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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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In yet another first for the ETF industry, ProShares announced this week the introduction of a pair of products that will offer leveraged exposure to the exchange rate between two of the world’s most heavily traded currencies. The new ETFs will offer access to the AUD / USD exchange rate, amplifying swings in the value of the Australian dollar. The new ETFs are: 

  • ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar (CROC)
  • ProShares Ultra Australian Dollar (GDAY)

CROC will seek to deliver -2x daily returns to the AUD/USD cross rate, while GDAY will offer 2x leveraged daily exposure to the same benchmark [see 46 Amusing ETF Tickers].  [click to continue…]

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To say the least, the world economy has had a bumpy ride since the onslaught of the unprecedented financial crisis that rocked the world in 2008. Despite several glimmers of hope in the U.S.’s ability to bounce back, Euro Zone drama continues to take center stage as their seemingly never-ending and rather cyclical debt crisis […]

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As ETFs have burst on to the scene in recent years, just about every serious investor and professional money manager has taken a crash course in exchange-traded products, becoming familiar with the countless benefits and nuances of these products. Features such as enhanced transparency, upgraded tax efficiency, and low costs are generally well known at […]

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Earlier today, Eric Dutram, Analyst and Head of Editorial at ETF Database, was on BNN discussing ETFs that have been heavily impacted by the European debt crisis. In the interview, Eric gave his outlook for the European situation as well as some funds to avoid should events deteriorate further in the euro zone. Additionally, Eric […]

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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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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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Time For A Leveraged Euro ETF?

by on May 20, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

It seems like ages ago that the future of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency was in serious doubt, with the euro being held out as one viable replacement. But with Greece on the brink of a fiscal collapse and several major European economies struggling to reel in ballooning budget deficits, it is […]

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Euro ETFs Under Fire

by on December 15, 2009

As the U.S. dollar slid in recent months, one of the primary beneficiaries has been the euro, which had surged to the key $1.50 level relative to the dollar as worries about prolonged periods of low interest rates in the U.S. and the greenback’s future as the default reserve currency created a perfect storm around […]

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