Energy Economics Weekly Briefing: Energy Exchange Traded Funds

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This week's takeaways: 

  • Energy exchange traded funds have exploded in recent years.
  • In principle, this is a positive development because it has made investing in the energy sector less expensive, thereby providing more funds for capital spending in the sector.
  • Most recently, investors are voting with their purse: year-to- date returns on “alt energy” bets are in the plus column. 

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About this project

Energy Economics Weekly Briefings, by UMEI Senior Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, feature an economist's look at the national transportation, energy, economic, and environmental landscape.

Hughes-Cromwick recently completed an appointment as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. At the Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick worked on several administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, and expand manufacturing, trade and investment.  She assisted Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on global macroeconomic matters in support of her commercial diplomacy, trade, and foreign direct investment initiatives. Hughes-Cromwick also supported the development of the Obama Administration’s economic forecast.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company and an Adjunct Professor at U-M’s Ross School of Business. She led Ford’s global corporate economics group with major responsibility for the Company's global economic, financial, and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.