From the monthly archives:

January 2010

After posting strong early gains, markets finished the week in the red as weakness in the mining and technology sectors and concerns over Europe weighed on investors. “The pattern has been to sell into the weekend, wait for sovereign risk and sovereign default news in Europe, and if it doesn’t happen, the relief rally begins.” said Robert Francello, head of equity trading for Apex Capital in San Francisco. [click to continue…]

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ETFs experienced a rocky week, as president Obama gave his first State of The Union Address and Apple debuted its much anticipated tablet computer, the iPad. In other news, Ben Bernanke won a secnd term after passing Senate confirmation in a 70-30 vote. Below, we offer our picks for the week’s most important and interesting ETF stories from around the Web: [click to continue…]

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Grail Advisors, known in the ETF world as the issuer responsible for the first actively-managed ETF that allowed managers total discretion, announced today the launch of two actively-managed fixed income ETFs. The Grail McDonnell Intermediate Municipal Bond ETF (GMMB) and the Grail McDonnell Core Taxable Bond ETF (GMTB) began trading on the NYSE Arca Exchange […]

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After adding more than 100 new funds and taking in nearly $120 billion in cash in 2009, it seemed that the ETF industry would be hard-pressed to match that impressive pace in 2010. But an action-packed January that saw more than a dozen new funds, setting a pace that would shatter last year’s expansion. The […]

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In the final three quarters of 2009, emerging markets took the lead in the global recovery effort, delivering impressive growth rates as the world’s developed economies continued to struggle. China and India received the bulk of attention (and cash) from international investors, but South American equity markets had a banner year as well, led by […]

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Financial markets continued their freefall the day after president Obama’s first State of the Union Address, despite some pleasant earnings surprises. Ford reported its first annual profit since 2005, and indicated that the company would remain profitable on a pre-tax basis for the next two years. Microsoft reported a big jump in sales attributable partly […]

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Thursday marked the first day of trading for the UBS E-TRACS S&P 500 Gold Hedged ETN (SPGH), a unique product that offering investors exposure to large cap equities along with a hedge against a declining U.S. dollar. SPGH will track the S&P 500 Gold Hedged Index, a benchmark designed to measure the performance of an […]

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Over the last several years, investors have embraced the benefits of the exchange-traded structure, transforming ETFs from a closet industry to a mainstream investment option that threatens to continually grab market share from traditional actively-managed mutual funds. As the popularity of ETFs has surged, so too has the number of funds available to investors. While […]

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WisdomTree, the ETF issuer specializing in dividend and earnings weighted funds, announced a change to the Japan Total Dividend Fund (DXJ) beginning April 1. DXJ will still follow the same equities and maintain an expense ratio of 0.48% but will also seek to neutralize the affects of the volatile currency market and limit the impact […]

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Wall Street posted modest gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates steady ahead of Obama’s State of the Union Address. Traders pointed to the lack of bad news in the Fed statement as a reason for optimism going forward. “There was some relief that there wasn’t anything overtly negative that […]

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Barack Obama’s first year in office has, by most accounts, been a mixed bag. The massive $787 billion stimulus plan helped to avoid an even deeper recession, but failed to impact joblessness in any meaningful way. Instead of seeing a downturn in the unemployment rate as promised, Americans have seen the rate grow to double […]

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Coming soon to an ETF near you: Warren Buffett. Well not exactly, but shares of Berkshire Hathaway, the company run by the “Oracle of Omaha” will soon be included in the S&P 500 Index and find a home in many of the most popular large-cap and all-cap ETFs. 

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