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The first year and a half of president Obama’s term has been market by bold initiatives to reshape domestic policies and transform the U.S. economy. And for the most part the administration has followed through on its promises, already pushing through overhauls of the health care and financial systems. During his January State of the Union Address, Obama announced his National Export Initiative, a plan to double the country’s exports within five years. By boosting the value of American goods shipped overseas the president hopes to create new jobs on the home front, overcoming one of the most significant obstacles standing in the way of a sustained economic recovery [see UNG: Proof Of A U.S. Recovery]. [click to continue…]

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Health care was once considered to be one of the most stable sectors of the U.S. economy, with demands for products and services fluctuating little during various phases of the economic cycle. But recent events in Washington have brought increased scrutiny and volatility, as the Obama administration’s health care reform has investors questioning the future of health care ETFs. Many of the long-term impacts of reform are still unknown. The bill will most certainly have an impact on health care insurance issuers; nearly 30 million new customers could translate into more revenue. But companies will likely also have to accept those who have pre-existing conditions, which could turn out to be a drag on profitability (see An Unlikely Winner From Health Care Reform). [click to continue…]

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It’s baaaaaaaaack. Or maybe more accurately, swine flu never left. The H1N1 virus, which has caused widespread concern on at least two occasions over the last year, is back in the headlines as many parts of the world begin to gear up for the traditional flu season. In recent days and weeks, we’ve seen a […]

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Healthcare reform has been in the news a lot lately, with constant finger-pointing, debate, and competing versions of comprehensive bills. Although the passage of comprehensive reform appears to be less certain that it was only weeks ago, it remains likely that major changes are coming before the end of the year. While many specifics are […]

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The World Health Organization on Thursday informed its 11 member nations that it is declaring an H1N1 (aka “Swine Flu”) pandemic. The declaration of a flu pandemic, the first since 1968, means that the WHO believes a global outbreak of H1N1 has begun. As a result of the declaration, all countries, including those with no reported […]

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As the ETF industry has exploded on to the scene in recent years, sponsors have aggressively launched funds in an attempt to gain market share. While many of these new ETFs have attracted sufficient investor funds to justify continued operation, some have failed to garner a level of investment necessary to support an active, liquid market […]

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Five ETFs to Watch in Obama’s Second 100 Days

by on May 12, 2009 | Updated May 14, 2009

For those of you who haven’t heard (and you must’ve been on the moon if you haven’t), President Obama recently marked the end of his first 100 days in office. Ever since FDR pushed through 15 major bills in his first 3+ months on the job, pundits have sold the idea of this period as […]

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Obama administration officials have today announced that students at a New York City high school were sickened by the same strain of swine flu that has killed people in Mexico, adding to fears in the U.S. after cases in Texas, California, and Kansas. There are now 20 confirmed cases of the deadly flu in five […]

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