Adjusting The Etf Retirement Portfolio – Powershares Cef Income Composite Portfolio Etf (nysearca:pcef) | Seeking Alpha

The ETF’s characteristics are based on what investors said were lacking in ETFs such as GLD. Big institutions don’t know “how to handle John Smith coming in from the street,” said Merk. They’re “not used to having an interface.” Merk thinks it has found the interface, and it received a U.S. patent for the “deliverable commodity investment vehicle.” MarketWatch: How gold ETFs have transformed the market “We needed to test the processes so that this product works in practice, not just theory,” Axel Merk said. “We wanted an easy online interface to allow investors to be guided through the steps to take delivery.” Merk Investments can facilitate home delivery of coins and 10-ounce bars, delivered with UPS next-day delivery, while London bars are shipped from London by armored courier and can’t be sent to residential addresses. As the sponsor, Merk Investments gets paid in gold and then pays the operating expenses, said Merk.
Source: http://money.msn.com/exchange-traded-fund/new-gold-etf-lets-you-swap-shares-for-bars

Are ETFs Like ‘Hotel California’? – Focus on Funds – Barrons.com

The performance of the original portfolio has been extended to May 20, 2014 to give a fair comparison between the two portfolios.) The share performance of the portfolio is marginally better with PCEF than it was with AOM. Of the ETFs in the original portfolio, only SPLV has realized a drop in performance, down to 2.90% from April’s 4.31%. The significance of PCEF’s near-8% yield is reflected in the following chart, showing total returns for the two portfolios: (click to enlarge) (Again, the original portfolio’s data has been extended through May 20, 2014.) With PCEF in the mix, the retirement portfolio is now performing closer to the level one would expect of a reasonably safe but productive portfolio, particularly in terms of dividend yield. Since the portfolio is intended to be held for the long term, with minimum changes, dividends become the prominent feature, and PCEF goes a long way towards improving the portfolio in that regard.
Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2231523-adjusting-the-etf-retirement-portfolio

ETF Preview: ETFs, Futures Flat to Higher; April New Home Sales Still Ahead – NASDAQ.com

As far as sector holdings are concerned, it relies heavily on Financials, followed by Consumer Staples, Healthcare, Industrials and Energy, each with double-digit exposure. All these sectors combined account for more than half of the fund assets. As far as geographic reach goes, the fund allocates more towards stronger economies like the U.K. (26.93%), France (15.31%), Switzerland (14.26%) and Germany (13.13%) (read: Time to Bet on the British ETF? ).
Source: http://etfdailynews.com/2014/05/23/the-ishares-sp-europe-350-index-etf-in-focus-iev/2/

The iShares S&P Europe 350 Index (ETF) In Focus (NYSEARCA:IEV) | ETF DAILY NEWS – Part 2

Expense Amount is the estimated annual expense for holdings of 10 shares of a given ETF. This is computed by Expense Ratio and the net asset value of 10 shares. The fee will be directly deducted from the ETFs asset. For example, if the NAV of a given ETF is 100 and its expense ratio per year is 1%, the incurred expense for a position of 10 shares would be $10 yearly (NAV per share*10 shares*Expense Ratio= 100*10*1%).
Source: http://www.aastocks.com/en/stocks/etf/details.aspx?etf-code=2846

Commodities Crude was up 0.21%; natural gas was up 0.21%. United States Oil Fund (USO) was up 0.42% while United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) was down 0.67%. Gold was down 0.29% and silver was up 2%. In corporate news, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) surged 141.51% after the company said the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion on its marketing approva application for Translarna to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in ambulatory patients aged five years and older. The CHMP opinion will form the basis for a European Commission (EC) decision as to whether to formally grant the conditional marketing authorization.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-etfs-futures-flat-to-higher-april-new-home-sales-still-ahead-cm355848

ETF – ETF etf’s to buy now Details

At the same time, the effect is likely to be temporary in most cases, which is why I mention the London congestion charge. At peak hours, you pay 10 pounds to drive your car into Londons congestion zone. Once the rush is over, you dont pay. Similarly, the trading cost an ETF exacts from a buyer or seller reflects the market climate at the moment. If you can avoid selling in a panic, avoid it. Investors who followed this principle in last years interest-rate scare have been rewarded.
Source: http://blogs.barrons.com/focusonfunds/2014/05/23/are-etfs-like-hotel-california/

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