Obama Under Fire As Americans Lose Prior Health Plans

“Period. End of story.” As recently as an April news conference, Obama underscored that the effects of the Affordable Care Act was already underway for the approximately 85% of insured Americans.”And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better, more secure than it was before. Full stop,” Obama said. “That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.” But administration officials said Tuesday that it should be no surprise that a slice of the 5% of U.S. consumers who are on the individual insurance market would be forced to switch plans as a result of insurance providers dealing with meeting the minimum benefit requirement established under the law.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/29/gop-obama-misled-health-care/3308139/

This is a new dynamic for them. If Obama and senior officials at the White House were unaware of the scope of the program, so, too, were key lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who said Monday that her panel had not been properly informed of activities going back a decade or more. With respect to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies including France, Spain, Mexico and Germany let me state unequivocally: I am totally opposed, Feinstein said in a statement, adding that her committee would initiate a major review into all intelligence collection programs. Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, she said, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers. The president should be required to approve any collection of this sort. White House officials said Obama was not told about the extent of the world leader surveillance program before this summer because briefings are tailored to the presidents priorities. Iran, China, counterterrorism and other concerns ranked ahead of an accounting of intelligence collected about leaders of allied nations such as Germany, the officials said.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-didnt-know-about-surveillance-of-us-allied-world-leaders-until-summer-officials-say/2013/10/28/0cbacefa-4009-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html

While it is generally popular, the 2006 law hasnt been universally embraced in Massachusetts. Like the federal law, the state law includes a penalty charged individuals deemed able to purchase insurance, but who refuse. Since the law took effect, thousands of Massachusetts taxpayers have opted not to get insurance and pay the penalty instead, meaning the state has fallen short of the elusive goal of coverage for all. Other challenges have come about since the law took effect, including a critical shortage of primary care physicians, according to a report by the Massachusetts Medical Society. Jon Kingsdale, the former head of the agency that oversees state health care law, disputed claims of a doctor shortage, saying its very clear that people got more care and care they needed after the law went into effect.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-expected-to-compare-rollouts-of-mass-federal-health-care-laws-during-visit-to-boston/2013/10/29/4d4f3158-40fa-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

President Barack Obama welcomes Derrick Rose back to the NBA via Twitter

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to come before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday where she’s expected to take heat for the failed rollout of healthcare.gov, the website designed to help those without insurance shop for and sign up for plans. The new law requires Americans to secure health care coverage by March or pay a fine. But the website has been plagued with trouble, leaving many unable to sign-up. In testimony made public ahead of the hearing , Sebelius seems to blame the contractors who constructed the website for the messy unveiling. [ READ:Sebelius Set to Face Off With House Republicans ] “CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function. Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations,” she is expected to say, according to written testimony.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/10/29/obama-heads-to-boston-to-defend-obamacare-while-kathleen-sebelius-takes-heat-in-dc

Obama vs. Putin — is the Cold War about to return to the Middle East?

In contrast to Obama, Putin has been the most-outspoken world leader to defend Morsis removal. Obamas October 9 decision to freeze about a third of this year’s $1.6 billion aid package to Egypt, and his http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ coldly criticalreaction to the popularly-demanded ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organization from power on July 3, have predictably angered most Egyptians. After all, the Obama administration had not only helped Morsi and the MB gain power, but rewarded them with increased assistance even as they created a terror-supporting Islamist dictatorship during its year-long rule. And now, the revelation in an October 27 analysis by Mark Landler in The New York Timesthat the Obama administration no longer views Egypt — “once a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy” — as very important can only inflame that opinion further. National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Landler that the president is now fixed mainly on concluding an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, solving the crisis in Syria and trying to get results from almost invisible ongoing Israeli-Palestinian talks (about holding real talks) quixotically pushed by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/28/obama-vs-putin-is-cold-war-about-to-return-to-middle-east/

