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Global X Rolls Out Waste Management ETF

Global X rolls out another niche strategy that competes with Van Eck, this one focused on trash.

ETF Report

 Is It Getting Easier To Be Green Again?

Renewable energy ETFs were all the hype in the summer of 2008; crude oil prices topped $140 a barrel and investors searched for alternatives. The hype didn’t last, however. Crude prices crashed to the mid-$30s during the financial crisis later that year. The two largest green energy ETFs at the time, the PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (NYSE Arca: PBW) and the Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (NYSE Arca: GEX), both plummeted over 70 percent in share price. PBW’s assets under management (AUM) also fell, from $1.5 billion to under $500 million, while GEX’s AUM fell from $300 million to under $32 million.

ETF Report

 Is A Smart Phone ETF Silly?

First Trust’s plans outlined in a recent filing to market an ETF that would track smart-phone-related companies bring back into focus a basic question: Is an investment vehicle this specific in its focus genius or folly?

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Claymore Launches Micro-Cap ETF

Claymore continues its strategic move to broaden its product line.

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McCall’s Call: Gulf Spill Creates Opportunity

The growing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has spilled into energy ETFs, but investors should see opportunity, as the
U.S.
and global appetite for energy means the whole sector is quickly becoming a value play.

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N.H. Firm Rolls Out Socially Responsible ETF

Pax World Management, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based investment adviser focused on developing socially and environmentally responsible exchange-traded funds, launched its first ETF today, and plans to roll out another two by the end of the month.

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Approval Of Cape Wind Project Stirs Investors

The U.S. government approved a big wind energy project off Massachusetts last week after nine years of deliberations—a sobering fact suggesting investors shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the industry to take off, even though clean energy ETF prices popped up on the news.

ETF Report

 Who Is Guggenheim Partners?

With its purchase of Rydex SGI in February, a little-known asset manager by the name of Guggenheim Partners suddenly became the seventh-largest ETF provider in the U.S. Prior to its purchase of Claymore Securities just seven months earlier, Guggenheim had only been involved in one product for retail investors. The truly shocking part is the whole thing might have been an accident.