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Looking Back At Our Rapid Fire ETF Ideas for 2012

by on December 18, 2012 | Updated February 26, 2013

This time of year is when many choose to reflect on what they have done over the last 12 months, and what they hope to achieve in a new year. Here at ETFdb we are doing the same, by looking back at our 12 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas For 2012 and what we expected from the year compared to what happened. Make sure to check back tomorrow for our predictions for 2013 [for more ETF ideas, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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12 Rapid Fire ETF Ideas For 2012

by on December 28, 2011 | Updated December 12, 2012

For many investors, 2011 was an up-and-down year; risky assets came racing out of the gates, but a string of negative developments erased all of the early gains during a chaotic summer. Heading in to 2012, the outlook is mixed; there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, as well as some considerable hurdles that could make coming months challenging. Against this uncertain backdrop, we outline 12 ETF ideas that seem to be positioned for success in 2012 [for more ETF ideas, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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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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Companies tied to the nuclear power industry were in focus for much of Monday’s trading session, as an upbeat earnings report from bellwether uranium miner Cameco (CCJ) helped to boost the fortunes of the sector and send shares of the Canadian company higher by more than 7% on the day. The company posted EPS of […]

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The first week of August was not nearly as positive as the last week of July for equity markets, which trended sideways before a weak jobs report sunk risky assets on Friday. Job creation continues to be a central issue for domestic equity markets, which seemed poised for a breakout in the wake of strong […]

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After news of fraud charges against Goldman Sachs broke last Friday, anxiety built over the weekend and investors watched nervously to see if markets would plummet this week. But markets saw a relatively clam week, with most indexes posting moderate gains despite more trouble in Greece and jumping gas prices. It was another eventful week […]

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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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Ten iShares ETFs Every Investor Should Know (But Most Don’t)

by on February 10, 2010 | Updated February 11, 2010

San Francisco-based iShares, which was acquired by BlackRock from Barclays last year, has more than 180 U.S.-listed ETFs. But the distribution of assets is far from even across these funds. At the end of 2009, the ten largest iShares ETFs–only about five percent of the issuer’s product line–accounted for 50% of total assets. So there’s […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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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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Over the past two years, the primary focus of world leaders has been the series of economic crises that have threatened to erase years of progress and growth. With all available resources dedicated towards avoiding a prolonged downturn, many social and environmental issues have been moved to the back burner. Now, with a seemingly stable […]

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