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Should You Consider Actively Managed ETFs?

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ETF assets have hit the $1 trillion dollar mark and they continue to climb. Not surprisingly, new providers are entering the arena. What’s more, new concepts are making their way to the forefront. We all know that leveraged ETFs have been one of the more contraversial vehicles as of late. But what about the so-called “Actively Managed ETFs?” Is a move away from tax efficiency, indexing and low cost worth the pursuit of a “trade-able mutual fund?” We’ll take a look at the Actively Managed…

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What Is Better For Fighting Inflation… Gold Or Oil?

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With economic optimism on the rise, many investors and economists believe that inflation is the the next calamity facing the U.S. Warren Buffett said as much in yesterday’s op-ed piece. If you are in this camp, you may wish to determine which is a better inflation fighter, gold or oil? Hedgig today could make all the difference down the investing path. Here are a number of thought provoking ETF features fro 8/20/09: Economic Optimism Highest Since 2003, Report Finds – ETF Express Gold Or Oil:…

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TIPS On Bond Investing

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Bond investing can be complex with issues like duration and yield-to-call. ETFs can greatly simplify the bond world by offering low costs as well as easy trading flexibility. Today, we’ll take a look at the case for TIPS in the income portion of your portfolio. We’ll also check in on the sectors that you might want to pounce on should a major correction occur. More ETF info for August 19, 2009: A Technical Looks At TIPS – Felix Salmon, Reuters Three Sectors For A Potential Downturn…

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Will the Dollar Begin “Bucking” Key Trends?

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When the U.S. dollar moves, it can have a remarkable effect. For example, commodity prices rise when the dollar falls. Serious investors should know which direction the recent moves in the dollar are. Here are a number of intrguing ETF features for August 19, 2009: Barclays’s iShares Plans Chile ETF Listings Next Year– James Attwood, Bloomberg The Rise Of Synthetic ETFs – Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville US Dollar Index Testing 50-Day Average – Bespoke

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Housing ETFs: “Fixer Upper” Or Investment-Ready?

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Ask  the millions of Americans who have been affected by the housing collapse about real estate, and you’re likely to hear a whole lotta grumbling. With negative sentiment climbing, yet prices stabilizing, is there a reason to consider real estate-related ETFs? Here are a number of specialized ETF-themed features for August 18, 2009: Art Index Created To Track Post-War Art – ETF Express Next Up: Pure-Play Housing ETFs – Bob Pisani, CNBC Top 20 Performing Dividend ETFs -Scotts, Seeking Alpha

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Why The Shipping ETF May Be Adrift At Sea

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Prior to the global recession, the shipping industry was exceptionally profitable for many investors. Some of the “Greek Shippers” had been trading like dot.com stocks from 1999. More recently, however, the ETF representing this segment was one of the hardest hitby the global economic downturn. With the reflation of the global industrial cycle, is now the time to get back into shippping? Or should you be looknig for alternative modes of transportation? We look at a wide range of ETF content on August 18, 2009: Europe Overtakes…

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A “Sterling” Comparison To Gold

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With silver climbing 34% on the year and gold up 9%, you may wish to rethink your approach to inflation hedging. Today, we look at one theory to use the “other” precious meta.  On a separate note, REIT ETFs have surged off of the March lows.  But do the facts at hand point towards further growth or a time to tighten stop losses? How Have ETFs Performed In The Credit Rally? – Paul Amery, Index Universe Three Red Flags For REITs – Kevin Grewal, The Street Use Silver’s…

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Sound Investment Strategies Using ETFs

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For some, the bear markets of 2000 – 2002 and 2007 – 2009 may have been discouraging enough to stay away from stock investing forever. What these people may be overlooking is the fact that history is on the side of those with a sound investment strategy.  Today, we look at one method for creating a portfolio using ETFs. We also look at news making international headlines on Monday, August 17, 2009: Back To Basics For Younger Investors – John Spence, MarketWatch  International ETFs: Diversification…

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