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US Treasury ETF’s - A Look at Treasury ETF Choices

There have been a confusing array of US treasury ETF’s made available over the last several years. They come in a few different classes, here are some that might work for your portfolio.

One advantage of using US Treasury ETF’s is that you can purchase them for a significantly smaller amount than the minimums you will need if buying treasury instruments directly.

Oil ETFs - What are the Choices for an Oil ETF

Oil is a popular investment target these days as the price of oil shows a lot of volatility, and provides some diversification as it doesn’t move in concert with the overall market. As an alternative to investing in oil stocks or trading crude oil directly, you may wish to invest directly in ETF’s that track an oil index.

Fidelity ETF - The Story with Fidelity and ETF’s

Fidelity does sponsor an ETF, but the most common way to trade ETFs at Fidelity is through the brokerage arm. Let’s take a look at the Fidelity ETF.

Many fund families have gotten into the business of creating/ sponsoring ETFs. It would seem like a natural move for them, and they did start the process back in 2003 with the Fidelity Nasdaq Composite Indes Tracking Stock (ONEQ is its trading symbol). This is a simple tracking stock, and it has no real distinctive reason for being.

Fundamentally Weighted ETF’s

We are constantly on the lookout for ways to both diversify our portfolios, while simultaneously improving the risk adjusted return. ETF’s have many advantages over traditional mutual funds, e.g. the ability to trade interday, no early redemption fees, low cost structures, and are not typically tied to the track record of an individual fund manager. This last advantage is a result of the fact that ETF’s are typically set up to track some type of passive index, limiting the ability of a fund manager to add (or subtract) value with his stock picking abilities.

A Coal ETF - A New Commodity Based ETF in Energy

We have previously taken a look at a handful of commodity based ETFs as a way to diversify your investing portfolio. One of the problems with commodity based ETF’s to this point has been that the choices aren’t really representative of the wide range markets represented by the commodity markets. But that is changing over time, for example a new coal based ETF recently caught our eye.

Gold Mutual Funds - Are They as Good As Gold?

In a previous post, we talked some about the options mutual fund investors had for investing in gold mutual funds. It turns out there are several options we have, and they are a powerful vehicle for adding diversification to your overall mutual fund portfolio. We covered the diversification effects of gold mutual funds previously, but this study focused on funds using gold stocks, primarily gold mining stocks. But we often get questions related to the performance of gold funds, and how correlated they are to the actual price of gold.

Foreign Currency ETFs - A Look at Foreign Currency Fund Choices

What is a foreign currency ETF or exchange traded fund? The first foreign currency ETF was offered by Rydex in 2005, traded as FXE, and it tracks the European Euro against the US dollar.

Now you should be aware that when you are involved in currency trades, you are actually participating in a market that is much larger than the US stock market. The Forex, or foreign currency exchange market dwarfs the US stock market, and is probably the largest financial exchange in the world.

What Are the Best ETF’s to Trade

What are the best ETFs to trade? We often get questions about the list of ETF’s we use, and why we “only use 50 Exchange Traded Funds” in our system. Aren’t we leaving money on the table, and shouldn’t we be trading all the available ETF’s in order to get the best possible returns from our system?

Trading ETF’s in Odd Lots

We occasionally get the question: Can I trade ETF’s in odd lots. And of course, the answer is “Sometimes.”

Hedge Fund ETF - Hedge Fund for the Average Investor?

Saw an article today on Yahoo Finance. The Man Group has announced that they will list their hedge fund as an ETF on the New York Stock Exchange. The type of ETF is what make this announcement interesting to me.