When I see headlines along the lines of “Fixed income exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are not liquid and pose a risk to the system!” I can’t help but think, Stop the madness! Fixed income ETFs can actually add liquidity to the overall ecosystem and could potentially protect investors better than traditional investment structures.
The markets experienced something new and remarkable on Monday, August 24, 2015. The marketplace didn’t know how to react, but within the hour it learned, recovered and returned to orderly markets. ETFs are not to blame, nor are they immune to volatile events in the broader marketplace.
One of the most common myths about hedging foreign currencies is that it’s expensive. Misnomers persist about the cost associated with the financial contracts that are used to hedge foreign exchange exposures. While there may be a desire to hedge, some investors mistakenly believe the cost involved always puts them at a disadvantage.
What if I told you that a large $500 million order and a smaller $1.2 million order traded in the same ETF, but one executed around the bid/ask spread and the other drove up the ETF price 84 cents, or almost 5%. Could you guess which trade was responsible for each outcome? The answer may surprise you.