From the monthly archives:

November 2011

Can The Bulls Hold On?

by on November 30, 2011

Domestic equity markets started off the week on a strong note as investors were optimistic to see a very strong start to the holiday shopping seasons, showcasing that U.S. consumers are still alive and kicking. Euphoria swept over stocks on Wednesday after the Fed and the central banks of the euro area, Canada, Japan, U.K., and Switzerland all agreed to reduce the cost of offering dollar financing through swaps. The collective central bank effort was aimed at improving liquidity and more indirectly restoring confidence back in the markets by proving to investors that policymakers are in fact recognizing the issues and actively combating them. Optimism across equity markets spurred a rally in gold, with futures prices for the precious yellow metal settling near $1,750 as the trading session drew to a close. [click to continue…]

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Despite recent market woes, today saw a stellar performance across the board. Major indexes posted their best day in recent memory with the Dow surging by nearly 500 points and the S&P 500 jumping by 4.3%, leaving the index just shy of 1,250. Just weeks ago investors were worried when the S&P dipped below 1,250, but it seems that the world is finally getting itself back on track. 10 year bonds saw another stellar day with gains topping 3.5% as fixed income follows in the footsteps of equities. On the commodity side of things, both gold and oil finished up on the day, keeping investors on all sides of the equation relatively happy [see also Euro Bond ETFs: Big Yields, Big Risks]. [click to continue…]

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Euro Bond ETFs: Big Yields, Big Risks

by on November 30, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

Europe has been in the spotlight throughout the last several months as the continent has fought an increasingly desperate battle to ward off a wave of sovereign debt defaults that could ultimately lead to the end of the euro. While much of the attention–particularly from international investors–has focused on tumbling stocks, bond markets across the […]

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Equity markets were mixed on Tuesday as tensions remain high with investors awaiting for a concrete plan of action from Euro zone leaders. On the home front, U.S. consumer confidence came in better-than-expected, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher by 0.28% for the day, while the Nasdaq lagged behind, shedding 0.47% on the day. […]

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Today saw markets hold their ground after yesterday’s strong performance. The day finished out with the Dow adding 32 points and the S&P 500 jumping 0.22%. 10 year bonds saw a healthy jump of nearly 2%, giving investors hope that the positive figures that have been rolling in for the U.S. are starting to piece […]

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Back To Basics: 7 ETFs For Long-Term Investors

by on November 29, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

New exchange traded products continue to debut on the market by the cartload, as issuers have been ramping up activity on the product development front while ongoing innovation in the ETF industry is paving the way for one of a kind, first-to-market products. Investors can implement any number of strategies across a multitude of asset […]

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Late last year, Global X brought to market the FTSE Norway 30 ETF (NORW), the first-ever product to feature targeted exposure to Norway. While the FTSE Nordic 30 ETF (GXF) has been around since late 2009, it only features a 21% exposure to the Norwegian economy, leaving a major exposure gap that was waiting to be filled. […]

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Equity indexes started the week with a bang as bullish sentiment swept over Wall Street thanks to news of European leaders making progress in the right direction, along with a stellar start to the holiday shopping season at home. The Nasdaq led the way higher, gaining 3.52% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial […]

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Stocks opened up the final week of the month on a strong note, with major indexes posting massive gains. The Dow jumped 291 points while the S&P 500 tacked on 2.9%, bringing it near the 1,200 mark. The NASDAQ composite was the biggest index winner, with gains of over 3.5% for the day. Oil saw […]

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Investors Shopping For Hope

by on November 28, 2011

Investors were left empty handed before the Thanksgiving Holiday; the Euro drama theme dominated financial markets last week as ongoing debt woes stemming from overseas overshadowed a host of positive economic data releases on the home front, including a surprise to the upside in durable goods orders. We anticipate for the spotlight to remain fixated […]

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Direxion, one of the largest issuers of leveraged exchange-traded funds, will make significant changes to ten of its products next week. The Direxion ETFs currently offering 2x and -2x exposure to their underlying index will begin seeking to deliver daily results that correspond to 3x or -3x of the related benchmark. That change will obviously […]

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And just like that, another star active manager bites the dust. Earlier this month, one of the most respected mutual fund managers in history announced that he was stepping down after a tumultuous stretch that cast a long, red shadow over an otherwise illustrious career. Bill Miller, who has been the manger or co-manager of […]

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