From the monthly archives:

July 2010

The European debt crisis along with the possible collapse of the euro have investors fleeing from their investments in much of Europe. Many have attempted to find safe havens in European nations that have no ties to the euro, but with little luck. There are only a select number of ETFs that do not have their claws sunk deep into the failing euro and Noway, one of Europe’s strongest economies, is one of them. Unfortunately for investors seeking to make a play on the Norwegian economy, there is not a viable pure-play ETF option. This is unfortunate because the Norwegian economy could save investors’ foreign capital in these rough economic times. [click to continue…]

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After a disappointing GDP growth number sent the markets lower to start the day, equities surged back in afternoon trading to finish the day at breakeven, with only the Nasdaq registering a measurable gain posting an increase of 0.1%. This came as a result of the U.S. reporting Q2 GDP growth of just 2.4%, slightly less than the expected reading of 2.5%. This news sent traditional safe-havens such as T-Bills and gold into higher demand; 10 Year yields fell to 2.9% while gold gained 1.1% to finish the day at the $1,181/oz. mark. However, traders were boosted by two unexpectedly higher reports later in the day which helped the markets to make up much of their losses in the final day of July trading.  The University of Michigan/Reuters consumer sentiment index for July rose slightly more than expected to 67.8 from a preliminary reading of 66.5. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sectors saw a boost from the Chicago PMI which rose to 62.3 this month from a 59.1 reading in June. This was especially bullish since economists had predicted a drop to 56.5 which helped to leave stocks on a level footing heading into August trading next week. [click to continue…]

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This past week was a very active one for the markets as the summer earnings season focused in on the energy and defense sectors in order to give the market direction going forward. First, we saw oil giant BP report its quarterly earnings on Tuesday and announce that Tony Hayward would be stepping down from […]

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Fresh off the successful launch of their Lithium Fund (LIT), Global X unveiled the newest addition to its lineup yesterday, the Brazil Financials ETF (BRAF). This fund makes 14 ETFs in total for the New York City based issuer which has a heavy focus on international funds including China sector ETFs and a fund tracking […]

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As July draws to a close, a glance around the investing landscape carries an eerie similarity to a Yosemite campground littered with discarded food; there are bears everywhere. Unemployment remains elevated, and more and more investors are coming to accept that a meaningful recovery won’t progress until signs of job creation materialize. After implementing aggressive […]

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Recent years have seen a tremendous expansion of the ETF universe, in terms of both the number of products and total assets. Though the majority of ETF assets are still in domestic equity funds, the bulk of the innovation has taken place in other corners of the market; options for fixed income and commodity exposure […]

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The last few years have seen no shortage of innovations in the ETF space. Opportunistic issuers have capitalized on a shift in investor mentality by rolling out ETFs offering never-before-seen levels of granularity in emerging markets. IndexIQ introduced hedge fund replication ETFs, a line of products that initially drew skepticism but has now been embraced […]

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As the stock market continues to trade range bound despite solid earnings reports from a variety of companies, economic data is beginning to weigh more heavily on the markets. With durable goods orders down 1% since last month and unemployment levels still above 9.5%, the economic outlook remains gloomy for most Americans. This leaves many […]

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U.S. equity markets had a rocky Thursday as solid earnings figures were overshadowed by uneasiness over tomorrow’s crucial GDP report to send all the major indexes slightly lower for the day’s trading. This uncertainty helped to boost the demand for commodities which saw broad strength with oil and gold both jumping higher on the day. […]

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As a long-time subscriber to BusinessWeek, I generally enjoy their content and find their stories both informative and interesting. However, last week’s cover story entitled “Amber Waves of Pain” was unlike anything I had ever read by the company before. On the cover, the weekly magazine stated three times “Do Not Buy Commodity ETFs” and […]

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New ETF Tool: Stock Exposure On Demand

by on July 29, 2010 | Updated July 19, 2011

ETF Database is pleased to announce the launch of the ETF Stock Exposure Tool, a free resource that allows investors to identify all U.S.-listed equity ETFs that maintain exposure to a particular U.S.-listed equity. Upon entering a ticker symbol into the search box, the resulting table will show all U.S.-listed equity ETFs that maintain material exposure […]

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In the midst of earnings season, stock markets are no strangers to volatility. The first week saw mixed results, with some industry leaders beating estimates while others disappointed the Street on weak revenue numbers. Week two was slightly more upbeat, with some major financial and energy companies –such as Morgan Stanley and Halliburton– crushed their […]

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