We Remain Bullish On The United States Oil Fund LP ETF (USO)

best etf portfolio Must have repurchased at least 5% or more of its outstanding shares within the trailing 12 months – NOT YET. I will discuss this in the next section. Apple’s outstanding share count: The following chart shows Apple’s outstanding count over the past two years, taken from its quarterly and annual filings . When Apple reported its fiscal third quarter results , the company detailed how it used its in-quarter debt raise to buy back a large amount of stock.
Source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/1651702-apple-could-shake-up-popular-buyback-etf

The morning surge may have been just enough to entice a few bears out of the cave and start buying in anticipation of a move to new highs in the NASDAQ, but the party did not last long because stocks sold off sharply just after 3 pm and erased the morning advance. All indices closed near the lows of the day due to the late selling, with only small and mid-caps barely finishing in positive territory. As we mentioned last week, although the NASDAQ is in decent shape, the S&P 500 has failed to reclaim the 50-day MA and the Dow Jones is nowhere near the 50-day MA. This divergence most likely points to the market needing to consolidate for a few weeks. Due to yesterdays stalling action in the averages, we have tightened up the stops in a few ETF positions.
Source: http://finance.boston.com/boston/news/read?GUID=24980905

Some Relief For An India ETF…Maybe

Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average . Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling ”units”. These ”units” can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data, to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed).
Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12018662/1/noteworthy-etf-inflows-ciu.html

JNK: ETF Outflow Alert

Emerging markets investors long seduced by the promise and potentially positive impact of infrastructure spending know that it takes time for these projects to get started, let alone bear fruit, so an immediate pop for INXX may not be in the cards. In theory, INXX should benefit from increased Indian infrastructure spending if for no other reason than that the country’s decrepit infrastructure, particularly when compared to China, has long been viewed as a significant obstacle for the Indian economy. INXX devotes nearly 61 percent of its combined weight to industrial and utilities stocks, which should be beneficiaries of increased infrastructure spending. It is, however, worth remembering that developing world infrastructure announcements often have mixed results for ETFs. Last year, Brazil ETFs got a short-term pop when that country announced a $66 billion infrastructure program.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/08/27/some-relief-for-india-etfmaybe/

Noteworthy ETF Inflows: CIU

Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 51.3 (50.3 in July). 26-month high. Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Output Index at 53.4 (52.3 in July). 27-month high. The report included this Commentary by Chris Williamson, Chief Economist at Markit: So far, the third quarter is shaping up to be the best that the euro area has seen in terms of business growth since the spring of 2011.
Source: http://wallstreetsectorselector.com/2013/08/more-good-news-for-europe-weekly-international-etf-report/

ETFs That Lost 50% In a Single Year

1997 also happened to be the first full calendar year for this ETF, giving it quite an uphill battle out of the gate. Luckily, investors stood by the product and it now holds more than $900 million in assets. 2002: Networking Stocks Plummet Five years would pass until the ETF world saw another major casualty. Networking stocks like CSCO, JNPR and MSI all had a rough go in 2002, dragging down IGN. Similar to EWM, investors kept their faith in the ETF and it is now home to a quarter billion in total assets.
Source: http://www.investopedia.com/stock-analysis/etfdatabase/082713/etfs-lost-50-single-year-ewm-ign-itb-vxx-xhb.aspx?partner=rss_headlines

More Good News for Europe: Weekly International ETF Report

Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique learn more about the 200 day moving average . Special Offer: Find out what Dave Moenning is holding in the ETF Channel Flexible Growth Investment Portfolio with a special 20% off coupon from Forbes and 30 Days Free. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of shares investors are actually buying and selling units. These units can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/etfchannel/2013/08/27/jnk-etf-outflow-alert-4/

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Stocks fall on talk of strike on Syria

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Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/27/investing/premarkets/index.html

4 stocks Warren Buffett, insiders are betting on

(NOV) Add or Cancel Already have a portfolio? Log In About Meena Krishnamsetty Ms. Krishnamsetty is editor and co-founder of Insider Monkey , a finance website that provides free insider trading and hedge-fund stock-holdings data. Her articles draw upon the research and analytics of co-founder Dr. Ian Dogan, Insider Monkey’s research director, who holds a Ph.D.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/4-stocks-warren-buffett-insiders-are-betting-on-2013-08-26

