Bust beneficiaries

Falling global markets have seen exchange-traded funds continuing to enjoy investor attention, particularly from institutional investors, as difficulties in markets elsewhere accentuate their advantages. Mark Pengelly reports


Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are experiencing a boom in the most inauspicious of circumstances. Global markets have plunged over recent months, with the S&P 500 falling 30.85% between October 1 and November 19, when it closed at 806.58. Meanwhile, the Chicago Board Options Exchange's Vix index, which measures market volatility as implied by 30-day S&P option prices, had risen from a yearly low of 16.30 on May 15 to a high of 80.86 on November 20. The index dropped to 54.92 on November 26.


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