The second quarter was one of high drama in the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Much of the volatility came from fears of a worsening debt crisis in Europe that threatened to have a worldwide contagion effect.

For both the month and the quarter, all major indexes were down. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off by 3.6% for the month and 10% for the quarter. The S&P 500 declined 5.4% for the month and 11.9% for the quarter. The Nasdaq fell 6.5% for the month and 12% for the quarter. All three indexes also closed out the quarter below their long-term trend lines (the 200-day moving average).

Few sectors and global regions emerged victorious this quarter. In fact, most of the best-performing areas were those that gave investors some measure of protection from the market’s unpredictable moves, including the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (NYSEArca: UUP) and Treasuries. The top-performing Treasury ETF was the PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury (NYSEArca: ZROZ). [Fixed-Income ETFs: Still a Sound Strategy?]

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