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Investors see bright future in wind energy ETF

wind-farmBecause many wind energy companies are foreign-based there are always geopolitical and currency risks to weigh. Investors also will want to be wary of emerging companies with unproven ideas. At a minimum, you'll want to be sure that the company is well capitalized and has a strong business model. When investing in a fund, such as an exchange traded fund, Siegel of Green Chip Stocks recommends making sure it is balanced. Some funds are very sector specific, focusing on solar stocks, for example. If something were to happen to impact that industry such as a shortage of the electronic components that convert sunlight to electricity, your entire fund could crash. There are funds such as Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF Trust (GEX), which includes wind, solar, geothermal and other business types. As you look for investment opportunities, be aware that the global economic slump began hitting the renewable energy sector hard late last year and it's continued into the first quarter. Full Story:
NYSE:GEX May 3, 2009 8:38am

Wall Street Media Presents Exclusive Video on an Intelligent Oil Play

oilWall Street Media presents exclusive video of the insightful Todd Sullivan of ValuePlays sharing his ideas on how he is looking for rising oil. He points out that Mexico is running out of supply faster than expected and Canada’s tar sands is not profitable with oil. Todd shares a potential idea to benefit from rising oil prices is United States Oil (NYSE: USO - News), the one that tracks the crude market. Please visit the following link to view the video:**http%3A//
NYSE:USO May 3, 2009 8:18am

Take A Look At These Commercial Real Estate Sub-Sector ETFs

commercialI plead guilty to treating commercial real estate as a single homogeneous entity in my two previous commercial real estate posts, Commercial Real Estate Problems Piling Up and Moodys/REAL Commercial Property Price Index. The truth is that while there are a wide variety of REITs out there that span the full range of commercial real estate activity, my focus is mainly on ETFs and when it comes to ETFs, most of the popular real estate ETFs are of the large catchall variety, such as iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate (IYR), iShares Cohen and Steers Realty Majors (ICF), Vanguard REIT Index VIPERS (VNQ) and streetTracks Wilshire REIT (RWR). While I am not aware of any ETFs that are pure plays on shopping center REITs, office REITs or apartment REITs, there are three commercial real estate sub-sector REIT ETFs that can help sort through various sectoral trends within the REIT universe. Full Story:
NYSE:ICF May 3, 2009 8:04am

How to Benefit From Our Global Trash Problem With An ETF

trashRubbish, trash, garbage, waste, whatever you call it, we all generate it, and it is taking over the world’s space and mother nature’s abundance faster than imaginable. If we continue to be a disposable society, there’s at least one exchange traded fund (ETF) that could benefit. Although waste is universal, the concept of it is ignored and poorly understood. Nobody really knows how much is produced or what happens to it once it’s created. The Economist explains that both developed and emering countries generate vast quantities of construction and demolition debris, industrial effluent, mine tailings, sewage residue and agricultural waste. Waste is harmful. It stinks, it’s ugly, attracts vermin and releases harmful chemicals and and debris into soil and water when it is dumped. It is the source of almost 4% of the world’s greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane from rotting food, which does not take into account the methane from animal and farm waste. There is so much waste out there, in fact, that in a deserted stretch of the Pacific Ocean void of shipping lanes, islands and human life, miles and miles of trash has accumulated, drawn there by converging currents. Full Story:
NYSE:EVX May 3, 2009 7:45am

Is Your Portfolio Sinking?

sinking-shipNo one knows if 2008 was an anomaly or the beginning of a prolonged missile attack similar to the 1930s. Investors need to realize that sticking to their investment plan is essential, and that the investment principles of diversification, tax efficiency, and cost containment will work over the longer term.

It is true that investors who purchased equities at the peak in1929 weren’t made whole until 1949, but those investors who abandoned equities for cash after the crash waited much longer to break even. For investors owning equities at the nadir of the decline in 1932 experienced the best returns ever for equities over the ensuing 5, 10, and 20 year periods.

