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Commodity ETFs Are Having a Great Year

Investors have turned to commodity exchange traded funds to enhance and diversify their investment portfolios against high inflationary pressures. Year-to-date, the Invesco DB Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy Portfolio (NasdaqGM: PDBC) increased 36.4% and iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (NYSEARCA: GSG) advanced 44.0%. According...

Natural Gas ETFs Are Soaring Ahead of the Summer Cooling Season

Natural gas prices and related exchange traded funds have been gaining momentum as we head toward the summer cooling season. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEArca: UNG) rose 27.9% over the past month and increased 136.8% year-to-date. Meanwhile, Nymex natural gas futures were trading around $8.91 per million British thermal units. Natural gas...

South Korea Ups Rates, Predicts Economic Recovery

The Bank of Korea delivered back-to-back interest rate hikes and forecasts further aggressive increases to bring consumer inflation down from 13-year highs. The country’s central bank announced Thursday that it will raise the Base Rate by 25 basis points, to 1.75% from 1.5%, the highest since mid-2019. Reuters is reporting that Governor Rhee Chang-yong...

Dollar Stores Help Power Retail, Consumer Sector ETFs

Dollar Tree (NasdaqGS: DLTR) and Dollar General (NYSE: DG) shares surged, lifting retail and consumer sector-related exchange traded funds after the discount variety store chain revealed better-than-expected profits. On Thursday, the VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (RTH) was 4.2% higher and the John Hancock Multifactor Consumer Discretionary ETF (NYSEArca:...

“The Ground Shook, And the Foundation Held” – Bitwise on DeFi

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is still a newer entrant to the schoolyard of finance, but if it’s anything, it’s the up-and-coming scrappy fighter that learns from its knockdowns, goes home, and instead of sulking it does the work to improve, coming back smarter, stronger, more resilient, and more robust than ever. That’s according to Bitwise, which [...]...

What You Think You Need Vs. What You Actually Need: Redefining the Role of an OCIO at Your Advisory Firm

By Team Helios, For advisory firms struggling to balance growth with maintaining high-quality client service, offloading investment management to an OCIO makes sense. The problem is that most OCIOs aren’t built to deliver what these firms actually need. Let’s break down the disconnect between what traditional OCIOs offer, and the services that truly...

ARK’s Cathie Wood: Now’s Not the Time to Bet Against Disruptive Innovation

During the past year, critics have compared the rise and decline of the ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEArca: ARKK) to the Nasdaq during the tech and telecom bubble/bust in the late ‘90s/early 2000s. After all, the fund’s decline has been more severe during the last 15 months than for the Nasdaq 15 months after its peak on [...] The post ARK’s Cathie Wood:...

Which Midstream ETF Is a Better Fit for Your Portfolio?

With several offerings available in an ETF wrapper, investors may be wondering which midstream product is the best fit for their goals.  The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF (ENFR) provides exposure to the AMEI index, a composite of North American midstream energy infrastructure companies, including corporations and MLPs, engaged in the pipeline transportation,...

ETF of the Week: Neuberger Berman Disrupters ETF (NBDS)

VettaFi’s vice chairman Tom Lydon discussed the Neuberger Berman Disrupters ETF (NBDS) on this week’s “ETF of the Week” podcast with Chuck Jaffe of “Money Life.” NBDS is an actively managed fund that invests in companies that are either set to disrupt current markets or are creating new markets through their innovation. It’s a fund in a [...] The post...

Buffered Outcome ETF Strategies to Mange Risks in an Environment of Rising Rates, Inflation

As investors consider where the markets are headed, they can also consider buffered outcome exchange traded fund strategies to help mitigate any further risks and still remain invested even in today’s challenging market conditions. In the recent webcast, Q&A with Mohamed El-Erian: Outlook for the Second Half of 2022, Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, chief...

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