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As the U.S. market continues to recover, Ben Bernanke has announced his loose plan to ween the economy off the Federal money it has relied on heavily since 2008. While this is good news for the future of investing and will strengthen economic conditions in the long term, many investors have been overly flighty during transition discussions. In recent months, the dollar and bond rates have fallen a number of times before Bernanke has spoken, only to bounce back stronger than before once he finishes. While the dollar seems to finally be on the way up, this is not great news for all investors and has really affected the returns of a number of ETFs [for more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter].

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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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Last month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled the latest creation from the central bank – the infamous QE3. As details continue to emerge about the next round of quantitative easing, many investors, including a number of hot-shot analysts and experts, have been weighing in on how they believe the new stimulus measures will pan out. Some have received the […]

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As a handful of brave souls find out every four years, running for President of the United States generally involves opening up your personal life to intense examination by opponents, the media, and general public. Generally, the scrutiny focuses on personal histories–arrests, affairs, and lawsuits make for juicy reading. But being a public servant can […]

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Most investors probably never expected that it would never come to this. With only days remaining until the day the government coffers supposedly go dry, a deal to avoid a default remains elusive (one would suspect the August 2 date is at least 72 hours or so in advance of a hard deadline). The back […]

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Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated December 8, 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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Deutsche Bank rolled out the latest additions to an ETP lineup that is rapidly approaching 1,300 on Thursday, debuting five ETFs that offer exposure to international equity markets while stripping out the impact of fluctuations in value of the U.S. dollar and non-U.S. currencies. Each of the new products are linked to MSCI indexes, offering […]

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PowerShares and Deutsche Bank have rolled out two exchange-traded notes that give investors additional options for expressing their outlook on the performance of the U.S. dollar against its major developed market rivals. The two new ETNs are linked to an index that consists of U.S. Dollar Index Futures, which reflect the performance of the greenback […]

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Though the recent tax agreement between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans was hailed as an historic compromise, there is no shortage of politicians and organizations–from both the left and the right–expressing frustrations with the accord. In addition to extending the Bush-era tax cuts for an additional two years, the deal signed into law last […]

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As the economy continues to flat-line, many investors have forsaken investments in the United States for higher growing economies in emerging nations around the world. Growth levels in many of these countries continue to impress–in excess of 8% in some instances–and are attracting significant amounts of capital away from developed markets which have struggled to […]

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The global economic recovery that began in March 2009 has, at times, seemed too good to be true. Despite continually-rising unemployment rates, government balance sheets pointing towards insolvency, and a lack of truly convincing earnings reports, equity markets climbed continually higher. After last week, it seems that those fears weren’t baseless after all, as crumbling […]

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Six ETFs To Watch As Greek Drama Unfolds

by on May 4, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

For a nation that is home to just over 11 million people and the world’s 33rd largest economy, Greece sure has had a significant impact on global equity markets over the last year. Mounting government debt and declining tax revenues have forced Greek officials to take drastic measures to avoid defaulting on obligations, and sparked […]

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