Category: Keeping Up

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Mutual Funds to Become Less Transparent

Mutual Funds are pressuring industry data provider Financial Research Corporation to stop providing free access to monthly mutual fund net flows. Apparently, the fund managers are unhappy with the monthly reports that show the slowing growth and even decline of money flowing into mutual funds.

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Spin-Off ETF | CSD

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) recently announced the upcoming spin-off of its cash generation machine otherwise known as Time Warner Cable. Spin-offs have historically outperformed the market (see the nine studies cited by consulting firm Spin-Off Advisors) and ETF investors can take advantage of this tendency through Claymore’s Clear Spin-Off ETF (CSD).

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Easy Diversification – Vanguard’s Global ETF

Looking to radically simply your portfolio? Look for the coming Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF (VT). The global ETF will track a market-cap weighted index of more than 2,800 large- and mid-cap stocks of companies in 48 countries.

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Currency ETFs – Do we need more? Yes.

WisdomTree launched 4 new currency ETFs this week, adding to the universe of currency funds that include offerings from Barclays iPath, PowerShares and Rydex.

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REIT ETFs | IYR, RWR, VNQ, RWX

REITs are coming back from their March lows and a REIT ETF is a low cost way for investors to participate in the trend. Each of the top 3 ETF sponsors has a REIT fund and State Street also has an international REIT ETF.

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Inflation ETFs – Investor TIPS

With inflation in the news, investors and their advisors are looking for ways to preserve the purchasing power of hard earned capital. One popular investment option is U.S. government issued TIPS.

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One Stop Shopping with Capital Markets Index ETF: UEM

If you are looking for an ETF that has it all – equities, fixed income and money market securities, take a look at Claymore’s U.S.-1 Capital Markets Index ETF (UEM). The main benefit of UEM is that you are getting broad, balanced exposure at a lost cost in a single investment.

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New ETF Tracks Coal Business

Earlier this year, Van Eck Global announced the listing of the Market Vectors-Coal ETF (KOL) on the NYSE Arca. KOL is the first ETF that enables U.S. investors to gain exposure to a broad spectrum of companies involved in the transport, equipment manufacturing, and production of coal.

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