From the monthly archives:

August 2010

After slumping to start the day, equity markets stayed in positive territory only to fall back after the FOMC minutes were released in the final hour of trading. While stocks may have finished the day where they started, bonds and commodities experienced a more volatile day with yields on government debt once again plunging as the 10 year note sank below 2.5% and the 2 year fell below 0.5%. Meanwhile, precious metals continued their ascent with gold finishing the day just under $1,250 oz. and silver rising to $19.3/oz. Oil was not as lucky; prices of crude for October delivery fell by almost $3/bbl., or close to 4%. [click to continue…]

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As the world population continues to expand at a tremendous pace, investors have begun to see the impact of this growth on a host of finite resources, including food, water, and other assets critical to modern life. With the world population increasing by nearly one billion people every 12 years (it stood at just 5 billion in 1975), it may be surprising to find that a number of countries will be experiencing significant population declines in the coming years despite massive gains in a variety of nations around the world. [click to continue…]

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Paul Weisbruch is the VP of ETF/Options Sales and Trading at Street One Financial, a firm that specializes in educating, evaluating, and trading ETFs, equities, and options. He recently took time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts on the liquidity of ETFs, fallout from the “Flash Crash,” and more. ETF Database: There […]

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If investors weren’t already aware of the tremendous “growth gap” between the developed and emerging markets of the world, a report Tuesday out of New Delhi served as a nice reminder. India’s gross domestic product grew by 8.8% in the quarter ended June 30, roughly in line with analyst estimates for expansion in the world’s […]

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The tremendous surge in interest in exchange-traded commodity products in recent years has been well-documented. Billions of dollars have flowed into funds that offer investors an opportunity to either speculate on short-term changes in natural resource prices or tap into an asset class that can potentially add valuable diversification benefits to traditional stock-and-bond portfolios.

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With American markets trending lower, the country’s largest trading partner, Canada, has managed to weather the storm better than most developed nations while simultaneously staying out of the debt crisis spotlight. However, the Canadian economy is not without risks, as high levels of unemployment and lower revenues thanks to slumping oil prices have been cause […]

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Equity markets continued their slide in Monday trading, as all major indexes suffered significant losses to start the week. The Dow fell by 140 points to end the day just above the 10,000 mark while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 both dropped by close to 1.5%. This fall once again pushed investors into the […]

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When seeking out exposure to emerging markets, investors tend to gravitate towards the superstar economies of India and China, two markets that are expanding at mind-boggling rates as cities swell and the middle class becomes wealthier. But Latin America has been another critical driver of global GDP growth in recent years, as the resource-rich continent […]

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For many in the U.S., a strong currency sounds like a nice problem to have. A firm greenback effectively reduces the cost of flat-screen TV’s from Asia and makes overseas vacations a little more affordable. In reality, however, currency strength can be an significant obstacle to economic growth, especially for export-dependent economies. No one knows […]

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With growth levels in the U.S. stagnating thanks to high unemployment levels and minimal policy options due to massive debt burdens, many investors have looked beyond American shores in order to find investment allocations that can potentially offer more growth and greater returns. While there is no shortage of international and emerging market ETFs on […]

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Equity markets started off in the red on last Monday and continued their downward trend on Tuesday after dismal housing data showed existing home sales plunged by more than 20% as buyers shied away from the market now that the tax credit for new purchases has expired. This news, compounded with new home sales on […]

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This Week In ETFs: August 27th Edition

by on August 28, 2010 | Updated August 31, 2010

Another exciting week in the financial world has given investors plenty to talk about heading into the fall quarter. For starters, Hewlett-Packard and Dell continue to battle for 3 Par and the fight has escalated in recent days as the two computer giants raise their bids for the data storage company. On the other side […]

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