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Gold softens slightly, ETF holdings inch up

gold-barGold prices softened on Monday but remained within sight of a two-month high above $960 touched in the previous session, retaining their sheen in the face of a weaker dollar. Crude oil's rise to a six-month high has also benefited gold, which is often bought both as an alternative to the dollar and as an inflation hedge. Gold markets showed little initial reaction to a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency that quoted a ruling party official as saying North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Monday......
NYSE:GLD May 25, 2009 9:00am

Why Investors Should Avoid The ETF “TIP”

etf-news6With inflation worries starting to surface and the US Dollar resuming its fall, many investment advisors have advocated the iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (TIP). This ETF invests in Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, treasury bonds which promise to completely protect against inflation by calculating the coupon payment on inflation-adjusted principal. The TIP is a smartly designed fund with an attractive expense ratio and plenty of liquidity. But it has one fatal flaw: TIPs haven't been tested in truly inflationary times, and are thus a much riskier investment than most people think. The protective value of TIPs rests on an accurate calculation of inflation. Critics have long accused the CPI of underestimating the true value of inflation. Much like the unemployment figures, the CPI numbers have been openly massaged over time to look more benign. They aren't falsified per se, the index's parameters are simply changed in a way that produces overly conservative figures. TIPs were first issued in 1997, smack in the middle of the "great moderation". They weren't tested in the 1970's. We don't know if the US government will pay them back honestly and in full. It may simply be easier and cheaper to lower the CPI numbers, leaving TIPs holders exposed. This excellent Bloomberg story describes how poorly TIPs performed in early 2008, right when pre-crisis inflation hit its peak. Full Story:
NYSE:TIP May 25, 2009 8:09am

Turning the Infrastructure Into Profits Through ETFs

infrastructureWANT to buy a bridge, or at least invest in a company that builds one? (No, that bridge is still not for sale.) As they search for better returns, more investors are discovering that the road to riches could lie in the vast global infrastructure: an assortment of companies that build or manage highways and tunnels, water and waste systems, parking garages, airports and other properties. These rather obscure investments offer predictable cash flow, largely impervious to economic and market fluctuations. Big institutions like pension funds are putting money into private funds and looking into direct investments in projects. But even individual investors are finding a number of options, many of them fairly new, through private equity funds, separately managed accounts and limited partnerships, along with exchange-traded and mutual funds......
ETF BASIC NEWS May 24, 2009 9:00am

How to Profit from New Investment Mega Trends

trendInvestors are always looking for the next 'big thing.' In the late 90s, technology was the opportunity of the decade. From 1995 to 2000, the Nasdaq soared from below 800 to above 5,000. From 2002 to 2007 the S&P 500 (SPY) and Dow Jones (DIA) nearly doubled. Real estate prices in some areas more than quadrupled, while broad based real estate ETFs like the SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR) and iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ETF (IYR) nearly tripled from 2000 to 2007 If you missed out on any of the above mega themes, don't sweat it. The Nasdaq (QQQQ) has since plummeted, as did the Dow and S&P. Real Estate ETFs have given up all of this century's gains. Where is the next bull market? An old Wall Street adage says that there is always a bull market somewhere. As it turns out, this is yet another piece of Wall Street wisdom that has been proven wrong. In 2008, the only bull market to be found was in short ETFs. The key question is whether investors should be looking for the next new bull market, or get used to a prolonged bear market while figuring out how to prosper along the way.   Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 24, 2009 8:30am

Reports that leveraged ETFs will disrupt market are overblown

blahblahLeveraged exchange traded funds are clearly not for everyone, especially if you are of the buy-and-hold mind-set. But claims that these feisty newcomers threaten to ignite extreme market volatility don't quite add up. This particular brand of ETF is designed to give short-term traders leveraged long or short exposure to a variety of indexes.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 24, 2009 8:03am

Financials weak, AIG chief throws in the towel

towelU.S. financial stocks were little changed on Friday, with shares of American International Group the biggest loser after the company said its chief executive will resign. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) , which tracks the financial stocks in the S&P 500, slipped 0.2%. American International (AIG) said late Thursday that Chief Executive and Chairman Ed Liddy will leave after replacements are found. AIG also said it plans to split the roles of chairman and chief executive at the giant government-owned insurer. Full Story:
NYSE:XLF May 24, 2009 8:00am

Can Nanotechnology ETF Make A Comeback For Investors?

nanotechnologyHow long has it been since nanotechnology was on the tip of everyone’s tongue as the next great speculative investment frontier?  It seems like ancient history.  But we have seen news from Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Harris & Harris Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: TINY), and Nanosphere, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSPH) this week.  We have even seen a bit of a move in the PowerShares Lux Nanotech (NYSE: PXN) ETF that tracks nanotech this week. This week was actually more nanotech-related news than we have for some time even if there is still no clear direction on which way the political environment will treat nanotech in the months and years ahead.......
ETF BASIC NEWS May 23, 2009 2:19pm

