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Thursday, August 01, 2013

ETF Roundup: Misunderstood ETFs and New Milestones

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My, how ETFs have grown. IndexUniverse's Olly Ludwig writes. ETFs attracted $40 billion in July, which is the largest monthly asset haul in ETF's 20-year history. That translates into a 7 percent increase in total AUM to nearly $1.5 trillion, a big turnaround from June's outflows, Ludwig notes.

Barrons' Johanna Bennett reports that S&P Capital IQ analyst Todd Rosenbluth wrote a note on underperforming actively-traded mutual funds, suggesting that investors take a gander at ETFs.

Bennett provided a section of the note, which read, "S&P Capital IQ believes the high cost of these active mutual funds plays a meaningful role in the underperformance, as the average expense ratio is 1.3 percent for mid-cap core funds. Further, while management has more opportunities to identify appealing, under followed companies than in the large-cap space, they have not been successful in doing so."

Oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood, especially if I'm an ETF with a misleading name. FoxBusiness covered ETFs that are not always what they seem. The State Street [profile] SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF, for example, does not have one homebuilder stock in its top 10 holdings. Instead, it has exposure to retailers and durables makers such as Williams-Sonoma and Whirlpool.

MarketWatch's Viktor Reklaitis reports that Invesco's [profile] PowerShares DB Dollar Bullish Fund was up 0.01 percent on Wednesday, thanks in part to anticipation of the Federal Reserve statement on stimulus efforts. It gained 0.3 percent for the week, which is encouraging given the ETF's previous three-week losing streak.

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Edited by: Casey Quinlan

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