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Invest In The Brazilian ETF Now!

brazilThe Brazilian stock market is on fire right now and they are immune to a lot of the ills that America is suffering from, like exposure to toxic assets.  Make sure you put a small portion of your portfolio into emerging markets like Brazil. My article for Investor’s Daily Edge on 04/09/09 recommended the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ).  This Exchange Traded Fund holds a nice basket of Brazilian stocks and seeks to mirror the Brazilian stock market as measured by the MSCI Brazil index. If you took my advice, you’d have seen a big short-term gain as the Brazilian ETF rose over 22% in less than two months.  Our staff here at Investor’s Daily Edge strives to give you information that can help you accumulate wealth and enhance your financial well-being. 
NYSE:EWZ May 28, 2009 1:48pm

Leveraged ETF’s Weigh Bank Preferred Redemptions

bankThe triple-leverage financial ETFs of Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSE: FAS) and Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: FAZ) are getting to deal with yet another potential wrench in the machine: preferred share redemptions from major banks.  This will also pose a potential issue for the Ultra Financials ProShares (NYSE: UYG) and the UltraShort Financials ProShares (NYSE: SKF) ETFs that trade at double-leverage of the Dow Jones U.S. Financials index. The PowerShares Financial Preferred (NYSE: PGF) is the ETF that specifically tracks the preferred shares of financial stocks.  This can also be impacted, although we would note that this ETF here has five of its top ten holdings which are European bank preferred shares and the top ten holdings are over half of the ETF.
NYSE:FAS May 28, 2009 1:07pm

Yale Endowment Portfolio Heavy on International ETFs

internationalAccording to Bloomberg, Yale's endowment "was valued at $17 billion in December, a decline of -25% since June 30." The value of the Harvard endowment dropped by -22% over that period.
NYSE:EEM May 28, 2009 11:13am

Dialing Up Some Trading Opportunities in Telecom ETF’s

telecomCommunication has been revolutionized by the latest generation of cell phones and other mobile gadgets, including Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry from Research In Motion Limited, but the telecommunications sector has largely failed to capitalize on mankind's addiction to the cell phone. The Telecommunications HOLDRS Trust (TTH: sentiment, chart, options) has suffered a rough year, as the exchange-traded fund (ETF) has dropped more than 10% since the start of 2009, easily underperforming the broad market. In fact, TTH has been locked in a sharp decline since October 2007, falling under resistance at its 200-day moving average. From a sentiment perspective, options players have high hopes for a rebound in the trust. The Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) for TTH stands at an annual low of 1.35, indicating that short-term options speculators have not been more bullishly aligned toward the ETF at any other time during the past year. A shift in sentiment toward the bearish end of the spectrum could create a fresh wave of selling pressure for the group.
NYSE:TTH May 28, 2009 11:01am

Jumping On Board The Commodity ETF Rally

commoditiesShould investors be warming to commodities or is the sector set to blow cold again? It has been a spring of market rallies, but few sectors have rallied as dramatically as commodities. The sector took a mighty pounding last year. Global recessions typically hammer cyclically-driven stocks such as base metals, and prices collapsed by more than 60% in some cases. It didn't help that investors feared that infrastructure-related demand from China would also plummet. The oil price also collapsed from its $147 peak to a little over $30, although gold, as you may have noticed, surged in the opposite direction. Like the Grand Old Duke of York's men, commodities had marched up to the top of the hill, and marched right down again.
ETF BASIC NEWS May 28, 2009 10:41am

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: http://www.thestreet.com/_yahoo/story/10505685/1/a-tip-for-the-inflation-wary-etf-trader.html?cm_ven=YAHOO&cm_cat=FREE&cm_ite=NA
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: http://www.etfexpert.com/etf_expert/2009/05/etf-expert-best-etfs-tap-singular-theme-lets-build-stuff.html
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

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