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Category: Exchange Traded Funds

The analysis published under this category are as follows.

Companies

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why We’ll See A Wave Of Failed Smart-Beta ETFs In The Next 2–3 Years / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : My first encounter with a smart beta ETF was a WisdomTree product over ten years ago.

WisdomTree uses index weighting methods other than market capitalization for its ETFs. This one in particular was weighted by earnings or dividends—I can’t remember.

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Companies

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Few Investors Understand The Difference Between A Good And A Bad ETF / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : There are now about 2,000 ETFs on the market. Many of them are useless.

Some people think we are in an ETF bubble, because of all the stupid ETFs that are coming out. When a fund like WSKY (Spirited Funds/ETFMG Whiskey and Spirits ETF) appears on the scene, it’s safe to assume that the top is probably in.

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Companies

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Former ETF Head At Lehman Brothers: Here’s How To Choose The Best ETF For You / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : There is a massive price war going on in ETF-land. Issuers are falling over themselves in the race to the bottom in fees.

Clearly, they’re doing it because it works. For many investors, low fees were the main reason you are invested in ETFs.

I saw some funds the other day that had a .04% expense ratio. That’s four basis points, meaning that if you invest $10,000, you pay $4 in fees.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Former Wall Street Trader: Here’s The Biggest Mistake People Make With ETFs / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : Pretty cheap to trade these days—$7 or whatever. Costs less than lunch. Some online brokers will give you the first 50/100/200 trades free. What a deal!

But there are consequences.

Have you ever gotten nervous about one of your positions, sold out of it, then watched helplessly as it shot up 40% in six months?

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Former Lehman Brothers Trader: ETFs Are A Convenient Yet Very Dangerous Tool For Investors / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : Here’s the least original statement of 2017: There are a lot of different ETFs. There are:

  • Equity ETFs
  • International ETFs
  • Fixed income ETFs
  • Currency ETFs
  • Commodity ETFs
  • Volatility ETFs
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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Exchange-Traded Funds Make Decisions Easy / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Stock Market Forecast Big Picture: The broad stock market is working through a more complex corrective price pattern. My recent forecast, as displayed in the chart below, indicates that the next leg up is toward 2500.  The market may be about to start a larger A-B-C correction to test the 2300 level to fully cleanse itself, before starting the next leg up. But overall, the SPX is very bullish long-term.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, April 21, 2017

Volatile Week for Financial ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Nicholas_Kitonyi

Earnings season is around, and it tends to add some volatility back into the market. Now, major banks and financial firms have already reported their earnings, most beat expectations. However, there were also mixed results with financials. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) were some notable earnings that surprised the Street. Consequently, this added some volatility to exchange-traded funds (ETFs), such as the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA: XLF) and Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEARCA: VFH).
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Companies

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the ETF Business / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN : People still think of me as an “ETF guy,” even though it’s been years since I’ve made markets in ETFs.

I was in the ETF business during the Jurassic period, when ETFs were mainly trading vehicles, not something you really invested in.

But I’ve seen the entire arc of the industry, from inception (those crazy days of the QQQ on the AMEX) all the way to the present, disrupting the mutual fund industry and gathering trillions in assets.

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Companies

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ETF Black Magic: What’s Really in the Hat? / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Shah Gilani writes: In the investment markets – the portions that affect you and me – exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have emerged as the ultimate market Disruptor.

The first ETF debuted back in 1993. But those funds really came into their own in the past dozen years. During that stretch, in fact, ETFs have displaced regular mutual funds as the investment of choice: The amount of money ETFs hold has skyrocketed more than 2,000% – compared with a paltry 120% for regular funds.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Four Stock Market Black Monday Takeaways Wall Street Hopes ETF Investors Never Understand / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: Exchange-traded funds – ETFs for short – are billed as among the most investor-friendly products ever created, thanks to low fees, intra-day pricing, and unprecedented flexibility versus the mutual funds they’ve ostensibly “replaced.”

In reality, ETFs are yet another Wall Street creation designed to separate you from your money.

Proponents will undoubtedly cry foul as will many Wall Street professionals when they read this. That’s understandable – they’ve got a lot to lose. According to Morningstar, there are more than 1,400 ETFs trading in U.S. markets, holding an estimated $3 trillion in assets. In 2005 that figure stood at $300 billion. In 1990 it stood at nothing.

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InvestorEducation

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Simplest Long-Term Investment Strategy You'll Ever See / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: Is your goal as an investor to beat the market?

If your answer is yes, I have news for you...

Not every investor can beat the market. And in many cases, trying to beat the market can shatter your long-term gains...

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Companies

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stop Investing in Leveraged ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Casey_Research

By Andrey Dashkov

Bigger, faster, better. That’s the turbocharged investment we all want. Miller’s Money Forever subscribers who pay close attention to our portfolio, though, will notice that we don’t hold leveraged ETFs—those with “2x” or “inverse” or “ultra” in their names, which some investors mistake for “better.”

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Companies

Friday, July 05, 2013

"Ultra" ETF Investing: The Newest Portfolio Killer / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have changed the face of investing for individuals as well as institutions.

These relatively new investment tools have made it easier to play sector rotations, go short the market or even leverage positions.

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Commodities

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Role of GLD and SLV Gold and Silver ETF's / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Alasdair_Macleod

In August 2011 I wrote to the Financial Services Authority to seek confirmation that the London-based custodians of SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (SLV) were being regulated as custodians, despite the fact that physical bullion is not a regulated investment. After some chasing on my part I finally got a response, kicking my letter firmly into touch. The FSA accepted that the custodians (HSBC Bank USA NA for GLD and JP Morgan Chase Bank NA London Branch for SLV) were regulated, but appeared to be unwilling to do anything about it other than to pass my letter on to "the supervisors of the relevant firms".

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Companies

Friday, April 27, 2012

How Exchange-Traded Funds Can Save You Money / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: High commissions and management fees, along with taxes, can really cut into your returns.

