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Monthly Archives: April 2010

9 Ways to Invest in the S&P 500 – With a Twist

Many ETFs now present unique approaches to stock and bond investing by tweaking popular and widely-followed benchmarks. The very first ETF, the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY), remains by far the largest U.S.-listed ETF, reflecting investor familiarity with the underlying benchmark, but there are now approximately 30 other issuers now competing for a slice of this still-growing pie. Words: 789

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IMF on China: Steady as She Goes!

While there will be some corrections in the medium term as Beijing tries to balance growth and inflation to curb potential bubbles these pullbacks should prove to be good entry points for long term investors. Words: 631

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5 Asia-Centric but Non-Chinese ETFs

Since the economic recovery began, many investors have looked to Asia to drive growth and stimulate global demand. China has grabbed most of the headlines, as tremendous growth in the world’s most populous nation has essentially pulled this emerging market into a tie with Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. While China’s growth has been impressive, however, recent data releases have shown that Asia isn’t a one-trick pony. Words: 781

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Here's How the Fed Intends to Avoid Major Inflation Down the Road

Ultimately, the Fed’s official inflation containment strategy is to always be able to offer banks a better deal than any private investment alternative. A better deal means the bank taking in more income, which means the banking executives involved get bigger bonuses. The source of funding for this ability to always pay more than the private markets is the ability to directly create a limitless amount of money. At this point it is a very low interest rate, but the rate can go as high as needed, when inflationary pressures build. Words: 2735

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Latin Lovers: South America Offers Excellent Investment Opportunities

Emerging markets, historically perceived as risky investments, have now been firmly established as the primary source of global GDP growth, creating a surge in interest among U.S. investors. Many are looking to Asia as a way to beef up exposure to emerging markets but, in addition to looking to the east, U.S. investors are also looking to the south for exposure to rapidly-growing economies. Words: 784

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