From the monthly archives:

October 2010

As the nation anxiously awaits the results of the midterm elections that will take place next week, the financial world is buzzing after a period of high volatility thanks to a host of earnings reports and financial data. The U.S. government released its anticipated GDP growth report from the third quarter on Friday, which came in at 2% as predicted, painting a lukewarm picture for the economy heading into the all-important holiday season. The Fed has also been slowly revealing its plans to execute another wave of quantitative easing, which has many investors worried as to how markets will react to this move. This week also saw earnings reports from many industry leaders like Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and Merck, which helped to give the markets direction ahead of what is likely to be an extremely choppy week to open up November. Below, we highlight three of the best ETF stories from around the Web during the last week:

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American equity markets wobbled in the final day of October trading, as investors digested earnings reports and modest GDP growth for the U.S. economy. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 both finished the day at their starting points while the Dow managed to squeak by with a gain of 0.1%. In commodity markets, gold managed to storm back higher, gaining $15/oz. to finish October at just under $1,360/oz. Meanwhile, Treasury markets continued to soar as the 10 year note’s yield fell by six basis points and the 2 year note saw its yield decline to 0.34%. [click to continue…]

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In the wake of the latest global recession, it is the emerging markets of the world that have emerged as the clear drivers of global growth. As a surging consumer segment propels China and India forward, resource-rich Latin America is well positioned to benefit from increased global demand for raw materials–particularly as the U.S. dollar […]

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After being hammered during the most recent recession, the technology sector has enjoyed a stellar recovery over the last 18 months, thanks to an impressive string of innovations that includes 3-D television, touchscreen tablet computers, and a new generation of mobile phones that seem to become both more sophisticated and more ubiquitous by the day. […]

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With health care remaining a major issue in today’s political and financial world, big pharmaceutical firms have been under the microscope for some time. Legislation earlier this year from Washington created quite a buzz, as the bill executed an overhaul of our entire health care system. On top of this, many big pharma firms who […]

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U.S. equities finished Thursday relatively flat as investors digested mixed earnings reports from a variety of important sector leaders. The Dow finished the day down 0.2% while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 both rose and ended up 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively. Meanwhile, commodity markets surged thanks to a weaker dollar which fell against a […]

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Interest in hard assets as an investment opportunity has surged in recent years, thanks in large part to the introduction of several ETFs that allow investors easy access to a diversified basket of companies engaged in the extraction and production of various commodities. Funds investing in gold miners, silver miners, and lithium production have popped […]

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Deutsche Bank, the financial giant that has partnered with PowerShares on some of the most popular currency and commodity ETF products, has begun laying the groundwork to launch its own line of equity ETFs. In a recent SEC filing, the firm detailed five proposed ETFs:

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Times have been tough for investors hoping for a quick turnaround in America’s economic fortunes; slow growth, high budget deficits and extensive unemployment have caused many to lose confidence in the dollar. Thanks to this and record low yields, investors have sought the relative security of the precious metal markets with gold in particular shinning […]

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U.S. stock markets experienced a rocky trading session on Wednesday, as equities plunged to start the day but fought back after noon to pull back almost to breakeven. The Dow and S&P 500 sank by 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively, while the Nasdaq even managed to finish the day in positive territory after surging in the […]

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With the U.S. dollar plummeting, resource-hungry emerging markets racing ahead, and concerns over inflation beginning to pop up, hard assets have been red hot. And ETF issuers are seemingly taking notice, coming up with creative ways to offer investors exposure to natural resources. Just days after JPMorgan filed papers with the SEC detailing plans for […]

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Barclays Bank PLC has announced that it will implement a one-for-four reverse split of the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) VXX, effective Tuesday November 9. The move comes as the value of the note has fallen well below the $25 mark, which contractually allows Barclays to initiate a reverse split; as of […]

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