The ETF Professor
With 2013 finally here, reflecting back on the year that was for exchange-traded products can provide investors with some clues regarding what themes and trends will be hot this year. This is not a bold prediction, but it is reasonable to expect one of 2012's hottest asset classes to stand tall again in 2013.
By Charles Lewis Sizemore:2014 will be the year that emerging markets make a comeback. Emerging market stocks, as measured by the iShares MSCI Emerging Market Index ETF (EEM), have been drifting lower for nearly three years and are still well below their pre-2008-meltdown highs. Since the second quarter of 2011, emerging markets have trailed the S&P 500 by over 50%.
Michael Johnston submits:Emerging markets have been one of the hottest investment trends in recent years, as U.S. investors have begun to question assumptions about the relative risk profiles of advanced and developing economies in the wake of the recent global recession. Government intervention, a risk usually associated with emerging economies, has become common practice in the U.S. and Europe, and China and Brazil have raced ahead of developed markets struggling to achieve sustainable GDP growth.
Michael Johnston submits:Emerging markets ETFs represent the crossroads of two of the hottest investment trends of recent years. As the U.S., Japan, and developed European economies struggled to pull out of recessions and avoid a double dip, the world’s emerging economies raced ahead, led by the BRIC bloc of nations.
By Gary Gordon: In a matter of weeks, funds like Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) surged forward by as much as 8.5%. Do investors suddenly believe that Russia, Brazil and China will collectively get their developing economies back on track?
WASHINGTON (AP) — America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.
Scott's Investments submits:Below are the 20 hottest ETFs at the close of July, based on the 6 month performance. These are not 'buy' recommendations or aggregate portfolios for investment. My favorite way to use this list is as a) to get a sense for the intermediate trends and b) as potential short-term trading opportunities (long or short), although I tend not to use leveraged funds.