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Dion's Weekly ETF Winners and Losers

Stocks in this article: FAASGGICFGAZGDXJ

GAZ was hit especially hard this week due to the premium it has developed. Increased demand for this fund has caused it to disconnect from its underlying index, causing it to move more wildly. GAZ is currently trading similarly to a closed-end fund. I would advise investors to steer clear.

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (VXX) -10.9%

Despite seeing a heavy hit earlier in the week, the bulls remained unfazed heading into the final weeks of October. Market confidence throughout Sep and Oct has caused VXX and fellow VIX tracking ETN, iPath S&P 500 VIX MidTerm Futures ETN (VXZ) to fall sharply.

Macroeconomic issues remain present across many regions of the globe and I don't expect volatility to dissipate in the near future. However I wouldn't advise investors to try to capture uncertainty with VXX or any other VIX-related products..

Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) -4.7%

After rallying for weeks, precious metal prices at last saw a pullback, leading physically based funds such as iShares Gold Trust (IAU) and iShares Silver Trust (SLV) to notable losses. Weakness across these metals weighed heavily on miners, with the smaller, more volatile junior gold miners taking the hardest hit.

Precious metals remain an attractive region of the market as investors seek out protection from the broad market volatility. Late last week ETF Securities unveiled their newest product, the ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket Shares (GLTR). Designed as a catch-all for precious metals enthusiasts, this fund provides exposure to gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management was long PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund, iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors Index Fund and iShares Gold Trust .

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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