They tap emerging-market potential

Many emerging markets seen slower growth lately. That’s because a growing U.S. economy and rising interest rates have pushed up the U.S. dollar. This typically results in capital flowing to the U.S. from emerging markets. That hurts investments in those economies. Even so, many emerging… Read More

ETFs off to a good start in 2019

After a rough final quarter of 2018, most asset classes saw significant gains in the first month of 2019 as investors became less concerned about high stock valuations and the China-U.S. trade dispute. Fears about a rapid rise in U.S. interest rates for 2019 also… Read More

Here’s a look at a new industry alliance

A major change in the Canadian ETF landscape took place in January, with BlackRock Inc. and RBC Global Asset Management joining forces. The #1 and #5 Canadian providers will jointly offer 150 Canadian-listed ETFs under the RBC iShares brand with a combined $60 billion in… Read More

ETF Performance: A tough 2018

The year turned out to be tough globally for most asset classes.
The Vanguard Total Bond Index ETF (BND) lost 3% over the year while the Vanguard Total World Stocks ETF (VT) lost 12.5% after big final quarter losses. Real Estate, as measured by the iShares Global REIT ETF (REET), lost 9.8%…. Read More

ETF Performance Highlights

Natural gas has some of the most volatile and unpredictable price movements among mainstream commodities. In the past, this has caused considerable losses for even highly experienced trading teams at major financial institutions. Natural gas lived up to its reputation in November 2018 with the US… Read More

ETF Performance Highlights

October 2018 was a month that investors in risky assets would rather forget. Some of the top-performing ETFs over the preceding months lost considerable value in October. For example, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) dropped 30%, although it remains up 76% over a year earlier… Read More

ETF Performance Highlights

The runaway ETF winners in the month of September 2018 were marijuana funds ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) and Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ). They gained 23.1% and 20.4%, respectively. The increases for these spectaculative stocks came on top of previous gains. Both funds are up more… Read More