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  • Trump May Be Bad News for Clean Energy ETFs

    11-16-2016 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    The future of U.S. renewables and clean energy-related exchange traded funds looks dim as President-elect Donald Trump takes office and a Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The clean energy sector has found support under President Barack ...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs: Renewables Overtake Coal

    10-26-2016 04:57 PM by Max Chen

    Renewables are quickly gaining traction as an alternative and cleaner source of energy, even overtaking coal as the world's largest source of installed power capacity. With the greater reliance on renewables, investors may turn to clean energy sector-related exchange traded f...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs Could See Brighter Days

    04-06-2016 04:53 PM by Max Chen

    Solar and wind exchange traded fund investors should look to the long-term as record investments in clean technology could help fuel growth. While the plunge in oil prices have dragged down the renewable energy, investors may find a cheaper entry point into a growing sector. Y...

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  • Podcast: ETF of the Week

    12-25-2015 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I looked at theFirst Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEarca: FAN). FANprovides exposure to a clean e...

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  • Cheap Oil Pulls Rug from Under Clean Energy ETFs

    12-07-2015 04:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    As oil prices plunge to seven-year lows, investors are seeing less green in alternative- or clean-energy-related exchange traded funds. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT), which track global solar photovoltaic panel...

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  • ETFs For The Environmentally Conscious

    10-26-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many have voiced concerns about the risks of climate change, but not a lot of people have aligned investments with concerns. With exchange traded funds, investors can gain targeted exposure to companies with a smaller impact on the global environment. Most portfolios largely t...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs: Wall Street Pledges To Raise Investments

    09-28-2015 04:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some of the largest U.S. banks are investing in alternative energy. Investors can also play the rising growth in renewables through clean energy sector-related exchange traded funds. For starters, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs: Mother Nature Dampens U.S. Wind Industry

    09-01-2015 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    The wind industry and sector-related exchange traded fund are slowing down as a lack of high wind speeds keep turbines from turning out electricity. The U.S. is experiencing some of the softest air currents in 40 years, which has caused electricity generated by U.S. wind farms...

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  • Greater Efficiency, Tech Advances to Support Wind ETF

    06-04-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Advances in renewable technologies could help fan the wind-turbine industry and sector-related exchange traded fund. The First Trust Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) has increased 19.0% year-to-date. FAN, which tracks 44 global wind energy-related companies, is the o...

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  • Wind ETF, Turbine Industry Paint Diverging Picture

    01-29-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The pullback in alternative energy stocks and related exchange traded funds belie the growth spurt in the wind turbine industry. The First Trust Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) is technically in a bear market after falling off 22.9% since its June 6 high. [Alternative ...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs for Shifting Global Demand

    06-10-2014 02:41 PM by Max Chen

    While the U.S. has relied on cheap natural gas to help fuel the power grid, overseas consumers are increasingly relying on cheaper alternative energy sources, which could help support exchange traded funds that track global coal and clean energy industries. Slower economic gro...

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  • Mays Best ETFs: Emerging Markets Excellence

    06-01-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sell in May and go away theory was dispelled this year as the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the month at record highs with May gains of 2.1% and 1.05%, respectively. While May was a solid month for U.S. stocks, it was a banner month for a plethora of ...

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  • Wind Stocks, ETFs Contend With Cheap Natural Gas

    04-08-2014 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the end of federal subsidies and now the shale natural gas boom begin to weigh on U.S. wind energy companies, related exchange traded funds are beginning to feel some drag. While still strengthening, the First Trust Global Wind Energy Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) is falling behind ...

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  • Another Alternative Energy ETF in Rally Mode

    01-13-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The resurgence of alternative energy stocks and exchange traded funds in 2013 was one of the years more compelling and prominent ETF themes. Predictably, some alternative energy ETFs captured investors attention more than others. Helped in large part by allocations to Elon Mus...

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  • Clean Energy ETFs Cleaned up in 2013

    12-30-2013 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The strength of alternative energy exchange traded funds in 2013 warrants being placed into context. Not only are four of the 10 best, including the top three, sector funds this year alternative energy plays, but those four occupy half the spots among the top eight non-leveraged ...

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  • UN Climate Conference Puts Clean Energy ETFs in the Spotlight

    11-14-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the United Nations convene to promote a universal climate agreement, investors can capitalize on the growing awareness in going green through clean energy sector exchange traded funds. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...

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  • 10 Sub-$15 ETFs for Price-Conscious Investors

    11-08-2013 02:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Attention shoppers: There may be bargains on aisle five, but when it comes to financial markets, price does not always tell the entire story regarding a stocks value. For example, a $20 stock can be richly valued while a $200 stock can be considered inexpensive on valuation. S...

