ETFs at Midyear: Investments Keep Pouring In

The first half of 2010 has been anything but dull for exchange-traded fund investors. ETF assets in the U.S. decreased 0.4% to $772 billion as of June 30, but that actually indicates a serious inflow of cash: Equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500, fell 8.9% during the period.

The Other Precious Metals Are Outshining Gold

Whether gold has more short-term upside ahead depends more on fear than fundamentals. The other side of that trade is a bet on global growth, and based on the performance of the economically more useful metals, the bulls are winning.