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Notions Of Housing Recovery Only Seem Relative To Price (XHB)

home-pricesThe Commerce Department data for April’s new home sales looks good on the surface, but there are perhaps more problems than there are winnings here.  On an annualized basis, there were
NYSE:XHB May 28, 2009 10:04am

Indonesia ETF Gains Attention As Nation Grows

indonesiaVan Eck Global's Market Vectors unit has set itself apart by targeting underrepresented niches in the exchange traded fund market. It hit a homerun with its Indonesia Index Fund (IDX Quote)
NYSE:IDX May 28, 2009 9:56am

Shorting Treasuries With Inverse ETFs

government2Today is a day to give thanks. I know it’s a little early for Thanksgiving, but I’m talking about being thankful to Uncle Sam and the U.S. government for the bountiful opportunity they have given us to make huge loads of money in a relatively short amount of time. I’m talking about shorting U.S. debt via 2 specific, but very risky vehicles: Ultrashort Lehman 20+Year Treasury Proshares (NYSE: TBT) Direxion Daily 30 Year Treasury Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: TMV) Since the collapse of the yield curve late last year when people were panicked in the market such that they were willing to take NEGATIVE returns on their money via U.S. Treasuries to ensure some type of safety, things are starting to normalize now, and in fact swing the other way.
NYSE:TBT May 28, 2009 9:48am

The Outlook Bodes Well For Natural Gas ETF Beyond 2009

natural-gasNatural gas prices have shown some strength recently, piggy-backing on higher oil prices.  Although last week’s higher than expected gas storage update is bearish in the short-term for natural gas prices, the longer term outlook bodes well for significantly higher natural gas prices. Although oil prices will also probably pull-back from the recent run-up with the technical outlook turning bearish in the short-term, if oil prices breach the US$50 support level, oil prices are likely to remain strong in the years ahead, which will help to support natural gas prices. Despite the current over-supply of natural gas, the supply-demand situation is likely to achieve equilibrium over the next two years that will support higher long-term natural gas prices.  Supply has increased substantially primarily due to reduced industrial demand during the recession and a warmer than usual winter in the north-east U.S.  However, many natural gas exploration and production companies have reduced their drilling plans for 2009, which will result in less gas going into storage over the next two years.  The supply-demand fundamentals are expected to improve considerably when industrial demand starts to pick up in light of reduced drilling.
NYSE:UNG May 28, 2009 9:30am

Small-cap value stocks have led charge in market revivals since 1980

wall-streetU.S. small-cap value stocks have been the worst performers so far this year, but recent history shows they could emerge as the frontrunners if the economy stages a recovery. Of course, corporate earnings still face serious financial headwinds and investors could pay a steep price for getting in too early. Nonetheless, Russell Investments recently examined the stock market's performance during the five recessions that have hit the U.S. economy since 1980, including the current credit malaise. The research uncovered clear trends in how growth and value stocks perform during recessions.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 3:40pm

A TIP for the Inflation-Wary ETF Trader

inflation1In a universe of ETFs that covers everything from timber -- Claymore/Clear Global Timber(CUT Quote) -- to Taiwan -- iShares MSCI Taiwan Index(EWT Quote) -- investors are seeking protection as well as opportunity. The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (TIP Quote) Fund is one of the more conservative portfolio choices that equity-wary investors have added to their ETF picks as the question of inflation looms larger on the horizon. TIP tracks an index of U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) that have at least one year remaining to maturity, an investment-grade rating and more than a $250 million face value. Inflation, or at least the fear of inflation, could be the result of the hefty stimulus package proposed by the current administration. A recent Bloomberg News survey of 57 economists suggested that U.S. consumer prices may rise 1.6 percent in 2010.   While TIPS pay a lower coupon than regular Treasuries, the advantages in an inflation-fearful economy may be worth the wait. According to the Merrill Lynch bond indices, regular Treasuries have lost 3.9 percent including interest payments this year while TIPS have returned 3.6 percent. Full Story:
NYSE:CUT May 27, 2009 2:13pm

Currency ETFs have their uses, just not as long-term investments.

richIn the past year, cash became a very appealing place to be. Believe us, we know--our own Hands-On tactical portfolio had nearly 60% of assets in cash through much of the crisis. However, as the economy bottoms out (as it seems to be doing) and risk appetites return, we have looked to get back into assets that can generate returns over the longer term, or at least save us from the potential ramifications of today's loose monetary policy. The quick stimulus spending and cheap cash churned out by the U.S. government and Federal Reserve seem to have helped avoid a Great Depression-style collapse, but it will be extremely difficult in the future for policymakers to steer between the Scylla and Charybdis of excessive tightening triggering a new recession and continued lax monetary policy generating rampant inflation. In this tricky investment environment, we have heard that a new class of ETF is being offered as the answer: currency funds.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 1:57pm

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ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 1:46pm

Best ETFs Tap Singular Theme (Let’s Build Stuff!)

