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All In Green

by on October 15, 2011

Wall Street started and ended last week on a positive note. Investors came back to the equity markets on Monday after French and German policymakers voiced their support to come up with a viable plan for restoring stability in the Euro zone by November. Meanwhile, on the home front, domestic equity indexes extended gains throughout the week as corporate earnings results got underway. Internet giant, Google, blew past analyst expectations, putting investors in a cheerful mood on Friday, with stocks broadly finishing higher in bright green territory for the week. Gold remains range-bound and the precious metal was unable to break above the $1,700 level. Futures prices for the yellow metal drifted higher during the week, closing around $1,680 an ounce as we approach the second half of October.

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Euro Zone Euphoria Here To Stay?

by on October 12, 2011

Domestic equity indexes having been climbing higher all week, posting seven consecutive sessions in green territory. Investors are showing confidence in European lawmakers to bring forth a concrete plan of action in due time, while at home, corporate earnings have gotten off to a solid start. Yet, FOMC minutes from the most recent Fed meeting revealed that a cloud of uncertainty still looms over Wall Street while political drama in Washington may soon be heating up again as the Senate rejected Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill. Gold has been creeping higher all week, although the precious metal has yet to reclaim the $1,700 level since plunging lower after topping out near $1,900 an ounce about a month ago.

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Can Earnings Trump Euro Drama?

by on October 10, 2011

Wall Street was able to close out the week in solid positive territory, although investor worries remain escalated over the uncertainty still plaguing the debt-stricken Euro zone. Waves of optimism and improvements in investor confidence, following a better-than-expected employment report at home, helped stocks climb higher last week. Gold prices remain range-bound although the yellow […]

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In what was pretty much a complete reversal of yesterday’s trading session, stocks rose across the board as investors bought up shares on better-than-expected jobless claims which finally fell below the key 400,000 mark. The Dow surged by 423 points, or just under 4.0% while the broader indexes turned in better performances, with gains of […]

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The ETF industry continues to expand at an impressive rate, with dozens of new products debuting every month and the size of the lineup quickly approaching the 1,300 mark. While each new month generally brings a number of new product launches, it also beings some important milestones for ETFs that have debuted in the past. […]

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International Bond ETFs: Cruising Through All The Options

by on July 18, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

The fixed income corner of the ETF industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, as investors have become increasingly comfortable with achieving bond exposure through the exchange-traded structure. This is evidenced by the billions and billions and inflows to these products over the years. Despite impressive growth figures, it seems that the potential for […]

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Thursday marks the first day of trading for the WisdomTree Asia Local Debt Fund (ALD), an actively-managed ETF offering exposure to debt of a dozen developed and emerging Asia Pacific countries. The fund will invest primarily in local currency debt from issuers in South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Philippines, and […]

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Creativity on the product development front has become a defining characteristic of the ETF industry, as the surge in the number of ETF offerings in recent years has been driven not by duplication but by innovation. Many of the new fund launches are first-to-market concepts, offering exposure to asset classes or strategies not previously available […]

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State Street rolled out two new ETFs on Thursday, launching products offering exposure to emerging markets equities and fixed income securities. The SPDR Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (EBND) will seek to replicate a benchmark consisting of fixed-rate local currency sovereign debt of emerging market countries, while the SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend […]

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In recent years, emerging markets have been established as the clear leaders of global GDP growth, while the economies of the U.S. and western Europe have stalled. Developed markets are facing stubbornly high unemployment and limited flexibility thanks to mounting debt burdens, while emerging markets continue to race ahead. In a recent economics paper, Goldman […]

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As ETFs have become increasingly popular among more active traders in recent years, it may be easy to forget that the vehicle was  originally designed with the long-term buy-and-holder in mind. For those who take stock in the numerous academic studies indicating that active management generally destroys value over the long haul, cost efficient vehicles […]

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Over the past few years, investors’ comfort level with obtaining bond exposure via ETFs has increased rapidly as a multitude of new products have hit the market, slicing and dicing the fixed income space in new ways and enhancing the level of granularity available. While the proliferation of bond ETFs has touched virtually every sector […]

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