August 24, 2015 marked an influential day in the marketplace when we awoke to extremely volatile global markets. Although not the cause of the issues on 8/24, many ETFs were affected by a collision between market volatility and market structure. One of the key factors in why market participants had difficulty pricing ETFs during the opening minutes of 8/24 centered on a little-known and antiquated rule by the NYSE, called Rule 48.
Although it is not obvious to the naked eye, there is ample potential for daily liquidity in fixed income ETFs. The key is knowing how to access it by utilizing your trading desk or the capital markets desks at the various issuers. Fixed Income ETFs allow investors to economically gain access to a range of fixed income strategies that they may not have the resources or tools to invest in on a per-bond basis.
You may have heard time and time again that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are bought and sold just like stocks on an exchange. While this is true, it is important to understand the various order types used to execute ETFs.
The saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” can be applied to ETFs when discussing trading volume and liquidity. Oftentimes investors will rule out ETFs because they don’t meet a certain average daily volume threshold. This could eliminate from consideration hundreds of ETFs that could potentially be effective and impactful investment vehicles.