Commodity Stocks: Let The Good Times Roll

In case you haven’t noticed, several commodities have swung to a bullish mode now, particularly RBOB gasoline, the soybean complex and corn. Less well-developed are the trends in the petroleum complex, softs such as coffee, sugar and orange juice, feeder cattle and wheat. What’s been good for commodities has been better still for commodity producers, […]

The Dollar Gets Taken To The Woodshed; How To Play It With ETF’s!

The U.S. Dollar is crumbling, down 3.25% this month.  Reality is finally sinking in: enormous budget deficits, out-of-control spending, monster bailouts, and banana republic tactics have put a bulls-eye on the greenback.  Don’t get trampled as the dollar gets taken to the woodshed! Fortunately, some ETFs and ETNs are designed to exploit such an environment.  […]

Tapping Into Top Country ETFs

A quick glance at foreign stock ETFs will show you what’s happening around the globe. Since the beginning of the year, emerging market stocks (NYSEArca: EEM) are up 27.20%, making them the best performing segment within the global equity market. Certain regions of the world are doing better than others. European stocks (NYSEArca: VGK) are […]

Better Banks Abroad? Take A Look At Italy’s ETF

Italy’s Banks: A Conservative Lending Business From the United Kingdom we travel south to the Mediterranean, where an Italian ETF comprised mainly of financials offers investors an opportunity to participate in some of Europe’s safest banks. The MSCI Italy Index Fund (NYSE:EWI) holds approximately 40% financials along with a number of utility, energy and other […]

MacroShares Home Price IPO Stalls; New Plans

MacroShares’ planned initial public offering for its Major Metro Housing exchange-traded products has failed, due to an imbalance in orders between investors wanting to buy upside exposure to U.S. residential home prices and those wanting to invest on the downside.  The company says it will now launch the products using a traditional, market-maker-driven process; the […]

Who’s the number one asset manager?

BlackRock Inc. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are competing to become the world’s biggest money manager as stock markets show signs of recovery.  Each company is in talks to buy Barclays Plc.’s fund unit, whose $1.5 trillion in client assets ranks highest in the industry, people familiar with the matter said last week. […]

The Soul of an ETF

What makes an ETF an ETF? What distinguishes an Exchange-Traded Fund from other investment securities? When the first US-listed ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), arrived on the scene in 1993 it had a number of features setting it apart from every other product that come before it. Yet in some ways it was quite […]