ETF Death Toll Climbs To 113: On Pace To Set Another Record For Closures In 2009

closedMay 18 was the last trading day for 19 ETFs from PowerShares. If you did not sell your shares by the deadline, you now get to experience the ETF liquidation process first-hand
ETF BASIC NEWS May 23, 2009 1:47pm

Everyone Is Talking About The Fear Of Inflation!

fearAs inflation worries still nag at investors, ETF issuers continue to offer a variety of methods to invest in gold. The latest issue of Scottsdale Futures and Options Limited’s PowerShares Momentum Tracker examines Momentum Tracker DB Gold (DGL), an ETF that aims to give small investors a sophisticated exposure to the price of gold. “While gold has inspired both issuers and investors alike in recent months,” noted publisher Dan Rillon, “results have been mixed on our Commodities Momentum Table.” Momentum Tracker publishes a weekly ranking of Momentum Tracker ETFs, where position on the table is determined by a momentum formula that utilizes relative strength indicators. 
ETF BASIC NEWS May 23, 2009 1:25pm

John Paulson Betting Big On Gold ETF

john-paulsonAs we head into Memorial Day weekend, we are also closing the books on one of my favorite investing holidays -- the time period for most money managers to file their 13-F with the SEC is pretty much coming to an end. These filings are an incredibly valuable tool, providing insight into the thoughts and actions of some of the best investors on the planet. I have written about the moves by some of my favorite investors recently and I want to finish out the week by examining a few others. John Paulson has very quickly become something of an investment legend. After a 500%-plus return in 2007 shorting mortgage-backed securities, he followed it up by earning better than 35% in the difficult 2008 period. In the first quarter of 2009, he appears to be betting big on gold. 
NYSE:GLD May 23, 2009 8:11am

Active ETFs Prove Slow To Gain Assets

turtleActively managed exchange-traded funds haven't attracted assets as quickly as some have expected, but that hasn't slowed the race to expand ETFs beyond their index-tracking roots. Most ETFs defined as actively managed are still quantitative and formulaic. Still, the first to qualify as actively managed in the traditional sense -- using analysis and known stock pickers -- have already come to market, and more are on the way. ETFs are baskets of securities that trade like individual stocks. Their structures generally offer cost and tax advantages over conventional mutual funds as well as more transparency because they disclose their holdings daily. 
NYSE:PLK May 22, 2009 5:00pm

Hyperinflation? ETF Options

inflationMethods to protect or hedge oneself against the upcoming hyperinflationary phase Solution 1 As we stated last week one of the simplest and easiest methods would be to open an option for those who cannot or do not want to travel will to invest via currency ETF's FXY= Japanese Yen FXF= Swiss Franc, FXE= Euro FXC= Canadian Dollar FXA= Australian Dollar FXS= Swedish Krona Finally, the last option would be to open a Pay Pal account, fund it and then activate the currency option feature. Right now they offer the Euro, Canadian dollar, Swiss Franc and British Pound. Solution 2
NYSE:FXA May 22, 2009 4:25pm

Successful Financial Markets Day Trading ETFs

daytradingJudging from the contents of an increasing number of emails more and more investors are choosing to "actively" trade the market rather than "buy and hold." In the main, this is due to the fact that in a bear market the latter strategy creates losses that are difficult to accept long term. However another reason is that with limited business opportunity available investors are seeking "income" rather than capital gain from their investments. Accordingly I set out below some parameters to help these new "traders" avoid the worse pitfalls and hopefully guide them towards the mindset required for long term success.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 9:14am

Tactical Investing: Pick ETFs or Stocks?

updownBefore sifting through the investment universe for the most appropriate tool for the job, investors should be able to answer one central question: What is my investment thesis? For long-term core positions, there's a good chance that investors can get the exposure they seek through exchange-traded funds. However, when thinking about shorter-term tactical bets (or satellite positions), the line gets blurred. Usually, the decision boils down to which ETF is the best tool for the job. At other times, the right tool might not be an ETF at all but, rather, a stock. Regardless, the key is to match the thesis with the investment vehicle that most closely correlates with your conclusion.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 9:05am

3 Strategies to Make Your Life Less Taxing

taxmanUse the Right Financial Products Most broad-based index ETFs are very tax-efficient, meaning they distribute little to nothing in capital gains. This is one of the reasons index ETFs should be the foundation of most investment portfolios. Morningstar recently conducted a survey on capital gains distributions for stock ETFs across 27 broad-based indexes. The study showed only two ETFs made capital gain distributions over the past 5-years while just one ETF made distributions over the past 10-years. Popular funds like the Dow DIAMONDS (NYSEArca: DIA), iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM), iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (NYSEArca: EFA), Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEArca: VTI), and the SPDRs S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) continue to lead the pack in low tax distributions. Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 22, 2009 8:39am

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