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Dion's Weekly ETF Blog Wrap

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Don Dion posts his current insights on the stock, bond, commodity and currency markets in his RealMoney blog, anticipating which ETFs will be in play next.

Here are three of his blog posts from the past week:


Germany Surges

Published 1/12/2011 11:16 a.m. EST

Eurozone fears (particularly regarding Portugal) have certainly colored recent U.S. trading sessions, so positive news from the eurozone today is helping to build confidence in the global marketplace. One of the standout statistics that should give investors confidence is the incredible rate of economic growth in Germany, which saw its biggest increase in decades during 2010.

Given an extra boost for exports, German GDP jumped 3.6%. With unemployment dropping and both business and consumer confidence rising, Germany is Europe's bright spot in troubled times.

ETF investors looking to target Germany in the wake of this data should consider the widely traded iShares MSCI Germany Index (EWG). As of 10:30 a.m. EST today, more than 350,000 shares of EWG had already changed hands, helping the fund to jump more than 2%.

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Although it's tempting to chase EWG today in light of all the headlines, longer-term ETF investors should look to benefit from constant fluctuation of eurozone worries. When another eurozone country creates fear about the euro in the weeks ahead -- it seems like there will always be one eurozone country or another causing concern -- it may be possible to buy EWG on a dip and hold the fund until the next round of German economic data helps to push the equities of this consistently strong eurozone country higher.

At the time of publication, Dion Money Management had no positions in the stocks mentioned.


Vanguard Scuttles Plan for Muni ETFs

Published 1/13/2011 3:16 p.m.

Before I could even get a chance to write about the new municipal bond ETFs -- "Good Idea, Bad Time" would have been the title -- Vanguard decided to can its plans.

Citing a "high level of volatility," Vanguard withdrew its filing to release a line of tax-exempt bond ETFs in the midst of terrible market for munis. In a brief SEC filing today, Vanguard withdrew its registration for a trio of new funds (the initial filing for the funds was made back in June): one short-term, one intermediate-term and one long-term muni ETF.

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