Assuming this happens it is one more step to stations looking like this one during the day and not just after hours.
I buy any argument that says human intervention can help get trades done at critical times but the truth is that more exchanges around the world are electronic and the NYSE seems to be headed down the same path.
And not from the department of redundancy department; PowerShares is listing four new foreign ETFs. They just listed a batch under their Dynamic brand but these newer four will be from FTSE/RAFI crew which is a different methodology.
The four funds are;
- PowerShares Europe (PEF)
- PowerShares Japan (PJO)
- PowerShares Asia Ex-Japan (PAF)
- PowerShares Developed Market Ex-US (PXF)
I was not able to find any composition information on the PowerShares site so we might have to wait a few days for that info.
PowerShares overlaps sector funds from the FTSE/RAFI and Dynamic brands. I looked at a few (not all) of the sectors, comparing the Dynamic versus the corresponding FTSE/RAFI and the sectors where there was a difference the nod went to the Dynamic brand often enough for me wonder. I have taken similar looks in the past and found the same thing.
I know the flagship FTSE/RAFI fund, PRF, has done very well against the S&P 500, not quite as good as S&P 500 Value ETF (IVE), but I have not studied the risk adjusted numbers.
This is a good reminder that there are a lot of variations on the same theme which can make things confusing. Further I would expect that different methodologies would take turns providing leadership the Dynamic/FTSE-RAFI results notwithstanding.
I should note I don't use too many domestic sector ETFs. Generally I think the foreign or the global sector funds are more interesting.