Trying to interpret what the markets are doing can be just as crazy-making as attempting to predict what’s happening. That’s why it might be necessary to add in some income-producing ETFs along with the risky funds.
The housing market is facing swelling ranks of homeowners who are seriously delinquent but have yet to lose their homes, and this is threatening a new wave of foreclosures that could hit just as the real estate market has begun to stabilize
And these days not much — aside from the possibility of a double-dip recession in the U.S. — has more economists, international investors, hedge-fund managers and bankers tearing their hair out than the deceptively simple question, Is China’s property market a bubble?
Posted: 12 Mar 2010 06:50 AM PST
The Greater China Fund Approves And Announces Terms Of Rights Offering
ETFDesk users see this as a potential opportunity to: buy Greater China Fund, Inc. (GCH);
The United States should not make a political issue out of the yuan, a Chinese central banker said on Friday, as the two countries lurched towards a potential bust-up over Beijing’s currency regime.
The rush of European interest in shale underscores wider awareness of a change in the outlook for gas supplies. A surge in US production has meant that within three years the world has gone from running out of natural gas to being drowned in it.
The U.S. finally is enjoying some strength in exports, thanks to economic recovery in Asia and a generally weak dollar. But just as U.S. goods find demand abroad, there’s a problem getting them there. (Looks like shippers are finally getting some pricing power)
Goldman Sachs’ Jan Hatzius lays out three reasons the recovery will sputter out. Specifically they expect consumer spending growth to fall from a current rate of around 3.25% to 1-2%:
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THE much-vaunted gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could play a critical role in determining the gold price this year if holders of the instrument start selling out and cause a large amount of physical metal to come onto a market where demand is relatively weak.