Hottest ETFs

5 Hottest ETFs of 2013 YTD

January 10, 2013

With the New Year upon us and the Fiscal Cliff deadline resolved (albeit temporarily), it’s worth taking stock of what the hottest sectors and ETF themes are thus far in 2013 to give a sense for where the market is hot and where you may want to focus efforts on for the remainder of the […]

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Quantitative Easing Propels ETF Explosion

September 16, 2012

Investors interpreted Bernanke’s plan to buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month as a call to “buy everything.” This much is clear from last week’s best performing exchange-traded funds. Top 5 ETFs Last Week VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN (UGAZ) 31.3% – Natural gas was this week’s winner. Natural gas logged several up […]

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Best ETFs in March 2012 – Finance and Volatility

April 1, 2012

Let’s breakdown the best and worst performing exchange-traded funds in March 2012, while highlighting the best three leveraged and unleveraged funds. Top Leveraged ETFs in March 2012 VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN (XIV) 36.94% – This inverse fund tracking double the daily change in the short-term VIX index ran away from the pack […]

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Best ETFs of February 2012: Investors Boosting Oil, Asian Markets

February 29, 2012

The markets had no problem picking a direction in February – up! Investors enjoyed improving economic data in the United States while Greece and Europe once again fell out of the news cycle for a very timely boost in morale. Investor appetite was especially strong for tech and energy, which you’ll see in the following […]

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Best Performing ETFs of 2011 – Leveraged and Traditional Classes

January 1, 2012

With 2011 wrapping up, we saw US indices close roughly flat on the year (slight gain on the Dow and a huge move for the Dogs of the Dow especially, at 17%), but global markets swooned, especially those in the developing world and Europe.  It shouldn’t come as a major surprise then, that the major […]

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Hottest ETFs of the Week: Irene Aftermath

August 28, 2011

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks with everything from continued drama in the Middle East to further contagion in the Euro zone and capping it off with Hurricane Irene.  There was a 2008 moment when shares of Bank of America (BAC) continued to crater on fears of a run on the bank until Uncle Warren […]

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ETF Top Gainers – Silver, Energy and Inverse Volatility Win Out

March 27, 2011

US equities continued their ascent with the S&P500 (SPY) up 2.8% despite a worsening nuclear crisis in Japan, an undeclared 3rd war front with Libya and multiple Middle East fiefdoms on the verge of collapse.  Evidently, the prospect of cheap money, another round of Quantitative Easing rumored and record corporate profits continue to capture the […]

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Hottest ETFs of the Week – Commodities Ruling 2011

March 6, 2011

With oil hitting highs last seen 2 1/2 years ago and gold and silver hitting all-time highs, broad market indices somehow managed a gain on the week.  The battle for Libya continues, with much of the world anticipating the outcome but unsure of the timing or the future governance structure.  Fears over unrest spreading into […]

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20 Top Performing Country ETFs of 2010

January 4, 2011

In looking at 2010 stock market returns by country, we see some similar patterns to 2009, with higher beta emerging markets leading the pack.  This top 20 list was constructed to give a sense of where the money was flowing in 2010 so as to inform where we may continue to see momentum, while at […]

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