A landmark event took place yesterday, one which, at least according to Bank of America, may signal that we have hit a top. After $2.9 trillion of inflows to passive funds, and $1.3 trillion redemptions from active funds past 10 years, an ETF ETF has launched.
Direxion announced that effective Thursday, daily creation orders in the Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners 3X Levered ETF (JNUG) are temporarily suspended until further notice. The stated reason: the suspension "is due to the limited availability of certain investments or financial instruments used to provide requisite exposure."
Sometime this week the 2,000th exchange traded fund will list on a domestic exchange. It is no exaggeration to say that there are more ETFs than investable stocks listed on US exchanges. Here is how active managers can profit from the relentless takeover of ETFs of the stock market.
While conventional capital markets may be experiencing a "great rotation" out of retail cash into ETFs as Reuters puts it, a similar dynamic was taking place in the cryptocoin realm: "some experts said traders were selling bitcoin and buying ether, which was exacerbating the falls in the original cryptocurrency."
DB has continued to hemmorhage cash with the FT reporting that the German lender's exchange traded fund unit has seen billions in outflows as Germany’s biggest lender considers whether to sell parts of its asset management business. Specifically, investors have pulled $8bn from Deutsche’s ETF arm so far this year.
The physical holdings of Chinese gold ETFs have surged five-fold from 7 tonnes at the end of January, to 35 tonnes at end of August. The Huaán Yifu Gold ETF, which was holding 23 tonnes in August, entered the global top 15 list.
Worried British savers are scrambling to buy gold bars and "stuffing them in safes at home, data suggests, as fears mount that a Brexit-induced financial meltdown could be just around the corner." The paper cites Google search data for the term "home safe" which is running 61% higher than the level at which it peaked in November 2008, the point of the financial crisis, and is now higher than at any point since. In other words, whether intended or not, locals are more terrified of the outcome of Thursday's vote than the near-collapse of the financial system in the aftermath of Lehmans' failure.
Since the turn of this century, debt-financed share buybacks have severely tested the character of those charged with growing publicly-traded U.S. firms. Should she ignore the potential for further QE-financed share buybacks to exact more untold economic damage, it would be akin to intentionally corrupting Corporate America. The time, though, has come for these wayward companies’ banker and enabler, the Fed, to hold the line, no matter how difficult the next inevitable test of their character may prove to be. It’s time for the Fed to defend the entire Union and end a civil war that pits a chosen few against the economic freedom of the many.