Sunday, 27 February 2011
MES - Market vector gulf states - general multi country in middle east
GULF - focusing on dividend stocks in middle east
Main countries both focus on: Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, (19% Egypt in GULF)
GULF looks more diversified among more countries than MES but focuses bit more on financials/telecom than MES (both ~70%)
Probably consider MES more. Currently down ~10% from peak due to middle east revolution issues right now.
Friday, 25 February 2011
Criteria: Some yield (above the low interest rates available from money markets), low volatility, high liquid, low bid/ask spread.
Barclays iShares US Treasury Bond ETFs
iShares Lehman Short Treasury Bond Fund (SHV)
iShares Lehman 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund (SHY)
iShares Lehman 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEI)
iShares Lehman 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEF)
iShares Lehman 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLH)
iShares Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)
Vanguard Government Bond Index ETFs
Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond Index Fund (VGSH)
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond Index Fund (VGIT)
Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond Index Fund (VGLT)
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
iShares currently offers the S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSE:PFF), which has more than $6 billion in assets. PowerShares offers two preferred stock ETFs (NYSE:PGF) and (NYSE:PGX) with aggregate assets of about $3 billion, while State Street’s PSK has about $100 million [see ETF Roundup: One Trillion And Counting].