Monthly Archive: January 2011

The Dow Jones Transportation Index has been showing some interesting signs of life of late, but other pressures threaten to keep transportation exchange traded funds (ETFs) down for the time being. According to The Wall Street Journal, the strength in the Dow Jones Transportation Index for many months has signaled a strengthening of final demand. […]

It turns out Americans are pretty happy, but nine other nations are a lot happier. While it might not be feasible to pack up and move, you can play the jovial mood with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank that ranks the happiest countries in the world, came out with its […]

We noted in our 2011 exchange traded fund (ETF) predictions that small-caps were on track to be hot this year. But that’s not only in the United States. It’s not unreasonable to bet that if U.S. small-caps are doing well, then their international counterparts will fare equally as well, says The ETF Professor for The […]

If you want to play the eurozone economy, but you don’t want any of that pesky debt crisis dragging your funds down, then you’d do well to consider Poland exchange traded funds (ETFs). While broad Europe ETFs have gained about 12% in the last six months, ETFs like iShares MSCI Poland Investable Mkt Index (NYSEArca: […]

ETFs largely advanced on Friday after solid results from General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), though Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) reported earnings that missed expectations. Shares of Internet search and services firm Google are up about 1.5% in early trading on Friday, a day after posting stronger-than-expected earnings and announcing a […]

Solid business confidence numbers out of Germany pushed the euro to an eight-week high, while Europe ETFs like iShares MSCI Europe Financials (NYSEArca: EUFN) and SPDR DJ EURO STOXX 50 (NYSEArca: FEZ) up by more than 2% in early trading. Here are a few more stories about Europe that may interest you: Spain ETF: Why […]

If you’re a baby boomer, you could be at risk of heading into retirement without enough to live on. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help you get back in the game. The first wave of baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1955 – are cashing their last paycheck. The amount of assets they […]

Demand for commodities is at an all-time high, and many experts believe it’s going to remain there. If you’re looking for an indirect way to play the boom, Canada’s exchange traded funds (ETFs) can give you your fix. Natural resources are no small part of the Canadian economy. The International Monetary Fund projects 3% growth […]

Not all fixed-income exchange traded funds (ETFs) are alike, and this simple fact is more important than ever as the economic recovery raises the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. As with other asset classes, the elements of the fixed-income space don’t react the same way to varying market conditions. For example, […]

There’s a new leader in the battle of the emerging market exchange traded funds (ETFs). On Jan. 18, the iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM) dropped to $46.36 billion in assets while Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO), which rolled out two years fter EEM, hit $46.47 billion in assets, reports Olivier Ludwig for […]

Before you buy an exchange traded fund (ETF), you should take a few minutes to pop the hood and have a look-see. Skip this crucial step, and you could wind up with an unwanted surprise. This is especially important when you’re comparing multiple funds across the same asset class or sector. Take infrastructure. Currently, there […]

It’s easy to believe that all the good ideas have already been taken, but when it comes to the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry, that just isn’t true. According to a morning report from ConvergEx, the relatively slow growth of ETFs launched in 2010 illustrates the difficulty of innovation in the ETF space, writes Matt […]

Silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have felt more pain than most this week. It the metal that gained a whopping 82% last year finally seeing the hot streak cool? Well, it all depends on who you ask. One expert has forecast that silver prices will fall 20% this year, based on a broader sell-off seen […]

December’s jump in existing home sales has given exchange traded fund (ETF) investors cause for a little more optimism. But is it really time to dive in now? Existing home sales jumped 12.8% last month. That’s stellar, especially when you consider that this was all in the midst of the East Coast’s “snowpocalypse.” Building permits […]

Existing home sales jumped last month. Though the results were beyond expectations, exchange traded funds (ETFs) were left feeling deflated in early trading. Existing home sales jumped a more than expected 12.3% in December, though sales are still down 3% from a year ago. The fact that not even bad weather hurt the numbers has […]

The Australian floods might be wreaking havoc on the country’s coal production, but that’s been a boon for coal exchange traded funds (ETFs). After several days of gains, the question now is whether those gains and high prices can continue. Australia was recently struck by a massive flood and the crisis in Queensland will likely […]

