From the monthly archives:

February 2010

Jefferies, an up-and-coming player in the commodity ETF space, has applied for SEC approval on two new commodity ETFs. The Jefferies TR/J CRB Commodity Index ETF (CRB) and the Jefferies Commodity Real Return ETF (RRET) will focus on similar commodities, but would be far from identical. CRB’s underlying index tracks the prices of near-month rolling futures on a diversified basket of commodities, while RRET will invest in futures contracts of commodities included in the CRB 3-Month Forward Index, which tracks closing levels of futures positions that would comprise the CRB index in three months. [click to continue…]

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ETFs finished February range-bound, as most equity markets remained choppy to finish the week. This came after continued weakness in the euro zone and some disappointing news on the jobs front, with 20,000 additions to the list of people seeking unemployment benefits. In other news, AIG reported a $8.87 billion quarterly loss, raising concerns that it may need further federal assistance to stay afloat.  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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U.S. markets remained choppy to finish the week, as the S&P 500 finished the day up slightly. This came after AIG reported an $8.9 billion loss for the quarter and the EU told Greece that its plan to cut spending and raise taxes was not going to be enough to satisfy other members of the […]

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As job loses continue to mount in the United States–first-time claims for unemployment insurance recently rose by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 496,000–many political officials and ordinary citizens are looking for creative ways to stem the seemingly never-ending loss of jobs. One of the hottest issues in recent weeks has been China’s currency policy, which […]

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What Every Investor Ought To Know About The Spain ETF

by on February 26, 2010 | Updated April 25, 2013

To this point in 2010, investors around the globe have paid close attention to every development in the euro zone, as crumbling public finances in the region have threatened to spark a wave of crippling defaults and have called into question the sustainability of the common currency. Most of the attention has focused on Greece, […]

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U.S. markets continued to take their cues from Europe on Thursday, as fresh concerns about Greece’s financial mess weighed on Wall Street. Domestic jobs data did little to create a bullish mentality among investors, as the Labor Department announced that weekly jobless claims unexpectedly jumped by 22,000 last week. Economists had been expecting a decline […]

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Five ETFs For A Tumbling Euro

by on February 25, 2010

With continued worries over budget crises in the “PIIGS” (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) and their rapidly deteriorating fiscal conditions, the future of the euro zone’s common currency has been called into question. Most of attention has focused on Greece, where double digit budget deficits threaten to grind the government to a halt and […]

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Direxion announced the expansion of its fixed income product line on Thursday with the launch of two leveraged ETFs targeting a short-term Treasury index. The Direxion Daily 2-Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares (TWOL) seeks 300% of the daily performance of the NYSE Arca Current 2-Year U.S. Treasury Index, a benchmark that consists of the most […]

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Many investors point to the rise of the ETF industry as a clear shift in preferences away from relatively expensive active management in favor of low-cost indexing. It’s been said that the alpha hunters have evolved into beta grazers. But the benefits of the ETF structure aren’t reserved solely for passive cap-weighted products, and the […]

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ENY vs. AMJ: Energy Income Funds Head-to-Head

by on February 24, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With Treasuries and corporate bonds offering record low yields and perhaps relatively high risk, many investors have begun looking elsewhere for opportunities to provide reliable income to their portfolios. Dividend-paying ETFs are one interesting option, but some investors are hesitant to swing big portions of their fixed income allocation into equities.

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Equity markets snapped a two-day losing streak on Wednesday, as comments from Ben Bernanke indicating that interest rates could remain low for the foreseeable future caused a buying spree on Wall Street. Elsewhere, General Motors announced that it would begin winding down Hummer operations after Chinese regulators rejected a proposed deal while Toyota’s president apologized […]

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Legg Mason appears ready to make its long anticipated move into the active ETF space. The Baltimore-based asset management firm filed for approval with the SEC that would allow it to introduce actively-managed ETFs to U.S. markets. Filing for exemptive relief is one of the first steps on the road to launching ETFs, and requires […]

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