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Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the insurance sector will likely see increased interest Thursday following quarterly earnings from MetLife (NYSE: MET) and Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU). Both companies are expected to report after Wednesday’s closing bell. MetLife and Prudential are the top two holdings in iShares Dow Jones U.S. Insurance Index Fund (NYSEArca: IAK) at […]

Insurance exchange traded funds (ETFs) were on Monday’s agenda following quarterly results from Loews (NYSE: L). The company said its first-quarter profit slipped to $382 million from $420 million in the year-ago period. One of the holding company’s key subsidiaries is insurance firm CNA Financial. Insurance sector ETFs PowerShares Dynamic Insurance Portfolio (NYSEArca: PIC) and […]

Health care-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have done so-so this year. If analysts’ calls are correct, 2011 could be the sector’s breakout year. Michael Gregory, manager of the Highland Long/Short Healthcare fund, believes that the health care sector will perform in 2011 as a result of the compromise in Washington, cheap valuations and consolidations among […]

The financial sector’s recovery may ultimately be an uneven one. Regional banks may prosper while larger ones still struggle under the weight of TARP and increased scrutiny. There are exchange traded funds (ETFs) to play the recovery – wherever it’s happening. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may […]

According to Zack’s,  the insurance sector and exchange traded funds(ETFs) is bound to impress investors with industry growth as the new rule of thumb is not to let earnings growth dictate the direction of an economic subset. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to […]

One year ago today, Lehman Brothers collapsed and sent the entire financial system and its related exchange traded funds (ETFs) on a downward spiral. Today, the picture looks much different. Are financial ETFs ripe for the picking? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to […]

Life insurers are now eligible for government capital injections because they have the status of bank holding companies, and focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) may benefit. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed […]

The bear market took a huge toll on the insurance industry, but it appears that better days might be ahead, sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving in a positive direction. Billions in writedowns in the industry have tarnished its reputation and led to the need for billions in bailout money for some of […]

The failure of big banks has been detrimental to the credit default swap market, but how has it influenced the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the big insurers that create these swaps? In layman’s terms, a credit default swap (CDS) is a credit derivative contract between two counterparties, in which the buyer makes payments to the seller and […]

Financial exchange traded funds (ETFs) and Wall Street in general don’t look like they’ll be getting a reprieve today after the Federal Reserve stepped in to bailout American International Group (AIG). Shares in the world’s largest insurer have plunged by almost half this morning after the $85 billion bailout that would give the government control […]

American International Group (AIG) notched its third consecutive quarterly loss, which is putting the hurt on financial exchange traded funds (ETFs). The world’s largest insurer lost more than $5.6 billion in credit default swaps – insurance policies to protect bondholders against defaults, reports Madlen Read for the Associated Press. Before taxes, AIG has lost more […]

As expected, the Federal Reserve once again stood firm on the interest rate, while the markets and exchange traded funds seemed to like the news. The key interest rate remained unchanged at 2%, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. The benchmark prime lending rate will also stay at 5%, its lowest level since 2004. […]