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My favorite ETF reads this week, along with my ETF chart of the week!


Can Your ETF Go Negative? Is That Possible? by Dave Nadig

“So yes, I believe, theoretically, you could have a negative NAV.”


Low Volatility Doesn’t Mean No Volatility by Ben Johnson

“It can be dangerous to equate ‘less’ volatility with ‘low’ volatility. The former is a more apt description, and one that would better calibrate investors’ expectations.”


Why You Can’t Buy Spot Oil by Sumit Roy

“There is no ETF on the market that holds barrels of oil in a storage facility, like there is for gold, such as the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD).”


ETFs have proved critics wrong during the crisis by the Financial Times Editorial Board

“ETFs are sold on their ability to mirror trends in their underlying assets. Investors should not be surprised when they do exactly that.”


ETF Chart of the Week: Investors plowed $43 billion into ETFs in April.  Year-to-date ETF inflows now stand at $107 billion, ahead of last year’s pace despite tumultuous market conditions.

Source:  Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas


Last Week’s ETF Buzz