Thanks to all of our new readers. We hope you enjoy our recent coverage of mutual funds and ETFs. Speaking of ETFs there are a number of items today on the growing ETF marketplace.

Greg Newton at NakedShorts notes the imminent launch of double-inverse ETFs from ProShares.

Mark Hulbert at looks at the prospects of an ETF focused on so-called “neglected” stocks. Random Roger takes a wait and see attitude toward this fund.

Roger Nusbaum at looks at one of the new foreign dividend focused ETFs from WisdomTree Investments.

Ticker Sense has their cool, second quarter global returns map.

Dan Culloton at on ETFs new cousins, ETNs (exchange traded notes).

Has DealBook identified the peak in private equity fundraising cycle?

Reuters looks at the effect of high asset prices on private equity funds.
Jeff Matthews has some (not surprisingly) sensible guidelines boards of directors should follow in regards to option grants.

John Carney at has mixed emotions towards the middling performance of the hedge fund averages. looks at the spring-loaded option grants and insider trading. (via Truth on the Market)

Joe Weisenthal at (last item) looks at currency diversification and the “slam dunk case” for a weaker dollar.

Marc Hogan at thinks calls for a bottom in the bond market is not necessarily here.

Justin Lahart in the Wall Street Journal examines the “de-synchronization” of central bank interest rate policies. See our take on “Risk aversion and rising rates.”

Controlled Greed notes the re-opening of an international equity fund by a prominent value fund manager.

Tim Middleton at MSN Money thinks investors should wait before jumping onto the BRIC fund bandwagon.

Barry Ritholtz switches things up and looks at the bullish case for stocks.

Christopher Davis at with some mainstream advice on how to inflation-proof your portfolio.

Chet Currier at shows how Martin Whitman researches “investment risk” as opposed to “market risk.” You can read also read one of Whitman-inspired posts on “Lifelong learning.”

James Picerno at the Capital Spectator on the difficulty investors have, even when they are armed with the right information, in making intelligent investment decisions.

Andrew Feinberg at Kiplinger’s on how reading certain investment books can lead to investor “self-knowledge.”

Always interesting to learn something new, GDP linked-bonds via Economists’s View.

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