That's where exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, come in. In today's investment world, ETFs are cheaper and more tax-friendly than mutual funds.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

PIMCO Total Return Bond ETF (NYSE: BOND): Bill Gross’ Foray into ETFs Living Up to Hype / Interest-Rates / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Benjamin_Shepherd

I’m usually skeptical of exchange-traded fund (ETF) launches that are preceded by a lot of hype; generally, the harder a company works to promote a new exchange-traded product, the less value there is to it. And for the better part of the month leading up to its launch, PIMCO Total Return Bond ETF (NYSE: BOND) garnered quite a bit of attention for being bond maven Bill Gross’s inaugural effort in the ETF space.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, March 29, 2012

ETFs: Do Investors Really Know What They Are Buying? / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVedran Vuk, Casey Research write: Exchange-traded funds have been all the rage in recent years – they are easy to buy, easy to sell, and often have lower expense ratios than index mutual funds. But the Casey Research team dug deep into the complex world of ETFs and found that in many cases, their names can be utterly deceptive.

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Companies

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ETF's The Pesky Details of Prospectus Disclosure / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVedran Vuk, Casey Research : In the infamous case of the Goldman Sachs Abacus 2007 AC-1 fund, it doesn't take a whole lot to figure out the wrongdoing. Paulson & Co., a multibillion-dollar hedge fund, helped select the mortgage-backed securities held by Abacus while at the same time, Paulson was planning on shorting it. This was all unbeknownst to Abacus buyers, since Goldman Sachs conveniently left out the details of Abacus' creators and their bet against the fund in the investment marketing materials. Ultimately, the case was settled for $550 million.

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Companies

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mind the Leveraged ETF's 2012, They Might Kill your Portfolio! / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Willem_Weytjens

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn this article I will show you why it's wise to be careful with leveraged products, such as Proshares Ultra ETF's and Direxion 3x ETF etc... as they might KILL your portfolio!

Proshares states on its website:

Mind the Leverage

Each Short or Ultra ProShares ETF seeks a return that is either 3x, 2x, -1x, -2x or -3x of the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their ProShares holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily.

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Companies

Friday, September 23, 2011

How ETFs are Lining Wall Street's Pockets - While Picking Yours / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Maybe you didn't know that the rogue trader at UBS AG (NYSE: UBS) who lost $2.3 billion last week was trading exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Or that Jerome Kerviel, another rogue trader at Societe Generale SA (PINK ADR: SCGLY) who lost $7.2 billion in 2008, was trading ETFs.

Maybe you didn't know that ETF trading accounts for 35% to 40% of all exchange volume, according to Morningstar Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN).

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Stock-Markets

Monday, September 19, 2011

Are $1.4 Trillion ETFs The New WMDs? Anatomy Of Highly Toxic UBS Scandal / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe have mounted an investigation into the role of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) linked to the $2 billion black hole at UBS. We have uncovered a complex entangled world wide web of $1.4 trillion including derivative exposures and counterparty risks.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 26, 2011

ETF Rankings: Significant Downside Still Possible In Stocks / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Ciovacco

On August 3, we commented that recent breakdowns called for a defensive bias. Unfortunately, our concern about the market’s intermediate-term outlook has become more acute in recent weeks as we noted on August 22. The research presented below highlights the significant downside risks that remain in the financial markets. Until conditions improve, we will maintain a very defensive/high cash posture.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Leveraged ETF's and ETN's, The Biggest Scam on Wall Street? / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jared_Levy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's the day the market fell apart. The day the usual became the impossible.

Imagine you purchase an exchange-traded fund or note and the next day it just suddenly stops trading. Would you be scared? Angry? Frustrated?

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Securitization of Commodities, Are ETF's Really Safe? / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Casey Report interview with Dr. Andrew Bogan

Dr.Andrew Bogan is a managing member of Bogan Associates, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. He has spoken at many international investor conferences – his specialty being global equity investing – and has been interviewed on live television for CNBC's Strategy Session.

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Companies

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Could Disaster Be Brewing Inside These Popular ETFs? / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jared_Levy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI feel it's our duty here at Smart Investing Daily not only to help you discover new and unique investment opportunities and tactics, but also to warn you of impending potential disasters.

Looking at the financial markets on the surface, many experts are saying that it seems a little "overbought." There is no doubt I am in that camp, but now I am gaining more conviction. Experts use things like price/earnings multiples and technical formations to make these determinations. They also look at the past to make future forecasts.

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Companies

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The ETF Boom: 1124 and Counting! / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe selection of exchange-traded funds is exploding, and this is great news for you. Why? Because a bigger selection means more choices as well as more competition. That leads directly to lower fees and trading costs.

Today I’m going to give you an update on the ETF landscape. As you’ll see, it’s changing by the day.

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Companies

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Truth About 'Leveraged ETFs' / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jared_Levy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack in early October, after a visit to the Texas State Fair, I wrote about inflation and the global food "problem" and how you can take advantage. Every stock I mentioned in the report has seen substantial runs since then.

Keeping all of our greed under control, Sara recently detailed why commodities and the agri-stocks climbing with them needed a nap, and why maybe it was time to take profits.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gold Isn’t All That Glitters in ETF Land / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen most people think “precious metals,” they mean gold. Sure, some other metals are valuable too. But gold is where the real action is, right?

Maybe. But now thanks to continuing innovation by ETF sponsors, it’s getting easier to own and trade some of the lesser-known precious metals. Gold isn’t being left behind, of course. There are new ways to get in on that sector, too.

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Companies

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Six ETFs to Consider Dumping Today / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHappy Holidays! Many people have the last day of the year off, but not stock and ETF traders. Since 2011 New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, the NYSE and other exchanges are open for a full day.

This is good news in one way: You have an extra trading session to get rid of some clutter in your portfolio and start the New Year fresh. Today I’m going to name six potential ETF sell candidates. You may be surprised at some of the names below. Read on …

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dangers and Opportunities in Muni Bond ETFs Crash / Interest-Rates / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBonds of all kinds took a beating over the last few months — ever since Ben Bernanke began hinting he would launch another “quantitative easing” money-printing program.

Ben was true to his word. And the QE2 program was announced on November 3. Interest rates shot up in the following weeks. That was bad news both for individual bondholders and bond exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Investor ETF Madness hits $1 Trillion / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter adding $209Bn (26.3%) in total assets so far this year, the US ETF industry has passed the Trillion Dollar mark led by $31Bn of inflows into fixed income ETFs, of all things as well as $29Bn of inflows into emerging markets, and $21Bn into domestic.  Recent outflows have knocked commodity ETFs down to $11.4Bn, miles down from last year’s $32.6Bn inflow – rats leaving a sinking ship, perhaps?  That would be very bad news for the firm that bought up 90% of the LME copper supply recently.  Do ETF traders really know something or are they a lagging indicator?

