PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy
Recently, I made the argument that PowerShares’ Water Resources ETF is poised to beat the market thanks to inevitable trends in demand for fresh water. However, the benefits of owning a diversified basket of stocks that can take advantage of global trends will only lead to market outperformance if you take time to develop an understanding of the ETF's components, the weighting of specific companies (or particular niches within more »
Risk and return. The goal is to find great returns with as little risk as possible. Green ETFs sound like a simple and easy way to achieve such goals, but looks can be deceiving. Many ETFs mix low-quality firms along with quality firms. It is important to look at an ETF's holdings to understand the true amount of risk it holds.
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Alternative energy needs high fossil fuel prices to be competitive. Despite the hopes for it and all its promise that attracted so many billions in venture capital and public sector financial support, there is no form of clean energy that can even come close to matching the present price points of oil and, in particular, natural gas. According to a recent article in Wired magazine,"Clean Tech Meltdown" by Juliet more »
Sometimes investments are low priced because they ought to be low priced, rarely however does an entire sector get battered and stay on the mat too long. Usually there is at least some reversion to the mean. In 2011 several energy related industries got outright slaughtered with losses of 30% or more. Some are already poised for comebacks and some will take time but have huge upsides. Here’s a look at a few that qualify as Growth At Low Price investments today.