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Best-Performing ETFs Point Way for Economy

Lesson 4: The financial sector is OK. Four financial ETFs, including Claymore/Clear Global Exchanges, Brokers & Asset Managers (EXB), made the list. Closely related to the group is PowerShares International Listed Private Equity (PFP), whose holdings include a number of private-equity firms or managers as well as the consolidated exposure of the underlying portfolio investments.

March's Top-Performing ETFs Are Saying:
Industrial Production Should Pick Up; Green Is Fashionable;
Asia Is Popular; and Financials Are OK
iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund EWY C- 30.55 1.75 -48.038
Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF TAN U 29.72 -20.87 N/A
PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio PGF D 28.14 -25.55 -50.515
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF KWT U 23.64 -19.49 N/A
WisdomTree Pacific ex-Japan High-Yielding Equity Fund DNH D+ 23.35 -4.89 -44.004
PowerShares DB Base Metals Long Exchange Traded Note BDG U 22.24 11.39 N/A
Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate ETF TAO E+ 22.05 0.31 -42.336
iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund EZA D+ 21.45 -3.45 -30.888
Market Vectors TR Russia ETF RSX E- 21.33 7.50 -68.983
iPath Barclays Capital Global Carbon Index Total Return GRN U 20.96 -22.32 N/A
Claymore/Clear Global Exchanges, Brokers & Asset Mgrs EXB E- 20.94 -8.13 -52.223
iShares MSCI Austria Inv Mkt Idx EWO C- 20.85 -5.61 -61.831
iShares S&P U.S.Preferred Stock Index Fund PFF E- 20.81 -20.40 -41.425
RevenueShares Financials Sector Fund RWW U 20.42 -26.31 N/A
PowerShares International Listed Private Equity PFP E+ 20.22 -18.11 -64.122
Rydex S&P Smallcap 600 Pure Value ETF RZV D 20.09 -25.34 -54.853
WisdomTree International Financial Sector Fund DRF D+ 19.94 -16.05 -56.697
iPath Dow Jones AIG Lead Total Return Sub Index LD U 19.92 25.35 N/A
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Basic Materials Sector Portfolio PRFM E+ 19.79 -10.92 -54.977
UBS E Tracs CMCI Industrial Metals Tr UBM U 19.77 20.64 N/A
iPath Dow Jones-AIG Copper Total Return Sub-Index ETN JJC D- 19.77 31.92 -52.208
PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio PMR C+ 19.35 5.18 -11.996
iShares MSCI Australia Index Fund EWA C 19.34 -4.43 -44.345
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Asia Pacific ex-Japan Small-Mid Portfolio PDQ E 19.24 -3.09 -51.498
Source: Ratings (Data as of 3/31/2009).
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Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for Ratings. Prior to joining, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.
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