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Can China Come Back?

Can China Come Back?

China equities have continued to underperform the broader market throughout the second half of 2011.

The $6 billion iShares FTSE-Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (FXI) is down nearly 19% since the end of June compared to only a 2% decline for the S&P 500.

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Thanksgiving Turkey to Santa Claus Rally

Thanksgiving Turkey to Santa Claus Rally

Equity investors continue to experience a roller coaster ride as a terrible run up to Thanksgiving was followed by a week significant gains in stock prices.

As the debt crisis and political uncertianty in Europe worsened, stocks began to turn down in the middle of November with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) sliding over 8% by the end of Thanksgiving week.

Once the news from Europe turned positive, so did investors.

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Risk On!

Risk On!

Stocks continued their run this week as investors once again embraced risk after the announcement of a preliminary European debt deal.

Since September 22, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is up 14% while the Barclays Capital 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) is down 10% over the same time period.

The Associated Press reported that after several delays and half-me

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Are Stocks Back in Favor?

Are Stocks Back in Favor?

In a wild 4 week period, stocks and US Treasury bonds have experienced double digit swings that resulted in the two asset classes ending about where they began.

The Vanguard FTSE All-World ETF (VT) declined 9% before climbing 12% to finish the past 4 weeks up 3%.

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Technology Tops Broad Market

Technology Tops Broad Market

Technology stocks have held up better than average in the highly volatile equity markets of the past few weeks.

In the three months ended October 7, the Dow Jones U.S. Technology Sector Index Fund (IYW) is down 8%.

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Metals Melt Down

Metals Melt Down

Uncertainty in Europe and China and a growing threat of a double-dip recession in the US has resulted in a rapid decline in the price of base metals.

The PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (DBB) fell 24% in the past month compared to a 15% decline for the broader stock market over the same time period.

According to the Wall Street Journal, China manufacturing activity has contracted for three consecutive months.

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Dollar Benefits from Flight to Safety

Dollar Benefits from Flight to Safety

As investors abandon stocks and precious metals, the US dollar has rallied.

The PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (UUP) is up over 3% in the past 3 months compared to a 11% decline in equities over the same time period.

According to the Wall Street Journal, investors pulled some $92 billion out of stock funds in the developed markets during the three months through August.

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Bonds Hold Up Better than Stocks

Bonds Hold Up Better than Stocks

Investors looking for an alternative to the volatile equity markets may want to consider corporate bonds.

The PIMCO Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index Fund (CORP) is up nearly 3% in the past 3 months while equities have declined nearly 4% over the same time period.

Corporate bond funds are another way to gain exposure to the economy while generating some income and avoiding much of the volatility of stocks.

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French Equities Tumble

French Equities Tumble

Investors are pulling money out of European stocks and the French equity market has been particularly hard hit.

In the past 3 months, the MSCI France Index Fund (EWQ) is down 28% compared to a 10% decline for the S&P 500 Index (SPY) over the same period.

Compounding the general flight from risk is the connection between French banks and the Greek debt crisis.

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Investing in a Declining Dollar

Investing in a Declining Dollar

While stocks have been flat with increasing volatility, a strong performer over the past couple of quarters has been a bet against the US dollar.

With uncertainty in Europe holding back the Euro, a better declining dollar play has been the Swiss Franc.

The CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (FXF) is up 23% over the past 6 months compared to a 9% decline in the S&P 500 over the same time period.

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