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Companies

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Consumers on a Shopping Spree … Five ETFs to Help You Profit / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you’re like most Americans, you know December as the “Season of Shopping.” So today I’ll give you some ideas on how you can make money to replace what you’ll spend this month.

Consumers lost some of their enthusiasm when the economy went south in 2008. But this year the madness is back!

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Companies

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Follow the Trend with Small-Cap Growth ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith exchange traded funds (ETFs), global stock markets can be sliced and diced in hundreds of different ways. You can invest by country, by geographic region, by industry sector, and by various combinations of all these.

Another way to look at the picture is by company style. Some stocks are more tilted toward growth and others toward value.

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Companies

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Investors Alert, Does Your ETF Own Derivatives? / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat’s in your exchange traded fund (ETF)? The obvious answer is “stocks” if it is a stock ETF, and “bonds” if it is a bond ETF. That’s not always the case, though.

Some ETFs use derivative instruments like futures, options, and swaps. So is there any reason to worry?

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

First Month of Van Eck’s REMX ETF / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Anthony_David

In late October, Van Eck Global launched the first listed exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States – the Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (NYSE Arca:REMX), which aims to expose investors to companies involved in the production, refining, and recycling of rare earth/strategic metals. The fund seeks to reproduce, as far as possible, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals Index (Index), which enables investors to track the overall performance of listed companies in that sector. To be listed in the Index, a company must earn over 50% of its revenue from ventures in the rare earth/strategic metals space.

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Companies

Saturday, October 23, 2010

EWH, The Sexiest ETF Chart of the Week / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jared_Levy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI spend most mornings trolling my wheelhouse of sites for charts that look interesting, giant cup of coffee in hand.

I tend to look over a large spread of different sectors, to really get a good lay of the land. This morning I found a chart that just can't be ignored... and what I liked about it even more than its technicals was where it's based.

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Commodities

Sunday, October 10, 2010

USO Crude Oil ETF May NOT Offer You the Best Returns / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jared_Levy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor most investors, buying and selling futures contracts may not be their cup of tea. I think futures provide not only diversity, but also a “pure play” vehicle for many commodities like crude oil, gold, silver and many others. I will tell you upfront that they do require a little bit of education and guidance.

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Companies

Friday, September 24, 2010

Four Reasons to Invest in ETFs And Five Ways to Get Started / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: A mere 15 years ago, selecting the right exchange-traded fund (ETF) was no big challenge. That's because the first ETF wasn't introduced until 1993, and the second didn't follow until 1995. Since then, however, the growth rate among these versatile investment vehicles has been exponential - so fast, in fact, that the monitoring firm Morningstar now tracks the performance of 854 ETFs, with new funds being added almost weekly.

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Companies

Friday, August 27, 2010

XLF Financial Sector ETF Bearish Price Action / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Guy_Lerner

Figure 1 is a weekly chart of the S&P Select SPDR Financial Fund (symbol: XLF). The red and black dots are on the price chart are key pivot points, which represent areas of buying (support) and selling (resistance).

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Companies

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Price and Moving Average Stacking For Category Representative ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe table image uses color coding to help visualize which key ETF categories are in the strongest and weakest price patterns as indicated by the stacking of the price and various moving averages to each other.

An ideal stacking would be for the price to be above the 20-day average, which would be above the 50-day average, which would be above the 100-day average, which would be above the 200-day average. The worst case would have the opposite stacking.

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Companies

Monday, August 09, 2010

How to Build a Global Investment Portfolio Using ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: It wasn't all that long ago that global investing was an activity that was restricted to only the wealthiest U.S. investors. If you weren't one of America's ultra-rich, you weren't able to access foreign markets.

That began to change in the 1950s, with the advent of international and global mutual funds, and access further expanded over the next three decades with the introduction of single-country closed-end funds. Today, thanks to the recent explosion in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), investing in overseas stocks is now almost as easy as targeting a given market sector here at home.

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Companies

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Number of ETFs Exploding to Over 1,000 / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I watch the exchange-traded fund (ETF) universe grow, I keep having flashbacks to the huge increase in the number of mutual funds in the 1990s.

Back then everyone wanted to own large cap growth funds. You could take your pick of hundreds in the category. A few were really good, a few really bad, and most were average. I saw frustrated investors simply give up trying to choose and throw their money at whatever was convenient. Usually it didn’t work out so well.

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Companies

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nasty MLP ETF Indicator Flashing Investor Warning Signal Again / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Dyson writes: In early 2007, investors were reading news stories about hundreds of new ethanol plants... enormous demand for grain in China... and rice shortages in Thailand.

Potash and farm-equipment stocks were soaring. The world's most widely published investment gurus – like Jim Rogers and Marc Faber – were touting agriculture and farmland as their favorite investments.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, July 12, 2010

Leveraged ETF's Warning, Investors Avoid At All Costs / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLouis Basenese writes: You see that ugly 268-point Dow sell followed by the 96-point drop the following day?

Whatever you do, don’t panic and run for cover in triple-leveraged inverse ETFs.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, May 24, 2010

ETFs and the Flash Stock Market Crash / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLiquidity is one of the key selling points for exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but the Dow Jones “flash crash” of May 6 shows how that supposed advantage can turn into a huge liability for investors.

A report this week from the SEC and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) found that ETFs accounted for the overwhelming majority of securities that fell at least 60 percent that day. Many of those ETFs fell all the way to $0.01 per share during trading.

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Commodities

Thursday, May 20, 2010

All Crude Oil Is Similar, But Crude Oil ETFs Are Not / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou may have noticed that crude oil prices plunged over the last few weeks. On May 3, the June crude oil futures peaked at more than $87. Then on Monday, May 17 the same contract slipped below $70. That’s a decline of about 20 percent in only ten market days!

