As provider of the one of the largest lineups of ETFs, ProShares enjoys broad coverage in the media. Here's what they are saying about ProShares.
(Barron’s : Feb 1, 2017)
Barron’s “Focus on Funds” blog featured the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats (NOBL) as CFRA’s focus ETF of the month. The blog said that even though rates are rising, CFRA’s Todd Rosenbluth argues “these dividend growers will still be attractive, as their managements have strong records over time.” The blog said Rosenbluth noted that the market uncertainty brought on by the aging bull market and new administration “make NOBL timely, given the downside protection and attractive valuation of its holdings.” Read more.
MarketWatch noted TOLZ’s performance in a commentary about the recent rally in infrastructure stocks.
(MarketWatch: Jan 20, 2017)
MarketWatch discussed the recent rally in infrastructure stocks following the presidential election, noting “exchange traded funds focused on the infrastructure, industrials and materials industries were among the biggest advancers in 2016 on the prospect that Trump will push Congress to back spending aimed at fixing…the country’s ‘crumbling infrastructure.’” MarketWatch cited ProShares DJ Brookfield Global Infrastructure ETF (TOLZ) among these ETFs, saying it was up 8.9% last year. See TOLZ performance. Read more.
(ETF Trends : Jan 20, 2017)
ETF Trends’ Max Chen said that in a rising rate environment, bond investors typically gravitate to short-term bonds to diminish interest rate risk. He warned that they’re still subject to rate risk and suggested they “consider interest-rate hedged bond ETFs with a zero duration,” like ProShares Investment Grade—Interest Rated Hedged (IGHG) and ProShares High Yield—Interest Rate Hedged (HYHG). Read more.
U.S. News & World Report highlighted international stocks for portfolio diversification, featuring EFAD.
(U.S. News & World Report: Jan 20, 2017)
U.S. News & World Report featured a number of investment experts, who suggested investors move some of their money to international stocks to diversify their portfolios. In particular, Christian Magoon of Amplify Investments recommended international dividend growth stocks, featuring ProShares MSCI EAFE Dividend Growers ETF (EFAD) as a way to gain exposure to those stocks. He said “dividend growth stocks will perform better if economies shift to a rising interest rate or inflationary environment.” See EFAD holdings. Read more.
(Lipper: Jan 9, 2017)
2016 was a banner year for two ProShares Dividend Growers ETFs. REGL and SMDV earned top marks for performance—REGL ranked # 1 out of 425 mid-cap core mutual funds and ETFs, and SMDV ranked #1 out of 874 small-cap core mutual funds and ETFs. (Source: Lipper, as reported by WSJ, 1/9/2017). See REGL and SMDV performance. Click here to view non-printable PDF.
(Seeking Alpha: Jan 8, 2017)
Seeking Alpha contributor Ploutos highlighted ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) while discussing a strategy “for buy-and-hold investors that [has] historically beat the market.” He suggested two factor tilts in an S&P 500 portfolio—the Dividend Aristocrats and equal weighting. He said the Dividend Aristocrats “have produced a return profile exceeding the broader market by 2.4% per annum over the past nearly three decades while exhibiting only three-quarters of the return volatility.” He noted NOBL closely replicates the Dividend Aristocrats. See See NOBL performance. Read more.
(Investment News : Jan 5, 2017)
Investment News columnist John Waggoner said that ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV), which invests in small-company stocks with a long history of increasing dividends, was “the top-performing diversified U.S. smart-beta ETF in 2016,” gaining 35.6%. He said Morningstar categorizes SMDV as small company value fund, a category that was “this year’s leader among open-ended funds, gaining an average 25.68%.” See SMDV performance. Read more. (log-in required for access)
(ETF Trends : Jan 4, 2017)
ETF Trends’ Tom Lydon said there’s evidence in the economy that the “Fed has to continue to move.” He noted that if the Fed does move, that adds to the “threat of rising rates.” He said investors “should think about hedging in some areas” and recommended ProShares Investment Grade—Interest Rate Hedged (IGHG), which “shorts Treasuries within a corporate bond portfolio.” Read more.
Investor’s Business Daily said SMDV and REGL performance topped their respective categories in 2016.
(Investor’s Business Daily: Jan 3, 2017)
Investor’s Business Daily’s Aparna Narayan did an overview of the performance of exchange traded funds over the past year. While many exposures to the stock market through ETFs outperformed their benchmarks, Narayan noted that “even more impressive was the performance of specialized ETF strategies.” She highlighted ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV) and ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (REGL), which “jumped more than 30% apiece in 2016 to become the top diversified ETFs of 2016 in their respective categories.” See SMDV and REGL performance. Read more.
(MarketWatch: Dec 30, 2016)
MarketWatch did an overview of investment professionals’ picks for 2016 to see which ones paid off. Among those that did was ETF.com’s David Nadig, who counted ProShares Investment Grade—Interest Rate Hedged ETF (IGHG) among his top picks. IGHG rose 4.1% over the course of the year, “outpacing the…most widely used corporate bond ETF.” See IGHG performance. Read more. Read more.