Why Div Stocks Retain Favor: Smart ETF’s Picks

The 17-nation shared currency slid 0.3 percent to $1.3335. Australias dollar weakened 0.9 percent to 89.51 U.S. cents. Ten-year Treasuries rose for a fourth day, pushing the yield four basis points lower to 2.75 percent.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-26/gold-holds-gain-as-wti-climbs-japan-index-futures-drop.html

Stocks Fall as Yen, Bonds Rise on Syria; Oil, Gold Gain

Richard Schulze, the founder and largest shareholder of Best Buy, said in a regulatory filing he plans to start selling its stock this fall. jeweler reported a higher quarterly profit and raised its full-year forecast. U.S. single-family home prices rose in June, though the pace of gains slowed slightly, a closely watched survey showed. Other data due include the Conference Board’s release of consumer confidence for August at 10 a.m.
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/27/markets-usa-stocks-idUKL2N0GS0L720130827

US STOCKS-Wall St set to slide at open as Syria tension escalates

If all $24 billion was sold off, he said, that would equal only about 6% of Exxon Mobil ‘s market value. “Divestment might be important from a symbolic standpoint for students and others, but its effect on global warming or other issues would likely be minimal at best,” Redd said. The oil and coal industries contend that many jobs are at stake and tout their own investments in cleaner fuels and solar energy. Revenues from oil and natural gas “help fund higher education,” said Sabrina Fang, a spokeswoman for the American Petroleum Institute. “This is allowing colleges to provide aid to students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college.” Student activists, however, insist that colleges need to take the moral stance. They say it is hypocritical to teach about global warming and ecological protection while investing in firms the students contend are hastening climate change by mining and drilling for fuels to be burned in massive amounts.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-college-divest-20130826,0,4449441.story

Students press schools to drop fossil fuel stocks

rising long bond http://www.todayhotstocks.com/ rates) stocks that have little more in their camp than that high yield were smacked around. Yield alone never made sense as an investment approach. But it is clearly more dangerous today. That were all expending so much time and energy trying to divine whether the market is fairly valued or overvalued is a signal of one important fact: its clearly not at bargain levels when any approach — even yield chasing — benefits from a rising tide lifts all boats environment.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-div-stocks-retain-favor-154332585.html

When it comes to private student loans, it’s hard to avoid getting the runaround

Student rates are determined annually on June 1 and locked in for the life of the loan. It means that students who borrow this fall will pay 3.8 percent on subsidized loans, 5.4 percent on unsubsidized Stafford loans, and 6.4 percent on PLUS loans. The new law reverses the interest rate jump on subsidized loans, which jumped from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1. [More from Manilla.com: Are Today’s College Students Getting an Education in Financial Responsibility? ] Student loan repayment options Under the new law, loan payments may be limited. Borrowers who choose the income-based repayment option will pay no more than 10 percent of their income above a basic allowance (the ceiling had previously been 15 percent).
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/student-loans-calculation-130109975.html

The hidden truth about student loans

is approaching $1.2 trillion, according to the CFPB. The total includes about $165 billion in outstanding private student loan debt. That may seem like a small piece of the pie, but private student loans stand out because they can come with variable rates that may be significantly higher than federal loans. Plus, federal student loan borrowers who are struggling with low wages and other setbacks can seek deferrals and flexible repayment programs, while the private loan borrower doesnt have the legal right to such choices. To help struggling private student loan borrowers, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, is asking policymakers and regulators to put two key reforms in place: Flexible repayment. Private lenders should offer income-based repayment plans to borrowers. Borrowers who demonstrate financial hardship, due to high debt balances and modest wages, should be allowed to repay a reasonable percentage of their income in order to stay current. Refinancing options.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/comes-private-student-loans-hard-180000068.html

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers

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Source: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/23/the_hidden_truth_about_student_loans/

Obama tackles student loan crisis

Nonqualified student loans, on the other hand, would not need to meet any of these criteria. These loans, unlike their qualified counterparts, would be dischargeable in Chapter 7 bankruptcy after a specified waiting periodas was the law for federal loans prior to 1998. This would allow for greater flexibility for institutions and students. Institutions would be able to obtain funding for students in programs that have not demonstrated that completers have been successful in entering the workforce. Students could benefit from being able to obtain a loan to attend such a program, without the loan being nearly impossible to discharge through the bankruptcy processthus transferring some of the risk back to the issuer of the loanor through some risk-sharing arrangement with the institution offering the program. Qualified and nonqualified student loans do not necessarily fit in the current divide between federal and private student loans.
Source: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/higher-education/report/2013/08/20/72508/how-qualified-student-loans-could-protect-borrowers-and-taxpayers/