Of course we could go back in history and point to some periods when oil prices went up just as quickly. What this illustrates is that — like many commodities — crude oil can be very volatile.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Five Tips for Trading ETFs / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEvery week I tell you about exchange traded funds (ETFs) that you can use for various investment purposes. You could be wondering, though, what’s the best way to buy them. So in today’s column I’ll give you some practical information that will help you implement whatever ETF investment strategy you might want to pursue.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Great Commodities Con, Dangers of Investing in ETF's, Exchange Traded Funds / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA quick introduction for this week's Outside the Box. This is from my London Partner Niels Jensen, talking about the problems with long only commodity funds. This is something I discuss frequently but have not written about in some time. Quite simply, many of the commodity ETFs do not deliver what they promise and in fact many of the inverse funds can lose you money even when you make the right macro call.

Niels gives us a very good explanation of why this is so. So for those of you who have "diversified" into commodity ETFs (not actively managed funds!) or are thinking about it you might really want to read this.

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Companies

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Goldman Sachs Fraud and ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Goldman Sachs (GS) alleging fraud. And the news hit Wall Street like a volcano!

Of course the SEC sues companies all the time. Goldman Sachs isn’t just any company, though. Goldman is big — very big — a financial Godzilla with unmatched power and vast political influence.

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Companies

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Investing in Small Cap Stock Sectors With New ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe exchange traded fund (ETF) menu is getting bigger all the time. Many of the new ETFs you hear about are just “me-too” clones of existing funds. But every once in a while something truly innovative comes along. When it does, I try to tell you about it.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Feds Scrutinizing Derivatives in ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week I told you about political risk in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Almost as if on cue, later that very day, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it is conducting a “review” of ETFs that use derivatives.

What? Derivatives in ETFs? Yes, and it’s nothing new. In fact, the SEC made clear it is also looking into mutual funds for the same thing!

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Companies

Thursday, March 25, 2010

How Investors Can Control Political Risk with ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEven if you aren’t very interested in politics, you have to admit that political factors can have a huge impact on your investments. These days government policy affects everything — for better or worse. And that includes exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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Commodities

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New ETFs: Bullion Equivalent or Metal Facade? / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDue to my ongoing interest in palladium, I decided to investigate the new platinum and palladium exchange traded funds sponsored by ETF Securities. They just started trading in the US under the symbols PPLT (for platinum) and PALL (for palladium) after a nine month regulatory process.

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Companies

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Five Reasons I’m Skeptical About Target-Date Retirement ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAre you planning to retire someday? Unless you are already retired the answer is almost certainly “Yes.” It’s the American Dream!

Of course, there’s nothing magical about age 65. Some people end their careers earlier and busy themselves in different ways. Others enjoy their work so much they keep on going as long as their health allows.

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Companies

Friday, February 19, 2010

The ABCs of ETFs Investing, The Pros and Cons of Different ETF Funds / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Marin Katusa, Casey’s Energy Opportunities : Why invest in a fund, a cluster of stocks, rather than the stocks themselves? The reasons are twofold.

First, a fund provides cheaper diversification for those investors with smaller amounts of capital. Buying each component of a fund spreads out your risk in the same way, but you can rack up significant brokerage fees in the process.

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Companies

Monday, February 15, 2010

Germany (EWG), Spain (EWP), Japan (EWJ), China (XFI), and Russia (RSX) and then the dollar (UUP) and gold (GLD) ETF Charts of the Week / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn our Charts of the Week this week, we look at S&P 500 (SPY) in comparison to international indexes for Germany (EWG), Spain (EWP), Japan (EWJ), China (XFI), and Russia (RSX) and then the dollar (UUP) and gold (GLD).

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Companies

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Alternative ETFs, Hedge Funds For the Little Guy / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhether you’re investing in stock exchange traded funds (ETFs), bond ETFs, commodity ETFs, currency ETFs, international ETFs, or even inverse ETFs, you’re stuck with one big problem: Any way you look at it, you are making a one-sided bet on the future direction of a specific market segment.

Of course, if your timing is right, you can make a lot of money with these bets. If your timing is wrong, you stand to lose.

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Companies

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why You Should Ignore New ETF Filings / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe old saying says, “Don’t believe everything you read.” While this is good advice, investors today have a bigger problem: News that is accurate but irrelevant.

I see this all the time as I track the ETF industry. Just about every week — and sometimes several times a week — I receive breathless news like “So-and-so has filed for an ETF to track the price of kangaroo milk in New Guinea!”

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Companies

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SPDR KBW Regional Bank Best Performing ETF / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Guy_Lerner

Sorry for the catchy headline, but the SPDR KBW Regional Bank ETF (symbol:KRE) has been my best performing ETF since I first highlighted the sector back on November 18, 2009. KRE is up about 16% since then while the S&P500 has remained flat.

I bring KRE up not because I want to pat myself on the back, but because CNBC's Maria Bartiromo made this comment last Thursday as she was going to a commercial break and I paraphrase:

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Companies

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Investing in Specialized Transportation ETFs 2010 / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday I’d like to tell you about a sector that is deeply intertwined with economic recovery.

I’m talking about transportation.

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Companies

Thursday, January 14, 2010

139 New ETF's and Hybrids Launched During 2009, Selection of the Most Interesting / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou might think the wild markets of the last year would have made ETF sponsors slow down a bit, but they kept on cranking out new products — some great, some not.

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Companies

Monday, January 11, 2010

Commodities and Stock Index ETF Trading, Working A Pivot Point Stop / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Bill_West

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHello Everybody

Trade Actions: Buy RJA ( Agriculture Commodities ) at 8 or better on a Limit Order Buy SBB ( Short SP 600 ) at 38.4 on a Buy Stop Buy PHO ( Water ) at 17.5 or Better on a Limit Order

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ETF's To Buy, Sell, or Hold / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Guy_Lerner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs price weighs heavy in my market analysis, I always look for methods that quantify the price action. For example, when XYZ stock goes up 3 days in a row, I want to know what does that may mean (if anything) for the future price of that stock? In my work, I have explored the significance of divergences between prices and oscillators used to measure price. Divergences are often associated with market turning points.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Know Your ETF Sponsors, iShares, SSgA, Vanguard, PowerShares, ProShares and Van Eck / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ETF business is exploding as the many advantages of exchange-traded funds are drawing investors away from individual stocks and old-fashioned mutual funds.

