From the monthly archives:

October 2012

At the busy week in the global markets, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Russia, Real Estate, and RevenueShares.

As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb CategoriesETF screener and the new ETF Analyzer.

1. Which RevenueShares ETF has the highest YTD return?

2. Which Real Estate ETF has the highest number of assets?

3. Which ETF has the highest exposure to McDonalds?

4. Which ETF with holdings in Russia has the higher expense ratio?

5. Which Convertible  ETF has a higher 4 week return, Invesco’s Convertible Securities Portfolio or State Street’s SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond ETF?

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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This Week In ETFs: October 28th Edition

by on October 28, 2012 | Updated November 9, 2012

This week people on the east coast should board up their windows and place their bets on stocks that will be affected in the coming weeks by the oncoming hurricanes. While people in New York are being warned by images of the South East coast being hammered by the storm, that didn’t seem to stop anyone from coming out to the Windows 8 launch party in Times Square. Between that and the Apple iPad mini, many tech stocks are turning around after last week’s horrible earnings reports.

GDP for the third quarter was up to 2%, above economic expectations of 1.7% and above the second quarters disappointing 1.3%, but not by too much. The last presidential election debates took place earlier this week, this time concerning foreign policy. And while questions about Libya and Syria dominated the night, neither candidates were asked about the eurozone crisis, instead focusing on our massive debt to China, and what each of them would to lessen it [see Senior Bank Loans: High Yield With Perks].

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Solid Economic Data Fails To Excite Markets

by on October 27, 2012 | Updated October 29, 2012

Major stocks indexes failed to take off despite a plateful of encouraging economic data. Earlier in the week, sour earnings reports kept a tight lid on investors’ confidence, steering attention away from better-than-expected new home sales and weekly jobless claims data. Buyers returned to Wall Street late in the week, although their entrance was fairly […]

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Late Wednesday night, the Chief Executives from more than 80 different mega-U.S. corporations came together to tackle a seemingly impossible task – call the Congress to action, specifically to reduce the astronomical federal deficit. The campaign, aptly dubbed “Fix the Debt,” aims to pressure Washington to push forward a simple, yet economically sound fiscal plan; […]

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Profit-taking pressures remain the dominant theme on Wall Street as bellwether stocks continue to fall short of analyst expectations. Disappointing results from chemical-manufacturer DuPont and conglomerate 3M earlier in the week affirmed the rather pessimistic tone throughout this earnings season, as slowdowns in Asia and Europe have prompted many firms to revise their outlooks lower. Amid the choppy […]

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Stocks managed to snap their losing streak on Thursday as investors digested a plateful of encouraging economic data. As the opening bell kicked off trading on Wall Street, better-than-expected jobless claims data welcomed back the bulls after the figure came in at 369,000 versus the previous reading of 391,000. The list of good news only grew as […]

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Markets straddled the flat line today, dipping in and out of red territory as investors digested a slew of mixed economic data and earnings reports. The Commerce Department reported that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods jumped 9.9% in September, the largest gains since the beginning of 2010. From the Labor Department, the number of Americans filing for […]

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ETFs continue to open up the doors to international markets that were previously too difficult, or costly, to access for mainstream investors. While many have taken advantage of this by adding geographic diversity to their portfolios, few have considered the impact of currency fluctuations on their foreign, non-U.S. dollar denominated investments. Whether they realize it or not, investors with […]

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With interest rates stuck at all-time lows, and expected to remain there for some time, investors of all walks have been eager to beef up their portfolio’s current income. Luckily, the ETF universe is vast and investors have handfuls of options when it comes to generating yield; within the fixed-income market, one asset class in […]

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Major equity indexes briefly peered into positive territory yesterday as profit-taking pressures permeated Wall Street shortly after the opening bell. The bulls tried to take charge after better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data and solid housing numbers were revealed at home; new home sales in September came in at 389,000, topping estimates of 387,000. Pessimism ultimately prevailed […]

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Following yesterday’s steep losses, U.S. markets took another hit today after the Federal Reserve reiterated its economic concerns during the FOMC meeting. The Fed also announced that it will keep interest rates at “exceptionally low” levels, and that it will continue buying $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month in an effort to prop up the […]

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As the ETF industry continues to develop, many investors have begun to move away from the more “traditional” funds in favor of ETFs that employ unique methodologies that are aimed at delivering potentially higher returns. Of the most noteworthy and popular innovations has been the development of alternative weighting strategies, specifically the RAFI methodology [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Advisor […]

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