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ETFs For Top Currency Trends In 2013

by on January 21, 2013 | Updated January 22, 2013

With equity markets starting off the new year with a bang, investors are now looking to see which corners of the market are poised to perform well in 2013 and which investments they need to stay clear of. Though bonds and equities are usually an investor’s main focus, currency plays are often overlooked as many shy away from this misunderstood asset class. Not surprising, currency markets thus far in 2013 have been highly active as countries around the globe continue to cobble together stimulus measures to prop up their lackluster economies. In general, the fate of an economy or any decision made by governments and central banks is closely linked to the currency market. As such, keeping a close eye on this corner of the investing universe may help investors better position themselves in 2013. Below we highlight this year’s top currency trends, as forecasted by Merk Investments [see also Favorite ETF Positions For 5 Super Investors].  [click to continue…]

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The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on March 11th has caused widespread destruction in the northern part of the island nation, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. The quake ripped through buildings and created a tsunami that reached more than 30 feet high in some places, laying waste to coastal regions that would have otherwise been relatively unscathed by the actual quake. In recent days attention on the aftermath of the temblor has focused on the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which due to flooding and quake damage has been pushed to the brink of a full-scale meltdown that could have severe and long-lasting ramifications that reach far beyond Japan.  [click to continue…]

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The attention of investors shifted from the Middle East to Japan late last week, as the natural devastation caused by a massive earthquake trumped the manmade chaos that has been playing out in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the oil-rich region. With rescue efforts intensifying in the north of Japan after a magnitude 8.9 […]

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As investors have grown uneasy over the prospects for global growth and the odds of a double dip recession have seemingly shortened, many safe haven investments have seen sudden uptick in interest. Investors have been snapping up Treasuries and other investment grade bonds as risk appetite has waned, looking to protect themselves against future volatility […]

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With ongoing weakness in Europe pushing the euro to double digit losses against major rival currencies this year, many investors have sought out safe havens such as the U.S. dollar to ride out the storm. The presence of general economic uncertainty has sent the greenback sharply higher against virtually every major currency year-to-date. However, a […]

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The first half of 2010 was a very interesting period for currency ETFs, which look to remain in focus as the second half of the year gets underway and attention turns to central bank rate hikes. One of the biggest news stories from the first half of the year in the world of finance was […]

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On the issue of currencies, investors are somewhat divided. Some prefer to avoid currency investing altogether, likening the activity to high-stakes gambling that can lead to big swings in fortunes in a matter of minutes. While this might be an accurate portrayal of leveraged forex trading, proponents of including currencies as an asset class within […]

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With a roller coaster six months behind us that saw no shortage of interesting twists and turns and unsuspected headlines, we’ve finally reached the midway point of 2009. Ahead of us is the highly anticipated “second half of 2009,” which for months we’ve heard will hold returns to growth, a recovering economy, and enough green […]

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Perhaps you’ve noticed that many of the investment vehicles in the ETF industry are technically referred to as exchange-traded notes, or ETNs. While ETNs are similar to ETFs in many ways, there are also some key differences that should be considered before investing.

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