From the monthly archives:

June 2011

The latest round of new product launches has pushed the total for the ETF total to 1,300, close to twice the number of products trading just a couple of years ago. But if the activity behind the scenes is any indication, the growth spurt is far from over. Multiple issuers continue to stuff the product pipeline with proposed funds, many of which represent first-to-market ideas that haven’t yet been offered up in ETF form. [click to continue…]

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Weak home prices, high unemployment, and low economic growth are just a few of the reasons that consumer confidence has been sinking as of late, leaving many to feel very gloomy over the near-term economic outlook. With no end in sight to many of these problems, many consumers have closed their pocketbooks on discretionary spending, opting to hold-off until the economic picture is more certain. Yet, oil prices have begun to fall in the last few weeks thanks to moves by the IEA and a stronger dollar, potentially helping to make many lower-end consumers feel just a little bit better about the current economic situation. However, we won’t know for sure until the release of the Conference Board’s consumer confidence report for June, which is released later today.  [click to continue…]

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U.S. equity markets started the week on a strong note, as investors cheered a French proposal to help debt-stricken Greece from further chaos. The Dow and the S&P 500 both finished the day up by about 0.9% while the Nasdaq surged by 1.3% in the session, led by strong performances out of Apple, Google, and a [...]

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As the size of the ETF lineup has ballooned to nearly 1,300 products, there has been some criticism over the increased granularity and sophistication that is characteristic of many of the latest additions.  Many of the ETPs that have hit the market over the last few years probably have very little appeal to the vast [...]

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Calm Before The Storm

by on June 27, 2011

Although the Greek crisis tapered off to finish the week, plenty of risks remain in the overall economy, causing stocks to sink broadly across the board. Italian debt concerns are now coming to the forefront and more doom and gloom over the American economy– not to mention the debt ceiling– is continuing to plague equities [...]

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Innovation has become a hallmark of the ETF industry in recent years, as new and existing issuers alike have have rolled out increasingly complex and creative products that have further expanded the universe of asset classes and investment strategies available through exchange-traded products. Perhaps no corner of the ETF lineup has grown as quickly as [...]

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The final full week of June was certainly a rocky period to be in the equity markets, as quickly changing expectations led to huge increases in volatility and large movements in commodity markets. Meanwhile, in Europe, worries over Greece temporarily subsided as the Prime Minister of the nation survived a confidence vote, setting the stage [...]

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In what turned out to be a pretty volatile week, the S&P 500 finished Friday roughly where it started the five day period, hovering around the 1,270 mark. Investors continued to focus in on the Greek crisis and concerns over the health of the American economy stayed in the picture as well after Fed Chair [...]

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Beating The Market In A Rocky Week

by on June 25, 2011

This past week was another rocky one for global markets as worries over Greece temporarily subsided in the middle of the week only to reappear in Friday trading. This resurgence came as a result of several members of Parliament declaring their intentions to vote against the austerity bill, leaving the measure uncertain to pass to say the least. Investors also [...]

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American equity markets capped off a volatile week in the red as continued worries over Europe– this time with regards to Italian banks– and weakness in the tech sector led to losses across the board. The Dow finished the day lower by close to 1% while the broader indexes slid by a little more; the [...]

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Emerging Global, the New York City-based ETF issuer best known for its funds that target consumers and infrastructure in developing nations, rolled out the latest addition to its product lineup Thursday with the debut of nine GEMS (Global Emerging Markets Sectors) funds. The lineup offers investors the chance to buy some of the largest companies [...]

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Futures-based investing has long been a popular option for those looking to gain exposure to commodities that were otherwise difficult to reach. But with the introduction of ETFs came increased granularity in this investing segment, as there are now exchange traded products that offer exposure to a wide variety of commodities through a single ticker. [...]

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