ETFs Gaining on Mutual Funds

Tribune Media Services columnist Andrew Leckey summarizes the current state of the fund wars in Mutual funds still dominant, but face challenger in etfs.

Leckey notes that “although ETFs are much smaller, some experts predict they ultimately will win the long-term confrontation.”

An ETF strong point has been the ability to quickly add specialties, including commodities, solar energy and foreign currencies. Leckey cites several examples including:

Commodities

  • iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG)
  • PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

Quantitative Active ETFs

  • PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Value ETF (PWV)
  • PowerShares Dynamic Mid Cap Growth ETF (PWJ)

International

  • SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF (WIP)
  • SPDR Lehman International Treasury Bond ETF (BWX)
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