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 »
A Sector Investing Perspective PowerShares ETFs are issued by PowerShares Exchange Traded Fund Trust. PowerShares Capital Management, LLC is the advisor and sponsor of the PowerShares ETF family of exchange traded funds. PowerShares Capital Management, LLC is a unit of UK-based investment management company, INVESCO PLC. Breadth of Sector ETFs PowerShares Exchange Traded Fund Trust offers 45 sector… Read More »
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are growing in popularity. Bucking difficult market conditions, assets invested in ETFs have increased from $569 billion in January 2008 to $693 billion in September 2009. The flexibility provided by Select Sector SPDR ETFs in creating low-cost portfolios with customized asset allocations have enabled them to carve out a niche in the ETF world. The… Read More »
Stocks have recently made new 2009 highs. Volatility has declined. As confidence in the economy and financial markets improves, initial public offerings are increasing. The pace of corporate transactions is picking up as well. A surging stock market and rising capital market activity are often good for firms in the investment management business. Yet, large financial services firms… Read More »
The week past was a noteworthy one for technology investors. Share prices in this sector zoomed higher by 9.4%. After Tuesday’s market close, Intel’s (INTC) second quarter earnings announcement injected life back into the stock market and triggered a bull stampede in many tech names. The Good Intel reported its strongest growth from the first quarter to the… Read More »
The first half of 2009 has been tough on most momentum-based strategies. After declining 11.0% in the first quarter, the broad market turned around and staged a roaring rally. The S&P 500 is now up 15.7% for the second quarter. The snap in performance between the first and second quarters is even more striking at a sector level.… Read More »
Adopting novel fundamental indexes, PowerShares has expanded the options available for sector as well as thematic ETF investors. PowerShares, a unit of U. K.-based Invesco PLC, is emerging as a strong player in the sector ETF arena. Starting off with two ETFs in 2003, PowerShares introduced 22 sector and industry group ETFs in 2005 and followed them with… Read More »
Mutual fund titans Vanguard and Fidelity are taking different approaches to compete against sector ETFs. The allure of low expense ratios, better transparency, and ready liquidity has made exchange-traded funds (ETFs) a popular investment vehicle. The robust returns earned off-late by energy and other commodity ETFs have resulted in money gravitating towards such ETFs. The Energy Select Sector… Read More »
Biotechnology, which has been on a roll, declined after the much-anticipated American Society of Clinical Oncologists meeting in early June in New Orleans, where cancer specialists deliberated on the merits of new treatments. The two extant ETFs which focus on this industry are iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (AMEX:IBB) and Biotech HOLDRs (AMEX:BBH). Before deciding to dump or load up… Read More »
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