Understand Calls for Loan Repayment Reform

However, they provide no evidence that schools are planning to do this, and the Student Loan Ranger finds it far-fetched that schools would embrace such a logistically difficult and ethically and legally questionable scheme or that the Department of Education would allow them to do so. [Learn which law degrees have the best return on investment .] Based on these arguments, the authors propose capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness at $30,000 and instituting an aggregate limit of $75,000 for all federal loans. Capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness a broad-based program that is available to anyone, not just lawyers or graduate and professional students, willing to commit to a long-term public interest career would limit the ability of millions of middle- and lower-class students to dedicate their lives to public service. Limiting the availability of federal loans would force these students to rely on private student loans, which lack vital borrower protections and are the equivalent, as the Student Loan Ranger sees it, of paying for a higher education on a credit card. Isaac Bowers is a senior program manager in the Communications and Outreach unit, responsible for Equal Justice Works’s educational debt relief initiatives. An expert on educational debt consolidating student loans relief, Bowers conducts monthly webinars for a wide range of audiences; advises employers, law schools, and professional organizations; and works with Congress and the Department of Education on federal legislation and regulations.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/2013/08/21/understand-calls-for-loan-repayment-reform

Solving the Student Loan Crisis – Piglt Campaigns are Live

Student loan debt in the US has risen above $1 trillion and the cost of higher education is skyrocketing. Thats preventing individuals from progressing socially and economically. The rising cost of higher education is preventing Americans from getting the kinds of degrees they want to finance the lives they want to lead. Similarly, the burden of student debt is precluding Americans from buying homes, cars, getting married, having kids, and pursuing careers in areas in which they are interested or trained. People everywhere are pursuing jobs in career fields unrelated to their passions or their education, just to make ends meet. Piglt enables people to use the skills they have and the skills theyll get from their higher education to help pay for their schooling or pay off their existing student loan debt.
Source: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Solving-the-Student-Loan-Crisis-Piglt-Campaigns-4752997.php

Time to Bring Bankruptcy Back for Student Loan Debt

One way, of course, would be to bring down the ever-rising price tag of college tuition. That process, which will be driven by good old-fashioned supply and demand and customer outrage and increased appropriations from broke-ass state governments, will not happen overnight. In the meantimefor the millions of people who are already laboring under loads of student debtit would be nice to allow for a sober and responsible route into bankruptcy for student loan debt, just like there is for other kinds of debt. (If you are the debtor, where your debt came from is less important than the fact that it is crippling you.) That’s exactly what the Center for American Progress calls for in a new report : reasonable standards to ensure that student loans can probably be repaid, combined with bankruptcy eligibility for those loans that will be the hardest to repay. The way to approach this issue, however, is to establish clear and public standards for what we at the Center for American Progress refer to as Qualified Student Loans, or loans that cannot be easily discharged in bankruptcy, which has been done for other types of financial products as a way to identify safer financial products. Qualified Student Loans would include loans, both federal and private, that have reasonable repayment conditions such as low interest rates and access to favorable forbearance, deferment, and income-based repayment options.
Source: http://gawker.com/time-to-bring-bankruptcy-back-for-student-loan-debt-1177948307

Obama said that a higher education remained the best ticket to upward mobility in America. But he warned that soaring cost of college in some cases up 250 per cent for a four-year course over the last three decades was pricing many families out. Weve got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt, Obama said, before an enthusiastic crowd of students at the University of Buffalo. The speech reunited Obama with one of his most supportive constituencies students and the 52-year-old president reminded his audience he only finished paying off his college loans while he was in his 40s. The US Federal Reserve has estimated that there is nearly one trillion dollars in outstanding college debt in the United States. In 2011, the average outstanding amount of student loan debt for each graduate was $23,000 dollars. Obamas return to his role as champion of the middle classes, a focus-group tested message that worked to great effect last year, comes ahead of looming budget battles with Republicans.
Source: http://news.in.msn.com/international/obama-tackles-student-loan-crisis