BlackRock‘s iShares is planning to expand its lineup of China-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). The new ETF is expected to track China’s H-Shares, which are companies based in China whose shares are denominated in Hong Kong dollars and the country’s B-Shares, explains The ETF Professor for Benzinga. iShares didn’t release a ticker or an expense […]

In the Internet age, newspapers are losing revenue, but a new business strategy may revamp the way newspapers deliver news. With the media industry adapting to the changing times, the media exchange traded fund (ETF) could be doing better as an improving economy brings a higher ads revenue stream. Today, News Corp (NYSE: NWSA) unveiled […]

ETF Spotlight on Guggenheim Solar (NYSEArca: TAN), part of a weekly series. Assets: $149.3 million Objective: Tracks the MAC Global Solar Energy Index, which owns 30 securities in the solar energy industry. Holdings: Top names in the fund include First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), Meyer Burger Technology (NYSE: MBTN), Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) and Suntech Power […]

As exchange traded funds (ETFs) become a mainstream investment tool, more everyday investors and advisors are utilizing ETFs in portfolio compositions to maximize potential gains in an efficient manner. According to Gary L. Gastineau for RIA Biz, the more you use and trade ETFs, the more you need to ensure you’re using them efficiently and […]

Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down this morning after a bad earnings report from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) surprised investors and analysts. Is there any reason to fear that this sector’s recovery is only a pipe dream? The earnings were mixed: Goldman Sachs was by far the worst earnings reporter this morning, stating that […]

Nuclear energy-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been showing a few signs of life, thanks to some big moves that could mark a turning point for the industry and its investors. The ETFs have gotten a big boost as a result of government action. Members of a State House committee in Minnesota approved a bill […]

ETFs wobbled mostly lower on Wednesday after Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) reported a sharp earnings drop and housing data proved mixed, denting cheer over strong financial results from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and IBM (NYSE: IBM). Builders started work on fewer homes and apartments last month than November and at the slowest pace since October 2009. […]

Actively managed exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been greeted with a certain amount of skepticism by investors, but experts expect the class to show major growth in the coming years. There are about 19 active ETFs trading today, and a whole lot more in the pipeline awaiting approval. One reason active ETFs have been slow […]

If you’ve been wondering where the bottom on exchange traded fund (ETF) expense ratios might be, it’s not here. iShares recently became the first industry player in 2011 to cut its ETF prices, trimming the expense ratios for 34 of its ETFs, reports Robert Goldsborough for Morningstar. [Where’s the Bottom on ETF Fees?] The fee […]

Now that seemingly everyone and his brother has a cellphone in developed economies, telecom providers are setting their sights on other markets. The growth opportunity in many of these markets could also be a growth opportunity in telecom exchange traded funds (ETFs), too. Take Africa, for example. Africa is one of the last business frontiers […]

The biotechnology sector offers investors the opportunity to bet big and win big, but the potential downside can make a huge dent in your wallet. Perhaps a biotech exchange traded fund (ETF) is more to your liking? The largest and most liquid broad-based biotech sector iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (NASDAQ: IBB), which reflects the performance of […]

ETF Securities‘ success with its lineup of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the United States could be called a case of perfect timing. Since launching its first ETF, ETFS Physical Silver (NYSEArca: SIVR), 18 months ago, the provider has hit $3.5 billion in assets. In a not only increasingly competitive business, but one in which […]

If you’ve eyed the current 4.57% yield on the 30-year Treasury bond, you might be tempted to buy. But hold on: chasing yields in your exchange traded funds (ETFs) can hurt you if you’re not careful. In hopes of getting halfway decent yields, millions of investors have gone far out on the curve. However, bonds […]

In just five short days, the iShares MSCI Spain (NYSEArca: EWP) exchange traded fund (ETF) has surged 13.2%. Is it too soon to believe that it’s a new beginning for the economy? Spain has proved that it can still raise money, getting solid demand for five-year bonds at an auction last week. Still, questions about […]