ETF

Fine-tuning a near-retirement investment portfolio can be tricky. Yields—even amid a recent rally and expectations for an eventual Fed hike—remain at historically low levels, and growth stocks can be fickle. Enter multi-asset exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The advantage of ETFs, say experts, is a structure that allows the manager to diversify among more asset classes, including …

Currency-hedged ETFs were once the hottest trades in town. The question is whether they are set to heat up once again. By granting investors the ability to gain exposure to foreign stocks without the currency risk that tends to be inherent in such trades, these products served as an ideal way to make popular bets …

The ascent of exchange-traded funds has many investors wondering whether to abandon mutual funds and join the stampede into ETFs. It’s not hard to understand why. ETFs didn’t gain popularity until the turn of the millennium, but they have been on a tear in recent years. There are now more than 1,600 U.S.-listed ETFs with …

The Federal Reserve has little justification to raise interest rates amid a deflationary global backdrop, bond expert Jeff Gundlach said. “There was a year, 1937, when the Federal Reserve tightened credit conditions prematurely and it led to the second leg of the Great Depression,” said Gundlach, who confessed to being “worried” that the Fed would …

Exchange-traded funds are on their way to $5 trillion in assets, a path that will travel around the globe as more nations dive into the increasingly popular investment vehicle, according to a study released Monday. Asset managers responding to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis of the industry believe that lofty mark will be attained as soon as …

Exchange-traded funds hit a big milestone this year, eclipsing the $2 trillion mark in assets, but don’t thank new ETFs. Of the 204 ETFs that launched in 2014, 92 have gained less than $10 million each in assets—that’s a pretty high flop ratio. Or put another way, even if you put all 92 of those …

The exchange-traded fund winners this year were biotech and mainland China. It was a home run for biotech across the three largest ETFs. SPDR Biotech, an equal-weighted index of U.S. biotech stocks, is up 43.5 percent for the year. First Trust Biotech ETF, another equal-weighted index, has also been a big performer, up 49.5 percent. …

It’s tough to launch new ETFs and find success. That’s been the case for years, and 2014 was no exception. So what was the winning combination among the latest rookie lineup of ETFs? The answer was often less a matter of marketing savvy or raising eyebrows with a novel concept than a simpler route to …

Are your investments boring? Do ETFs that track major indexes put you to sleep? Have regular old commodity holdings made you question your purpose in life? Maybe it’s time to spice up your portfolio. We went looking for the most unique ETFs we could find—investments you’d find hitchhiking on the side of the road at …

Investors trying to find value in equities may be better served looking to a group of global macro, tactical bettors referred to as ETF strategists rather than trying to track the so-called “smart money” of hedge fund managers. In August, Soros Fund Management loaded up on bearish bets against the U.S. stock market. Meanwhile, the smart money …

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates. Pimco Total Return ETF saw $448 million in outflows Friday and $98 million in outflows Monday, a company spokesperson said. Click here for the latest on the markets.

Exchange-traded fund providers, including Vanguard, Charles Schwab and BlackRock‘s iShares, have been slashing the expense ratios on their index ETFs in the past two years, trying to one-up each other and win more of your investing money. The stakes are high among the ETF industry giants, as investors embrace the passive style of fund management in greater numbers. …