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Companies

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The New World Of Investing SPDR KBW Regional Banking KRE ETF / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Guy_Lerner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn this new era where fundamentals seem to matter less and less, here is an ETF that seems to fit right in with that theme. It is the SPDR KBW Regional Banking (symbol: KRE) ETF.

It isn't lost on me that the local or Main Street economy is in the toilet. All I need to do is drive down the nearby 4 lane road with all the malls and strip centers to know that "things" aren't that good, and they are unlikely to improve any time soon. After all, how many tortilla restaurants and nail shops can one locale support? Who is going to fill all those empty stores?

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Companies

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Schwab About to Revolutionize the ETF Industry / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI’ve been talking for years about the way exchange traded funds (ETFs) are changing the investment landscape. Yet sometimes I’m still startled to see the world change in front of my eyes. That’s exactly what happened last week when Charles Schwab launched its first four in-house ETFs.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Five Tips for Trading ETFs / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEvery week I tell you about exchange traded funds (ETFs) that you can use for various investment purposes. You could be wondering, though, what’s the best way to buy them. So in today’s column I’ll give you some practical information that will help you implement whatever ETF investment strategy you might want to pursue.

Professional investors make a distinction between portfolio management and trade execution. You might not be a professional, but you can still use the same thought process …

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 30, 2009

Trading Financial Markets Using ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: INO

5 ETFs That You Need to Look at Right Now

The five ETFs that we are referring to are going to play a major role in the future and you need to know about them today.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Unbundle the Stock Market with Sector ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors often think about “the stock market” as if it were some kind of giant creature rumbling through the woods. However, the stock market is more like a whole bunch of little creatures, each of which can move on its own. Yes, there’s a general tendency for equities to go in the same general direction — but there are almost always exceptions.

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Companies

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ride the Financial Sector Rally Using ETFs / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI’ve had great success with sector-based exchange traded funds (ETFs) over the years. And that’s because — despite whatever problems the broader stock market may be having — usually one or more niches are still doing well.

This year one of the leading niches has been financial services. That definitely wasn’t the case last year at this time, when many banks were teetering on the edge of failure. They survived (most of them, anyway) thanks only to government bailouts.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Five Hot New International ETFs To Consider / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday, much of the world’s economic growth is outside of the U.S. So for now at least, many (and maybe most) of the compelling investment opportunities are outside the U.S., too.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stock and Commodity ETF Funds DIA, UUP, GLD, SLV and XLE Momentum Shift / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday we had a reversal day for the broad market, us dollar, precious metals and oil. The market is over extended. We have seen the market rally 20% since the July low.

Inter-market analysis is important to understand because everything is related in some way. The next month will be very interesting with the US dollar trying to rally, which will put pressure on precious metals, stocks and commodities.

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Portfolio

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Build Your Stocks Portfolio With Different ETF Weightings / Portfolio / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou probably know that exchange traded funds (ETFs) are usually based on an index. In some cases the indexes are broad, like the S&P 500. Others are narrowly specialized in sectors like biotechnology or software. This means that ETF investors need to understand how indexes work.

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Commodities

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Washington Targets Commodity ETF's / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Ron_Rowland

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article When it comes to investing in commodities, the people I know have two opposite emotions — either obsessed or terrified.

I can see why. The commodity markets — contracts representing tangible goods like gold, oil, grains, etc — are known for sharp reversals and wild volatility. The potential profit can be enormous if your forecast is correct. If you’re wrong … let’s just say the results aren’t pretty.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Start of New Upleg for Taiwan EWT ETF? / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The big picture of the iShares Taiwan ETF (EWT) shows its powerful upmove since August 27 (10.60) into yesterday’s high at 11.87. Most important, however, is the recent surge above a 4-month resistance plateau in the vicinity of 11.50, which now becomes key support on any pullback.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Dumb Money Shorting Stocks Using Funds and ETF's / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I sat at home on this early Saturday morning doing some research, I ran across an article I wanted to bring to your attention.  First, I want you to notice the title.  Next, I want you to notice the publication. And finally, I want you to ask yourself if the title/claim lives up to its expectations. 

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, September 03, 2009

How to Trade Growth vs. Value with ETFs / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Ever been to an investment conference or watched CNBC? If so, you’ve heard people talk about “growth stocks” and “value stocks.”

What do they mean by this? How does knowing the difference make money for you? Today I’ll tell you what these terms mean and give you some ways to take advantage of them with exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ETFs Investing for Inflation or Deflation / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Which will it be: Inflation or deflation? And what can you do to protect yourself in either scenario?

My answer to the first question is BOTH! I think we’ll see waves of inflation as well as periods of deflation in the next decade. The bigger question is the timing.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 14, 2009

Investor Tool and Strategy for Coping with the Fed Led Cartels Market Manipulations / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: DeepCaster_LLC

(WARNING: Leveraged ETF's are EXTREME HIGH RISK)

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The only thing more certain than Death and Taxes is that when anyone from the Federal Reserve speaks or writes, it is with the specific purpose of misguiding the public,” - John Pugsley, Chairman, The Sovereign Society

Savvy Investors and Traders now have a relatively new Tool to help them combat the Fed-led Cartel’s* market manipulations (see below), and especially in the Markets typically targeted by The Cartel – Precious Metals and Strategic Commodities.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Top Six ETFs Active Investors Should Know / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Every week in my Money and Markets column, I try to show you how to boost your portfolio by using exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Today I’m giving you an assignment: Know your ETFs.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Strong Upmove in Financial Stocks XLF ETF Smacks Into Stronger Downtrend / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week¹s surge in financials in general and the TARP banks in particular ran the Financial Select Sector ETF (XLF) from last Friday¹s close at 130.01 to Thursday¹s high at 14.35, or 10.3%. However, as powerful as the upmove might have been, and still is, it may not be more powerful than the two-year down trendline that cuts across the price axis currently in the vicinity of 14.30.

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InvestorEducation

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Hidden Risks of ETFs Investing / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: In just a few short years, exchange-traded funds have become the hottest item on the stock-market menu, with U.S. ETFs alone now holding more than $600 billion of investors’ money.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dow Jones IShares ETF IYJ Position Trading Update - Stop Loss Moved / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Patrice_V_Johnson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLONG-TERM TREND (> 1YR) OF THE MARKETS: DOWN

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Background Info on Leading Bond Market ETFs / Interest-Rates / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe find that investors tend to have a clearer understanding of the portfolios behind equity funds than behind bond funds.  This blog post is provided to shine some light in a comparative way on the portfolios and recent performance of several leading bond ETFs.

