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The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR ETF with ticker symbol XLC is in the works. State Street Global Advisors plans to launch this 11th Select Sector SPDR ETF when a new Communication Services sector is created in September. Read this article for insights into the nuts & bolts of the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR ETF and what… Read More »
Sector ETFs are among the most potent investment vehicles that allow individual investors to exploit advantages previously available only to large institutions. You can beat the market by investing in the right sector ETF at the right time. In fact, you can actually make money even when the overall market is tanking. However all too often, investors use… Read More »
A 4.6% increase in the price of gold over the past three days has helped the precious metal to break out of its two month trading range of $930 to $970 an ounce. Gold for December delivery hit a six-month high of $999.50 an ounce today pushing the price close to the psychologically important $1,000 an ounce mark.… Read More »
Year 2009 has been tough for many investors. Investors who panicked in March and fled from equities to cash have watched their monies earn abysmally low returns while stock prices took off. The S&P 500 is now up 64% from its 2009 bottom, making it difficult for cash-laden investors to decide if it is right to return to… Read More »
A Sector Investing Perspective on SPDR ETF, Select Sector SPDR ETF, and SPDR Gold Shares State Street is involved in the management and marketing of several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) through its subsidiary, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Sector ETFs, industry-group ETFs, and a commodity trust are offered. Breadth of Sector ETFs Ten sector ETFs are offered, nine under… Read More »
Investments in the real estate group have not been following the broad stock market in recent months. They have been taking their cue from bonds instead. The broad market sold off in January on concerns of slowing global growth. As bond yields fell, shares of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) rose. Growth concerns eased in February. Stocks recouped… Read More »
The automotive sector has been among the top performers since the U. S. economy emerged from the Great Recession. The DJ U.S. Automobiles & Parts index ($DJUSAP) is up over 330% from the March 2009 bottom. Until now, Fidelity Select Automotive (FSAVX) has been the sole pure-play vehicle for investors looking to invest in the auto sector via… Read More »
Commodity exchange traded funds are hot. Assets in SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) have surged to nearly $60 billion to make it the second largest ETF behind the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The threat of inflation and the ease of access of commodity ETFs are some factors that account for the growing popularity of commodity exchange traded funds.… Read More »
The financial crisis took a toll on 2009 US auto sales pushing them below 1982 levels. At the depth of the recession, auto sales slumped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just 9.2 million a year, nearly 44% lower than the pre-recession level of nearly 16.5 million units in 2007. While cash-for-clunkers provided the initial boost late… Read More »
High-potential diversified portfolios can be constructed by dividing assets among a group of sector funds. This approach gives the investor flexibility to over-weight or under-weight certain sectors versus broadly diversified indexes. Sector funds are too risky.’ ‘I doubled my money with Fidelity Select Technology in 12 months!’ ‘Avoid sector funds.’ If all of this sounds confusing, you are… Read More »
The AlphaProfit No-Load, No-Transaction-Fee (NL-NTF) growth model portfolio is up 175% since 2009. In comparison, the model portfolio’s U. S. & foreign stock combination benchmark is up 135%. The NL-NTF model portfolio will be reconstituted with new recommendations of best-of-breed mutual funds on Wednesday, August 21.
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