buildingAlthough our markets began to climb alongside the improved news in financials, the best ETFs over the last 3 months revolve around metals and materials used to build things. Here are the 5 best ETFs (excluding financials) on a rolling 3-month basis: Best Non-Financial ETFs Over 3 Months (2/27/09-3/26/09)                                                                           % Gain Claymore China Real Estate     (TAO)               79% Market Vectors Steel                (SLX)                69% Claymore Global Timber           (CUT)               68% SPDR Metals and Mining           (XME)               56% First Trust Materials                 (FXZ)                56% The implications here are twofold. One, the companies involved in the production, extraction and transportation of basic materials as well as industrial metals and lumber have collectively seen their share prices surge. Two, we can credit China's infrastructure stimulus package in addition to the Chinese consumer. For all of the talk about rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, only 5% of our stimulus package is going to these efforts. China? Some $300 billion of the $600 billion Full Story:
NYSE:CUT May 27, 2009 1:22pm

A Clear Play With This Clean Energy ETF

clean-energyInvestors buying PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Fund (NYSEArca: PBW) likely agree with most of the following theses: Carbon dioxide emissions must be curbed, developed countries will vigorously pursue energy independence, research and investment financing will be available at reasonable rates, and governmental subsidies will remain large and persist long enough for alternative technologies to reach cost competitiveness. [But] while the thought of environmentally friendly renewable power sources that would grant the industrialized world energy independence is a laudable goal, the economics and feasibility of the technologies proposed remains questionable.
NYSE:PBW May 27, 2009 12:23pm

Make A Buck On The Rising Euro with “FXE” ETF

euroThe euro has jumped in value against the dollar since March, and the charts still sound the all-clear for euro bulls. "Momentum precedes price" is a mantra used by many technical analysts to spot early trend changes in a stock, commodity, bond or even currencies. Over the last year, measuring the euro's changing momentum could have helped many investors conserve capital or even profit from the currency's changing trend. The first chart below displays a chart of the CurrencyShares Euro (FXE) exchange-traded fund (ETF). This currency-tracking stock reflects the euro's changes as it appreciates and depreciates against other foreign currencies. Momentum, in this case, is measured using the two-line moving average convergence-divergence indicator. We could say that the MACD measures the trend's underlying strength. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 12:23pm

The Downside Bets With Inverse ETFs

humor"Don't be fooled by bear market rallies, which are sharp, short-lived and, in some cases, extremely powerful," says Martin Weiss. In his The Safe Money Report, he looks at inverse ETFs. "Bear market rallies prompt short-sellers to panic, bears to mellow, bulls to come out of hiding, and Washington to declare 'the worst is over.' That’s precisely what’s happening today.  But don’t be fooled! "So our targets for this bear market are unchanged: 5000 on the Dow, 500 on the S&P 500, and 850 on the Nasdaq. Meanwhile, here are some of the best investments for protection and profit as the bear market resumes:......
NYSE:DOG May 27, 2009 12:16pm

ETF Gold (GLD) Is A Kind Of Religion That You Either Believe In Or You Don’t

gold-crossIT GETS dug out of the ground in Africa, or some place. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it IT GETS dug out of the ground in Africa, or some place. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head. Warren Buffett.  The bedrock case for gold: THE basic premise is not new, but then nothing’s changed much... Ludwig von Mises, the father of Austrian economics, who recognised early on that government attempts to massage the credit cycle always end in tears, memorably described the phenomenon as follows: “There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom expansion brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”....... 
NYSE:GLD May 27, 2009 12:03pm

The iShares Natural Resources Sector ETF Is A Great Passive Investment Vehicle

natural-resourcesiShares S&P North American Natural Resources Sector Index (IGE) is an equity ETF that tracks an index based on US traded natural resources related stocks. iShares IGE ETF is a passive fund and seeks to replicate the performance of the underlying index. At any given point, it invests about 90% of its assets in the underlying index related stocks. The iShares IGE ETF has a total operating expense of 0.48%. The iShares IGE ETF may declare and pay out a dividend semi-annually and if there are any capital gains from sales of its assets, it may pay that at the end of the year. Full Story:
NYSE:IGE May 27, 2009 11:49am

Four Ways To Go Long Silver (Two Are With ETF’s)

silver-etfSilver has a long history. Ancient cultures used silver for trade, jewelry, and crafts.  Silver ore was first processed by the Chaldeans around 2500 BC as well as in Asia Minor (Turkey).  In an effort to meet rising societal demand, ancient Mediterranean cultures eventually looked to silver deposits in modern-day Armenia. Later, Rome exploited deposits from the Laurium mines in the Black Sea region.  The Romans used silver and other metals for coinage. The Carthaginians looked to Spanish mines for their silver ore supply. Most cultures have valued that shiny metal known as “gold’s poor cousin.”
NYSE:AGQ May 27, 2009 10:23am

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