Inside The ETFdb 60 Index: February 2012
The ETFdb 60 Index is an equal-weighted benchmark comprised of the largest ETF in each ETFdb Category, excluding inverse and leveraged ETFs. The Index gives an indication of the overall direction of the investable asset classes represented by this group of ETFs. At present, the ETFdb 60 Index includes 32 equity ETFs, 14 fixed income ETFs, 5 commodity ETFs, 2 real estate ETFs, and 6 miscellaneous ETFs (including currencies and multi-asset funds). For more information about the ETFdb 60 Index, or to see a complete list of holdings, click here.
Monthly Winners and Losers
The ETFdb 60 Index is off to a robust start in 2012, posting a 4.3% gain in the first month of trading. Although last year ended on a fairly pessimistic note, bullish fever has returned to Wall Street and investors are gradually increasing their appetite for risk as encouraging economic data piles up.
The winners in January got off to a hot start, bolstered by improving sentiment and positive developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. As risk appetite increased, lucrative assets soared; Latin American equities, alternative energy stocks, and industrial metals all finished the month in bright green territory:
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