Obama is expected to highlight how Massachusetts’ health overhaul, which relied on similar insurance exchanges, also got off to a slow start. The people at risk for policy cancellations are a portion of those in the pool of 15 million consumers, often self-employed, who do not get coverage through their employers or the government and have individual policies. The dropped policies are also reviving debate on a core premise of the healthcare law – that all Americans should have adequate coverage so that the costs of healthcare are spread across the population. Democrats are also saying Obama could have phrased his plan retention pledge more accurately. “I think preciseness would have been better,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, told reporters. Obama in 2009, while building support for the bill that would become the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, repeatedly said that Americans who liked their doctors or current healthcare plans could keep them.
Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-usa-healthcare-obama-20131026,0,6570942.story

The former Memphis standout also spoke of the importance of Obama becoming the first African-American president in the history of the United States. He gives you hope, Rose said. Just like no one thought he would become President, no one thought that I could grow up and become the first pick in the draft. I think it gives people everywhere a little extra hope. And now, with Rose about to make his long-awaited return, it’s Obama and Bulls fans everywhere who find themselves ecstatic at the hope of a new day for their favored franchise. Funny how that works out, huh? – – – – – – – Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports.
Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/president-barack-obama-welcomes-derrick-rose-back-nba-000438340–nba.html

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Bitcoin, Bubbles And The Aging Adult-film Star Of The Stock Market

After that the next obstacle would be the 100-day at $49. A break and close above this could lead to a gap fill at $52. Monsanto (MON) is another compelling setup. The stock has regained the support of all key moving averages. It has an intermediate wedge pattern that could resolve to the upside at $107.10. PotashCorp (POT) also reclaimed its 8- and 21-day recently.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2013/10/21/stock-market-rally-rolls-on-apple-and-google-still-rising/

Rowes retirement-related products had helped the firm attract deposits in each of the past five years. The company gathered $17.1 billion in 2008 when U.S. mutual funds, excluding money-market funds, lost $225 billion to withdrawals. Janus Capital Group Inc.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/t-rowe-price-profit-rises-9-on-global-stock-market-gains.html

7:58 am: [BRIEFING.COM] S&P futures vs fair value: +6.00. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +11.50. U.S. equity futures hold modest gains with the S&P 500 futures up 0.3%.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-market-briefing-com-182401296.html

Broadcom was another company that disappointed Wall Street with its third-quarter earnings. The communications chip maker fell 78 cents or 2.9 percent, to $26.36, reported adjusted results that exceeded Wall Street expectations, but the company’s earnings forecast was weak. It wasn’t all bad news from corporate America. Boeing raised its profit estimate for the full year because deliveries of commercial planes continue to accelerate. The plane maker’s stock climbed $6.54, or 5.3 percent, to $129.02.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fiw-1023-stock-market-20131023,0,114919.story?track=rss

You can follow him on Twitter @DanCaplinger . Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Procter & Gamble. The Motley Fool owns shares of PotashCorp.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/beginning/2013/10/23/stock-market-correction-is-it-worth-waiting-for.aspx

Do you remember the PC Revolutionthe Automobile Revolutionthe Railroad Revolution and how they bubbled and how hundreds of companies were created, built into mini-juggernauts and then flamed out? Do you see how all those revolutions played out similarly? Human nature doesnt change. People start to see a new technology that catches traction, hits critical mass, and brings in more customers, which brings in more traction, which brings in more people who want to invest in the technology, and things start to get bubbly and fortunes are made and then the bubble pops as people recognize that you had to actually know which companies were making the right moves and developing the right technologies to stay in front of each respective revolution. Do you really question that mobile apps are revolutionary? Do you really question that were heading into an App Future?
Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/cody/2013/10/23/setting-up-for-the-biggest-stock-market-bubble-of-all-time/

Since the financial crisis, global stock markets have been driven by “macro” events which have caused stock prices to move in tandem (they have become highly correlated, in investment-speak), making it difficult for quality stocks to outperform. Consequently, most stock pickers have seen their research trumped by external events. Proponents of active management always claim that a stock picker’s market is web site just around the corner. They’re always wrong because arithmetic, not temporary economic events, dooms active management. Every dollar invested in the stock market is owned by either an active or passive investor.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-this-a-stock-pickers-market-2013-10-23