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  • Ten Small Sector ETFs with Big Returns

    10-24-2013 01:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Some of the best things come in small packages. Exchange traded funds cover a range of investment segments, and in the current rally, smaller areas in the market are generating robust gains. The S&P 500 Index rallied 25.1% year-to-date and has been hitting new historic hig...

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  • 10 ETF Investments That Got the Most Bang for Your Buck

    10-08-2013 01:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Riding out tax hikes, interest rate risk and geopolitical tensions, the broad equity markets touched historic highs this year, with alternative energy, biotech and technology stock exchange traded funds leading the pack. In the technology space, social media stocks are experie...

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  • Wind Energy ETF Roars on Surge in Turbine Installations

    08-08-2013 11:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    The wind industry-related exchange traded fund has taken off as the U.S. starts switching over more to alternative energy sources. The First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) has gained 42.6% year-to-date. [Wind Energy ETF Puffs Up] According to the U....

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs Win in Fiscal Cliff Deal

    01-04-2013 07:56 AM by Tom Lydon

    The alternative energy sector escaped the chopping block in the U.S. fiscal cliff bill. With billions of subsidies slated to aid the sector, clean energy related exchange traded funds are positioned to capture the growth. The new budget deal includes a one-year extension on ta...

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  • Presidential Election: ETFs for an Obama or Romney Victory

    11-01-2012 02:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    Next week, America will go to the polls to decide who will sit in the White House the next four years. Some traders have been making bets on the outcome of the presidential election with sector ETFs, liquid funds that give investors exposure to entire industries with one trade. ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Wind Energy

    10-20-2011 10:26 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Two exchange traded funds that likely fly under the radar due to lower daily average trading volumes are in the alternative energy space, specifically the wind energy subsector. First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy (NYSEArca: FAN) is an ETF that listed in 2008 as did PowerShares...

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  • First U.S. Wind Farm to be Built; Green ETFs Rise

    04-22-2011 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in wind-energy companies is up 15% this year while the first U.S. wind farm, to be located offshore, is set for construction this fall. The federal government has approved a construction and operations plan submitted for the Cape Wind...

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  • Alternative-Energy ETFs Continue Rise

    04-04-2011 11:46 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in alternative-energy sectors continue to climb as investors remain focused on Japans nuclear disaster. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: GAZ) was up 26.7% for the month ended April 1, according to...

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  • March ETF Performance Report

    03-31-2011 03:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Commodity related exchange traded funds (ETFs) were by far the top performers for the first quarter 2011. The month of March brought natural disasters and political unrest that pushed the price of oil to some new highs. The broad market and indexes also saw gains for the month of...

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  • ETF Spotlight: First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy (FAN)

    03-31-2011 12:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (NYSEArca: FAN), part of a weekly series. Assets: $63.4 million Objective: The First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy tries to reflect the performance, before the fund's fees and expense, of the ISE Global Wind Ener...

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  • 2 Direct ETF Plays For Wind Technology

    03-28-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Volatility and possible disruptions to oil supplies in the Middle East coupled with heightened scrutiny over nuclear reactor projects have directed the world's attention to alternative energy sources, which has become a major boon for clean tech investments like wind exchange tra...

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  • All Eyes Are On Energy ETFs

    03-18-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a breakout of unrest in the Middle East and now the widespread media coverage of the nuclear power plant saga in Japan, people are focusing on the energy sector and energy related exchange traded funds (ETFs), such as basic crude oil to alternative energy. Oil. Crude sup...

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  • Looking at Alternative Energy with ETFs

    03-15-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Renewed fear and scrutiny over the nuclear power sector have investors looking to alternative-energy sector exchange traded funds (ETFs). As nuclear-power stocks experience a sell-off, the alternative-energy sector saw increased inflows, which experts believe will continue in ...

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  • Investing In Socially-Responsible Themed ETFs

    12-11-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Corporations are all about making that buck. But, can companies found in socially responsible exchange traded funds (ETFs) adhere to their ethics and values and still maintain their profit goals? Socially responsible investing is a term that has come to mean many things. It ca...

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  • Google's Cash Could Power Wind ETFs

    10-13-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The latest efforts to get the wind energy industry moving again is backed by an Internet giant, and it may give wind exchange traded funds (ETFs) the power they need. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is investing in an estimated $5 billion power transmission system off the East Coast. Th...

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  • Wind ETFs: Industry Hits a Wind Calm

    08-23-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wind energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken some lumps this year, and it might get worse for the industry. Orders from Europe and the U.S. have been put on hold as deficit-burdened countries decide if it is the right time to be throwing millions more out there for alterna...

