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The end of 2009 saw the entry of a new ETF in the already dense ETF landscape; a currency hedged ETF. This new feature is of interesting significance due to its packaging inside an ETF.
Currency is a huge contributor to the total return of any international investment; so, naturally, falling foreign currency against the investor’s currency hurts its performance in the same way falling US Dollar benefits its return. For this reason, many investors have included foreign investments in their portfolio, recognizing its importance to the global economy.
Shown above is the iPath Euro/USD Exchange Rate ETN
The health insurance bill signed into law this week should be a net positive for drug stocks and health care ETFs.
While the bill does levy about $80 billion in various fees on the major pharmaceutical players over the next several years, it should also stoke sales by expanding drug insurance coverage as an additional 32 million Americans add health insurance.
Other drug industry benefits in the bill include an extension of the period of market exclusivity for makers of biologic therapies, which are far more expensive to manufacture than traditional medications, to 12 years.
What wasn't in the bill also helps drug stocks. For example, the bill does not call for drug price controls or the importation of cheaper drugs from other countries, two possible scenarios that had cContinue Reading »
In today's investing world, many individuals simply choose the assets class (ex.Continue Reading »
With over 900 ETFs to choose from, why are they not showing up in 401K plans?
ETFs are empowering individual and professional investors with the power of transparency, diversification, low fees, and, compared to many of active fund managers, better performance. Exchange Traded Funds allow investors the ability to buy and hold virtually anything. ETFs also allow active traders to move in and out of markets where liquidity, or even access to the market, was virtually non-existent before.
If you’re new to ETFs, the simple way to explain them is to compare them to mutual funds. A mutual fund manager is buying and selling stock throughout the year to try and beat an index, say the S&P 500, which is made up of the 500 largest companies in America.Continue Reading »
ETF MarketPro recently connected with Ed Lopez of Van Eck Global to learn more about investing in gold and the firm's new fund - the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ).
ETF MarketPro (ETFMP): Has the investment case for gold changed given the declines in major currencies this year?
Van Eck Global: This year the U.S. dollar has certainly slid against most currencies and in such a scenario gold has historically been a strong performer. Historically, one reason investors buy gold is to protect purchasing power in the face of declining values of fiat currencies and/or inflation expectations.Continue Reading »
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