Setting up for the biggest stock market bubble of all time

Even a soft earnings season is unlikely to derail the budding positive momentum in the broad market, the analyst said. Investors may award a free pass to the business sector, as uncertainty and modest order-book softness is expected, given the U.S. government shenanigans. Or, just toss all of it out the window and watch as stocks drop 40%; thats what our latest bubble believer Mark Spitznagel predicts (see below). No, this isnt a repeat of the same target from earlier this week.
Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/need-to-know/2013/10/24/bitcoin-bubbles-and-the-aging-adult-film-star-of-the-stock-market/

Jpmorgan Paying $100m, Admitting Manipulation Of Prices In Settlement Over $6b Trading Loss

Should the contract expire worthless, the premium would represent a 4.06% return on the cash commitment, or 7.03% annualized at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost. Click here to find out the Top YieldBoost Puts of the MLPs Below is a chart showing the trailing twelve month trading history for Atlas Pipeline Partners LP, and highlighting in green where the $32.00 strike is located relative to that history: Turning to the calls side of the option chain, the call contract at the $38.00 strike price has a current bid of $1.50. If an investor was to purchase shares of APL stock at the current price level of $37.40/share, and then sell-to-open that call contract as a covered call, they are committing to sell the stock at $38.00. Considering the call seller will also collect the premium, that would drive a total return (excluding dividends, if any) of 5.61% if the stock gets called away at the May 2014 expiration (before broker commissions). Of course, a lot of upside could potentially be left on the table if APL shares really soar, which is why looking at the trailing twelve month trading history for Atlas Pipeline Partners LP, as well as studying the business fundamentals becomes important. Below is a chart showing APLs trailing twelve month trading history, with the $38.00 strike highlighted in red: Considering the fact that the $38.00 strike represents an approximate 2% premium to the current trading price of the stock (in other words it is out-of-the-money by that percentage), there is also the possibility that the covered call contract would expire worthless, in which case the investor would keep both their shares of stock and the premium collected.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stockoptionschannel/2013/10/18/first-week-of-may-2014-options-trading-for-atlas-pipeline-partners-apl/

(Photo: Richard Drew, AP) Story Highlights First enforcement action under SEC’s market access rule On Aug. read this 1, 2012, Knight Capital sent more than 4M erroneous orders arising out of computer glitch The orders covered 140 stocks listed in the New York Stock Exchange SHARE 1 CONNECT 9 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Financial firm the Knight Capital Group, which merged with Getco in the wake of a 2012 stock trading glitch, has agreed to pay a $12 million fine from the Securities and Exchange Commission. It marks the SEC’s first enforcement action under its market access rule, adopted in 2010. On Aug.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/16/knight-capital-sec-12-million-fine/2993661/

The trading loss raised concern about continued risk-taking by Wall Street banks five years after the financial crisis plunged the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The fallout ensnared JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who initially dismissed news reports of the huge bets by the London operation as a tempest in a teapot. He later acknowledged the magnitude of the losses, admitted to Congress that the bank failed in its oversight and took a multi-million-dollar pay cut. Federal prosecutors in New York filed criminal charges in August against JPMorgan traders Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout. Martin-Artajo supervised the banks trading strategy in London, and Grout, his subordinate, was in charge of recording the value of the investments each day.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/jpmorgan-paying-100m-admitting-manipulation-of-prices-in-settlement-over-6b-trading-loss/2013/10/16/a23cc220-366e-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html

NextWorth : $180. It’s also accommodating on the tablet’s condition. Best Buy : This one’s a bit tricky, because “good” is the best listed condition. But if it’s “fair,” you only get $130.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/20/technology/mobile/ipad-trade-in/index.html

