PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF)

  • The Case for Investing in Technology ETFs

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, QQQ, XLK, VGT

    Investing in the right sectors is crucial when it comes to generating superior long-term returns for your portfolio, and the technology industry offers unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation. No other sector has the same kind of dynamism in terms of creating new products with disruptive possibilities that the tech business provides.

    However, competitive risks are always a challenge in such a dynamic sector; for this reason, investing in technology more »

  • One Great Basic Investment

    By Daniel Murray - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: QQXT, QQEW, QQQ

    If you’re looking for a way to invest in the high-growth technology sector without having to choose which individual companies will win, you might want to consider the PowerShares QQQ (NASDAQ: QQQ) exchange traded fund.

    Launched in October 1999, PowerShares QQQ is a passively managed ETF designed to replicate the performance of the Nasdaq 100 index. This index is composed of 100 of the largest non-financial securities, both domestic more »

  • Are you a investor-investor or an investor-gambler?

    By Jared Kassan - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: QQQ, SPY, DIA

    This is for all you investor gamblers. The people who love to just trade. They don't care if the evidence says it is better to buy-and-hold. They like to trade, and like to trade often. Well here is a question for all of you. Have you guys heard of Section 1256 Contracts? No? Neither had I! 

    Here is a bit of preliminary information- We all know the tax rules more »

  • Get over the Fiscal Cliff

    By Dana Blankenhorn - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: VXX, QQQ, VOO | Editor's Choice

    For nearly two months, CNBC has been pounding the table over the awful “fiscal cliff” facing us in January. Every day, in every ad, they demand that our leaders “rise above” partisanship and come to an agreement.

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    Anchor Maria Bartiromo (above) has been especially entertaining, practically rending her garments and screaming at the camera, shouting down any Democrat who stands in her way. And Rick Santelli, oh his rages have more »

  • Avoid Europe's Disappearing Growth

    By Joshua Bondy - November 28, 2012 | Tickers: EWC, QQQ, VEA, VTI

    Europe continues to chug along as their problems continue to grow. Although France receives less attention than Spain, their challenges are not disappearing. As the weaker European nations continue to drag down the continent, Germany and France will only be forced to bear more of the costs. The U.S. has many problems, but U.S. GDP growth has been relatively strong and stable. Investors need returns and stability. Continued more »

  • Deutsche Bank on the Joy of Depositary Receipts

    By Nick Slepko - October 26, 2012 | Tickers: DB, INFY, QQQ

    Deutsche Bank (FWB:DBK)(NYSE: DB) discusses depositary receipts (foreign stocks traded on local exchanges) and the role DRs play in global investing.  As one of the world's four depositary banks that manage the 3,600+ DRs around the globe, Deutsche Bank accounts for over 970 DR programs (with a market value of at least USD 100 billion) in 58 countries. 

    Akbar Poonawala is the Managing Director and Regional more »

  • Index Prices Can Give False Bull Signals

    By Chris Marasco - October 19, 2012 | Tickers: KRFT, QQQ, SPY, DIA, UNH

    I have been intrigued by the decision of the Averages Index Committee – the team that selects the component blue chips for the Dow Jones Industrial Average – to drop Kraft Foods (NASDAQ: KRFT) and replace it with UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)

    Kraft’s market cap runs just under $70 billion, while UnitedHealth’s is $56.3 billion. The committee decided to cut Kraft because the latter is downsizing – the snacks giant more »

  • Five ETFs to Beat the Markets in the Long Term

    By Andrés Cardenal - September 12, 2012 | Tickers: EEB, QQQ, XLK, VWO, DEM

    ETFs are perhaps the biggest revolution affecting retail investors over the last years. These instruments provide the possibility to diversify your holdings in a very simple and cost effective way, and they are also excellent vehicles to bet on different economic sectors, regions, or investment ideas. Keeping this in mind, here are some interesting possibilities in ETFs positioned to outperform the markets in the long term.

    It would be hard more »

  • You Can Get A Slice Of Apple For Just $30. But Should You?

