October 2010

New Rare Earth Metals ETF Off to a Running Start

October 28, 2010

Van Eck launched a new ETF seeking to capitalize on the headlines surrounding concerns over a controversial China quota restriction (embargo) on Rare Earth metals out of China.  There are several such metals that are needed for high tech industries and applications ranging from weaponry to GPS systems and without these metals, both technological and […]

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Top ETF Trends of the Week

October 24, 2010

Equities continued their ascent last week, posting a mild gain of .6% for the S&P500 following a spate of favorable earnings announcements with very few disappointments.  While most companies have now reported and much of the positive anticipated earnings reporting sentiment may be built into equities valuations already given the trend we’ve seen, there are […]

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Key ETFs to Watch Related to QE2 in November

October 23, 2010

The current consensus is that the Fed will announce some sort of significant quantitative easing program in early November following the Nov 2-3 FOMC meeting. What isn’t clear is just how large the program will be or exactly how it will be implemented. With this timing in mind, in addition to November elections, it’s important […]

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Agreed Value Insurance Guide

October 21, 2010

After buying a prestigious vintage car, and spending every spare hour in the evenings and at weekends restoring it to it’s former glory; the next step is to make sure you are adequately insured to recover the full amount you have spent on the car should you have to make a claim. This is where […]

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How to Short Gold…If You Dare

October 13, 2010

With the price of gold hitting new highs seemingly daily, one would have to be rather daring to swim against the tide.  But if you’re looking to take up a contrarian position against continued gold price increases, there are a few ways you could do so.  First, let’s look at what’s driving the current price […]

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ETF Top Gainers From Last Week – It’s All About Commodities

October 10, 2010

Broader indices rallied again this week with the S&P500 (SPY) up over 1.5% – very much buoyed by the prospects of a new round of Quantitative Easing following another lackluster jobs report. We’ve been seeing the US dollar continue to decline in terms of other major currencies but Treasuries continue to rally, with the 10-Year […]

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Trade 100 ETFs FREE at Ameritrade – Full List

October 10, 2010

With pressure mounting amongst trading outfits to reduce commissions and offer free services and trading, Ameritrade has announced that it will now offer commission-free trading on 100 ETFs covering a broad spectrum of asset classes ranging from Emerging Markets and Commodities to Bonds and Select Sectors.  Being able to trade ETFs with no commissions can […]

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How to Own Gold in an IRA – But Should You?

October 7, 2010

With pundits and investors alike touting gold as the hedge against the falling dollar, inflation, and the Apocalypse, a natural question investors are starting to ask is what are the various ways they can invest in gold, and for longer term investment horizons, how to hold gold in an IRA.  How to Own Gold in […]

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How to Short Treasuries: With Yields this Low, Trade of the Century?

October 6, 2010

Treasury Yields continue to drift lower, breaking new records weekly it seems.  Many attribute the current rate to investors baking in a substantial Quantitative Easing measure (dubbed QE2) to the tune of $500 Billion to $1 Trillion, as well as some substantial announcements out of Japan recently on their QE program. Even high yield muni […]

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