The Goldman Sachs Trading Machine Broke Down In The Summer

The bank said the drop reflected significantly lower net revenues in mortgages and interest rate products, as well as in currencies. Wall Street had been well prepared for a drop off, especially after other big banks like Citigroup reported in recent days weakness in third-quarter fixed income trading revenue, but Goldmans trading slowdown was sharper than expected and more severe than at other big banks. Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution operated in a challenging environment, which was characterized by economic uncertainty, difficult market-making conditions in certain businesses and lower levels of activity, Goldman Sachs said in the third-quarter earnings release it put out on Thursday. In other words, Goldman was thrown off its trading game as the Federal Reserve threw its summer head fake about diminishing its massive bond buying program. Goldman was unable to offset the trading decline in other areas like investment banking.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2013/10/17/the-goldman-sachs-trading-machine-broke-down-in-the-summer/

RPT-U.S. data backlog a boon for computer-driven trading

4. As well as data on the world’s biggest economy, European and Asian numbers during the week may cause sharp swings in stock, bond and currency prices as investors parse the figures. That will benefit high-frequency, or “algo”, traders, whose algorithms rapidly pump out a large number of small computerised orders to exploit price moves. “There may be some surprises as the market catches up to the data. This implies heightened volatility, which is good for many systematic strategies,” said Aaron Smith, managing director at hedge fund Pecora Capital, which specialises in such trading. “Our reaction during October was to dramatically reduce exposure to our momentum systems as price action was compressed and the market adopted a ‘wait and see’ attitude.” Also known as momentum trading, such computerised dealings at high speed can inject further choppiness into markets, which in turn helps high-frequency accounts generate profits.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/20/fiscal-usa-data-markets-idUSL6N0I82UO20131020

Student Loan Deal Passes Senate

It is expected to become law, with support from the White House and the House of Representatives, which will likely take up the bill in coming days. “This fall, all undergraduates, subsidized or unsubsidized, would only have to pay 3.86% interest rate for the life of the loan,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, whose support was key to a Washington deal. “That means real savings for borrowers.” It doesn’t apply to loans that students get from private lenders. It http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ only affects Stafford loans, which are made by the U.S.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/24/news/economy/senate-student-loans/index.html

Student-Loan Straitjacket

Like the mortgage market, Chopra noted, the $1.2 trillion a year industry is backed primarily by the federal government. And the debt is onerously collateralized, with options such a wage garnishment impacting borrower repayment activity. “We are already seeing signs of economic drag from student loan debt,” Chopra said. “The impact on the housing market is the most troubling part.” Chopra dispelled the “myth” that quantitative easing benefits the student loan space. Despite keeping historically low rates everywhere else, most student loans are not variable and typical charge 8% or above.
Source: http://www.housingwire.com/articles/27303-cfpb-student-loan-debt-hijacks-the-housing-recovery

CFPB: Student loan debt hijacks the housing recovery

A spokeswoman for the chairman of the House Committee on Education, John Kline of Minnesota, said the committee has been collecting input from higher education groups, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and will be exploring those issues leading to the renewal of the Higher Education Act. SAYING SORRY Representatives for HBCUs and minority students said they feel burned by the DOE’s sudden change to PLUS loans in 2011. “That one took our schools and the higher education community by surprise, because no one knew it was coming,” said Cheryl Smith, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs for United Negro College Fund (UNCF). “They did it without telling anybody.” The DOE later explained it made the changes to PLUS loans to bring underwriting standards in line with other types of loans. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has since apologized for the poor communication, and has said his department will start a new rulemaking process early next year. Bowing to pressure from the groups, the DOE has also put in place an appeals process for parents denied PLUS loans.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/hbcu-student-loan-changes_n_4059841.html

Suze Orman takes on the student loan crisis

There are four companies processing or collecting student loans, and a fifth, Wells Fargo, will be opening a branch office here soon. The companies account for 384 jobs, with some firms adding positions. One aspect of the student loan business collections is likely to continue to grow. The default rate on student loans has risen for the sixth year in a row, according to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Education .
Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/aan-no-business-like-student-loan-business-four-companies-in-aberdeen-process-collect-loans-20131006,0,5995255,full.story

