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Middle East ETFs

“Window Dressing” Strongly Favored 5 Emerging Market Stock ETFs

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The last 30 days capped a U.S. rally that hasn’t been seen in 70 years. Yet investment managers had a larger hankering for emerging market country ETFs in the final week of September… a sign that “window dressing” is very much alive. During the last 3-5 days of a given month, investment professionals often adjust portfolio holdings so that asset management clients or mutual fund shareholders get the impression that they own the best “stuff.” This practice of dressing up portfolios becomes particularly prevalent at the end of a…

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Emerging Economy ETFs: Better Diversification Means Less Portfolio Risk

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Over the last 6 months, the stock ETFs of different economies have largely traveled in the same direction. If stocks were up in China, they were probably up in India, the European Union as well as the United States. If stocks were down in China, well… you get the picture. The correlations between the 10 largest economies in the world were particularly strong; that is, with correlation coefficients of .85-.95 across the board, you could almost bank on directionality. On the other hand,…

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2010: The Year Of The “Barbell” ETF Portfolio

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Throughout the year, I have pursued higher-yielding income. Energy partnerships, preferred shares, high yield bonds, emerging market bonds — it hasn’t mattered. The corresponding ETFs experienced capital appreciation; meanwhile, the 5%-8% annual yield presented extraordinary value up and above comparable treasuries. With that said, how can I completely knock U.S. treasury bonds? Or for that matter, how can anyone slam the safest of safe harbors. In fact, the only victors from the 2008 disaster ( e.g., treasury bonds, the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen, gold, etc.) also…

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“Risk-Reward” Investing Strongly Favors Emerging Market ETFs

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Money has been flowing out of stock assets at a steady pace. Macroeconomic data has been decidedly weak. And unless you hopped aboard the gravy “grains” this past week, a Great White took a bite out of your portfolio. (Or maybe a brown bear is responsible for the mauling. I don’t think it was a brown bear, though. So let’s just call it a shark.) For the second time since the U.S. stock correction began in late April, Mr. Market cried, “Uncle.” The first time…

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Foreign ETFs Have Been Hitting “Higher Lows” Since May

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Since the end of the 2nd quarter in June, The MSCI World Index is up roughly 5%. That’s not a bad start to the second half of the year for world stocks, in spite of the U.S. hitting new lows in the first week of July. Yet more noticeably, scores of foreign stock ETFs reached correction lows in May; each has been fairly consistent about logging “higher lows” in June as well as still higher lows in July. In contrast, U.S. stocks…

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Technically, It Is All About Emerging Country ETFs

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Here on July 8, 2010, stock assets in the U.S. are looking to trumpet a third straight day of gains. Yet corporate earnings guidance for the remainder of the year will determine whether or not the ultimate developed world market can maintain upward momentum. The knock on developed world stocks isn’t that they aren’t cheap. It’s that the countries where those companies reside face monstrous macroeconomic headwinds. Deficits, regulation, taxation, underfunded pensions, a real estate hangover, limited job growth — it’s…

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Top 10 Country ETFs Over 6 Months (With One European Shocker!)

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At the halfway mark of Tuesday’s trading (7/6/2010), the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) is down -7.5% over the last 6 months. This is… in and of itself… hardly surprising. After all, the majority of country ETFs are down sharply over the same time frame. That said, for those who have disowned any financial ties to Europe, one country ETF in the region has defied the skeptics. Was it the industrious nation of Germany? Nope. The iShares MSCI Germany Fund (EWG) lost -13.9%….

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China’s Asian Neighbors Have The Most Attractive Stock ETFs

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U.S. markets initially soared on the news that China would allow its currency to appreciate against world currencies. Yet the countries that will benefit the most from a yuan reevaluation are the neighbors throughout Asia. Erroneously, there are folks who believe that China is bowing to developed world pressure prior to the G-20 summit. Anyone who has spent enough time in China as well as studying it knows that the Chinese only act in ways that will ultimately benefit China. For instance, while…

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Stock ETFs Distance Themselves From May Lows

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The first day of June sent stocks, commodities and high-yield bonds back within a stone’s throw of their closing May lows. A few days later, we may have witnessed the return of the “risk trade.” On Thursday, June 3, some of the most widely traded ETFs began distancing themselves from their intra-session troughs of May. Here’s how far they’ve come since May 25, 2010: 7 Popular ETF Benchmarks And Their % Gains Since May 25th Intra-Day                  …

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Emerging Market ETFs: The Key To The U.S. Rally

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Since January, the SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) has only breached a 20-Day trendline on the downside a single time. It appears that investors are very willing to buy SPY whenever it pulls back a mere 2%-3% from its high. “Buy America” enthusiasm has been nothing less than remarkable. The SEC charges the largest investment bank in the world with fraud. “Eh, that’ll turn out fine for Goldman Sachs.” Greece, Spain and Portugal may default on individual country debt, impeding a European economic recovery. “Hmmmm,…

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