To be clear, we are not recommending any particular asset allocation or fund in this post — just providing background information that may be helpful in a general way.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 16, 2009

ETF's Open the Door to Investing in Foreign Stock Markets / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Once upon a time, Americans who wanted to invest in foreign stock markets faced all kinds of hurdles. For example, brokers often weren’t able to process orders on non-U.S. exchanges. And the few good global mutual funds that existed tended to have very high loads and fees. Plus you could expect to be harshly punished if you tried to make a short-term trade.

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Currencies

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Protect Yourself From the Volatile U.S. Dollar with Currency ETFs / Currencies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: You’ve seen the headlines: U.S. Dollar Plunges! U.S. Dollar Surges!

Why should you care? More to the point, why won’t the dollar just hold still?

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Commodities

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gold, Oil and Natural Gas ETF Trading Report & Forecasts / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold has provided two excellent trades for us this year; both had less than 3% downside risk. With any luck we will have another trade soon. Gold has been forming a large reverse head and shoulder pattern since early March and currently trying to form the right shoulder. If this pattern completes and the price breaks the neck line at the $99 level we should see a nice rally towards the $120 - $130 level.

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Profit from Rising Interest Rates with ETFs / Interest-Rates / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland  writes: Have you looked at interest rates lately? They’re soaring! Back on March 18, the 10-year Treasury bond yield dropped as low as 2.54 percent. This week it went above 3.90 — a huge move in less than three months. The same thing is happening in all but the very shortest maturities.

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Commodities

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Gold, Silver, Crude Oil and Natural Gas Commodities Analysis / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCommodities have been driving up the past few months and now it looks like Natural Gas is going to be joining the party. This report quickly and clearly shows Gold, Silver, Oil, and Natural Gas from a technical trading point of view.

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Commodities

Friday, June 05, 2009

How To Profit From Soaring Food Prices With ETFs / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Global food prices are climbing higher along with energy and precious metals. In May, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, which tracks 19 raw materials including corn, crude oil, and gold, surged by 14 percent — its biggest monthly gain since 1974!

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Thinking of Investing in Precious Metal ETF's? / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Bob_Coleman

Thinking of precious metal ETF's?
Then you better think again... Can't you see the yellow caution light that is flashing...

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beware of Gold Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs) / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mark_OByrne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold Bullion Unique as No Counter Party Risk
Gold is unique among asset classes as it is the only asset class not dependent on the performance of auditors, management, corporations, financial institutions, banks, politicians and governments. Nor should physical gold be dependent on the performance of trustees, custodians and or sub custodians.

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Portfolio

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Portfolio Allocation Technical Analysis Tables Across 52 ETFs / Portfolio / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleComparing the charts for multiple funds can be challenging.  Visual memory is fleeting, and the sheer information complexity of chart patterns poses the problem of what and how to compare on the charts.

To reduce the extent of those problems, we collect 15 data points from each chart and post them in a table, then color code them red or green to aid in scanning the table.  By that method we can compare dozens of charts in a standardized way that is completely beyond our visual memory capabilities.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, May 14, 2009

ETFs For Every Investor! / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: In last week’s Money and Markets column, I told you about the advantages exchange-traded funds have over mutual funds. Today we’ll go a little deeper and look at the many exciting ways you can execute your investment ideas with ETFs.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ETF's Directional Vectors Chart / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the physical world, movement has two key properties: Direction and Magnitude.  If we think of price patterns shown on charts in a physical world way, we can assign Direction and Magnitude to each chart.

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Commodities

Monday, May 11, 2009

Crude Oil, Gold and Silver ETF Trading Breakout Signals / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold, Silver and Oil breaks out to new multi week highs and shows signs of more strength to come. The charts below show both weekly and daily trading analysis pointing to higher prices for these commodities.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Why ETFs Beat Mutual Funds Investing By a Mile / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: I’ve been trading and investing in mutual funds for most of my life, and I’ve had some success. Yet I have to admit that mutual funds have some shortcomings as an investment vehicle. I’ll bet you’ve noticed the same things, too …

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ETFs with Rising and Falling Long-Term Moving Averages / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is tremendous concentration of day-to-day price movements recently and understandably so with all the carnage and fear. However, it may be helpful to zoom out a little bit to look at some longer periods.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Six Month Correlation Among iShares ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOwning multiple funds with close correlations is mostly wasted effort and potentially self-deception.  Owning multiple funds with a significant correlation spread can be helpful in reducing overall portfolio volatility.

Here is a table with the 6-month correlation of daily returns of selected iShares ETFs with at least 6 months of history (as of April 21, 2009), as rendered by the iShares website.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, April 20, 2009

Markets Are a Mixed Bag ETF Attributes: Part 2a - iShares Bonds / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Part 1, we examined Vanguard bond and stock ETFs. In this Part 2a, we look at iShares bond funds with 12 or more months of distribution data (plus their preferred stock fund).

iShares is the largest ETF provider. Their ETFs differ importantly from Vanguard’s in two important ways.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Investing 2009- Leading ETFs, What To Watch Now / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Ciovacco

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor those less familiar with technical analysis, markets often pause or reverse at their 200-day moving average, which can act as strong resistance.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, April 10, 2009

What ETFs Are Up Intermediate-Term? / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith all the concern about what's surging up and what's spiraling down in the short-term, what ETFs are showing strong intermediate-term trends (based on 200-day moving average)?

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InvestorEducation

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Hedge Fund ETFs: Under The Radar Wall Street Con / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe other day, with the market giving up about a third of its March gain in DJIA points, I went looking through my favorite market stats to see if any remaining profits could be pounced upon. Typically, profit possibilities can be identified quickly on NYSE lists of the largest dollar and percent gainers.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, March 26, 2009

ETFs Crashing Into the Abyss – FAZ, RWR, IHF, ITA / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Oxbury_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLooking at some of the worst performing ETFs over the past four weeks, one can see that the more some trends change, the more others will stay the same.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Bullish on Energy and Chip Stock ETFs / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

For better or worse, to participate in another potent recovery rally, our model trading portfolio positioned long in energy -- like the ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas ETF (NYSE: DIG) -- and in the semiconductor sectors, rather than in the major equity market ETFs, such as the SPY's, Q's, or DIA's.