Four companies in Aberdeen process, collect loans

The story worsens when you factor in interest rates and ramifications for not paying on school debt. “It’s a real travesty what is going on in our country with student loans and our children,” stressed Orman. “Students are paying more in interest on student loans than what they pay for a car or a mortgage, and those loans (auto and mortgages) can be discharged in bankruptcy,” said Orman. Unlike with most debts, the current federal law states that student loans cannot be dissolved or written off in a bankruptcy. This is a point of contention for Orman, who said “I couldn’t agree with Sen.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101085130

The 6 Most Popular Dow Stocks

Twitterfiled plans to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The San Francisco-based microblogging site led by CEO Dick Costolo, could raise up to $1 billion, a number that for now, is just a placeholder used to calculate fees. The company’s ticker symbol will be “TWTR,” which pays homage to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, “Just setting up my twttr”. Dorsey is one of Twitter’s largest shareholders, owning 23.4 million shares, or 4.9% of the company. Evan Williams, who co-founded the company along with Dorsey and Biz Stone, owns the most shares, with 12% or 56.9 million shares.
Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12059096/1/stocks-slip-as-budget-impasse-keeps-fed-employees-grounded.html

Lack of triggers kept the activity dull. News about privatisation of PIA and four other state-owned enterprises (SoEs) triggered massive buying interest in PIA shares during the early hours of the day. Nishat (Chunian) Power Limited and Nishat (Chunian) announced results on Friday. NCPL announced earnings per share (eps) at Rs7.45. Directors also declared cash dividend at Rs2 per share (20 per cent). NCL posted eps at Rs12.51 along with dividend at Rs2 and bonus shares at 10 per cent.
Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1047505/stocks-remain-range-bound-on-low-turnover

Its most recent $600 million contract to help build a huge liquefied-natural-gas project in Russia is only the latest sign of the demand that GE is benefiting from, and you can expect further deals like it in the future. Popularity isn’t everything As you can see, just because stocks have high volume doesn’t mean they’re good performers. Sometimes, you have to look beyond the most popular stocks to find the top returns. Another great way to separate out the best from the rest is to look for strong dividend stocks. Find out about some of the great prospects among Dow stocks in The Motley Fool’s brand-new special report, ” The 3 Dow Stocks Dividend Investors Need .” It’s absolutely free, so simply click here now and get your copy today. Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/05/the-6-most-popular-dow-stocks.aspx

Stocks bounce back after steep slide

The biggest stocks with the most recent dividend growth are Accenture and Phillips 66. Only four companies have a P/E of less than 15. The market gets more and more expensive, a fact that is also reasonable to the low interest policy of Bernanke. Here are the latest dividend growth stocks: 13 Stocks With Fresh New Dividend Hikes… Take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent dividend hikes. The average dividend growth amounts to 15.22 percent and the average dividend yield amounts to 2.92 percent.
Source: http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/13-stocks-with-fresh-new/875421

13 Stocks With Fresh New Dividend Hikes

A self-professed cowboy and former reality show contestant, Boyer put together a simple tool that lets people plug in the two turnip prices they get each day from their town’s shop to see where they are on one of the game’s random, yet predetermined pricing patterns. (Credit: CNET) Cracking those patterns did not come easily. As a former programmer and financial analyst in Colorado, Boyer once created software that would predict the price swings for mortgage-backed securities. To apply similar logic to the world of Animal Crossing involved “hundreds” of hours in a previous version of the game for the Wii (which used the same pricing algorithms).
Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57605990-235/playing-the-market-when-video-games-and-stocks-collide/

Tech stocks: It’s all about Twitter

The Dow Jones industrial average , the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq advanced between 0.5% and 0.9%. The gains came at the end of what was a mostly down week on Wall Street. The Dow fell 1.2% and the S&P 500 slipped 0.1%. Friday’s move higher helped the Nasdaq book a 0.7% gain for the week though. The government shutdown has created plenty of uncertainty and left an estimated 800,000 federal employees waiting to go back to work. The shutdown is also delaying the release of the government’s monthly jobs report, originally scheduled to come out Friday morning.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/04/investing/stocks-markets/index.html

