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Archive for April, 2012

Top 10 U.S. Treasury Bond ETFs

Top 10 U.S. Treasury Bond ETFs

| April 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

We have combined short-term Treasury Bond ETFs with intermediate term issues. Short-term issues provide what might pass as safe-parking given the shorter duration of bonds in the relevant index. These bonds are continually rolled-over to maintain the character of the index. Investors compromise lower yields for the short duration protection. At the same time given [...]

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Top 10 Long Term U.S. Treasury, Agency & Inflation Protected Bond ETFs

Top 10 Long Term U.S. Treasury, Agency & Inflation Protected Bond ETFs

| April 18, 2012

We have combined long-term Treasury Bond ETFs with agency and inflation-protected issues in this condensed list of offerings. Long-term issues have greater yields given the longer duration of bonds in the relevant index. Bonds in the linked indexes are continually rolled-over as some mature or fall into a shorter-term category to maintain the character of [...]

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Top 10 Direct Energy ETFs

Top 10 Direct Energy ETFs

| April 17, 2012

Tensions in the Middle East and with Iran specifically have boosted prices for crude oil and associated energy products. Increasing global demand for energy, particularly from emerging market countries including China and India, have also put pressure on prices. In the U.S. energy exploration domestically remains politically controversial with warring factions contributing to a lack [...]

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Top 10 Multinational ETFs

Top 10 Multinational ETFs

| April 17, 2012

There are many ETF choices in the multinational, regional and single country sector from which to choose. We’ve cobbled some good choices together. When viewing the assets under management (AUM) for these funds you’ll note how popular these sectors must be. This is due to the high interest with globalizing investment portfolios for most investors. [...]

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Top 10 Established Currency ETFs

Top 10 Established Currency ETFs

| April 17, 2012

Confidence is what gives currencies their credibility. The U.S. dollar went off the gold standard with the Bretton Woods’s agreement during the Nixon administration. This was done because more dollars were being printed than there was gold to back them (55% to 22%). Taking the U.S. off the gold standard, the BW agreement made the [...]

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Top 10 India ETFs

Top 10 India ETFs

| April 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

India remains one of the world’s fastest growing economies while also being a democracy. The middle class continues to expand as western companies continue, albeit more slowly, to outsource many jobs to the country. Like other fast growing economies when growth becomes too hot, inflation issues rise to the surface. When this happens equity markets [...]

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Top 10 China ETFs

Top 10 China ETFs

| April 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

China remains one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It continues to intrigue and draw investors to it which began in earnest after 1979’s Deng Xiaoping admonition “to grow rich is glorious”. The high rate of economic growth has positive implications for investments opportunities. At the same time high rates of growth create inflationary pressures [...]

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Top 10 Asia ex China & India ETFs

Top 10 Asia ex China & India ETFs

| April 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Excluding Japan, the area formerly known as the Asian Tiger countries have never been more important. These countries are blessed with excellent demographics and natural resources. Some are industrial powers like Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea while others offer good commodity plays in addition like Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. But, as with most investing schemes [...]

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Top 10 International Small-Cap ETFs

Top 10 International Small-Cap ETFs

| April 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

In the past few years one of the primary trends for investors was to internationalize their portfolios. A growing list of ETFs also made this possible and easier. Doing so was believed to provide more diversification and at the same time add exposure to economies with superior growth prospects. From a performance perspective this proved [...]

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