Sign of the times: ETFs

 

Exchange Trade Funds have become very popular on Wall Street. According to yahoo finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/etf/browser/tv), there are now more than 800 ETFs, of which about a hundred are very liquid  (with an average daily volume > 1M shares). These ETFs are interesting vehicles for trading the world markets and industry sectors, and also for leveraging and hedging, without the hassles and the additional risks of buying and selling individual stocks in different markets and currencies.

For example, if you are bullish on China, you can buy FXI: it will offer almost the same performance as the major Chinese indexes. Wanna play the interest rate ? Then cosider bonds-based ETFs, there are several of them. Wanna trade with a high leverage ? Then the high-leverage ETFs, which will move 2X or 3X as fast as the underlying market or sector, may be for you.

Some liquid ETFs:

Ticker Company Market Cap Price Volume
DBC PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking 3274.08 22.8 1339100
DIA DIAMONDS Trust, Series 1 7336.93 92.3 8539100
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index 30979.08 35.07 67450600
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE Index 32715.38 50.44 17125200
EPP iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan 3039.01 36.05 1008800
EWA iShares MSCI Australia Index 1355.11 19.47 2446600
EWC iShares MSCI Canada Index 2210.67 23.1 2235100
EWH iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index 1938.57 14.88 6376600
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan Index 5625.43 9.89 13194900
EWM iShares MSCI Malaysia Index 434.47 9.67 2010900
EWS iShares MSCI Singapore Index 1249.98 10.04 2651000
EWT iShares MSCI Taiwan Index 2950.12 10.87 12975400
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index 680.36 14.6 1463500
EWW iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt Idx 634.65 42.31 2653600
EWY iShares MSCI South Korea Index 2284.62 40.4 2638800
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Index 9000.24 58.96 12973300
FAZ Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X 1490.00 27.26 34000000
FXI iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index 10393.79 40.03 25582400
GDX Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF 2710.73 37.87 4268600
GLD SPDR Gold Shares 32221 92.06 4354600
ICF iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors 1450.19 42.59 1426300
IJH iShares S&P MidCap 400 Index 4561.87 63.58 835400
IJR iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index 4113.75 48.77 1014000
ILF iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index 2043.68 38.56 1282600
IVV iShares S&P 500 Index 18341.54 99.52 5600000
IVW iShares S&P 500 Growth Index 5338.49 50.53 2028200
IWB iShares Russell 1000 Index 2452.09 54.37 2007400
IWD iShares Russell 1000 Value Index 7663.07 51.76 1391200
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth Index 10043.47 43.45 3373900
IWM iShares Russell 2000 Index 10862.8 55.55 39358200
IWN iShares Russell 2000 Value Index 2903.36 52.36 1414600
IWO iShares Russell 2000 Growth Index 2795.53 59.99 1790500
IWR iShares Russell Midcap Index 3994.05 71.9 929300
IWS iShares Russell Midcap Value Index 2326.14 32.33 764800
IYF iShares Dow Jones US Financial Sector 591.78 49.11 3969500
IYG iShares Dow Jones US Financial Services 285.8 52.44 1379900
IYM iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials 563.87 49.9 1396400
IYR iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate 2349.68 37.99 22530200
KBE SPDR KBW Bank 924.07 22.24 4396000
KRE SPDR KBW Regional Banking 586.08 20.82 3262000
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bond 11755.72 103.03 870300
MDY MidCap SPDRs 7622.33 115.63 3767000
OEF iShares S&P 100 Index 2347.24 46.16 887300
OIH Oil Services HOLDRs 1584.1 101.48 7175000
QID UltraShort QQQ ProShares 1167.12 27.25 18739700
QQQQ PowerShares QQQ 15596.39 39.03 84496200
RSP Rydex S&P Equal Weight 1306.6 34.24 454700
RWR SPDR Dow Jones REIT 1073.86 39.95 720800
SCO UltraShort DJ-AIG Crude Oil ProShares 19844.68 16.76 1615200
SDS UltraShort S&P500 ProShares 3222.3 46.7 29147200
SKF UltraShort Financials ProShares 1210.00 29.78 31880000
SLV iShares Silver Trust 3908.14 13.72 6563600
SMH Semiconductor HOLDRs 974.02 24.32 9152800
SPY SPDRs 67776.57 99.09 173430800
SRS Ultrashort Real Estate Proshares 1250.00 13.18 32000000
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS Bond 14106.24 101.12 2119900
TLT iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond 2137.89 94.18 2557900
TZA Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares 3046.8 16.26 17013500
UCO Ultra DJ-AIG Crude Oil ProShares 368.63 12.11 3260900
UNG United States Natural Gas 3256.49 12.07 30093500
USO United States Oil 2244.77 36.86 12762400
VNQ Vanguard REIT Index ETF 1717.64 36.6 2379900
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 10285.38 50.07 2236800
VWO Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF 10019.27 34.64 5439700
XHB SPDR S&P Homebuilders 875.06 14.56 4516000
XLB Materials Select Sector SPDR 1236.91 29.09 8498400
XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR 2837.81 49.56 12920100
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR 6322.32 13.92 80944400
XLI Industrial Select Sector SPDR 1528.33 24.29 10463000
XLK Technology Select Sector SPDR 3220.69 19.53 3716100
XLP Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR 2042.12 24.19 3225100
XLU Utilities Select Sector SPDR 2132.98 28.7 4672600
XLV Health Care Select Sector SPDR 2115.86 27.8 4171500
XLY Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDR 875.5 25.34 5755900
XME SPDR S&P Metals & Mining 621.22 39.95 1752200
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Prod 278.48 34.38 2498700
XRT SPDR S&P Retail 453.03 30.61 16068900
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