Adjusting The Etf Retirement Portfolio – Powershares Cef Income Composite Portfolio Etf (nysearca:pcef) | Seeking Alpha

The ETF’s characteristics are based on what investors said were lacking in ETFs such as GLD. Big institutions don’t know “how to handle John Smith coming in from the street,” said Merk. They’re “not used to having an interface.” Merk thinks it has found the interface, and it received a U.S. patent for the “deliverable commodity investment vehicle.” MarketWatch: How gold ETFs have transformed the market “We needed to test the processes so that this product works in practice, not just theory,” Axel Merk said. “We wanted an easy online interface to allow investors to be guided through the steps to take delivery.” Merk Investments can facilitate home delivery of coins and 10-ounce bars, delivered with UPS next-day delivery, while London bars are shipped from London by armored courier and can’t be sent to residential addresses. As the sponsor, Merk Investments gets paid in gold and then pays the operating expenses, said Merk.
Source: http://money.msn.com/exchange-traded-fund/new-gold-etf-lets-you-swap-shares-for-bars

Are ETFs Like ‘Hotel California’? – Focus on Funds – Barrons.com

The performance of the original portfolio has been extended to May 20, 2014 to give a fair comparison between the two portfolios.) The share performance of the portfolio is marginally better with PCEF than it was with AOM. Of the ETFs in the original portfolio, only SPLV has realized a drop in performance, down to 2.90% from April’s 4.31%. The significance of PCEF’s near-8% yield is reflected in the following chart, showing total returns for the two portfolios: (click to enlarge) (Again, the original portfolio’s data has been extended through May 20, 2014.) With PCEF in the mix, the retirement portfolio is now performing closer to the level one would expect of a reasonably safe but productive portfolio, particularly in terms of dividend yield. Since the portfolio is intended to be held for the long term, with minimum changes, dividends become the prominent feature, and PCEF goes a long way towards improving the portfolio in that regard.
Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2231523-adjusting-the-etf-retirement-portfolio

ETF Preview: ETFs, Futures Flat to Higher; April New Home Sales Still Ahead – NASDAQ.com

As far as sector holdings are concerned, it relies heavily on Financials, followed by Consumer Staples, Healthcare, Industrials and Energy, each with double-digit exposure. All these sectors combined account for more than half of the fund assets. As far as geographic reach goes, the fund allocates more towards stronger economies like the U.K. (26.93%), France (15.31%), Switzerland (14.26%) and Germany (13.13%) (read: Time to Bet on the British ETF? ).
Source: http://etfdailynews.com/2014/05/23/the-ishares-sp-europe-350-index-etf-in-focus-iev/2/

The iShares S&P Europe 350 Index (ETF) In Focus (NYSEARCA:IEV) | ETF DAILY NEWS – Part 2

Expense Amount is the estimated annual expense for holdings of 10 shares of a given ETF. This is computed by Expense Ratio and the net asset value of 10 shares. The fee will be directly deducted from the ETFs asset. For example, if the NAV of a given ETF is 100 and its expense ratio per year is 1%, the incurred expense for a position of 10 shares would be $10 yearly (NAV per share*10 shares*Expense Ratio= 100*10*1%).
Source: http://www.aastocks.com/en/stocks/etf/details.aspx?etf-code=2846

Commodities Crude was up 0.21%; natural gas was up 0.21%. United States Oil Fund (USO) was up 0.42% while United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) was down 0.67%. Gold was down 0.29% and silver was up 2%. In corporate news, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) surged 141.51% after the company said the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion on its marketing approva application for Translarna to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in ambulatory patients aged five years and older. The CHMP opinion will form the basis for a European Commission (EC) decision as to whether to formally grant the conditional marketing authorization.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-etfs-futures-flat-to-higher-april-new-home-sales-still-ahead-cm355848

ETF – ETF etf’s to buy now Details

At the same time, the effect is likely to be temporary in most cases, which is why I mention the London congestion charge. At peak hours, you pay 10 pounds to drive your car into Londons congestion zone. Once the rush is over, you dont pay. Similarly, the trading cost an ETF exacts from a buyer or seller reflects the market climate at the moment. If you can avoid selling in a panic, avoid it. Investors who followed this principle in last years interest-rate scare have been rewarded.
Source: http://blogs.barrons.com/focusonfunds/2014/05/23/are-etfs-like-hotel-california/

Etf Bonanza Skirts $5.3 Trillion Market On Outflows: Currencies – Bloomberg

Small cap ETF lost 9% of its assets in the past week — a warning sign? Vote here – The Tell – MarketWatch

ETF market since the financial crisis erupted in 2007. U.S. ETFs that invest in global equities have seen inflows of $13.4 billion this year. Investors have put $17.4 billion in global fixed-income ETFs, data compiled by Bloomberg show. What we need is a good, old-fashioned stock-market crash, or something along those lines, to remind people that they need to diversify, Merk said. Currencies compete against bonds and stocks, and if those just keep going up, then there isnt much room for currencies for your average investor. Providers of currency-based ETFs will have to be more creative with product offerings, said William Belden, managing director of Lisle, Illinois-based Guggenheim Investments.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-05/etf-bonanza-skirts-5-3-trillion-market-on-outflows-currencies.html