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  • Utility ETFs for Growing Energy Demands

    07-29-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    No matter what you do in today's world, you are using the goods and services provided by your local utility provider. As the country grows, greater demand for energy will likely provide a great opportunity for growth in utility exchange traded funds (ETFs), too. Powered by coa...

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  • Green ETFs Get a Boost from Washington

    07-10-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the country's attention focused on the ecological catastrophe in the Gulf, the U.S. Senate has finally started to once again address major energy legislation. Green-energy exchange traded fund (ETFs) may get a chance to shine as Congress tries to entice the sector with some...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs: The Key to Recovery?

    07-06-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When 48 states have a combined budget shortfall of $200 billion, you know there is something terribly wrong with their economics. But, according to one reporter, if the United States could focus on building out its alternative energy infrastructure, it could organically address i...

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  • The Fate of Green ETFs as Legislation Moves Through Congress

    06-22-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Congress has yet to pass a comprehensive new energy bill, but Senate Democrats are meeting behind closed doors to itemize a list of proposals that could breathe new life into alternative-energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Still, the road to an all-encompassing energy bill will ...

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  • 9 ETFs for Bargain Hunters

    06-04-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The past month was ugly for exchange traded funds (ETFs) as stocks took a beating amid concerns over the European Union's debt and the broader global economic recovery. Is a bottom in sight? No one can say for sure, but there are many beaten-down sectors that look very appealing....

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  • Know Which ETFs Come With Euro Exposure

    05-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The euro has fallen mightily against the U.S. dollar, and some believe it will weaken even more. Regardless of whether the euro further weakens or makes a strong rally, it is prudent to know how much your exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio is exposed to the euro. Don Dion fo...

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  • Wind ETFs Get a Stamp of Approval

    05-07-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The wind-energy industry just got a huge helping hand with the U.S. government giving its stamp of approval for the Cape Wind renewable energy project. Wind energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) may have to wait a bit to truly reap the benefits, though. The $2 billion Cape Wind ...

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  • It's Earth Day: Your Guide to Green ETFs

    04-22-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Happy Earth Day! Of course, every day should be Earth Day. Around the world, people are working to fix climate change and reverse the damage that's been done to our planet over the years. You can give yourself the opportunity to profit from this movement by using these exchange t...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs: Ready, Steady, Grow?

    04-14-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    We all know that oil is a limited resource. But we also know that if we dont find alternative sources of energy, the world as we know it will no longer exist. Thats why alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) are so tantalizing to think about. Alternative energy ETFs c...

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  • Green ETFs: Is Broad Exposure the Way to Go?

    03-30-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Few deny that in terms of long-term growth potential, the green energy sector and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are close to the top. That's why, when it comes to certain fund providers, it may be slow and steady that ultimately wins the race. While there are several funds that...

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  • Solar and Wind ETFs: Looking at the Big Picture

    03-23-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Whether you believe that global warming is a reality or not, the fact is that there are growing industries dedicated to finding sources of cleaner energy and you can access them by using green energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Two of the major alternative energy sectors are...

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  • Congress May Step In to Aid Wind Industry; These ETFs Could Benefit

    03-11-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It's not just hot air. Wind energy representatives are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation on an initiative that would help provide stable growth in the wind-energy industry and provide a strong tailwind for related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Wind power industry execut...

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  • 5 ETFs to Play the Climate Change Conference

    12-08-2009 11:18 AM by Tom Lydon

    The clean energy sector is now firmly taking center stage as the international climate change conference takes place in Copenhagen. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help you capitalize on the measures and agreements that stem from this historic meeting. Climate change is a wo...

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  • China Provides a Tailwind for Wind Energy ETFs

    11-30-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The future is looking brighter for wind energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) as Chinabeginsspending heavily to build a domestic market for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The Chinese government's goal is to have renewable energy account for 15% of its fuel needs b...

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  • Why Wind and Solar ETFs Are Worth a Look

    08-25-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Energy costs are on the rise, and some forms of energy are eventually going to be gone forever. This could be a boon to alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs), especially if the United States plays its cards right. Why hasn't renewable or sustainable energy been util...

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  • Alternative Energy ETFs: Not So 'Alternative' Anymore

    07-21-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative energy and the sector's related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at a pivotal point from going "alternative" to becoming commercialized and ready-to-use as a staple source on which the United States can run. And it's not just here. The efforts span across borders,...

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  • Wind ETFs: Can They Still Win Despite Pickens' Delay?

    07-13-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As people are beginning to realize fossil fuels won't continue to power our lives forever, a concerted attempt is being made to update the United States' wind energy programs and wind related exchange traded funds (ETFs) could begin to feel some tailwind. The American Wind Ene...

