While it is intriguing to see "Low-Volatility ETFs" garner a chunk of the upside of broad market benchmarks, it is critical to understand where we are in a fear-greed cycle. Specifically, the events of 2008 as well as the subsequent crises (e.g., European debt, "Taxmageddon," etc.) lead money managers as well as individuals toward less risky watering holes. And that's fine -- for now.
On the other hand, one would be wise to recognize that yield-oriented ETFs and low-volatility ETFs are not "buy-and-forget" solutions. Rising interest rates could hurt the former and the latter, to the extent the latter is heavily exposed to utility stocks. Most importantly, where the investment community sits on the fear-greed continuum will affect both the types of concepts that ETF marketers may hype as well as the performance of those ETFs themselves. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.Follow @ETFexpert
Looking today at week-over-week shares outstanding changes among the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, one standout is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF where we have detected an approximate $57.6 million dollar outflow -- that's a 2.7% decrease week over week (from 36,800,000 to 35,800,000). START SLIDESHOW:Click here to find out which 9 other ETFs experienced notable outflows » The chart below shows the one year price performance of EEMV, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, EEMV's low point in its 52 week range is $52.27 per share, with $63.68 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $56.69.