Etf Insider: Q&a With Nasdaq's Dave Lavalle

Telecommunications ETF ( IYZ ) and the Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF ( VOX ) are each up 18%, or nearly 900 basis points below the returns offered by the S&P 500. Investors do not have to commit to market-lagging returns with telecom ETFs, a fact confirmed by the SPDR S&P S&P International Telecommunications Sector ETF ( IST ) . With just $34 million in assets under management, IST is another example of a small ETF offering big returns. Actually, IST has performed well enough this year to rank among the short list of international ETFs that have outpaced the S&P 500. Source:

Bloomberg Radio's Catherine Cowdery reports on Exchange Traded Funds. Rhind Says Gold Represents a `Buying Opportunity (Audio) Dec 4, 2013 William Rhind, managing director of the World Gold Council, says gold is near its support level and represents a "buying opportunity for a lot of investors come the end of the year." Bloomberg Radio's Catherine Cowdery reports on Exchange Traded Funds. Balchunas on Tapping Into the Online Shopping Trend (Audio) Dec 3, 2013 Bloomberg analyst Eric Balchunas discusses an exchange-traded fund that captures the growth in online shopping, which reached a record on Cyber Monday. Bloomberg Radio's Catherine Cowdery reports on Exchange Traded Funds. Source:

ETF Report Podcast

Broadly speaking, NASDAQ considers ourselves to be a thought leader in the industry. Seated as an exchange and a global indexer, we are in a unique position to support ETFs in that we assist products coming to market as well as the liquidity and trading of those products in the market. From your perspective, what are the major benefits that ETFs bring home page to your client base? Critical to the role of an exchange is capital formation. ETFs facilitate capital formation by allowing ETF issuers to bring products to market that offer investors unique investment opportunities. What are the biggest challenges to ETFs, how do you suggest we overcome them? Source:

This Telecom ETF Didnt Disappoint in 2013

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ETF Chart of the Day: Closed End Chatter

Nearly four years later, PCEF has gathered $467 million in assets under management, and it seems to appeal to those institutional managers and registered investment advisors that have traditionally built portfolios out of individually listed closed end funds. Additionally, the desire for current income, for closed-end funds individually often attract investors whom are looking for regular dividend income, has helped propel this Closed End fund category within the greater ETP space. PCEF is not alone in the category at this point, as Van Eck offers XMPT (Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income, Expense Ratio 1.67%) which also tracks and index made up of individually listed CEFs, but this fund has only managed to gather about $25 million since its 2011 inception. GCE (Goldman Sachs Claymore CEF GS Connect ETN, Expense Ratio 0.95%) has been on the market since 2007 but the fund remains small, having only raised $3.5 million in AUM since inception. Source: