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Seth Dowling

As the markets of the U.S. and Western Europe have encountered problem after problem, investors are giving increasingly large weightings to Asian equities. Investors focused on Asia have generally gravitated towards China, India, and South Korea–three markets that have performed well over the last year. But it is another Asian economy that has stolen the show in 2010, as Malaysian equities have tuned in an impressive performance.

On Thursday, the Central Bank of Malaysia announced the second hike to its key overnight interest rate since March, responding to concerns that the economy was expanding too briskly. After cutting rates from a 3.5% peak in late 2008 to 2% in February 2009, Malaysia has hiked rates by 50 basis points to 2.5% as economic expansion for the first quarter reached its highest level in over a decade. Rate hikes are usually a negative development, but the central bank’s action has done to take the luster off of Malaysia. [click to continue…]

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After news of fraud charges against Goldman Sachs broke last Friday, anxiety built over the weekend and investors watched nervously to see if markets would plummet this week. But markets saw a relatively clam week, with most indexes posting moderate gains despite more trouble in Greece and jumping gas prices. It was another eventful week in the world of ETF investing as well, with a handful of new fund launches and announcement of some exciting products in the pipeline (including a long-awaited automotive ETF). Below, we offer three of the best ETF articles from around the Web: [click to continue…]

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A number of winning streaks came to a halt on Friday, as a generally solid start to earnings season was overshadowed by reports of fraudulent behavior at Goldman Sachs. Financial ETFs plummeted on Friday as anxiety over the regulatory backlash sent the sector sharply lower. Markets will look to another wave or earnings reports next […]

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After soaring from all time lows in March 2009 through the end of the year, many alternative-energy ETFs have fallen sharply in 2010, as crumbling government finances have forced certain countries to scale back or eliminate altogether subsidies to this still-nascent industry. Many alternative energy sectors have tumbled by 10% or more in the first […]

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After sinking early in the week, equity markets finished on a high note with the Dow closing just below 11,000. Commodities have been in focus in recent trading, as oil sank for the week while gold soared as Greece’s credit rating was lowered to BBB-. In other news, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visited Beijing in […]

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After a few speed bumps early in 2010, ETFs are back on track and traveling full steam ahead. In the first three months of 2010, nearly 60 new ETFs have been launched, which is already equivalent to nearly half funds to hit the market over the course of 2009.  The recent SEC decision to halt approval on products using derivatives may slow this pace a […]

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A week highlighted by the relatively uneventful Federal Reserve meeting saw equity markets head generally higher, as investors cheered the prospect of several more months of low interest rates. After months of heated debate, a vote on health care reform looms over the weekend, and health care funds above-average volumes throughout the week. Below, we […]

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