPE

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Earlier this month State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) introduced a new TIPs ETF to the market...

  • SIPE - SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS ETF

The new SPDR correlates with the Barclays 0-5 Year US Government Inflation-linked Bond Index and will hold instruments with maturities under five years. The fund trades on the NYSE Arca and is currently hovering around $19.92. You can get full details about the new fund on the SIPE fact sheet or if you want to see similar funds, then check out the...

New International Large and Small-Cap ETFs

Tuesday March 25, 2014

We have two new foreign ETFs that launched earlier in the month from iShares...

  • IEIL - iShares Enhanced International Large-Cap ETF
  • IEIS - iShares Enhanced International Small-Cap ETF

As for IEIL, it holds over 170 stocks, all of which are large-cap companies in developed countries. Some of the top holdings include Rolls Royce Holdings, SwissCom, and Zurich Insurance Group. You can get full details on the iShares fact sheet for the fund and as of today it is trading around $25.54.

As for IEIS, it holds over 370 stocks, all of which are small-cap companies in developed countries. Some of the top holdings include SYD Bank, Petroleum Geo-Services, and NorthGate. You can get full details on the IEIS fact sheet and as of today it is trading around $24.65.

Both funds are actively managed and trade on the Arca.

New Korea ETF - HKOR

Tuesday March 25, 2014

We have a new Korea ETF from Horizons ETF Trust that launched earlier in the month...

  • HKOR - Horizons Korea KOSPI 200 ETF

The new fund correlates with the KOSPI 200 Index and according to Horizons, the benchmark is a market capitalization weighted index comprised of 200 blue chip companies listed on the Korea Exchange, based on their market and sector representation and liquidity.

Some of the holdings in the fund include Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. You can get full details about the fund and all of its holdings on the HKOR fact sheet.

As of today, HKOR is trading around $34.19 and if you want to see similar funds, check out the...

New China ETF - KBA

Tuesday March 25, 2014

We had a new China ETF from KraneShares launch earlier this month...

  • KBA - KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A Share ETF

The new China fund correlates with the MSCI China A Index and some of the holdings in the ETF are China Merchants Bank, Ping An Insurance Group and CITIC Securities Company. You can get a full list of the holdings on the KBA Fact sheet. And KraneShares also has two other China ETFs in their product line...

  • KFYP - KraneShares CSI China Five Year Plan ETF
  • KWEB - KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF

As for KBA, it is currently trading around $29.81 and if you want to see similar funds, then be sure to check out the...

New ETF of ETFs - YPRO

Monday March 17, 2014

We have a new fund of funds on the market from AdvisorShares...

  • YPRO - AdvisorShares YieldPro ETF

The portfolio manager for the fund is The Elements Financial Group and according to AdvisorShares, the strategy behind the fund is to allocate the majority of the portfolio to long and short investments across all segments of the fixed income market. YPRO may also invest directly in U.S.-traded fixed income and equity securities, certain derivatives, such as options, futures, and structured notes, and other exchange-traded products.

Some of the ETFs in the holdings are VCIT, HYLD, and PGX. You can get the full list of holdings and more info about the fund on the YPRO fact sheet.

As of today, YPRO is trading around $25.07 and you can see similar funds on the...

Two New Global X ETFs - GURX and GURI

Wednesday March 12, 2014

We have two new ETFs on the market from Global X...

  • GURI - Global X Guru International Index ETF
  • GURX - Global X Guru Small Cap Index ETF

GURI tracks the Solactive GURU index, which according to Global X, targets the price movements of the highest conviction U.S. listed international equity holdings of a select group of Hedge Funds and Institutional Investors, based on quarterly regulatory filings from the SEC. Some of the top holdings in the fund are Imax Corp, Scorpio Bulkers and Taiwan Semiconductor. You can get full details on the GURI fact sheet.

As for GURX, it tracks the Solactive Guru Small-Cap Index and some of the top holdings in this small-cap fund are NMI Holdings, Veeco Instruments and Imax Corp. As of today, GURX is trading around $14.87 and you can get full details on the fact sheet.

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