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Middle East ETFs

Frontier Market ETFs: Ample Reward for the Increased Risk?

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Frontier Market ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Small Cap ETFs | No Comments

All investors like to think about discovering the “unknown” company. What if I had gotten in on Cisco before it became Cisco! What if I chose Google before the world became “bam-googled!” Ironically, investors think a bit less about getting into an “untapped” country or an untapped region. Consider how well you might have performed over the last year if you had invested in China 15 or 20 years ago. What if you had looked to “Rio Dee” just a decade earlier… how much…

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5 Of The Most Consistent ETF Performers

By | Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Consistency could legitimately refer to more than a half dozen investing concepts. What I mean is… which funds produced positive returns over the last 5 days as well as 1-, 3- and 6-month periods. Granted, the first few days of February gave a quick boost to equities. Yet last 3 trading sessions in January were exceptionally unfavorable. It follows that a 5-day gain shows near-term toughness. Similarly, 1-month gains were extremely difficult to come by in the Janaury sell-off. For the contenders able to secure those gains, they are…

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Emerging Market ETFs And A Relationship To Private Capital Flow

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Middle East ETFs | No Comments

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) recently reported on private capital flowing into emerging economies. The IIF found that emerging economies received $232 billion dollars less in 2009 than they had received in 2008… from $667 billion down to $435 billion. So if there was significantly less money in emerging economies to stimulate growth in 2009, how could so many emerging regions have scored amazing ’09 stock market returns? Answer… the markets are forward looking. Consider the following facts: The overwhelming bulk of the dollars that shifted away from…

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Frontier ETFs Have Liquidity Risk and Concentration Risk

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Just about everyone is familiar with Jeremy Siegel’s book, Stocks For The Long Run. ETF investors are probably aware that the good professor is also a co-founder of fund provider, WisdomTree. Yet, after the worst decade on record for the S&P 500, with a -1.2% annualized return for the 2000s (dividends included), it’s not too difficult to make a case for stocks going forward. In fact, in the decade following the -0.1% annualized return of the 1930s, stocks returned 9.2%…

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Sector ETF Risk: Health Care ETFs? Financial ETFs?

By | Actively Managed ETFs, Alt Energy ETFs, Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Financial ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Leveraged ETFs, Materials ETFs, Mid Cap ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Retail ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Short ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

The Senate recently voted in favor of a health reform bill. Is this good or bad for medical insurers? November new home sales were no better than they were in April. Does that spell doom for homebuilders or serve up new opportunity? Congress raised the deficit debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion. Can the U.S. dollar really handle the seemingly endless deficit spending? Economic risk, business risk, credit risk, currency risk, country risk, market risk, systems risk, liquidity risk, concentration risk……

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Why Investors Have Ignored Middle East ETFs (It’s Not Just Dubai!)

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Countries like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have relied heavily on their respective financial companies. It follows that the adverse effect of Dubai World’s credit concerns on Middle East investing was not all that surprising. Keep in mind that… in mid-2008… the “Gulf” region experienced a 75%+ drop in the spot price of oil from $145+ per barrel. And while “crude” may have gone back up from $35-$40 to $75-$80 in 2009, a large percentage of this is attributable to the dollar falling to the…

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ETF Risk: Why Emerging Market ETFs Are STILL Safer Than Developed ETF Counterparts

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Middle East ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

In one form or another, I continue to get the question: Do you STILL think emerging markets are safer than the U.S.? Answer… Yes. This is not to say that emerging market ETFs aren’t extensively overbought. They are. And it’s not to say that they won’t get whacked for 15%-20% losses if the U.S. is hit for a 10%-12% downdraft. Emerging market ETFs will get whacked. What I have been saying throughout this incredible uptrend for emerging markets is that investors should…

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ETFs Gone Wild: 5 ETFs More Than 40% Above 200-Day Average!

By | Asia ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs | No Comments

In early 2000, there were a handful of indexes that may have climbed more than 20 percentage points above a long-term trendline. You probably could have counted a number of individual companies that made it to 30% above the 200-day moving average. Right now? Hundreds of diversified index funds are more than 20% above the ever-popular 200-day MA. In fact, the PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ), the S&P MidCap 400 (MDY), and the iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) are among them. Do people really…

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ETF Expert: WisdomTree ETFs and Jeremy Siegel’s Commentary

By | Asia ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Every student of the market is intimately familiar with Jeremy Siegel’s, Stocks for the Long Run. In it, Professor Siegel espouses a key belief that stock assets hold the answer to enriching the financial well-being…

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