Now Is The Season To: December 2011

Published on by on December 1, 2011 | Updated January 3, 2012

Consider Defensive Emerging Market ETFs

Despite the strong recovery in October, equity markets lost steam and posted a disappointing performance for the month of November. Fear and panic selling resurfaced as Italian debt drama further clouded the outlook for the already financially fragile Euro zone. More problems emerged back in the U.S. as the Super Committee made no progress in addressing our own deficit problem, leaving investors on Wall Street anxious for a resolution. Fitch rating agency warned the U.S. of a possible downgrade if no progress towards resolution is made in the near future. Despite the stream of bad news, there is still hope. The U.S. economy has been growing at a slow but steady pace; positive GDP growth and surprising improvements in the housing and labor markets have helped to restore investors’ confidence. 

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