Daily “Ways-to-Play” The News Before the Moves 2/17/2010

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Housing Reports: Another Wave of Distressed Sales – Calculated Risk

James Hagerty at the WSJ reports on two studies, one from John Burns Real Estate Consulting Inc., and another from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC that both forecast most modification efforts will eventually fail – and that mods have just delayed foreclosures.

buy UltraShort Real Estate ProShares (SRS)

sell iShares DJ US Real Estate (IYR);

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Inflation Protected Bonds Murdered As PIMCO And BlackRock’s Hyperinflation Fears Flounder

investors are increasingly giving up on hyperinflation bets. For example, investors are willing to buy standard U.S. treasury bonds that pay just 3.69% yield. That doesn’t leave room for much inflation.

sell iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund (TIP)

sell PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index Fund (TIPZ);

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GOLDMAN SACHS: 5 TRENDS THAT WILL RESULT IN A WEAK RECOVERY

The latest from Goldman’s Chief Economist, Jan Hatzius, is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the stock market (see their 2010 outlook here & their top trades for 2010 here).

buy UltraShort S&P 500 ProShares (SDS)

sell S&P 500 SPDR (SPY)

sell iShares S&P 500 (IVV)

buy Ultra ProShort S&P500 ProShares (SPXU);

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Britain and the PIGS

As of today, the British government must pay a higher interest rate to borrow money for ten years than either the Italian or the Spanish governments, despite the extraordinary ructions going on within the eurozone.

sell Rydex British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB);

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Aberdeen Asia Pacific Income Fund Announces record date and payment date for monthly distribution

Aberdeen Asia Pacific Income Fund Announces record date and payment date for monthly distribution

buy Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (FAX);

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Aberdeen Global Income Fund Announces record date and payment date for monthly distribution

Aberdeen Global Income Fund Announces record date and payment date for monthly distribution

buy Aberdeen Global Income Fund (FCO);

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Taiwan Greater China Fund Monthly Update Jan 2010

Taiwan Greater China Fund Monthly Update Jan 2010
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Aberdeen Global Income Fund Announces Payment of Monthly Distribution

Aberdeen Global Income Fund Announces Payment of Monthly Distribution

buy Aberdeen Global Income Fund (FCO);

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Aberdeen Asia Pacific Income Fund Announces Payment of Monthly Distribution

Aberdeen Asia Pacific Income Fund Announces Payment of Monthly Distribution

buy Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (FAX);

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BlackRock Announces Investment Strategy and Portfolio Manager Changes to Certain Closed-End Funds

In connection with the investment strategy changes, Robert Shearer and Kathleen Anderson from BlackRock’s Equity Dividend team (the “Team”) assumed primary responsibility of the equity portfolio of each Fund.

buy BlackRock Dividend Achievers Trust (BDV);

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Foreigners cut Treasury stakes; rates could rise

A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors.

buy UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury ProShares (TBT);

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Obama ups nuclear investment for climate fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees Tuesday to build the first U.S. nuclear power plant in nearly three decades, a move designed to help advance climate legislation in Congress.

buy Market Vectors-Nuclear Energy ETF (NLR)

buy iShares S&P Global Nuclear Energy Index Fund (NUCL);

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Strong growth doesn’t equal strong stocks

Selling investments is about telling stories. If you can weave a convincing yarn about how an investment will pay off in future, it is much easier to persuade people to buy into it.
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South Korea edges closer to interest rate increase

South Korea is roaring out of the financial crisis so fast that economists at foreign banks see prompt interest rate hikes as merited, fearing eventual overheating and asset bubbles.

buy iShares MSCI-South Korea (EWY);

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Asia Pacific Fund Monthly Factsheet – Jan 2010

Asia Pacific Fund Monthly Factsheet – Jan 2010

buy Asia Pacific Fund (APB);

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The Greater China Fund Monthly Factsheet-Jan 2010

The Greater China Fund Monthly Factsheet-Jan 2010

buy Greater China Fund, Inc. (GCH);

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Euro firms in Asia as Greece worries ease – inSing.com

Euro firms in Asia as Greece worries ease – inSing.com

buy Asia Pacific Fund (APB);

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Credit markets flash hottest warning signal since crisis

Jitters over Chinese credit tightening and default risks in Greece and Dubai are causing bond vigilantes to batten down the hatches across the world, bringing the most dramatic credit rally for a century to a shuddering halt.

sell Vanguard European ETF (VGK)

sell iShares MSCI-Germany (EWG)

sell iShares MSCI-U.K. (EWU)

selliShares S&P Europe 350 Index (IEV);

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