From the monthly archives:

July 2011

ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource rich countries that have stepped up to fuel ongoing urbanization and aggressive infrastructure expansions and improvements.

As interest in China’s equity markets has surged in recent years, it shouldn’t be surprising that investors have embraced ETFs as an efficient means of accessing this promising economy. There are currently nearly two dozen ETFs offering exposure to China, including both broad-based and sector-specific offerings. Moreover, investors seeking leveraged exposure or access to the Chinese currency have additional choices from the ETF lineup. [click to continue…]

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This week saw one of the worst strings of trading sessions in nearly a year as investors have grown increasingly worried that Congress will be unable to set aside their differences and come to terms on some sort of debt deal to avoid a default. If a deal is not passed soon, major credit rating  agencies have threatened to kick the U.S. out of the AAA club, which could be devastating for the global economy, as we would no longer be the go to safe haven economy. Gold saw new highs this week as the metal broke through the $1,600 per ounce mark and kept right on going. Meanwhile, oil suffered a rough week as crude is now below $96 per barrel. The ETF world saw a relatively slow week as far as launches are concerned, though a number of filings stuffed into the pipeline ensured that the industry would not be slowing down anytime soon.

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Debt Doomsday Approaches

by on July 30, 2011

This past week was filled with more of the same for investors; abundant volatility across equities coupled with feelings of uncertainty regarding the financial well-being of the United States. Lawmakers in Washington are keeping investors on the edge of their seat (putting the pressure on equities) as the debt-ceiling deadline approaches, and several rating agencies […]

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Wall Street finished this rocky trading week like it started, as all of the major benchmarks finished the day well off of the session’s highs. The Dow fell by 0.8% while the S&P 500 sank by 0.7% and the Nasdaq tumbled by just 0.4% in comparison, as weakness in the GDP report combined with gloom […]

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As the ETF industry has maintained its strong growth, investors have grown increasingly comfortable with establishing exposure to various markets utilizing the exchange-traded structure. Now, with 1,300+ funds in the space, there is an ETF for almost any investment objective, with further innovation still on the way. But as the industry rapidly expands, some funds […]

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WisdomTree, fresh off its move from the Pink Sheets to the NASDAQ, announced net income of $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2011 on record assets under management (AUM) of nearly $13 billion. WisdomTree’s AUM more than doubled from the same period a year ago, and the swing to profit came after the company […]

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Debt-ceiling woes continue to pressure equity indexes downward as investors await a consensus from Congress regarding the matter. Stocks have wildly fluctuated this week as a whole given all of the uncertainty plaguing financial markets as the U.S. government faces a potential default next week. To make matters worse, credit-rating agencies, including Standard & Poor’s, […]

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In what was yet another rocky session for American equities, stocks finished the day lower once again for the most part as continued worries over the debt ceiling plagued markets. The Dow finished the day lower by 0.5% while the broader S&P 500 managed to lose just 0.3% on the day. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq, which […]

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Most investors probably never expected that it would never come to this. With only days remaining until the day the government coffers supposedly go dry, a deal to avoid a default remains elusive (one would suspect the August 2 date is at least 72 hours or so in advance of a hard deadline). The back […]

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WisdomTree, the New York-based ETF issuer, revealed more plans to expand its lineup of exchange traded products with SEC filings for two international ETFs. The proposed funds helped to kick off WisdomTree’s move to the NASDAQ for its own stock (ticker symbol is WETF) and look to move the company’s ETF lineup towards the 50 […]

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Although energy prices have come off their 2011 highs, futures contracts are trading well above their mid-2010 levels with current prices trending near the $100/bbl. mark. This has proven to be pretty good news for energy companies across the board helping many to beat analyst expectations for the most recent quarter. Yet, while many giant oil […]

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Default Fears Destabilize Markets

by on July 27, 2011

Wall Street started the week once again in red territory as investors remain reluctant to jump back into the equity markets given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the debt-ceiling controversy at home. Gold continues to charge higher as the precious metal opened above $1,600 an ounce on Monday morning. Earnings season is well underway and so […]

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