Even the current yield on equity instruments should calm investors nerves. Today, investors could guarantee their return for the next 10 years by purchasing a Treasury bond. They would earn roughly 2.8% for the next decade. Or, investors could buy an equity ETF and capture a much higher yield.The high yielding WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DTD) currently yields 4.24%. The PowerShares International Dividend Achievers Index (NYSEArca: PID) boasts a 5.26% yield while the iShares Dow Jones Real Estate (NYSEArca:IYR) provides investors a 12.5% yield.

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NYSE:DTD May 2, 2009 1:52pm

Dollar-cost averaging can get you back into stocks even if you don’t trust the rally

course1For stock investors, April was the coolest month.   The Dow Jones Industrial Average  enjoyed its best April gain in eight years and the biggest two-month advance in percentage terms since the start of the last bull market in November 2002. The Dow is up 25% since its March 9 low, and both the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Nasdaq  are staging strong comebacks. The swift bullish current is carrying international stocks higher as well. The iShares MSCI EAFE Index, an exchange-traded fund that mirrors the benchmark MSCI Europe, Australasia Far East index, rose about 12% in April. Another ETF, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index, added about 16%. After a month like April it's tempting to wear a cap backwards and wave a rally rag for stocks -- but we've seen this game before. Stocks have a long way to go to recover from their bear-market mauling, and for many investors, a trust has been broken. Many people simply don't believe the markets' spring upswing is for real. "If you feel uneasy about this rally, there are good reasons," said Hugh Johnson, chairman of investment firm Johnson Illington Advisors. "It's in theory signaling better times ahead for the economy and earnings, and yet it's difficult to make that case." From bear to bull All anyone really knows about the market is that if this rally has roots, it won't flash an all-clear sign. Stocks rebound quickly: In the first 12 months of a new bull market, the S&P 500 has averaged a 46% gain; the benchmark surged 29% through April 30 from its March 9 bottom.   You obviously don't want to miss out on future gains, but how can you reengage with the market when you're skeptical? Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 2, 2009 1:44pm

Where losses and gains are fun and games

3xI am loving those crazy new triple-the-market ETFs they have in the United States. Here in Canada, we have a series of exchange-traded funds that give you twice what the market does on the up or downside in a given day. You know the Americans - if double is good, triple is better. Enter the new Direxion family of 3x bull and bear ETFs. I invested close to $100,000 (U.S.) in four 3x bull ETFs on Tuesday and a little more than 48 hours later I sold to lock in a profit of 9.3 per cent. Not bad, eh? Too bad it was all in a virtual world where both gains and losses are nothing more than fun and games. We're talking here about online stock-trading simulators, where you trade stocks with imaginary money and then monitor your results. These simulators are the best toys ever if you are: A student of investing who wants to explore different ideas with zero risk of losing money; A new do-it-yourself investor who wants to practise trading before getting into the real markets; An aspiring hotshot trader who wants a low-stress way to test ideas and strategies, and to match wits with other investors. Don't confuse trading simulations with the online portfolio trackers that most financial websites offer. Whereas you input the stocks you own into a portfolio tracker like an accountant, with a simulator, you start by making actual trades. That means thinking about what type of order to place and whether you'll buy on margin, which means you'll borrow to pay part of the cost. I set up my portfolio of 3x ETFs on Wall Street Survivor (, which claims to supply U.S. business schools with stock-trading simulations for MBA students to use. The website is designed to work just like an online brokerage account, and that's exactly what it does (truth be told, it works better than some online brokers I've tried). Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 2, 2009 11:32am

Profit from drop in U.S. dollar

zero-dollarOn March 21, this column commented favourably on exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that could benefit from weakness in the U. S. dollar. The U. S. dollar weakened significantly relative to other major currencies last week. Favoured exchange-traded funds responded accordingly. Since recommended on March 21, the iShares CDN S&P 500 Index Fund (XSP/TSX), shares on the S&P 500 index hedged in Canadian dollars, have gained 14.8%. The Claymore U. S. Fundamental Index ETF (CLU/TSX), hedged in Canadian dollars, added 18.6%. The iPath Dow Jones-AIG Platinum Total Return Subindex Exchange-Traded Note (PGM/NYSE) slipped 1.9%. The Claymore S&P/TSX Global Mining ETF (CMW/ TSX) added 1.9%. Where do they go from here? Seasonal Influences Three of the four ETFs have a period of seasonal strength ending next week. According to Thackray's 2009 Investor's Guide, the period of seasonal strength for the mining index is from Jan. 29 to May 5, and the period of seasonal strength for the U. S. equity market, represented by the S&P 500 index, is from Oct. 28 to May 6. Platinum has a period of seasonal strength from Jan. 1 to May 31. The U. S. dollar has a history of reaching a seasonal peak early in April. Thereafter, it trends lower until the end of December. Seasonal influences appeared earlier than usual this year. The U.S. dollar index peaked at 89.62 early in March. Full Story:
NYSE:GLD May 2, 2009 10:25am

