ETF Times: November 1-5

The commodities space dominated the list of top performing ETPs last week, with two cotton-tracking products at the top of the table

Morningstar ETF Analysts 9 November, 2010 | 4:57PM
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New Listings
Finansbank launched a unique two-country ETF on the Athens Stock Exchange (denominated in Euros) and the Istanbul Stock Exchange (denominated in Turkish lira). The ETF tracks the performance of the GT-30, an index which includes 15 stocks from Greece and 15 from Turkey, and is weighted by free-float market capitalisation.

Barclays was busy expanding the reach of its volatility-based ETNs this past week. The bank launched the iPath VStoxx Short-Term Futures Total Return ETN (which tracks the performance of the Eurostoxx 50 Volatility Short-Term Futures Total Return index) on the Borsa Italiana, making it the first volatility-linked product to trade in Italy. The bank also launched a new Mid-Term Futures ETN on both the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: VSXY) and the Deutsche Borse. The difference between the two ETNs is that the Mid-Term Futures ETN tracks the performance of EURO STOXX 50 futures that are four-to-seven months out. The ETNs charge a total expense ratio of 0.89%.

Best and Worst Performers For the Week of November 1-5
The commodities space dominated the list of top performing ETPs last week. At the top of the table were two cotton-tracking products, as cotton prices touched all-time highs due to a combination of constrained supplies (stemming from flooding and export restrictions), as well as relatively robust global demand.

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