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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 (NYSEArca: KWT) track global solar photovoltaic panel producers. The First Trust Global Wind […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 growth, the ever-strong competition from both coal and renewable energies, together with high […]

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 Solar stocks and related Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) […]

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, stated that “the world is ready” for climate action to help promote a healthy environment, […]

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 highs. Meanwhile, other smaller sectors have raced ahead, notably green […]

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 experiencing robust gains on increased global connectivity, especially in the emerging markets where internet use […]

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.S. Department of Energy, U.S. energy consumers added 175 megawatts of wind […]

In yesterday’s piece we spoke about the recent momentum that Clean Energy/Alternative Energy ETF names have had this summer, and the flagging performance of Coal related equities and the linked ETF KOL (Market Vectors Coal, Expense Ratio 0.59%). One of those Clean Energy ETFs that we should talk more about and have covered in this […]

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 tax credits of $12.1 billion for the wind-energy industry, Fox News […]

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. The winner — Obama or Romney […]

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 Global Wind Energy (NasdaqGM: PWND). Both ETFs are composed […]

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 Energy Project, located off Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound. Ros Krasny […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in alternative-energy sectors continue to climb as investors remain focused on Japan’s 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 Morningstar. First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (NYSEArca: FAN) and […]

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 Energy Index. Holdings: Top holdings in the fund include Vestas […]

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 traded funds (ETFs). As nuclear-power stocks experience uncertainty, the alternative-energy sector has seen increased […]

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 supplies are still at risk as the unrest […]

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 the coming months, writes Jessica Toonkel for InvestmentNews. Alternatives usually come into favor when there are natural disasters […]

The House Appropriations Committee wants to cut clean energy funding by $900 million in fiscal 2011. That means some hurting could be in store for clean energy exchange traded funds (ETFs). Originally, President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget line item for “energy efficiency and renewable energy,” requested $2.36 billion. The $900 million reduction in clean energy […]

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 can refer to how companies are selected for inclusion based on […]

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. The goal is to ultimately bring wind power […]

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 alternative energy. Spain recently diminished subsidies […]

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 coal, natural gas, nuclear energy and hydroelectric generators, the […]

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 basic incentives. The main focus of the renewed energy legislation […]