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In the world of energy investing, most turn to traditional futures contracts or “Big Oil” companies for exposure to this volatile yet attractive corner of the commodities market. Though there are other viable ways to gain access to the energy space, one segment is often overlooked, and considering its performance in recent years, understandably so. Alternative energy equities were once touted as the “next big thing” in the commodities world, with many believing that the world will sooner rather than later make the switch to clean energy [see What Can You Buy With America's Daily Oil Consumption?].  [click to continue…]

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With benchmark interest rates hovering at or near zero in many developed markets, investors of all types have been seeking out high-yielding asset classes to deliver current returns to their portfolios. Many have gravitated towards the 50+ dividend-focused ETFs on the market as tools for this challenging objective; that segment of the universe features many products with impressive yields. Other popular options include junk bonds and emerging market debt, two bond sub-sectors that have the potential to offer up attractive payouts as well.

Another option lies in corners of the global stock market that have been beaten down over the past year or so, as many asset classes that have seen big price declines could offer up some huge yields if they are able to maintain their payouts going forward. Below, we profile three such opportunities [ETFdb Pro members can access the Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio; sign up for a free 7-day trial to get full access]:  [click to continue…]

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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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The earthquake that hit northern Japan on Friday thoroughly devastated a significant portion of the Japanese countryside, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. While the loss of life and property due to the quake and tsunami was catastrophic, the events last week appear to be just the start of the country’s problems as […]

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Since Woodrow Wilson re-instituted the practice of delivering the State of the Union Address in person in 1913, the annual event has evolved dramatically. The introduction of radio and television brought the presidential speech into millions of households, attracting increased interest and, of course, increased scrutiny. Thanks to the proliferation of 24 hour news networks […]

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President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, a setting historically reserved for speeches made during times of crisis. With the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reaching an “inflection point,” the president will aim to silence critics who have bashed the White House for […]

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Earth Day Special: Definitive Guide To Clean Energy ETFs

by on April 22, 2010 | Updated June 15, 2012

Alternative energy remains a fast growing market segment not only in the world of ETFs, but in terms of total investment as well. Since 2005, investment in clean energy increased by 230% to $162 billion in 2009. Echoing similar trends occurring throughout the global economy, emerging markets have stepped up their push to become leaders […]

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With concrete steps towards a globally-supported climate change initiative finally materializing, many investors have been considering the addition of a “green energy ETF” to their portfolios, speculating that mandates to reduce emissions will funnel investment dollars towards alternative energy technologies. Wind and solar power ETFs have seen significant cash inflows and jumps in price over […]

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Bickering between Democrats and Republicans is nothing new, an American tradition right up there with apple pie, baseball, and fireworks on the 4th. Even on issues that would seem to lend themselves towards a consensus resolution, the two parties have found ways to create disagreements, allowing them to play to the American public and paint […]

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