From the monthly archives:

February 2011

U.S. equity markets finished the last day of February on a high note as most stocks finished the day in the green as oil continued its sell off and U.S. worker income rose by 1% for January. The Dow finished up by 96 points on the day while the S&P 500 rose by 0.6% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained just one point as weakness in the semiconductor space dragged down the popular market. Commodity markets were more mixed, however, as gold rose by just $2/oz. and oil fell by close to one dollar a barrel thanks to easing tensions across the Middle East. Today’s gains ensured that the market would post three consecutive months in the green, lending further fuel to the idea that markets are in recovery mode even if the jobs market isn’t. [click to continue…]

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John Del Vecchio is the Portfolio Manager and Principal at Ranger Alternative Management, L.P., the firm that recently partnered with AdvisorShares on the Active Bear ETF (HDGE). He recently sat down with ETF Database to discuss his approach to identifying short sale candidates and potential applications for a short only fund within a portfolio: [click to continue…]

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Vanguard led all ETF issuers in cash inflows last year, thanks in no small part to a shift among investors towards the most cost-efficient ETF options. Now the company is lowering expenses on six of its international equity ETFs, reflecting greater efficiencies realized in the form of asset growth and operating cost reductions. The ETFs […]

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Last weeks developments in the Middle East once again captured the attention of investors, as escalations of protests and violence in Libya sent oil on a wild ride over the course of several days. The impact of the geopolitical tensions seem unlikely to ease at any point in the near future; while the unrest is […]

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Russell Investments and Research Affiliates announced this week the creation of a new suite of indexes based on the Fundamental index methodology developed by Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott. The two companies formed a partnership last year, and are now introducing 24 fundamental-weighted benchmarks measuring the performance of domestic and international equity markets. 

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This past week was an extremely volatile one in the financial world as continued turmoil in the Middle East rocked equities and sent oil prices surging towards $100/bbl. in mid-week trading. Markets did, however, manage to recoup some of their losses in Friday’s session although major indexes were still off significantly from their highs earlier […]

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U.S. equity markets surged higher to slash into the severe losses from earlier in the week as good news from Intel and Boeing helped to relieve some of the pressure and send shares soaring higher. The Dow rose by 62 points on the day while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq boosted more robust gains […]

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State Street rolled out two new ETFs on Thursday, launching products offering exposure to emerging markets equities and fixed income securities. The SPDR Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (EBND) will seek to replicate a benchmark consisting of fixed-rate local currency sovereign debt of emerging market countries, while the SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend […]

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ETF Securities, the Europe-based ETF issuer responsible for a series of ultra-popular physically-backed precious metal ETFs, recently made an SEC filing detailing plans for a series of physically-backed exchange-traded products targeting the industrial metal space. In total, the filing calls for seven funds with one targeting each of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc, […]

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Thanks to oil’s recent surge, a number of tangentially connected industries have benefited from the sharp move higher in crude prices. One such industry is the solar power sector where higher oil prices make solar panels more competitive with traditional fuel sources. Furthermore, during times of great turmoil, many are also reminded of the importance […]

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Despite continued tension in the Middle East, American equities managed to finish the day flat thanks to strong earnings reports and sliding oil prices. The Dow declined by 37 points while the S&P 500 fell by a single point, however, the Nasdaq managed to post a decent gain on the day, rising by just under […]

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FactorShares, a new entrant to the ETF industry, has launched a suite of leveraged products designed to offer investors exposure to the differentials in daily returns between various asset classes. The new leveraged funds will give investors an opportunity to bet that one asset class will increase in value relative to another over a single […]

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