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Potential Dangers of Investing in Exchange Traded Notes (ETN's) / InvestorEducation / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Rowland writes: Mike Larson is off today, so he asked me to fill in for him. And one thing that I think Mike and I both agree on is that ETFs, or exchange traded funds, are one of the best things that ever happened for small investors.

You may already know about the advantages they have over conventional mutual funds … liquidity, low costs, transparency, diversification, and more.

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News_Letter

Sunday, February 01, 2009

How to Trade Stock Indices and Commodities Using ETF's / News_Letter / Exchange Traded Funds

By: NewsLetter

January 26th , 2009 Issue #5 Vol. 3

This weeks special newsletter has been written by Chris Vermeulen of TheGoldAndOilGuy, a site which is geared towards trading gold, silver and crude oil Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's). Chris's service is designed for long term investors and active traders who insist on a conservative approach to investing. Utilising several ETF's such as GLD, GDX, SLV, USO, DIG, DUG and many more which allows for accurate signals when used along with an unbiased technical trading approach. Over the years Chris has found that his strategy delivers extremely impressive yields.

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Commodities

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Rising Commodities, Falling Stock Markets & Risk Reward Ratio / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTrading Risk/Reward
The past few months have been absolutely crazy in the financial markets. Financial advisors and banks are taking a beating from both the market condition and clients as individuals around the world are losing 30+ of their investments. We have seen oil prices drop over $110 per barrel from the high (73% decline), and the US dollar tumbled down to 71 and rebounded to 88 (23% gain) all in the mater of months.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, January 26, 2009

How to Trade the Stocks Bear Market DIA ,Gold, Silver and Crude Oil ETF's / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBroad Market Trading Analysis
Last week the broad market slide lower on heavy volume as the DOW tries to hold the 8000 level. If this support level is broken then we could see another leg lower with the DOW sliding down to the 6500 level. The reason I am mentioning this is because gold surged higher on Friday with big volume as traders start to anticipate this drop as well as the drop in the USD which is currently at a short term resistance level. If the market starts to drop, then holding gold stocks may not be the best safe haven. When the market sells off it tends to pull all stocks with it, by holding GLD fund or physical gold, SLV fund or physical silver, and the USO fund or physical crude oil, you could have better returns on your investment trading the commodity rather than going long stocks in a bear market.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Proshares Ultrashort SPY Upleg Near Completion / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Let's notice that after the Proshares Ultrashort SPY (AMEX: SDS) pulled back (to 82.88) during the first hour of trading, it climbed strongly to an intraday high at 87.11, which happens to be just shy of yest.'s rally peak at 87.65. The fact that the price structure failed to make a new high, and instead has backed away from the highs, suggests strongly that the upleg from the 1/06 low at 64.29 is at or is quickly nearing completion ahead of a meaningful decline.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mike Paulenoff Forecasts for Gold, Oil & Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTechnical strategist Mike Paulenoff, author of MPTrader.com, shares his chartwork early Tuesday on gold, oil, and equity indices ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Gold: Although I have no desire to be exposed to the gold market over the holiday week, my work is setting up for a continuation to the downside of last week's initial pullback from 86.91 to 81.74 in the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (NYSE: GLD). At the very least, the GLD should retest 81.74, which if violated will trigger additional weakness that presses the ETF towards key near-term support at 80.00-79.00. That also happens to coincide with the area that is first of a series of unfilled up-gaps left behind during the early December upmove from 72.91 to 86.91.

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Commodities

Friday, October 03, 2008

Commodities ETFs and ETNs XLY, XLP, XLE, XLF, XLV, XLI, XLB, XLK, XLU / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Zeal_LLC

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn December 1998 the Select Sector SPDRs were born. And this proved to be a groundbreaking and historic event that has forever altered the way people invest in the stock markets. These nine exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a core group of ETFs that allow investors to customize their portfolios with focus on individual sectors that collectively make up the S&P 500.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ETF's Hit Harder by Credit Crisis Volatility than Indices - Yorba TV Show / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Anthony_Cherniawski

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week was one of the most volatile weeks seen since 1987.  On Tuesday's show I warned that it was not a good place to go short, since my model suggested a rally by the end of the week.   A look at the chart showed a bullish wedge being formed (see the chart).  Usually a bullish wedge will retrace its total decline, which means that it may still rally up to 1300 to 1320.  However, I would not put my hopes too high on that possibility.  The move after that should be much more bearish.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Commodities ETF's Trading Freeze Due to AIG Fears / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mark_OByrne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGold fell slightly yesterday with gold down $3.60 to $778.40 but silver again had sharper falls and was down 54 cents to $11.02. Gold has again traded sideways in Asian trading but has risen in early European trading to $780/oz.

Gold's wealth preservation qualities are being felt with the precious metal remaining resilient despite volatility and sharp sell offs in many other markets. Gold is only marginally negative(some -1%) in the last month despite sharp falls in the majority of stock markets. Thus the pattern seen in recent years when gold trades sideways to slightly down in the short term when equities sell off aggressively and then outperforms equities in the weeks following sell offs is being seen again.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, May 16, 2008

S&P Developing Bullish Pattern, While Crude Oil Still Refuses to Rest / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThursday morning I posted a weekly S&P 500 chart for subscribers noting: "Although we still have two trading days remaining this week, a very interesting and potentially extremely bullish pattern has developed since the end of April. Let's notice that the cash SPX is poised to thrust out of a 3-week bullish consolidation pattern if the price structure climbs and sustains above 1422.72." Read full article... Read full article...

 


Commodities

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Leveraged Gold ETF's Signal the End for Gold Stock Investments? / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Bob_Kirtley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDuring the last major rally in gold prices, gold stocks made some great gains and investors such as yours truly were happy to take good profits on the gold mining companies we had bought over the summer doldrums . However we should have seen a much better performance.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Crude Oil and Commodities Get Clobbered Whilst Equities Barely Changed / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat do you know, the ProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas ETF (AMEX: DUG) is going up, but the major equity market ETFs, like Q's, SPY, DIA, are barely going down! In other words, it is just the energy sector (XLE) and other commodity sectors, that are getting clobbered while the main equity sectors behave very well after a 4% advance. This is what I was thinking on Monday when I managed to buy the high of the DUG-- that the energy and commodity trades (the crowed ones like gold and oil) were about kaput on the upside, which should in theory reverse, sending the DUG above 42.20 into the 45.00-46.00 target zone.

