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Jon Nadler On The Price Of Gold And The Impact Of The ETF Market (GLD)

ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 10:38am

Penny Pilot program set to expire on July 3, proposals to extend and expand to all ETF options classes

penny"The penny pilot program is an SEC initiative to quote a number of options classes in pennies, on a trial basis with only a limited number of options. The SEC intended the penny pricing initiative to help tighten price spreads, provide better prices to retail customers, and reduce payment for order flow.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 11, 2009 10:06am

Five Extreme-Rated ETFs

etf-newsWhen moving to the high end of the risk band, sometimes there can be a fine line between investing and speculating. Morningstar's ETF research team is not averse to taking risks if we think that the potential upside is significant. However, there are times when visibility is so uncertain that gambling may be a suitable alternative...... .....For some ETFs, though, the inherent risks affect many of the companies instead of just a select few. The list below contains some of the most unpredictable ETFs in our coverage universe. These could be choices for a very risk-seeking investor, or one who is willing to find the nearest roulette table and bet it all on red. 
NYSE:FAA June 10, 2009 11:25am

Options Bullish On Treasury Bond ETF (TLT)

treasuryLong-term Treasury bonds have taken a beating this year as markets worried about the U.S. budget deficit and money shifted to higher-yielding assets. This morning, a large options trader bet on a rebound using the TLT exchange traded fund. Volume in the June 92 calls surged to 10,166 against open interest of 3,014 contracts, according to optionMONSTER Heat Seeker monitoring system. Almost all the activity priced in less than a minute at $0.50, suggesting large institutional money was at work. 
NYSE:TLT June 10, 2009 10:38am

DOE Inventories Confirms EIA Trends (USO, OIL)

oildrumThe weekly DOE inventories confirmed the EIA data last night, and the data is about just as bullish for oil and energy prices.  The United States Oil (NYSE: USO) ETF and iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return Index ETN (NYSE: OIL) are both responding positively in the initial reaction. Crude oil inventories fell 4.38 million barrels to 361.595 million barrels.  Gasoline inventories also came in lower by -1.553 million barrels at 201.649 million barrels.  We were looking for drops in these numbers, but Dow Jones had noted some consensus estimates as being -700,000 on crude oil inventories.  They also had gasoline inventories expected to show a gain of about 800,000 barrels. Full Story:
NYSE:OIL June 10, 2009 10:09am

Infrastructure ETFs

infrastructureInfrastructure incorporates everything a society does to turn on electricity, build roads, establish communication networks, deliver water, and create and maintain sewage systems. The iShares S&P Infrastructure Index Fund (IGF) offers all-in-one access to the industry. However, volume has been light and performance has been shaky. The SPDR/FTSE Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund (GII) has been less volatile. Yet, in my opinion, GII replicates utilities at the exclusion of energy and transportation infrastructure. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 10, 2009 9:53am

Flood of ETFs promising hedge fund-style returns

hedge-fundMoney managers are flooding the market with exchange-traded funds (ETF) and mutual funds designed to give even the smallest of investors access to hedge fund returns without all the usual restrictions or hefty fees. IndexIQ Advisors, a start-up firm that seeks to replicate hedge fund performance, on Tuesday launched the index-based IQ Hedge Macro Strategy Tracker ETF (MCRO.P), about 75 percent focused on emerging markets and 25 percent on global trends. The offering joins the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI.P), which began trading in March and is up 17 percent.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 4:35pm

Leveraged ETFs – 3 Lessons You Shouldn’t Learn The Hard Way

leverageLeveraged ETFs spilt the opinions of the ETF community. Some love them, others hate them. One thing is for sure, leveraged ETFs are powerful tools with the potential to make you rich or poor,in a hurry. Here are a few lessons that will help you avoid getting creamed.    Do you like fine cars? The BMW M6 has become the dream car for many. The epitome of German engineering comes with a dual power setting. A mysterious power button that sits in the center console, offers the instant gratification to boost the engine’s power from 400 hp to 507 hp. 
NYSE:BGU June 9, 2009 3:05pm

Van Eck Files For Junior Miners ETF

coming-soonVan Eck Global has filed papers with the Securities & Exchange Commission for a new exchange-traded fund that will target small- and mid-cap gold and silver mining companies. The filing contains few details, but the new Market Vector Metals ETF will follow a passive indexing strategy to capture a float-adjusted, market-cap-weighted index of smaller mining outfits.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 2:57pm

Dipping Into Financials With ETFs

bank-in-waterThe majority of economists are predicting a late 2009 or early 2010 economic recovery, and the recent upswing in the market has been bolstered by some of the sectors that were beat up the most in the recent crisis. As "zombie" banks are separated from healthy banks on the rebound, the financial sector is gaining momentum. When it comes to financial ETFs, investors have an increasingly large selection, from broad-based indices to specialized subsector funds. The Financial Select Sector SPDR(XLF Quote), PowerShares Financial Preferred(PGF Quote) and iShares Dow Jones U.S. Regional Banks(IAT Quote) funds represent different approaches to the financial sector and different methods for investors to position themselves for recovery. 
NYSE:IAT June 9, 2009 11:35am

Suze Orman on Index funds and ETF’s

ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 11:11am

BlackRock Said to Offer Cash, Stock for Barclays Unit

blackrockBlackRock Inc. may buy Barclays Plc’s fund division for $12 billion to $13 billion in cash and stock in what would be the largest acquisition in the asset-management industry, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. BlackRock would pay half the purchase price in cash and the rest in stock, leaving London-based Barclays with a 20 percent stake in the combined company, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. New York-based BlackRock, which may announce the deal as soon as tomorrow, is seeking to raise as much as $3 billion from sovereign wealth funds in Kuwait and Qatar, the person said.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 11:03am

Getting A TAN This Summer With These ETF’s (TAN, KWT)

tanIn just one day, enough sunlight strikes the earth's surface to power the entire planet's energy needs for about 27 years. However, less than 0.1% of the world's energy needs are being met via solar power. With traditional energy sources like oil and natural gas becoming strained under our current and future use, governments and institutions have been looking towards alternatives to meet energy requirements. Solar energy is quickly filling that niche, currently growing by 50% per year - making the photovoltaic cell one of the quickest expanding forms of renewable energy. Smart long-term investors, who can stomach the risks involved with an emerging industry, are taking notice..... 
NYSE:KWT June 9, 2009 10:58am

Volume Surge In UNG Natural Gas ETF

natural-gasMight a recent volume surge in UNG (Natural Gas ETF) hint that higher prices are yet to come?  What’s most interesting is the sudden spike last week to over 200 million shares transacting in a single week - a record for this exchange traded fund. Let’s take a look at UNG’s long-term weekly structure and then step inside the ‘volume surge’ on the Daily Chart. 
NYSE:UNG June 9, 2009 10:42am

ETFs vs. Index Mutual Funds

boxingMost ETFs available on the market are aiming to track the return of major worldwide security indexes. They provide investors with fast and passive exposure to a particular asset class, sector, or geographical region. These ETFs directly compete against index mutual funds, whose investment goal is to provide the return of a given index. S&P 500 Index tracking is the most competitive area between ETFs and index mutual funds, with dozens of products available.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 10:37am

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