From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Halloween day was certainly a spooky one for investors, as one of the best months in years ended on a terrible note. The Dow surrendered over 275 points while the S&P 500 was the biggest loser with a near 2.5% decrease. What is perhaps more surprising is that the NASDAQ was the best performing of the three benchmarks; that index tends to underperform by comparison, so its win (by comparison) on the day is certainly a rare one. As for oil, it lost nearly 1%, though it is still holding on for dear life to its $90/barrel price. Finally, gold saw a down day, marking another bizarre performance as the safe haven metal usually exhibits low correlation to equities [see also New At ETFdb: ETF Scorecards Offer In-Depth Analysis And Ranking Of Every ETF]. 

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Bulls Look To Sustain Momentum

by on October 31, 2011

Improving optimism over the Euro zone debt negotiations coupled with positive earnings and economic data releases at home pushed stock markets higher last week. Investor confidence improved considerably as domestic equity indexes climbed higher above key resistance levels and held onto gains the entire week. Bailout talks in the Euro zone reignited fears of inflation, […]

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As ETFs have burst on to the scene in recent years, just about every serious investor and professional money manager has taken a crash course in exchange-traded products, becoming familiar with the countless benefits and nuances of these products. Features such as enhanced transparency, upgraded tax efficiency, and low costs are generally well known at […]

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One of the oft-cited benefits of the ETF boom over the last several years is the democratization of asset classes, such as commodities and volatility, that were previously available only to sophisticated and wealthy investors. The marriage of these asset classes with the exchange-traded structure allows investors to tap into securities that can be extremely […]

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This past week was, for the most part, a stellar time for major equities as a number of positive data releases buffered a healthy market rally. The Dow pushed through 12,000 while the S&P is making reaches for the 1,300 mark. Oil was perhaps the most talked about asset, as its price skyrocketed early in the week […]

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The Africa-Centric ETFdb Portfolio is now available to ETFdb Pro members, offering an option for those who wish to construct a portfolio that offers well-rounded exposure across African markets, believing this economic region offers lucrative growth potential going forward. This portfolio may appeal to risk-tolerant investors who wish to position themselves favorably across several African […]

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Markets this week rebounded as investors found new hope for the resolution of Europe’s debt crisis. Concerns were abated after the E.U. announced its plan to impose a 50% haircut on Greek bonds and to apply more leverage to their bailout fund. The week ended on a slightly weaker note as stocks eased back after Thursday’s incredible rally. In the […]

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Bad Week To Be A Bear

by on October 29, 2011

The bulls came rushing back last week and equity indexes soared, bolstered by solid corporate earnings at home coupled with encouraging developments in the Euro zone. Investors were more than cheerful to see EU leaders take the first steps towards negotiating on a viable “rescue plan” to ensure stability in the financially fragile currency bloc. […]

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After closing one of the better weeks in recent memory, investors were content to see most major asset classes finish out the week in the black. As October comes to a close and we enter the Halloween weekend, the outlook on the overall economy is anything but scary. In fact, with a stunning GDP growth, […]

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Russell, the firm behind many of the indexes underlying popular equity exchange-traded products, recently entered the industry as an issuer. Earlier this year, Russell Investments acquired Reno-based U.S. One, and subsequently renamed the actively-managed One Fund (ONEF) to the Russell Equity ETF. Now that the firm has actively-managed relief under its belt, Russell is taking […]

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Thursday was a bright green day on Wall Street as investors piled into equity market after European leaders took another step forward in the right direction. Policymakers in Brussels agreed upon a $1.4 trillion “bailout” while private bondholders negotiated to accept a 50% writedown on Greek debt. Although several key issues remain unanswered, investors are […]

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