This Week In ETFs: December 18th Edition

by on December 18, 2011 | ETFs Mentioned:

Euro drama took center stage again this week, sending stock markets for a roller coaster ride as investors braced themselves for more bad news about the seemingly never-ending, and rather cyclical European debt crisis. Major stock indexes saw a glimmer of hope in Friday’s early morning trading session with the Dow Jones Industrial average rising nearly 100 points. The market rally quickly faded by the end of the day as investors continued to digest the news from overseas. Commodities were hit hard this week with oil dropping down to as low as $94 a barrel and natural gas hitting its 27-month low. On the macroeconomic front, U.S. consumer prices for November were announced to be unchanged from the previous month. Economists believe price levels remained flat because of declining energy prices helped offset a slight rise in food prices.  Investors are going to be keeping a close eye on the Fed next week as they announce third quarter GDP, which is expected to remain unchanged. 

The ETF industry slowed down its pace this week with only one new product launch hitting the markets. RBS debuted its NASDAQ-100 Trendpilot ETN, TNDQ, which offers investors a low maintenance way to apply a trend-following strategy towards the popular tech-heavy stock benchmark.

Below, we outline the best ETF stories from around the web this past week:

How To Sift Through All Those ETFs at SmartMoney:

With over 1,400 different exchange-traded products to chose from, investors now have to face the daunting task of sifting through the funds and selecting the right pick for their investment objective. Although there are plenty of new products to chose from, most investors tend to stick with the more popular mega-funds, which overshadow the industry’s newer offerings . In this article, author Ari I. Weinberg outlines several ways to dig through the ETF universe to find the appropriate fund for your portfolio.

Sweden: The European Country You Should Be Investing In at Investment U:

With many of the euro-zone countries drowning in debt and political turmoil, Sweden stands out as Europe’s shining star with its vibrant economy and astonishing growth. Despite holding the second highest tax rate in all of the developed countries in the world, Sweden has been able to bolster its economy and foster an atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this article, author Carl Delfeld discusses the country’s success and how investors can use ETFs to tap into the lucrative Swedish markets.

Are Gold ETFs The Best Defense Against Euro Drama? at ETF Database:

The seemingly never-ending crisis in Europe has investors scrambling to find new ways to defend themselves against the markets volatile movements. Amidst growing uncertainty, many have turned to the traditional safe haven investment: gold. Although gold has proven to be a versatile commodity, it has recently lost a bit of its luster as it has failed to provide the much needed cushion for the recent turmoil. This article, by Stoyan Bojinov, explains how gold has lost some of its shine and provides several defensive alternative strategies against the euro drama.

Disclosure: No position at time of writing.