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.
(ETF.com: Dec 7, 2016)
In an ETF.com article about the top U.S. dividend ETFs, ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV) was ranked as the top performer, with a year-to-date return of 30.5%. ProShares S&P MidCap 400 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (REGL) ranked fifth, with a return of 26.4%. See SMDV and REGL performance. Read more.
(ETF Trends: Nov 28, 2016)
ETF Trends’ Max Chen reported the upcoming delisting of the popular VelocityShares ETNs, UWTI and DWTI, which provide 3x leveraged and inverse exposure to crude oil. Chen said that there are alternative investments in the market that allow oil traders to get leveraged and inverse exposure to the energy market. He highlighted ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF (UCO) and ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF (SCO), which provide 2x leveraged and inverse exposure to crude oil. Read more.
(Barron's: Nov 28, 2016)
Barron’s features ProShares S&P 500 Ex-Sector ETFs and quotes ProShares CEO Michael Sapir in its “ETF Focus” column on alternative investing. Columnist Lewis Braham discusses the alternative investing philosophy of Toronto-based finance professor, Moshe Milevsky, who says an investor’s career—or “human capital”—is often his or her biggest asset. Robert Finley of Virtue Asset Management takes the philosophy a step further, comparing clients’ employers with their industry sectors, and underweighting sectors that have high correlations to clients’ careers. Braham says that “to keep things simple” investors should consider ProShares S&P 500 Ex-Sector ETFs, which exclude an S&P 500 sector. He quotes ProShares CEO Michael Sapir, who says “there’s a high level of correlation between individual companies and the sector they’re in.” Read more.
(FTSE Russell blog : Nov 16, 2016)
FTSE Russell’s blog highlighted the strong performance of small-cap dividend growth stocks. It noted the Russell 2000 Dividend Growth Index, which is tracked by the ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV), outperformed the Russell 2000 over the past year. Simeon Hyman of ProShares said the performance difference between the Russell 2000 Dividend Growth Index and the Russell 2000 Index “demonstrates the power of dividend growth in small caps.” See SMDV performance. Read more.
(Barron's : Oct 29, 2016)
Barron’s reporter Sarah Max explained a number of challenges investors face when investing in commodities exchange traded products, including the tax treatment some receive. Max said that some commodity funds are structured as commodity pools and taxed as partnerships. This means investors need to deal with Schedule K-1 tax forms, which adds “another layer of tax complexity.” Noting that many investors “dread getting a K-1,” Max said that ProShares offers the ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF (OILK), the only U.S. ETF that offers exposure to oil with no K-1. Read more (subscription required for access).
(ETF Trends : Oct 26, 2016)
ETF Trends’ Max Chen suggested investors consider VIX ETFs “to hedge potential political risks, instead of relying on safe-haven plays like Treasuries or gold.” He said ETFs that track the VIX, which measures expected stock market volatility, may “allow investors to profit during rising volatility or hedge against short-term turns.” He highlighted ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY) and ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (UVXY) among these ETFs. Read more. Read more.
(Investor's Business Daily: Oct 14, 2016)
Investor's Business Daily featured investing ideas from three investment strategists, including Simeon Hyman of ProShares. Hyman suggested ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) for potential long-term equity outperformance and downside mitigation. He highlighted ProShares DJ Brookfield Global Infrastructure (TOLZ) based on the presidential candidates' agreement about the need for more government spending on infrastructure. He also cautioned about the risk of rising rates regardless of Fed action. He highlighted ProShares Investment Grade—Interest Rate Hedged ETF (IGHG) and ProShares High Yield—Interest Rate Hedged ETF (HYHG), which have built-in hedges against the effects of rising rates. Read more.
(ETF Trends: Oct 5, 2016)
ETF Trends’ Tom Lydon said that while investors don’t usually associate small-cap stocks with income-generating potential, there are many small-cap stocks that pay dividends, and they’re accessible via ETFs like ProShares S&P 500 Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV). SMDV invests in Russell 2000 stocks that have grown dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. Lydon said the index SMDV tracks “includes quality, dividend-growing companies that have delivered higher return on equity compared to other small-caps…without sacrificing earnings per share growth.” Read more. Read more.
(Investor's Business Daily : Sep 30, 2016)
Investor’s Business Daily’s Nancy Gondo said there are many ETFs that can generate steady income from stock dividends and bond interest. For stock dividends, there are ETFs that invest in the highest yielding stocks and ETFs that invest in stocks that increase dividends every year. Gondo cautioned that while the highest yielders can bring big payouts, if the quality of the holdings declines, their prices could take a hit when markets get rough. She said “only top quality companies can increase payouts year after year.” Among dividend growth ETFs, Gondo highlighted ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), which focuses on stocks that have raised their dividend every year for 25 years or more. See NOBL yield and performance. Read more.
(ETF.com: Sep 29, 2016)
ETF.com said that while it's impossible to know whether the next Federal Reserve rate hike will cause "a rally in interest rates (and sell-off in bonds)…there are many tools available in the ETF world to minimize the impact of higher rates, or even capitalize on them." Among these tools, ETF.com suggested inverse bond ETFs such as ProShares Short 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TBF). ETF.com also recommended ETFs that attempt to reduce duration by holding long and short positions in bonds, like ProShares High Yield-Interest Rate Hedged ETF (HYHG), which shorts Treasurys to hedge a portfolio of high yield bonds. See IGHG, HYHG and TBF performance. Read more.