Invest In Green 2009

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    Green investing has grown well beyond niche status, as the number of mutual funds and ETFs has increased enormously in recent years. Here's a list of the major ones.

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    Those looking to turn a profit in the green space are most apt to do so by investing in stocks that are poised to benefit from  government funding, have strong regulatory support and dominate an essential niche in the green market.

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    "Water’s getting a lot of attention," says one analyst of the investment boom. "There’s an expectation that critical water needs are not being met, and that it’s only going to get worse in future.”

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    The outlook for the solar industry might not be glowing, but its a lot brighter than it was a year ago when financing and demand dried up, abruptly ending what some might consider a golden age.

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    Green exchange traded funds, ETFs, and mutual funds  provide the average investor an easy entrée into the nascent and sometimes volatile world of carbon conscious investing.

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    You’ll need to do some work to make an organic-apples-to-apples comparison between them, but they'll help you get to a company's sustainable bottom line.

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    While investment capital seeks to exploit stimulus package programs for renewable energy projects, investors may want to consider the greenest form of energy out there—the megawatt no one uses.  White credits measuring  energy conservation  are now available,.

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    Despite recent advances, the U.S. lags far behind other major countries when it comes to clean energy investment and experts say it may never compete on equal terms, let alone lead.

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    Investing in green tech a great way to get in on the ground floor of a burgeoning sector with global exposure, but you may be taking a gamble on still unproven technologies.

  • These are exciting times in the world of green. Washington is abuzz with the subject and Wall Street and Main Street are certainly taking note. So does this special report: "Invest in Green."  It is by no means an imperative. Green investing is an option and an increasingly more popular one.  Think of this as a starter's guide.

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    South Korea's resilient economy has earned it a rank among the so-called Asian tigers. But, its export-driven industries are volatile, even as it's grown to global prominence.

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    Asia's fourth-largest economy is far less vulnerable to shocks triggered during the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

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    South Korea's economy has been dominated by dozens of financially complex, conglomerates that have been central to its rise on the global stage.

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    South Korea's economy and its stock market are dominated by dozens of financially complex, family-run, multinational conglomerates that have been central to the nation's rise on the global stage.

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    The economy is dominated by companies that are now household names such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors, and Kia Motors.

  • Population: 48.9 million Currency: Won (KRW) Natural resources: coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential Industries: Electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel

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    Significant value can be found in the global equities market by looking out for upcoming catalysts, according to Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist at Standard Chartered Wealth Management Group.

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    In a testament to its power as symbol of status and wealth, the high-end handbag gets its own museum in a bag-shaped temple in Seoul.

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    Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.