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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

Are ETFs Tax Efficent?

ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 10:00am

ETFs & Diversification: A Study Of Correlations

studyOne important facet of portfolio construction and portfolio management is diversification. By offsetting the risk associated with individual assets, diversification reduces the variability of portfolio returns. To achieve diversification, the returns on the various assets in a portfolio should not be highly correlated. Adding securities whose returns are highly correlation does not reduce the variability of the portfolio return and does not contribute to diversification and the reduction of risk. Thus, the investor or portfolio manager needs to identify assets with returns that are low or even negatively correlated. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become a popular investment vehicle, since the investor acquires a basket of securities without having to select individual stocks or bonds. ETFs may be promoted as a means to achieve diversification and manage risk. Diversification, however, will not be achieved if returns on the various ETFs are highly correlated. The following tables report the correlation coefficients for a variety of ETFs. Weekly returns are computed from the date of each ETF's inception. The resulting returns are used for the calculation of correlation coefficients. While some ETFs (e.g., the SPDRs based on the S&P 500 stock index) have existed for several years, many are relatively new, having been created only in the last few years. The relative newness of many ETFs limits the number of time periods that may be used to calculate the returns. While the results may be considered preliminary, they do suggest that the returns on many ETFs are highly correlated and hence their ability to contribution to diversification is limited. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 9:44am

Kotak Securities (India) introduces trading platform providing direct access to equities, ETF’s and Real Estate Investment Trusts spanning 24 international stock exchanges

kotakBrokerage firm Kotak Securities today tied up with Denmark-based Saxo Capital Markets to launch a trading platform that provides real-time access to equities across 24 stock exchanges.   Kotak Trader provides direct access to equities, ETF's and Real Estate Investment Trusts spanning 24 stock exchanges across the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia, Kotak Securities said in a release.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 27, 2009 9:37am

Doctor Doom and the price of gold (ETF: GLD)

chunkThe “final and total catastrophe of the currency system”, is in this case the dollar. If you believe that's where we are headed then gold still has some way to go. To believe it doesn't is to believe the worst is pretty much over, that the excesses have all been unwound, that the central banks have triumphed, that paper currencies have won the day… without threat of inflation. What about deflation? All over the world the central bankers' reaction to the threat of a slowdown has been the same: print more money, slash interest rates, find ways to stimulate. If the patient is going to die, even the most radical course of action is better than doing nothing. Most paper currencies will suffer the consequences." - could be authored by Ludwig von Mises and/or Marc Faber - take your pick. versus: "The gold ETF (GLD) is the 6th largest holder of gold in the world - the whole world, even ahead of China. When investors buy GLD they have to go out and buy gold driving up the prices. This raises a little question - who will be buying this gold from GLD when investors will decide to sell it? Gold is one of those weird assets where nobody knows what it is really worth. You cannot run discounted cash flow analysis to value it - it has no cash flows. It is an asset where perception and realityaredeeply intertwined.
NYSE:GLD May 27, 2009 8:55am

Has The Next Investing Bubble Begun With This ETF?

stock-bubbleEvery month Merrill Lynch (or Bank of America Securities-Merrill Lynch for you scorekeepers) checks in with a bunch of big time money managers to take their bullish/bearish temperature. Collectively the 400 or so global managers in the May survey are pushing the buttons controlling portfolios worth nearly $1 trillion, so we’re not talking about a Beardstown lady survey here. And these pros are getting their bull on. Seventy percent said they believe the world economy will improve over the next 12 months and so they are upping their equity stakes. The area getting the most attention: emerging markets. The report notes that 46% of the money managers are now overweight the emerging markets, compared to 26% back in April. The bullishness for China specifically is at its highest since the survey began tracking Chinese sentiment in 2003.....
NYSE:EEM May 26, 2009 4:24pm

Zions upgrade lifts regional banks, KRE XLF ETFs

bank3A 12% jump in shares of Utah's Zions Bancorp sparked healthy gains in the broader financial sector on Tuesday, particularly among its fellow regional banks. Morgan Stanley analyst Ken Zerbe upgraded Zions' (ZION) shares to overweight from equal weight, saying, "We believe the valuation of Zions has become quite compelling for long-term investors. We believe Zions has an attractive franchise and solid growth opportunities, making it an attractive investment for long-term holders." Zions rose 12% to $14.20 Tuesday, topping all gainers among the financial stocks in the S&P 500. The gain helped lift the KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE ) by 4.5%, and drove the Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) up about 2%. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 12:48pm

Pick A Retirement Date With These ETF’s

target-date1The exchange-traded fund industry has enjoyed explosive growth in recent years due to the significant advantages of these investment vehicles over traditional mutual funds and individual securities. Perhaps most notably, ETFs offer investors a cost-efficient mechanism to gain access to a diversified basket of securities. ETFs allow investors to create a well-diversified investment portfolio by holding only a handful of assets. A relatively new ETF innovation, however, takes this efficiency to the extreme - offering access to a complete portfolio through a single ETF. 
NYSE:TZI May 26, 2009 11:38am

