(Lack of) Credit Ratings by Country

On 05/20/2011, in Economics, by Jordan Wilson

Countries continue to finance their activities through deficit spending, resulting in substantial accumulated debt.

This devalues the worth of a country.

As with individuals, high debt results in poor credit ratings as the risk of default increases. This can have a significantly negative effect on a country and its residents. 

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Alternative Asset Class ETFs

On 11/27/2010, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

To date we have treated exchange traded funds (ETFs) strictly as index trackers.

In our examples, we have focussed on stock indices.

But there is more to ETFs than simply being stock index trackers.

Before leaving ETFs, I want to briefly discuss some other available ETF options.

All these other ETFs trade exactly as the ETFs we previously discussed. The only difference is the assets within the ETF portfolio and/or the investment tactics used by the ETF.

Today we will quickly review some other available ETF asset classes.

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