US Gets Sharia ETF

The United States will finally have a listed ETF whose investment strategy conforms to Islamic law. Such sharia funds are wildly popular elsewhere in the world, and are a rapidly growing niche product for major Western banks and asset mangers.

The JETS Dow Jones Islamic Market International Index Fund (JVS) will track a special version of the Dow Jones International Titans 100 index, which excludes businesses involved in alcohol, finance, gambling, pornography, defense, and anything pig-related. It is best thought of as an ex-US mega cap fund with a strong European focus, and may be of interest to investors who want to avoid banking and insurance stocks.

The fund started trading yesterday on the NYSE Arca and is issued by newcomer Javelin Exchange Traded Shares (JETS).

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New Short Oil Fund

US Commodity Funds, the same group behind the largest US listed oil ETFs

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A One-Company ETF?

Japanese investors will have a unique ETF option coming in mid-July: a fund that invests only in one conglomerate. The fund will hold each of the 26 separately-listed Japanese companies owned or part-owned by the Mitsubishi Group, including Mitsubishi Motors (TYO:7211), Nippon Oil Corporation (TYO:5001), and Nikon (TYO:7731).pic54

This rare niche product is made possible by Japan

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5 Patriotic ETFs for Your Portfolio

uncle-samThe global financial crisis started in the United States, and the US economy has consequently suffered more than most. Although total output has fallen less than the global average, the rise in America

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Van Eck Vietnam Fund Launches

800px-Flag_of_Vietnam.svg-300x199Van Eck has launched the first US traded ETF to focus on the Vietnamese market, adding to its impressive lineup of emerging market single country funds. The Van Eck Market Vectors Vietnam (VNM) tracks a custom index of equities from firms that generate more than 50% of their revenues in Vietnam.

The current 28 holdings place a heavy weighting on energy, materials, and financial names, most of which have small or middling market caps.

The fund is expected to be in high demand as Vietnamese shares have been among the best performing in the world this year. The benchmark VN Index

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Game Over for USO, UNG

Commodity ETFs have been criticized from all corners. Investors have pilloried their inability to accurately track the price of their underlying asset. Industry watchdogs have assailed their inadequate disclosure of risks. And regulators have fretted over their ability to unduly manipulate futures markets.

Yet ETFs like the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) and the United States Oil Fund (USO) seem to have thus far gotten away high fees, poor disclosure, and disappointing returns, as investors are still buying them in droves. But regulators are less happy, and commodities-futures ETFs may not survive the coming regulatory onslaught.

Bloomberg is reporting today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will open hearings into expanding regulation of speculative trading in commodities. Although the hearings concern all speculators, the regulators are primarly concerned with USO and UNG

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10 Best ETFs for Decoupling 2.0

When in 2007 it became clear the recession in the rich word was inevitable, many economic commentators predicted that major emerging markets would

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Complete Guide to CleanTech ETFs

If there is one sure long-term sectoral bet, it should be cleantech. Governments around the world are determined to wean the world off of carbon based fuels, some of which will run out soon anyway. Many nations and most US states now require utilities to purchase a certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources, and nearly every country in the world is expected to have some sort of carbon cap or carbon tax enacted within the next 5 years.pic2

Yet cleantech is a risky play because despite all the investment in the field, most clean technologies are not profitable. Only wind energy can currently compete with fossil fuels without subsidies. But with carbon legislation now inevitable, technological advances bringing costs down, and market values depressed by the financial crisis, the future is looking brighter for cleantech shares.

For the long term investor, cleantech is one of the best sector plays out there. And the best way to play a sector is with a low-cost ETF. This guide will review all 16 cleantech ETFs traded in the US, and offer investors the information they need to add a slice of long term growth to their portfolio. Not all cleantech ETFs are made alike, and we

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