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Imitation just may be the sincerest form of flattery, as any sufficiently profitable ETF idea seems to eventually attract clones. Competition is usually a good thing for investors, as it can drive expenses lower and incentivize fund sponsors and managers to deliver better and better service to investors. At the same time, though, competition can create confusion, so it is helpful to look at similar ETFs on a head-to-head basis to highlight the significant differences between them [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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Sandy Rattles Wall Street

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated October 30, 2012

Euro zone drama is back in the headlines as sour retail sales data in Spain over the weekend spooked many. With Spain’s recessionary environment becoming more pronounced, it’s very likely that the European Central Bank will be forced to cut rates lower, or perhaps introduce a much “beefier” monetary policy initiative to ensure the nation’s financial health. At home, hurricane Sandy hit the east coast with ferocity, prompting the closure of U.S. equity markets on Monday, setting the scene for a potentially volatile trading week on Wall Street [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].

Weekly Outlook

Below, we highlight ETFs that may see an increase in trading activity as relevant market data is released and evaluated by investors:
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Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

Inflation has always been a particularly frustrating topic among investors, as a spike in prices can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared.  Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. Inflation, however, has not […]

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Van Eck announced this week that it has reduced the expense caps for five of its exchange-traded funds, effective May first. The move represents the latest development in a string of fee reductions by ETF issuers, reflecting both increasing asset bases and economies of scale as well as efforts to lure cost-conscious investors. The ETFs […]

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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that exchange-traded commodity products were the darlings of the ETF world. Praised for democratizing an entire asset class (and one capable of delivering non-correlated returns to investors at that), commodity ETFs saw billions of dollars of cash inflows in 2009. Investors rushed to get their hands on everything […]

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Global X, the New York-based ETF issuer that already offers sector-specific China and Brazil funds and a number of ETFs focused on commodity-intensive equities, continued to expand its pipeline; the firm recently made an SEC filing laying the groundwork for an oil equities ETF. Although details from the filing were scarce, there were a few […]

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With the finish line in sight, 2010 has been a generally solid year for commodities as an asset class; strong demand from emerging markets, a shaky dollar, fears about inflation, and a number of supply issues have conspired to send prices of everything from corn to gold to sugar skyward [see Top Five Commodity ETFs […]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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As world population levels have surged along with developing economies, an increased focus as been put on natural resource development and production in order to increase the average standard of living for the world’s nearly 7 billion people. This rapid increase–along with a variety of natural disasters, such as the devastating wheat crisis in Russia […]

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Direxion Files For Non-Leveraged ETFs

by on April 19, 2010 | Updated April 25, 2013

Direxion, one of the leaders in the rapidly-expanding leveraged ETF space, has filed for approval on 36 new ETFs, including two non-leveraged products. The Direxion Auto Shares would seek to match the performance of the Indus Global Auto & Auto Suppliers Index, a benchmark that consists of approximately 30 companies engaged in the manufacturing, maintenance, […]

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Although news of SEC charges against Goldman Sachs became the dominant story on Wall Street on Friday, the focus on investors for much of the past week was on the handful of companies that kicked off another critical earnings season. With the market recovering much of the ground lost during the recent recession, many investors […]

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It’s difficult to put a finger on the exact cause of the recent surge in popularity of commodity investing. More than likely, the boom is attributable to a number of different factors. Correlation between international equity markets (and even between stocks and bonds) has surged in recent years, increasing both the importance and difficulty of […]

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