Category: Keeping Up

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Auto Sector to Spend $47 Billion to Meet MPG Rules

With Chrysler in bankruptcy and General Motors trading under $2 per share, the Obama administration ordered stricter fuel goals that will require the ailing industry to invest $47 billion that it doesn’t have.

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Plans for Medicare Pressure Health Care Sector

Medicare changes announced by the Obama administration caused a significant decline in health care stocks. The new approach calls for elimination of private sector participation in medicare plans, effectively eliminating $175 million of revenue for the industry.

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Dollar Stays Strong Against World Currencies

Amid a slowing global economy and an uncertain outlook for the future, investors have piled into the dollar as a safe haven investment. Year-to-date, the dollar is up relative to almost every world currency including up 10% against the Euro and up 4% against the Yen.

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Positioning for a 3 Year Downturn

After 6 straight quarters of declining earnings for the S&P 500, a downturn of 3 years in length is a real possibility. To find another large downturn that lasted for that long, go all the way back to the 1930s.

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Brazil on the Rise

Currently in 3rd place in terms of Latin American oil production, Brazil promises to soon overtake regional leaders Mexico and Venezuela.

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Nuclear Options

Sweden recently rolled back a longstanding ban on nuclear power as concerns over climate change and energy security are causing European countries to rethink their nuclear power policies.

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Obama’s Wind Energy Plan and ETFs

Alternative energy, and in particular wind energy, was a major platform for the Obama campaign and the new president is keeping his promise by including incentives in the current stimulus plan. However, before jumping into wind energy investments, take a closer look at the plan details.

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The Obama ETF Portfolio – A First Look

One of the new president’s highest priorities is to create millions of jobs by spending hundreds of billions of dollars. The spending promises to be concentrated in a few sectors and will be big enough to be an engine of growth for companies in those sectors.

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India ETFs and Satyam Fraud

While investigators are looking into charges of fraud at India IT services giant Satyam, ETF investors are asking how the news affects India ETFs.

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Are GM and Ford Wrecking Your ETF?

Despite the fact that the managers of the Big 3 auto makers and their unions are in Washington begging for a bailout, the stock prices for General Motors(GM) and Ford (F) both continued their long declines. How are your ETFs affected?

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