This week was nothing if not eventful, between tech launches, the largest riots in Northern Africa since the Arab Spring and Bernanke’s announcement every day had something new that should have pulled the markets around. Yet some how, this week saw some of the best gains of the last five years recorded, including the S&P 500 reaching its highest level since 2007. Most analysts think this charge upward is due to recent intervention plans of central banks around the world, including the most recent announcement by the FOMC; low job numbers and a high consumer-price index have prompted another round of quantitative easing. Even with our government facing the challenge of rioters attacking many of our North African embassies, the markets finished on the highest note this year [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Investor Should Learn].
This week saw continued quiet on the ETF product development front, though iShares did launch its newest ETF offering exposure to frontier markets around the world, FM. More ETFs are expected to launch in the coming weeks after a siege of summer filings, but so far new products are just trickling in.
Below we outline the three best stories from around the ETF space this past week:
1. Could the New iPhone Lift These Global ETFs at Market Watch:
With the launch of the newest Apple product this week it won’t just be the company who could benefit from this announcement. Numerous ETFs include this super power tech stock in their portfolio as a way to gain exposure to domestic and international sales. With the iPhone available in fast growing markets such as Brazil, China, and Mexico, many hope the iPhone 5 will be the must have device among the developing middle class in these emerging markets. Benzinga’s ETF Professor discusses which ETFs are in a good position to benefit from Apple’s most recent development.
2. ETFs For Rising Home Prices at Index Universe:
It seems that we have seen the lowest home prices could go, and the real estate market is starting to organically turn itself back around. There are currently fourteen ETF options for real estate investors, but many are more concerned with commercial buildings such as offices and shopping malls. Ana Kostioukova has compiled a list of ETFs that will great exposure to the residential housing markets and other options for investors looking to take advantage of rising home prices.
3. 5 Chart Patterns Every ETF Trader Should Know at ETF Database:
With the accessibility of the ETF market increasing every day, people are more frequently investing in markets they are not specialized in, or sometimes know nothing about, looking to gain all types of exposure. As a way to protect from blind investing, non-professional investors are turning to well known technical analysis studies as a way to more efficiently evaluate their holdings or options. Stoyan Bojinov explains what everyone investing in ETFs should be able to spot among the technical jargon.
4. Profiling 7 Companies That Have Raised Dividends For 25 Years at Dividend.com:
With many central bankers now expecting that interest rates will remain near zero until at least 2015, we were reminded yet again last week that achieving meaningful current returns will be a huge hurdle for the foreseeable future. In this article, seven of the most consistent dividend paying stocks out there are profiled — a must read for investors looking to boost their portfolio’s yield through dividend-paying equities.
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