These tech components are critical in the manufacturing and operation of smartphones, tablets, satellites, TVs, and wearable technology. Worldwide chip sales reached $26.28 billion in January, an 8.8% increase year over year. And that growth isn’t going to slow down. Research firm Research and Markets forecasts an additional 4.4% in growth through the rest of 2014. Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson recommended SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSE Arca: XSD ) as a great way to tap into the semiconductor sector boom. “XSD offers both the upside that comes with the semiconductor boom and the stability that stems from owning a well-run ETF,” Robinson said in April .
Source: http://www.wnd.com/markets/news/read/27160406/three_etf_investing_picks_to_make_your_portfolio_pop_today_by_garrett_baldwin

Three ETF Investing Picks to Make Your Portfolio Pop Today By Garrett Baldwin

For the week, only one other ETF bid farewell to more investor dollars the SPDR S&P 500 ETF /quotes/zigman/714403/delayed /quotes/nls/spy SPY , the worlds largest ETF. This week IWM closed under its 200-day moving average for the first time since November 2012, and the small cap ETF has flirted with correction territory . Market watchers are debating whether the small-cap slump will help drag down the S&P 500 /quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime SPX , or whether the Russell 2000 /quotes/zigman/2759624/realtime RUT will bounce back, putting an end to its divergence from the big-cap index. Heres some of the trader chatter on Twitter: MarketWatchs columnist Jonathan Burton has said small caps slide could have a silver lining, namely a rebound in this years second half , but another MarketWatch column by Dave Fry says the drop reflects a market in trouble . What do you think?
Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/05/09/small-cap-etf-lost-9-of-its-assets-in-the-past-week-a-warning-sign-vote-here/

Next Funds Ibovespa Linked Etf (1325.T) Quote| Reuters.com

This provides another sign that investors are losing some of their appetite for the stock markets small fry its riskier plays. The Russell 2000 almost broke its record for consecutive closes above the 200-day line. But like Leon Lett in Super Bowl XXVI , the index came up just shy of its goal. Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffers Investment Research, had been watching for a new record, as noted in a Tell post last week . On Tuesday, he said on Twitter: Another closely watched ETF that showed weakness Tuesday was the Global X Social Media ETF SOCL had its lowest close since July 31, weighed down by Twitters /quotes/zigman/23556538/delayed /quotes/nls/twtr TWTR big slide after a lock-up period ended. [Editor’s note: This article first published on May 6.] Victor Reklaitis Follow Vic on Twitter @vicrek .
Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/05/06/russell-2000-and-its-etf-undercut-key-level-social-media-etf-also-slides-on-twitters-tumble/

Russell 2000 and its ETF undercut key level; social media ETF also slides on Twitter’s tumble – The Tell – MarketWatch

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/overview?symbol=1325.T

President Obama Isn’t The Democratic George W. Bush — Yet

An then there’s today’s Pew Research Center poll . The poll shows that, while disapproval of Obamacare hit a new high and Obama’s approval rating remains near an all-time low, people aren’t voting against the incumbent president as much as they were eight years ago. Throughout the 2006 election year, between 33 and 40 percent of voters said their vote for Congress was going to be a vote against George W. Bush.Those numbers were striking because they were the highest in recent history, by far. Neither Bill Clinton nor Ronald Reagan engendered that kind of personal opposition in midterm elections, even as they also faced some pretty difficult ones. Obama lies somewhere in-between those two and Bush.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/05/president-obama-isnt-the-democratic-george-w-bush-yet/

Washington gridlock butt of Obama jokes at White House correspondents’ dinner
| Reuters

“I think she wanted to do it,” Walters told CNN when asked how she landed a sit-down with Stiviano, “I think she wanted to be heard. I think she feels there have been a lot of bad things said about her and this was her chance to show that she was intelligent.” The annual event, which has attracted a substantial Hollywood contingent since Bill Clinton was President in the early 1990s, is taking place this year at a time when politically themed shows — ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Veep” and Netflix’s “House of Cards” — are prevalent in popular culture. CNN Political Commentator Ben Ferguson summed up how the annual event seemed my website to upend pop culture’s normal pecking order. “This is the only place where Wolf Blitzer can actually be the hot ticket for a Hollywood star. . .
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/03/politics/washington-correspondents-dinner/index.html

23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/J.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/obama-democrats-benghazi-panel_n_5268893.html

Opinion: 6 reasons Obama can’t seem to catch a break – CNN.com

2. Polarized electorate: The challenge that Obama faces is also a product of our deeply polarized electorate. With more voters having settled in the Republican or Democratic camp, winning long-term support from a majority of the country is harder to achieve. Elections have been extremely close in recent decades, with one candidate winning based on a small handful of swing states. There are no more 1936 or 1964 or 1984 elections, where the winning candidate wins by a massive landslide. Instead, presidents are re-elected by narrower margins with huge swaths of the electorate entrenched in their opposition to the incumbent.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/opinion/zelizer-obama-6-reasons/index.html

Obama, Dems Undecided On Taking Part In Benghazi Panel

“Of course we rolled out HealthCare.gov. That could have gone better,” he deadpanned. Later he turned on Republican opponents in Congress who are clamoring to repeal the legislation despite higher than expected enrollment figures in the government health care exchanges: “How well does Obamacare have to work before you stop trying to repeal it?” Obama said he had been feeling sorry for John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives. “These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me, which means orange really is the new black,” he said, a reference to Boehner’s seemingly perpetual tan. At the end of his speech, Obama turned the audience’s attention to a video monitor, which failed to work. Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary who announced her resignation this month after overseeing the botched rollout of Obamacare, stepped to the podium to try to fix the technical glitch.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/04/us-usa-obama-dinner-idUSBREA4300S20140504