In recent pieces, I have directed investor attention towards subsector products like the iShares S&P North America Technology Software Index Fund ( IGV) and the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund ( FDN) as being attractive ways to target specific aspects of the tech sector. While these products remain attractive, those looking for a way to cast a wide net over the sector may want to consider looking to the IYW.

iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund ( IYG)

Whereas Google's earnings numbers provided a dose of optimism, banking giant JPMorgan ( JPM) reminded investors the markets are still battling against hurdles. Despite beating analyst expectations, the firm noted that its income saw a 4% dip, pressured by ongoing global market turmoil.

Fitch did little to ignite confidence following JPMorgan's disappointing quarterly report. Last week, the company placed a collection of U.S. and European banks on review for a possible downgrade.

This week, investors will uncover additional clues regarding the state of the U.S. financial system as companies such as Citigroup ( C), Wells Fargo ( WFC), Bank of America ( BAC) and Goldman Sachs ( GS) release their earnings. While these earnings are interesting to watch, I would encourage conservative investors to stick to the sidelines.

iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund ( THD)

The first half of October have been promising for Thailand's markets, as indicated by THD's impressive multi-week bounce off of its September lows. While this run-up may be alluring, conservative investors may want to hold off before jumping in.

Analysts have been watching Thailand closely as the nation takes steps to defend against rising flood waters brought on by heavy monsoon season rains. Government officials have attempted to determine the economic impact this natural phenomenon could have on the Thai economy. The nation's Deputy Prime Minister warned last week that the damage could slash GDP growth by 0.6% to 0.9%.

Written by Don Dion in Williamstown, Mass.


At the time of publication, Dion Money Management owned the First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund.

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