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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. Year-to-date, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

A hedge fund run by billionaire David Tepper is seeking clarification in the way SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) is managing its yieldco, triggering a huge plunge in the company shares and casting a shadow over broader solar-sector exchange traded funds. On Tuesday, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Solar sector-related exchange traded funds were among the best performers Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers approved a spending bill that included a five-year extension on renewable energy incentives. On Wednesday, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT), which track global solar photovoltaic panel producers, increased 7.6% and 5.9%, […]

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 producers, have declined 17.2% and 12.3%, respectively, so far this year. ETF investors can also […]

The emerging markets are beginning to outpace developed countries in clean energy investments, potentially brightening the outlook for global solar sector-related exchange traded funds. For the first time, over half the world’s annual investment in clean energy is coming from emerging countries instead of developed economies, reports Tom Randall for Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg New […]

Solar energy stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds dimmed Tuesday, plunging below their short-term trend line, as an unexpectedly poor third quarter from SunEdison (NasdaqGS: SUNE) dragged on the industry. On Tuesday, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) fell 5.3% and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) dropped 5.4%. Both TAN and KWT […]

Despite finishing on a down note, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds closed out their best month in four years. Over October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 8.5%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 9.3% and the S&P 500 rose 8.3%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include Global X MSCI […]

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 track broad stock markets and major indices, but those indices do not […]

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 to fall 6% over the first half of the […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were moseying along during most of August but experienced a precipitous plunge in the later half of the month after volatility in China and an unclear Federal Reserve policy outlook triggered a market correction. Over August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.6%, the Nasdaq Composite decreased 7.0% […]

Socially responsible investment mandates have gradually worked their way into the investment world. The most prominent example might be the divestiture of companies that are involved in the expansion of mankind’s carbon footprint, i.e. the Energy Sector. At the same time, there is often a need to use listed derivatives to achieve the investment outcome. […]

A recent study reveals that millennials and women are driving demand for sustainable investing—putting their money to work in a socially responsible way. Ann Hynek talks to Deborah Winshel, BlackRock’s Global Head of Impact Investing, to learn more about this growing trend. When discussing how to invest like a millennial, I mentioned that social responsibility […]

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 only U.S.-listed ETF to focus on the wind sector. The wind energy industry may increased profitability as […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended up paring their best monthly rally since February over the last days of May. Over May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.1% and the S&P 500 gained 1.0%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include […]

A few things standout about lists of this year’s top-performing exchange traded funds. The obvious being the dominance of China and Russia funds, but almost as clear is the presence of several alternative energy ETFs. Painting a picture of just how strong alternative energy ETFs have been this year is this nugget: The Market Vectors […]

Solar energy stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have retreated back toward their short-term support, and traders should remain wary as the outlook for a major photovoltaic panel producer looks cloudy. Over the past week, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) declined 5.4% and the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) decreased 4.1%, trading […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I looked over the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN). The global commitment to clean energy is rising, with China leading the charge and planning an ambitious […]

China revealed a huge surge in photovoltaic panel installations over the first quarter, a typically slow season for the industry, and if the country maintains its pace, it could portend a strong year for solar stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) jumped 40.8% and Market Vectors Solar Energy […]

The clean energy industry and sector-related exchange traded funds have experienced a quick rebound this year as demand for alternative energy sources rise and growth in renewable capacity outpaces that of oil, natural gas and oil combined. Broad alternative energy ETFs, which include solar energy along with other sub-sector exposures, have been moving. Year-to-date, the […]

While the equities market is still positive so far this year, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds retreated over March as concerns over the U.S. dollar strength and energy sector weakness weighed on the earnings outlook ahead. The Nasdaq Composite gained 3.0% and the S&P 500 rose 4.4% so far this year. Meanwhile, the Dow […]

Solar stocks and related exchange traded funds have powered ahead and are among the leading sectors over the first quarter after underperforming the equities market last year. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) is the third best performing ETF for the first three months of the year. TAN has increased 31.6% year-to-date. [Solar ETFs: Industry […]

A solar sector exchange traded fund is rising against broad selling pressure across the equities market Wednesday as a Chinese stock component surges. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) rose 3.6% Wednesday. TAN has increased 4.2% over the past week and is up 20.6% year-to-date. [Solar Industry, ETF Should Shine Bright] Jolting the solar ETF […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every week on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I looked at the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN). While traders dragged down solar in response to lower oil prices, the photovoltaic industry has been quickly […]

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 Energy ETFs Endure Oil, Tesla Woes] However, installations of wind […]

The photovoltaic panel industry and related exchange traded funds brightened Monday as India ambitiously plans a large-scale shift into solar power that could rival Chinese capacity. On Monday, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) jumped 3.9% while the Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) surged 4.3%. Both TAN and KWT are now testing their […]

Many are familiar with traditional beta-index exchange traded funds that passively track prominent benchmark indices. However, as the industry continues to expand, retail investors can now track alternative investment styles and even tap into strategies previously limited to large hedge funds. For instance, the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: QAI) is the largest hedge-fund strategy […]

The photovoltaic panel industry is rapidly expanding as the government and consumers become more environmentally conscious. However, you wouldn’t think it as solar exchange traded funds are being pummeled, along with the energy sector, trading in a bear market. Since the March 6 high, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) has declined 36.1% and Market […]

Alternative, clean energy-related exchange traded funds are weathering the storm as the slide in oil prices and Tesla Motors (NasdaqGS: TSLA) pressure the go-green mindset. As oil priced declined, with West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil futures pushing bellow $50 per barrel, the market is deliberating on the competitive advantage of clean technology over […]

As crude oil prices dip to fresh lows, contrarian traders are becoming increasingly antsy for a rebound. Traders may try to tap into an oil-related exchange traded fund to capitalize on a potential recovery, but one should first look under the hood and understand how the futures market can affect an ETF. For instance, many […]