Retail Funds Take Cue From Pensions

pensionIf you can't always beat them, it's time to join them.  Low-fee index mutual funds and ETFs (exchanged-traded funds) are creeping into fund of funds portfolios. And these offerings appear to mimic moves by pension managers, which invest in active and passive strategies as well as other assets like real estate whose values do not necessarily move in tandem with stock markets. Manulife Mutual Funds recently launched three index funds - Manulife Canadian Equity Index, Manulife U.S. Equity Index and the Manulife International Equity Index - but they are not sold as standalone funds. They are being incorporated into its existing Simplicity asset allocation program, which offers actively managed fund portfolios ranging from conservative to aggressive.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 11:14am

Crude falls on expectation OPEC will not cut production (ETF:USO)

oilCrude-oil futures fell Tuesday on expectations that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will not cut production quotas at a Thursday meeting. Losses in oil, however, were limited by data that showed a jump in U.S. consumer confidence. Crude for July delivery fell 24 cents, or 0.4%, to $61.43 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell to $59.53 earlier, moving below $60 for the first time since May 20. The loss came after it rallied more than 8% last week, mainly boosted by a weaker dollar. "Further comments that there will not be a production cut at this week's OPEC meeting may be weighing on oil prices," said Brenda Sullivan, an analyst at Sucden Financial Research. Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali Naimi Tuesday reiterated his desire for OPEC to "stay the course" with its production and called for better compliance with past output reductions, according to Dow Jones Newswires. OPEC in April raised its oil production for the first month since September, as some member countries took advantage of a recent rally in oil prices, data from the International Energy Agency showed. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 10:36am

Gold Bulls in Peril? Silver?

NYSE:GLD May 26, 2009 10:30am

ETF RoundUp: Oversold Asia and Tech in the Balance (QQQQ, SPY, DIA, IWM, QLD, RSU, DXD)

where1Going into the holiday shortened week, most U.S. equity index ETFs were in oversold territory. While the PowerShares QQQ Trust ETF (QQQQ) continues to be oversold above its 200-day moving average, both the S&P 500 SPDRS ETF (SPY) and Dow Diamonds ETF (DIA) remain oversold below the 200-day moving average. The same can be said for other equity index ETFs such as the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM). This means that leveraged equity index ETFs are especially oversold to start the week. These include leveraged ETFs like the ProShares Ultra QQQ ETF (QLD) as well as the Rydex 2x S&P 500 ETF (RSU). Rallying into overbought territory below the 200-day moving average are a large number of inverse leveraged funds. Among the most overbought below the 200-day with 2-period RSIs in the 90s are the ProShares Short QQQ ETF (PSQ) and the ProShares Ultra Short Dow 30 ETF (DXD). Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 10:13am

Not All Alternative Energy ETFs Were Created Alike

alternative-energyA few months ago, I conducted analyses of the wind and solar power ETFs. I've recently turned my attention to the general alternative energy ETFs, or those that span several sectors. The general alt energy ETFs fall into two categories: 1) US Only and 2) Global. The US Only ETFs are the First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge US Liquid (QCLN) and the PowerShares Clean Energy (PBW). The Global ETFs are the iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index ETF (ICLN), the PowerShares Global Clean Energy Portfolio (PBD) and the Van Eck Global Alternative Energy Fund (GEX).  
NASDAQ:QCLN May 26, 2009 9:59am

A glance at 50 of the most in-demand listed gold stocks, busy running away from the rest of the global investment universe.

gold-bullBy now it can be argued that the most positive defining instrument of the global appetite for risk and reward is represented by gold bullion, as also seen in gold bullion exchange traded funds (ETFs), of which the biggest by far remains the SPDR Gold Shares ETF, which currently holds physical gold bullion of just less than 36m ounces, worth USD 34.5bn. SPDR Gold Shares, which represent a proxy holding in physical gold bullion, is trading, like gold bullion itself, just 5% below dollar price highs, seen during March 2008. By the same token, silver bullion and silver ETFs are trading roughly 25% below the price high seen for the physical precious metal, also recorded just over a year ago. The performance of gold bullion and gold ETFs has not only outclassed any other kind of publicly available and widely traded investment in absolute terms, but has also given a steadier 12-month return, defying the traditional perception of volatility attached to the metal. Established gold royalty companies such as Franco-Nevada have also performed very well, much in line with gold ETFs, in trading close to highs at this point in time.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 9:57am

Housing prices fall 19.1% in March

housingThe S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for March, which looks at 20 major cities, showed a decline of 19.1% from the same period last year. That was worse than the 18.6% fall in February, and bad news for the economy. The news chilled investors; stock index futures indicate that U.S. markets will open lower. Case-Shiller Home Price Index:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 26, 2009 8:46am

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