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  • What Lies Ahead for Wind Energy ETFs

    06-21-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As crude oil continues to stay above the $70/barrel range, some are starting to revisit the renewable and alternative energy arenas, but what effect is it having on the sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs)? One such form of renewable energy gaining some additional att...

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  • How to Capitalize on Electrical Grid Upgrades With ETFs

    05-04-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    No question: the U.S. electrical grid needs a serious upgrade, and exchange traded fund (ETF) investors could stand to benefit as the changes take place. The task of quantifying savings is almost, if not completely, impossible. The price tag of a new grid is elusive, and esti...

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  • April's ETF Winners and Losers

    04-30-2009 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    We're starting to see some exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the move. In fact, several have crossed above their long-term trend lines, and the major indexes all ended in positive territory for the month of April. Among the top-performing ETFs for the month include: DJ Wils...

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  • How You Can Celebrate Earth Day With ETFs

    04-22-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earth Day is every day and more people are becoming aware of this as we face mounting problems such as global warming, overflowing waste and serious drought conditions. Can the advent of clean/green energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) help fund the projects that will take us to ...

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  • Why Wind Energy and Green ETFs Are Catching On

    04-16-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Of all the 52 states within the United States, which ones are leading the crusade for alternative energy sources, and in the best position to help related investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) prosper? Texas appears the be the leader when it comes to wind power, howeve...

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  • 4 ETFs to Access Alternative Energy

    03-16-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Alternative energy stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken a beating with the recent market turmoil, and falling crude prices aren't helping. Most alternative energy-focused ETFs are down 50% or more, as the switch to alternative energy has taken a backseat thanks t...

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  • What Does Alternative Energy ETF Need for Success?

    02-28-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Our leaders are spouting the slogan "alternative energy is the future," but what's it going to take for alternative energy exchange traded funds (ETFs) to really power up (cleanly, that is)? A top priority for President Barack Obama is the reduction of dependence on foreign oi...

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  • Why Wind ETFs Could Face Challenges

    01-16-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the first major wind farms about to be produced is facing political obstacles, despite President-elect Barack Obama's stance on alternative energy, causing a gust of concern for related investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Pros and Cons. Project Cape Wind is a ...

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  • Wind Technology Could Propel ETFs Forward

    11-21-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is good news for those eco-friendly advocates and wind-related exchange traded funds (ETFs), as two Cal State Long Beach professors have developed a new electricity-generating wind turbine. Conventional pinwheel wind turbines are large, crowded together on wind farms, an...

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  • Oil and Gas Exploration ETFs: The Wave of the Future?

    09-24-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The market is down, no doubt, and exchange traded fund(ETFs) have followed, but one thing is for certain that the market will turn around and financial markets will recover. Stocks all recover from bear markets, and they will recover from recent conditions. Gary Gordon for ETF...

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  • It's Early Yet to Tell If Tiny Turbines Will Help Wind ETFs

    09-08-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While many are working to make the switch to alternative energy that could boost exchange traded funds (ETFs), some wonder if the cost of doing so will pay off down the line. For example, one man in San Francisco installed 2 300 pound wind turbines at a cost of $5,000 each. Th...

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  • ETFs Full of Hot Air If Our Power Grid Doesn't Get An Upgrade

    09-03-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to making advances in alternative energy and giving some life to those exchange traded funds (ETFs), we could be ahead of our time. About 100 years too far. Our nation's aging power grid seems ill-equipped to handle our renewable-energy dreams. While new ways to ...

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  • ETFs Could Harness the Wind With Advent Of Underground Storage

    08-28-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wind energy is not just a bunch of hot air, as many companies are looking to this as a legitimate power source, blowing new life into related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) is planning on spending $20 million to develop services that c...

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  • New York's Plan Could Be Breath of Fresh Air to Wind ETFs

    08-20-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Mayor Bloomberg's plan could make New York City the new Windy City while it helps power up wind-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). His proposal to generate more renewable energy for the city involves putting windmills on city bridges and rooftops, reports the Associated Pre...

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  • Alternative Energy and ETFs: The Next Bubble?

    08-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the last decade, the spotlight has gone from tech, to real estate and then to oil, so will alternative energy the next hot spot for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to flock to? Chris Farrell, the economics correspondent for Marketplace, says that it's indeed going to b...

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  • Throwing Caution To The Wind ETFs

    08-04-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wind exchange traded funds (ETFs) are generating enough interest and returns to be more than just hot air. As oil prices are expected to stay high despite their retreat in recent weeks, investors have been considering renewable energy sources such as wind power as the next fro...

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  • Throwing Money To The Wind - ETFs, That Is

    07-17-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Our of-the-moment priority should be energy independence and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be just the building block that's needed to get things off the ground. If an American billionaire is also backing the priority for our energy independence, and the sentiment is that "...

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