Playing the market: When video games and stocks collide

A link has been sent to learn more your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Tech stocks: It’s all about Twitter Brett Molina, USA TODAY 8:39 a.m. EDT October 4, 2013 Logos for the microblogging site Twitter are displayed on their website. (Photo: Mary Turner, Getty Images) SHARE 12 CONNECT 16 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Investors are likely still poring over the S-1 filed by social network Twitter, part of the process required to become a publicly traded company.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/10/04/tech-stocks-twitter-ipo/2921319/

Apple-heavy Etf Sporting Decent Technicals

http://www.etftradingsignals.com Apple and Google are vying for smartphone supremacy in the U.S. In August, the iPhone and smartphones running on Googles Android operating system combined for U.S. smartphone market share of over 84%, according to Forbes . In China, the two operating systems combine for 93% market share. In Japan, the number is 96%. On the fundamental side, XLK offers some utility as an income play that can offer some safety in rising interest rate environments.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-heavy-etf-sporting-decent-175715160.html

WisdomTree Launches Emerging-Markets Consumer Growth ETF

stock futures are lower amid concern over a looming deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown. Lawmakers have until midnight to reach an agreement over a new budget and will resume talks at 2 p.m. ET. The shutdown may cut Q4 economic growth by as much as 1.4 percentage points depending on its duration, Bloomberg said, citing economists at Moody’s Analytics Inc. Winners and Losers Financial – Select Financial Sector SPDRs ( XLF ) is down 0.95%.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-broad-market-etfs-lower-as-deadline-for-government-shutdown-looms-cm281114

ETF Investors: Expect More Volatility In October

dollar-denominated short-term fixed-income securities with an average duration of one year or less. At least 80 percent of the fund will be comprised of investment-grade assets, which include U.S. debt and corporate debt. “We see this one-year duration being a nice in-between” to other existing funds, Tucker said. “It’s a part of the market where there are actually not a lot of offerings for investors,” he said. “It represents an interesting sweet spot for some investors who want to take on some risk but maybe not as much as even a two- or three-year duration fund might offer.” BlackRock currently has $55 billion in its active short-duration business, which includes a range of private and public funds.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-blackrock-etf-idUSBRE98P04W20130926?feedType=RSS

Notable ETF Inflow Detected – PBW, GTAT, YGE, CSIQ

23, T. Rowe Price filed with the SEC for the ability to offer nontransparent, actively managed ETFs. The firm previously received exemptive relief to offer transparent ETFs, though it has yet to launch any products. Daily disclosure requirements make the ETF vehicle unappealing for many active equity managers, who fear investors could front-run their trades. The exemptive relief that T. Rowe is seeking in its latest filing would help get around that.
Source: http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=612974

ETF Preview: Broad Market ETFs Lower As Deadline for Government Shutdown Looms

Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, supports the “buy the dip” strategy, based on evidence of strong economic growth underway. His year-end target for the S&P 500 is 1750, up about 4% from its September close, and which translates to $175 a share for SPY. “Real estate prices (up across the world bar Europe), purchase mortgage applications (at an eight-week high) and credit availability (lending to small business is up for the first time since 2008) all argue that gross domestic product estimates are more likely to rise than fall, in our view,” Hartnett and his colleagues wrote in a report Sept. 26. Rising U.S. home prices lift consumer confidence and dissipate the threat of recession, they reason.
Source: http://news.investors.com/investing-etfs/093013-673125-etf-investors-stock-market-volatility-october.htm

BlackRock launches short-maturity bond ETF

Among the largest underlying components of PBW, in trading today GT Advanced Technologies Inc. ( NASD: GTAT ) is up about 0.9%, Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., Ltd. ( NYSE: YGE ) is up about 3.1%, and Canadian Solar Inc ( NASD: CSIQ ) is up by about 3%. For a complete list of holdings, visit the PBW Holdings page Click here to find out which 9 other ETFs had notable inflows, at ETFChannel.com The chart below shows the one year price performance of PBW, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, PBWs low point in its 52 week range is $3.46 per share, with $6.33 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $6.32. 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 .
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/etfchannel/2013/09/30/notable-etf-inflow-detected-pbw-gtat-yge-csiq/