How iShares Sale Will Impact ETF Industry

ishares_logoMany investors might be curious about what’s going to happen after the sale of iShares‘ popular line of exchange traded funds (ETFs) takes place.

Word on the Street is that Barclay’s plans to sell its paramount iShares ETF business to a limited partnership established by private equity giant CVS Capital Partners Group for a whopping $4.4 billion, states John Spence of The Wall Street Journal.

Some worry that this move could take away from one of the most attractive characteristics of ETFs: their low expense ratios. These low costs were one driving force which enabled ETFs to snatch away several billions of dollars worth of assets from mutual funds which tracked the same indexes but cost a lot more in fees. Fortunately, there is plenty of competition in the market place to keep prices fair.

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ETF BASIC NEWS May 2, 2009 10:19am

Late Surge Swings ETFs Into Black

etf-news7Market Wrap-Up Stocks finished flat Friday as flu fears and financials weighed down a previously rallying market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had a late afternoon Friday rally to rise 44 points and close at 8212. Friday's gains left the index up 1.7% for the week as a mix of lower than expected jobless claims and some positive earnings offset the bankruptcy of Chrysler and global alarm over the spread of swine flu. To see a complete rundown on Friday’s trading session see our market story. Winners Forecasts that the semiconductor market had reached a significant bottom helped the iShares MSCI Taiwan Index fund (EWT: 10.31, +0.09, +0.88%), which counts chip makers among its biggest holdings, gain 16.3% by Friday's close. The lead-up to the summer driving season fueled anticipation about gas prices, and pushed up shares of the United States Gasoline fund (UGA: 25.40, +0.88, +3.58%) 9.9% for the week. Losers Financial stocks, still at the center of questions about the sustainability of the rally, bobbed up and down through a week highlighted by the ouster of Ken Lewis from the chairmanship of Bank of America (BAC: 8.70, -0.23, -2.57%). By Friday, the SPDR KBW Bank fund (KBE: 16.04, -0.29, -1.77%) was down 4.7%. Stock rallies drove down metals prices, though, and the iShares Silver fund (SLV: 12.31, +0.10, +0.81%) shed 4.3% for the week Full Story:
ETF BASIC NEWS May 1, 2009 4:28pm

Retail ETF XRT Gets Bearish Attention

bearAn option trader takes a position that will pay off if this retail sector ETF takes a 15% tumble in coming weeks. Retail Select Sector SPDR ( XRT - news - people ): The retail exchange-traded fund appeared on our 'most active by options volume' market scanner after one investor appears to have initiated a ratio put spread in the near-term May contract. Shares are slightly off by about 1% for the fund to $27.45. The sale of 6,600 puts at the May 25 strike price for 36 cents apiece was spread against the purchase of 3,300 puts at the May 27 strike for about 97 cents each. The net cost of the bearish position amounts to 25 cents and yields a maximum potential profit to the trader of 1.75 if shares decline to $25.00 by expiration this month. Shares would need to fall by about 9% from the current price in order for maximum gains to be realized. Losses needn't accrue until shares breach $23.25 to the downside. Full Story:
NYSE:XRT May 1, 2009 3:55pm

Market Vectors Family of Municipal Bond ETFs Announces Distributions

dividendsNEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Market Vectors ETF Trust announced regular monthly distributions today for five ETFs within the Market Vectors Family of Municipal Bond ETFs*.