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Commodities

Monday, March 17, 2008

Trading Gold and Silver ETF's for Profit / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Peter_Degraaf

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleETF's have been part of the investment scene for almost two decades. There are currently over 630 different ETF's. Recently a number of commodity ETF's have been introduced to the trading public, as more and more people are becoming interested in trading this sector, and ETF's are a simple way to participate, without having to search for specific stocks.

Gold, silver, oil, copper, nickel, natural gas, grains and cattle ETF's are all available, and a number of ETF's cover a mixture of similar commodities.

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Commodities

Monday, March 10, 2008

Beat the Panic With Commodity ETF's - Major Action Alert / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSean Brodrick writes: These commodity markets are going wild, and I'm responding with major action — new commodity ETF recommendations I'm going to issue by mid-week, probably Wednesday. If you want to jump in, I must hear back by Tuesday.

Think the recent price explosions have been climactic?!

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Commodities

Monday, November 12, 2007

Commodity Indexes Surpass Commodity Hedge Funds / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: David_Shvartsman

Commodity index investment products are helping mainstream investors ride the bull market in commodities. And as Bloomberg reports, this year the indexes have outperformed the leading commodity focused hedge funds.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pharmaceuticals ETF Breaking Out / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

After 8 days of high-level consolidation at the high of its recent upleg off the August low at 73.09, the Pharmaceutical HLDRs (AMEX: PPH) appears to be breaking out to new highs and starting a new upleg. Today's close is very important. If the majority of the breakout upmove is preserved, then I expect the PPH to climb towards 81.50/80, and then to the 82.20 area. Let's notice that today's strength represents a thrust off of the rising 200 DMA, which usually triggers very powerful upmoves. At this juncture, only a decline that breaks below 79.80 will wreck today's constructive action.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Upside Reversal for US Homebuilders? / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (Amex: XHB) certainly has been impacted by the shift in the supply-demand conditions of the housing sector, the leveling out and reversal of home price appreciate, and the debt crisis, which have pressed the price of the ETF to Friday's low of 22.54 from 46.52 in April 2006. Why would I want to step in front of this powerful downtrend now?

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Commodities

Friday, August 03, 2007

MPTrader -Crude Oil Pressing Support Trendline / Commodities / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Right now the US Oil Trust (AMEX: USO) is down about $0.80 and pressing against its June-Aug support line at 56.80, which if broken should trigger downside acceleration towards the next key support plateau at 54.75-54.20. Such a move will represent a 40-45% downside traverse across the bullish price channel -- and a "natural" support area where we might expect weakness in the USO to find new buying interest.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

MPTrader Mid-Day Minute - Financial Sector ETF Looking Bearish / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Today's weakness in the Financial Select Sector SPDR (AMEX: XLF) has pressed the financial ETF below all of my relevant "trading" moving averages, which I consider to be a sign of impending decline. However, let's notice that the price structure must break both its 1-year support line as well as its prior pivot low, which reside at 35.53, in order to trigger downside acceleration towards a test of the next important, intermediate-term pivot low, at 34.18 (from 3/14).

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Portfolio

Monday, July 16, 2007

Disaster in the US Dollar! Profit bonanza in ETFs! / Portfolio / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Martin Weiss writes: The U.S. dollar has just been slammed for the fifth week in a row, and no one in Washington is lifting a finger to support it.

The dollar has plunged to a 26-year low against the pound … a 30-year low against the Canadian dollar … and an all-time low against the euro!

The dollar is falling against the Brazilian real, the Mexican peso and even the currencies of smaller, previously impoverished countries.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, July 06, 2007

MPTrader Mid-Day Minute - Internet Holders Trust (HHH) Upside Breakout / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

I told our subscribers early this AM that I wanted to reduce exposure to the long side, especially with oil prices rocketing, and bond prices plummeting. However, when I see a chart pattern like the enclosed upside breakout in the Internet HLDRs (AMEX: HHH) from a two month bullish coil, I view it differently than a mature upleg in an instrument that likely will be much more vulnerable to the swings in oil and bonds-- and gyrations of the major equity averages.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

MPTrader Mid-Day Minute - Powerful Up Move in US Oil Trust / Companies / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Today's bigger than expected drawdown in gasoline inventories despite the build in crude has sparked a powerful upmove in the US Oil Trust (AMEX: USO) in the aftermath of yesterday's weakness and today's lower open. Let's notice that today's action represents a potentially significant key upside reversal session, which would argue that the near-term direction has reversed to the upside (again).

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Into the Pool - ETF Skeptic / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Roger_Conrad

Here's a confession from a 20 years-plus industry veteran: I use investment conferences for more than making my points and chatting with current and prospective readers. I also like to scope out what the rest of the industry—including the competition—is doing, chiefly the products they're selling and the public's reception to them.

One of the most popular items at last week's Las Vegas Money Show was exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's not hard to see that these have captured investors' imagination, and dollars, during the past year. The “Wall Street Journal” now publishes what seems to be an ever-expanding page of ETFs that are offered by a growing array of financial houses anxious to cash in on the trend.

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Portfolio

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Technical Speculator Model Growth Portfolios Update / Portfolio / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Donald_W_Dony

May 2007 marks the fourth anniversary of these mainly exchange traded fund-driven portfolios. The performance continues to show good returns. The Canadian-dollar portfolio has averaged 32.40% annually and the U.S.-dollar portfolio at 23.97%.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Ultimate ETF Investment Portfolio / Stock-Markets / Exchange Traded Funds

By: Money_and_Markets

Tony's busy planning his next trip to China. So we've asked Dan Ascani, Executive Vice President of our separate affiliate, Weiss Capital Management, to give you some new insights into his specialty — ETFs.

Dan knows ETFs like the back of his hand. He is a pioneer in the development of mutual-fund and ETF models. And now he's created what could be the ultimate ETF portfolio. Here's his report …

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