Best of AdvisorOne: Top 5 ETF Articles—Volatility and Oil ETFs

Most widely read stories in January include a new volatility ETF and the effect of rising oil prices for energy ETFs

In case you missed them the first time around, or would like to review them at your leisure, these are the most widely read stories on AdvisorOne.com for the month of January that focused on exchange traded funds.

Top Story #1:

Rising Oil Prices Bode Well for Energy ETFs

By Vaughan Scully, S&P

Our regular commentator on exchange traded funds and mutual funds, Vaughan Scully of Standard & Poor's, reported on January 23  that S&P analysts are expecting oil to hit $95.15 a barrel next year as th U.S. economy apparently shifts into growth mode.

 

Top Story #2:

ETFs Top Mutual Funds in Q4 Flows, Lipper Says

By Janet Levaux

U.S.-domiciled mutual funds had a strong fourth quarter in terms of their performance, according to Lipper, but they could not keep up with exchange-traded funds in terms of inflows. Equity fund flows into ETFs, reports Research and AdvisorOne's Janet Levaux (above, left), were close to $37 billion vs. $18 billion for mutual funds in the fourth quarter of 2010

Top Story #3:

ProShares Launches Two Volatility ETFs

By James J. Green

ProShares introduced Jan. 4 two volatility ETFs—the ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures(VIXY) and the VIX Mid-Term Futures (VIXM)—responding, said ProShares Chairman and CEO Michael Sapir (left), to the desire among advisors and sophisticated investors to include “volatility exposure within portfolios” but without the credit risk possible with the issuers of existing volatility ETNs.

 

Top Story #4:

Not Frightened of Municipal Bond Defaults? Try ETFs

By Gil Weinreich

Fixed income of all kinds has fallen off a cliff since the Fed’s announcement of quantitative easing. As spooked retail investors unload their muni bonds, we turned to Morningstar’s Director of ETF Research, Scott Burns (left), for the non-catastrophic view on investing in munis, and advice for those who might actually want to buy munis.

 

Top Story #5:

Energy ETFs for a Double-Dip Economy

The outlook for economic growth continues to improve, we reported in late November in a story with long legs, which should be a positive indicator for energy prices. Nonetheless, some prognosticators are still forecasting a double dip, so how can cautious clients get energy-exposure in their portfolios that will profit in either scenario?

Tom Lydon, editor and publisher of ETF Trends and president of investment advisory firm Global Trends Investments, pointed to several factors investors should consider.

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