The following dates apply to today’s distribution declarations:

            Distribution     Distribution Amount


    Ticker     Frequency     Per Share
Market Vectors                  
Intermediate Municipal Index ETF     ITM     Monthly    

$ 0.0660

Market Vectors                  
Long Municipal Index ETF     MLN     Monthly    

$ 0.0740

Market Vectors                  
Short Municipal Index ETF     SMB     Monthly    

$ 0.0370

Market Vectors                  
High-Yield Municipal Index ETF     HYD     Monthly    

$ 0.1600

Market Vectors                  
Pre-Refunded Municipal Index ETF     PRB     Monthly    

$ 0.0240

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ETF BASIC NEWS May 1, 2009 3:18pm

A Bull Case For Ishares Silver ETF

silverUnlike gold, says Morgan, which is useful predominately as a store of value, "silver has a dual personality, as both an industrial and monetary asset." Silver's innate physical properties make it an ideal ingredient in several industrial applications. As nature's best electrical and thermal conductor, the metal is perfect for high-performance electronics or high-voltage circuits. Silver's high reflectivity makes it a must for fine-precision optics, and photosensitive silver compounds are the engine behind photographic film. The metal is even a natural biocide, which is handy in sterilization and treating wounds. Given silver's valuable characteristics, it's not a big surprise that industrial demand for the metal has risen every year since 2001. The industrial sector now accounts for 54% of global silver usage. (The remainder breaks down into luxury demand - namely, the jewelry trade - and investment demand.) "Not only is industry the fastest-growing segment of demand for silver, it's also the largest," says Morgan. Demand could continue to grow long term, since silver is a component in many up-and-coming "green" technologies. Photovoltaic cells in solar arrays require silver coatings. Water purification plants use silver compounds to prevent bacteria and algae buildup. And super-efficient, eco-friendly silver-zinc batteries may soon supplant their lithium-ion cousins in the rapidly growing electric car market. "Silver is a very clean metal, a very green metal," says Morgan. "And it's also inelastically priced: For some applications, no matter how you price it, you have to use silver." Another growing demand comes from silver ETFs, which despite their relative newness, have attracted a significant following among individual investors and institutions, like pensions and insurance companies (which can't access the derivatives market). Combined, the silver ETFs added 63.5 million ounces to their stocks throughout the first three months of 2009, and the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSE Arca: SLV) now holds over 270 million ounces of fine silver - roughly three-fifths the total silver stocks, says Morgan. Full Story:
NYSE:SLV May 1, 2009 3:14pm

Bears vs. Bulls: What about the pigs?

pigs1Fortunately today has been a healthy reprieve from the fallout. There has been little to no signs of a worsening flu pandemic. People are not dropping like teenage girls at a Beetle’s concert (or an Obama sighting). And share prices have found enough of a reason to continue their climb even after a solid week of gains from the equities market. Wall Street appears to be undecided about next week’s action, however. About half of the crowd is calling for a fizzle, while the other half is calling for more gains based on signs the economy is improving at a faster-than-expected rate (the stimulus worked!). The answer will come from Mexico. Watch the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (NYSE:EWW), which has the perfect ticker considering the current flu scare, over the next few trading days. It will be a strong indication of what Wall Street thinks of Mexico’s economic chances. If the fund lags the market, I expect the equities markets to eventually turn around and follow Mexico into the red. If the ETF is a strong leader, however, it means the fears were way overblown and the equities market as a whole is undervalued. Full Story:
NYSE:EWW May 1, 2009 2:14pm

Can The The TECH Q’s Continue It’s Rebound In 2009?

uptrend"A lot has changed since the go-go days of the late nineties, when tech stocks soared to amazing heights and then crashed and burned when reality set in. To learn about this paradigm shift, click here. Today, the reality is that tech stocks are here to stay." Writes Sean Hyman
"What were once speculative and highly volatile companies are now mainstays in our economy. This is part of the natural evolution of tech companies, that the winners survive and prosper, and the losers get acquired or eliminated. " Writes Sean Hyman
"The Powershares QQQ (QQQQ), an ETF that replicates the Nasdaq 100, has become synonymous with tech stocks, and has enjoyed a nice rebound in 2009.   The (QQQQ) is up roughly 10% in ’09, and up roughly 25% from its march lows." Writes Sean Hyman 
NASDAQ:QQQQ May 1, 2009 2:03pm

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