    By John-Erik Koslosky - September 4, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, IYW, QQQ, XLK, VGT

    One of the complaints about Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) I hear from investor friends is that the stock is just “too expensive.”
    They’re not talking about the price-to-earnings multiple, which is anything but expensive at about 15.8.
    They’re referring to the share price, which is an imposing $670.
    Many lay investors put money into the market in dribs and drabs. A few hundred bucks here. A few hundred more »

  • The Easy Way to Beat the Market

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, QQQ, SPY, DGS

    If you buy around $50,000 in an ETF like S&P Depository Receipts (NYSEMKT:SPY) and keep reinvesting the dividends for 50 years, you are likely to end with almost one and a half million dollars in real terms, meaning adjusted for inflation.  Nobody says it’s fast, but it’s certainly easy to keep your money running in an ETF for the long term, and it can have more »

  • An X-Ray of How Exchange-Traded Funds Work

    By Jeff Stouffer - July 24, 2012 | Tickers: BXUB, DBC, QQQ, GLD

    The ever increasing popularity of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has made a significant impact on how investors seek returns through the use of packaged investment products.

    The list of benefits ETFs offers include transparent portfolio and strategy, ability to trade during market hours, ability to sell short, some ETFs have put and call options, reduced management expenses, and improved tax efficiency tend to drive more investors and professional advisors to employ more »

  • How to Profit from the Wide World of Indices

    By Soroush Pour - July 23, 2012 | Tickers: GCC, VXX, CRBQ, QQQ, DIA

    Think following the S&P 500, the NASDAQ, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is a bit monotonous? Even if you’re not a hipster, we have some good news for you.  In the wide world of indices, there are more choices than even Chuck Norris could wrap his mind around (though here’s a few of the action hero’s favorite stock picks).  Back to the point, some indices more »

  • Apple: On the Difference Between Uncertainty and Risk

    By Andrés Cardenal - May 3, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, QQQ

    Uncertainty and risk are not necessarily the same thing, and looking at Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) under different possible scenarios shows that the investment may be uncertain, but the risk looks quite contained from a valuation point of view.

    The future is uncertain, nobody knows for sure how Apple will do in the following years, and forecasting earnings and cash flows is no easy task at all for high growth companies more »

  • IBM Will Keep Beating the Market

    By Andrés Cardenal - May 2, 2012 | Tickers: IBM, QQQ, SPY, DIA


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    In the chart above we compare the performance of IBM (NYSE: IBM) versus three very popular ETFs which track widely followed market indexes:  S&P Depository Receipts (NYSEMKT: SPY) for the S&P 500, SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust (NYSEMKT: DIA) for the Dow Jones Index and PowerShares QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) replicates the Nasdaq 100 Index.

    The conclusion is quite clear; IBM has done much better than the more »

  • Are the Bears Coming Out of Hibernation Already?

    By John Mylant - April 12, 2012 | Tickers: QQQ

    The last five days of bearish influence over the IPowerShares QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) brings to mind that old investor’s colloquium: “Sell in May and Go Away.” The markets sure seem to be on par with that seasonal thought. Now as an investor, I need to ask myself: Is this the beginning of a bearish cycle in the market?

    Does Oversold Stocks mean Bearish Market?

    One important observation we more »

  • Technology ETFs to Outperform the Market

    By Andrés Cardenal - February 21, 2012 | Tickers: SKYY, IXN, IGV, QQQ, XLK

    It´s not necessary to choose an individual stock to outperform market indexes, certain sectors can show strong over performance records over the long term, and positions taken via ETFs usually have lower risk and volatility than individual stocks. The tech sector has many desirable characteristics that make it a convenient alternative for a sector bet from a risk and reward perspective for the middle and long term.

    First of more »

  • The Starbuck Stops Here

    By Zecharya Feldman - February 20, 2012 | Tickers: QQQ, SBUX

        I believe it is a normal human character trait to judge the world around us. It's part of growing up and being able to draw conclusions and make decisions that further our advancment in the world. Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, we judge unfavorably criticizing subjectively that which is around us. I myself take part in this judgement process and was recently enlightend to how having such an more »

  • A Market Correction is Imminent

    By Christopher Myers - January 9, 2012 | Tickers: AA, QQQ

    Economic data sure has been great recently, hasn't it?  Unfortunately, this is always the case as in an investor stands at the precipice before a sell off.  You see, the stock market leads the economy because the stock market anticipates future conditions.  Therefore, we must study the action of the market itself and the underlying psychology of investors in that market to understand the battlefield we are engaged in more »