Last Week In Review: ETF News And Blog Posts To 8/12/2012

In case you missed it, here’s a summary of the ETF topics and market reviews I posted to my blog during the week ending on 8/12/2012.

In one of the lowest volume weeks in some five years, the S&P 500 managed to eke out another gain of 1%. This lack of participation makes it very easy to distort true market direction, especially as global economic news continues to be ignored.

With just about all of Europe on vacation, the predominant thought of Wall Street traders is the next move by the ECB, and it is expected to be a big one, which is necessary to justify current market levels.

Based on history, the ECB may not pull out the widely expected ‘bazooka’ after all to solve the ever worsening European debt crisis, as is its weapon of last reserve may only be a water pistol; or worse, it may have been just empty jawboning.

If so, the markets will not take too kindly to a ‘non-solution,’ which will bring the downside into play again, especially after the S&P 500 has now produced 6 up days in a row on nothing but hope for more stimulus.

Over past week, we covered the following:

Would The Euro Be Much Better Broken Up?

New ETFs On The Block: Advisorshares QAM Equity Hedge ETF (QEH)

ETF/No Load Fund Tracker Newsletter For Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekly StatSheet For The ETF/No Load Fund Tracker Newsletter – Updated Through 8/9/2012

Major Market ETFs End Near Flat On Lowest Volume In 5 Years As Investors Move To The Sidelines

Markets Hit Pause Button As Equity Rally Fades; Investors Looking For Direction From The ECB

7 ETF Model Portfolios You Can Use – Updated through 8/7/2012

Equities Edge Higher On QE Addiction—What If The ECB Does Not Deliver?

Major Indexes Extend Weekending Rally Even As Europe Dithers; TAN Shines, VIXY Fades

ETFs/Mutual Funds On The Cutline – Updated Through 8/3/2012

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