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  • Lessons from the Toyota Prius for Alt Energy Stocks [View article]
    Great point, CrossProfit. My guess is that solar water heaters in Israel are one of the exceptional cases where "green" technology is economically compelling because:

    - the climate is conducive to solar heaters
    - most people live in apartment buildings, so the costs can be shared
    - solar water heaters in Israel are cheap and simple, so upfront costs are low.

    What do you think?
    Mar 14 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Shouldn't Own DIA, SPY or QQQ [View article]
    Jess, thanks for your comment. It illustrates an important point: when you're deciding on the ETFs to include in your portfolio, don't rely on the portfolio I put together when the Guide was originally written, as the ETF landscape is changing so fast.

    I hope that what readers will take away from "chapters" like this one is the principles: think about which indexes are the right ones to include, and go for the lowest cost and most liquid ETFs that track those indexes.
    Mar 8 03:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Single Country Asia ETFs, ETNs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    Update: we just added the PowerShares India Portfolio ETF (PIN), and included links to articles evaluating and comparing the India ETFs and ETNs.
    Mar 6 10:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Single Country Emerging Markets ETFs, ETNs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    Update: we just added the PowerShares India Portfolio ETF (PIN), and included links to articles evaluating and comparing the India ETFs and ETNs.
    Mar 6 10:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Our Run-In With Auction Rate Securities - And What It Taught Me About Markets [View article]
    Terrific article, Fred. I've added a link to it in the "Further Reading" section of our ETF Selector page for muni bond ETFs and CEFs:

    seekingalpha.com/artic...
    Mar 5 09:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Municipal Bond ETFs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    Update: we added a link to Fred Wilson's excellent article explaining auction-rate municipal bonds:

    seekingalpha.com/artic...
    Mar 5 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Portfolio Theory Vindicated [View article]
    Geoff, your contribution to this discussion has been outstanding -- thank you. Two quick questions:

    1. Did you include dividends and interest payments on bonds in the calculation of returns?

    2. Would your method suggest the same allocation now as you did then?
    Mar 2 02:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Municipal Bond ETFs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    ... and also filled in the other Market Vectors muni bond ETFs, and the muni bond ETF from Powershares.
    Feb 26 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Municipal Bond ETFs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    We just updated this by adding the Market Vectors-Lehman Brothers AMT-Free Short Municipal Index ETF (SMB).
    Feb 26 02:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Single Country Emerging Markets ETFs, ETNs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    TW -- there aren't any emerging market currency ETFs or ETNs yet, but apparently they're in the works. You can view the currently available currency ETFs and ETNs here:

    etf.seekingalpha.com/a...
    Feb 24 03:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Single Country Emerging Markets ETFs, ETNs and Closed-End Funds [View article]
    We just added the new India earnings-weighted ETN from WisdomTree (EPI) in the list.
    Feb 24 03:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Guide to Currency ETFs and ETNs [View article]
    We just added the ELEMENTS ETNs, which are soon to start trading. The article linked to in the "Further Reading" section by Matt Hougan comparing the ELEMENTS ETNs with the Barclays ETNs is outstanding.
    Feb 24 02:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Friday's Turnaround: Raid on the Shorts [View article]
    Bill, I've been thinking more about your article. I'm not sure that short-term trading is every predictable, and I personally don't blame journalists for reporting rumors as long as they label them as such.

    For me, the message of this episode is that most investors should invest for the long term, in which the short-term noise cancels out and the fundamentals dictate prices.
    Feb 24 02:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodity Analysts Believe the Party's Over [View article]
    I'm surprised that the comments are attacking the authors of the article for reporting what analysts are saying. The authors themselves aren't expressing a view either way -- they're just reporting the analyst consensus.

    Note that consensus views tend to be a contrarian indicator.

    What's interesting is that the consensus among commenters on Seeking Alpha seems to be that commodities will continue their climb, wheras the analyst consensus seems to be that that they're in for a fall.

    I wonder what to make of that.
    Feb 23 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Larry Kumins: Ethanol Use May Peak Soon [View article]
    In answer to the comment above: Seeking Alpha is strictly independent. See the section on Editorial Principles here:

    seekingalpha.com/page/...

    If you want to submit a pro-ethanol article to us, our editors will consider it for publication.

    In the meantime, we do have rules about comments. They are best expressed by in words adapted from Kara Swisher's:

    We will not tolerate comments that contain personal attacks or question the motives, rather than the views, of others. If you think the author of an article or the people or companies written about are wrong, feel free to say so and to argue why you think so. We welcome such critiques and alternate views. But we will remove comments that call people corrupt, or stupid, or contend that they are taking positions because they are evil or immoral.
    Feb 19 09:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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