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This year started off with strong markets as the U.S. slowly worked through its recovery from “The Great Recession”. But as 2011 progressed, things quickly turned south. A number of factors all over the world have led to markets exhibiting high volatility, and prompted many analysts and investors to question if we can pull out of it anytime soon. For now, investors seem to be on the edge of their seats, as President Obama will make a key jobs speech next week and, later this month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will address the nation about the central bank’s next move to boost the economy. The speculation over a third quantitative easing alone has already impacted many equities and could lead to more choppiness later in the month as well [see also August ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures]. [click to continue…]

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Weak Dollar Creates Opportunities

by on May 31, 2011

Equities across the globe continued their sluggish performance for most of last week, and while broad indexes managed to climb into positive territory the last few trading sessions, the week as a whole was fairly turbulent with no real movement in either direction. Gold climbed higher amidst uncertainty in the financial markets, closing the week just above $1,537 an ounce. Silver settled above $38 an ounce and crude oil futures remain extremely volatile, managing to finish the week higher and close just above $100 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index lost ground during the trading week asserting the hypothesis that recent weakness in domestic equities is merely profit taking, as opposed to a significant shift in underlying market fundamentals which remain favorable in our opinion.

Against this backdrop, we see several technicals-based opportunities among the ETF universe, including a creative way to bet against the dollar and a chance to establish a position in precious metals:[hide 4]

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The first quarter of 2011 is officially in the books, and the last three months have been a stretch marked by instability both domestically and abroad. Significant uncertainty remains, as investors are still divided on the outlook for interest rates, further stimulus measures, and the ability of emerging markets to continue driving global GDP growth. […]

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The earthquake that hit northern Japan on Friday thoroughly devastated a significant portion of the Japanese countryside, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. While the loss of life and property due to the quake and tsunami was catastrophic, the events last week appear to be just the start of the country’s problems as […]

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In 2010, Global X launched a number of niche ETFs focusing on companies engaged in the extraction and refinement of various commodities, including lithium (LIT), uranium (URA), and silver (SIL). The New York -based issuer made the first 2011 addition to its suite of commodity ETFs on Wednesday, rolling out the first fund to offer […]

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The first 29 days of November were relatively quiet from a product development perspective, with only a handful of new exchange-traded products hitting the market. But that all changed on the final day of the month, when iPath debuted a new breed of leveraged ETNs and newcomer VelocityShares rolled out six products linked to VIX-related […]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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The last week was certainly an eventful one–both on Wall Street and in the world of ETFs. The mid-term elections played out as most had expected, resulting in a Republican House and Democratic Senate that could point towards at least two years of legislative gridlock. Overshadowing the elections, however, was the highly-anticipated Fed meeting, during […]

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Global X announced on Friday the launch of its second new ETF in as many days, adding the Global X Uranium ETF (URA) to a fast-growing lineup. The new product will track the Solactive Global Uranium Index, a benchmark designed to reflect the performance of companies engaged in various parts of the uranium industry, including […]

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Free ETF Trading: Comparing All The Options

by on October 22, 2010 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF world continues to grow, the competitive landscape continues to evolve. A growing number of firms have attempted to differentiate themselves by offering unique exposure to asset classes and strategies not previously available–such as funds tracking the Philippine stock market or ETNs linked to the price of industrial metals such as zinc or […]

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