Well, it launched in 1998, which Hougan says was a long time ago in the world of index investing. He told Barrons Brendan Conway earlier this year that if the fund didnt exist already, it might not even launch today . But back in 1998, fewer investors had exposure to small caps and international equities, and they werent flocking to total market products like they are today. Something as familiar as the Dow it was a no brainer to launch a product, Hougan said.
The Germans are able to sneak past Belgium though thanks to a 3.7% gain in the trailing three months. Quarterfinals For the eight country ETFs left, six months performance was used to decide the winners of the remaining matchups: Mexico vs. Japan: This was a close battle as both of these markets struggled to start the year but have made some serious headway as of late. In the end though, Mexico first trust natural gas etf is the winner thanks to its flat performance over the past six months compared to EWJ’s 1.2% loss in the same time frame (see 3 Incredible ETF Buys for Under $20 ). Switzerland vs.
When two stocks make up nearly one-third of an ETF, the ETF will tend to be heavily influenced by their performance. Both Intel and TSM have been market leaders and therefore SMH has been on a tear. The smaller SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSE: XSD ) is also breaking out to new highs, though it does not boast a similar winning streak. The portfolio is very different than that of SMH as Intel is not in the top ten holding list. The largest holding is OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI ) at 2.8 percent. Both ETFs are now sitting at extremely overbought levels based on a variety of technical indicators, which should not be a surprise considering the rally that both have enjoyed.