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Dion's Friday ETF Winners and Losers

Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) -3.8%

The Russian markets are struggling today as oil prices cap off a tough week of losses.

RSX's performance is tied tightly to the global energy markets with oil and gas companies making up nearly 50% of the fund's total portfolio. The drop also comes even though CurrencyShares Russian Ruble Trust (XRU) is up almost 0.8% today.

iShares Russell Micro Cap Index Fund (IWC) -2.0%

Traditionally, the smaller the company, the more volatile its performance becomes. Today, this quality is evidenced by the losses from IWC, which is designed to track micro cap companies. Its losses are slightly ahead of other small-cap ETFs.

All prices as of 2:16 PM EST

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned RSX.

Don Dion is president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

Dion also is publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.
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CHIX $17.78 0.00%
HAO $30.65 0.00%
IWC $80.51 0.00%
RSX $18.00 0.00%
SLV $14.95 0.00%

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