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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

Take A Look At These Energy Service ETFs

oil-refineryDespite the fact that crude oil inventories are high and Americans are driving less, crude oil has been on a tear in recent months.  Just four months ago, NYMEX-traded crude oil went for around $30 barrel.  Now $70 appears likely, perhaps as soon as this week.  Start bracing for a little more pain every time you head to the gas station. There are five distinct categories of energy-related ETFs and ETNs, namely those that track indexes of: 
NYSE:IEZ June 9, 2009 10:31am

Grail Advisors Plans To Launch 4 Active, Single-Manager ETFs

grailadvisorsGrail Advisors LLC plans to launch four exchange-traded funds, which it says will be the first traditional actively managed ETFs to use a single-manager approach. The San Francisco-based asset manager filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch RP Growth, RP Focused Large Cap Growth, RP Technology and RP Financials ETFs. RiverPark Advisors LLC will serve as the primary sub-adviser for each of the funds, and St. Louis-based Wedgewood Partners Inc. will also sub-advise the RP Focused Large Cap Growth ETF.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 9:08am

First Exchange-Traded Fund to Replicate Global Macro & Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Strategies Introduced by IndexIQ

new1The first Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) designed to replicate the risk and return characteristics of global macro and emerging markets hedge funds was introduced today by IndexIQ (www.indexiq.com). The IQ Hedge Macro Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: MCRO) seeks to replicate, before fees and expenses, the returns of the IQ Hedge Macro Index, combining both Global Macro and Emerging Markets strategies. Global Macro hedge fund strategies generally span the globe in search of investment opportunities, employing a top-down approach to identifying market inefficiencies and dislocations, and typically invest in a range of instruments and asset classes including stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 9, 2009 8:58am

3 Top Industry Sectors To Grow Your Money With ETF’S

pie-chartWe’ve already reached the half-way point of the year and the top performing U.S. industry sectors are rising much higher than many people, even Wall Street’s leading economists and analysts previously thought. Even though the economic recession is far from over, astute investors are profiting. Are you? Boosted by a rising market, the money invested in ETFs finished the month of May on a very strong note, up by $53 billion. Much of the greatest interest in ETF investing is in funds that narrowly invest in specific industry sectors. Energy and technology stocks are just two examples of sectors that have performed well so far this year. Today, there are 205 industry sector ETFs and that doesn’t even include the 90 or so leveraged and short ETFs focused on specific sectors.  
NYSE:XLB June 8, 2009 4:51pm

The Most Expensive ETFs You’ll Never Need

dollar-signExchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been one of the fastest-growing investment products in recent years,attracting millions of investors with their trading flexibility and low expenses. But as more and more of these funds are rushed to market, expenses on some ETFs have begun to creep upward. In fact, some ETFs now charge more than many actively managed mutual funds. Why are some of these funds so expensive? Forecast: rising expenses Using Morningstar's online screening tool, you can find dozens of ETFs that clock in with huge expense ratios of 0.95% or more. With many active funds charging 1% or less, these ETFs seem more costly than they should be. 
ETF BASIC NEWS June 8, 2009 4:39pm

What Warren Buffett Thinks About ETFs

warren-buffettExchange-traded funds have exploded in popularity in recent years, ushering in exponential growth in assets and hundreds of new ETFs to the market. ETFs were touted for their several advantages over traditional index mutual funds, including the flexibility to trade throughout the day, the ability to sell short and buy on margin, and the allure of greater tax efficiencies and generally lower fees. Thus, the debate began over whether ETFs might supplant traditional index mutual funds. Opinions have come from both sides of the debate. But one voice often carries extra weight, as he's probably the most famous investor in the world.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 8, 2009 4:27pm

National Inflation Association Report: Our Favorite ETFs and ETNs

inflation1NIA is pleased to release its first report on Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and Exchange traded notes (ETNs). We believe one of the best ways to prepare for hyperinflation is by investing into ETFs and ETNs. ETFs and ETNs trade like stocks on a stock exchange but are used to track the price of a single commodity, a basket of commodities, or an index of stocks.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 8, 2009 10:46am

How To Stay Afloat Through Your ETF’s Liquidation

stayingafloatETFs that close down have to follow a strict and orderly liquidation procedure. The liquidation of an ETF is similar to that of an investment company, except that the fund also notifies the exchange on which it trades that trading will cease. Shareholders typically receive notification of the liquidation between a week and a month before it occurs, depending on the circumstances. The board of directors or trustees of the ETF will approve that each share is individually redeemable upon liquidation, since they are not redeemable while the ETF is still operating. They are redeemable in creation units.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 8, 2009 9:52am

Fink Aspires to No. 1 Fund Manager With Barclays Unit

laurencefinkBlackRock Inc., the bond boutique co- founded in a one-room office by Laurence Fink in 1988, is a step closer to becoming the world’s biggest money manager after emerging as the leading bidder for Barclays Plc’s fund unit. Fink has moved ahead of contenders for Barclays Global Investors including Bank of New York Mellon Corp., three people familiar with the talks said June 6. London-based Barclays, the U.K.’s third-largest bank, is seeking more than $12 billion for BGI, and may keep a 20 percent stake in the combined company, one of the people said.
ETF BASIC NEWS June 8, 2009 9:36am

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