Apple iPad 2: Three Next Gen ETFs

As important as Apple’s iPad has been for Apple and its consumers, the iPad 2 has the potential to raise the stakes. Innovation is constant from Apple and many believe a more powerful processor, the addition of  cameras and a slimmer body will make this device more useful and popular than ever. In the ETF world a variety of second generation ETFs have launched over the last few years that have refreshed and updated older ETFs in the marketplace. Three ETFs covering popular asset classes specifically stand out as they provide advances remarkably similar to those that Apple is delivering in the iPad 2. Here’s a chart to get this analysis started. More to come after the break.

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Green and Gold ETFs for Super Bowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will tussle in Cowboy Stadium this Sunday. Both teams are rich in tradition and championships but only one will emerge victorious. In honor of this clash between Packer Green and Steeler Gold, I present my favorite Green and Gold ETFs as honorary captains for Super Bowl 45. Continue Reading

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Gold and Brett Favre: Outperformed by Upstarts?

The last two years have been eventful for Gold and Brett Favre. The value of Gold careened upward as the economic landscape turned cloudy and investors sought the safety of Gold. Brett Favre joined a loaded Minnesota Vikings team that propelled him to his best statistical (QB rating) season ever, leaving him one win short of the Super Bowl. So, if someone asked you to pick the best performers in each category — Metals and QBs — the last two years who would you pick? The choices are Gold versus Silver and Brett Favre versus new Packer QB Aaron Rodgers? Believe it or not, the upstart has outperformed the more well known standard in both cases. Here’s proof:

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Surprise! Gold Crushed By REITs?

With Gold trading at record highs, I thought it would be interesting to take a step back and review the performance of three different asset classes dominating the news this year: Gold, Stocks and Real Estate. I used the following respective ETF proxies: GLD, SPY and VNQ (the largest REIT ETF at approximately $5.6bil in AUM). What I found took me a bit off guard! Check out the chart…

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Brett Favre and Gold

The bubble is about to burst. The outperformance can’t last. The greatest ever! The best is yet to come.

Ok, are we talking about Brett Favre or Gold? Probably both. Continue Reading

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