Alternative Energy Funds Post Solid Gains

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By Harris Roen

Mutual Funds

Mutual fuds 6-13

Performance for MF’s have been outstanding, following a surge in solar stocks, energy efficiency companies, and other alternative energy sectors. Over the past 12-months the average alternative energy MF returned 30.3%, and not a single fund was down for the year. Three-month and one-month returns were similarly spectacular, gaining 10.5% and 7.3% respectively on average, also with no losers.

I expect this trend to continue, as many of these alternative energy sectors are bouncing back from the overly pessimistic levels of 2012.

Exchange Traded Funds

ETFs 6-13

Returns for ETFs have been more variable, ranging from a gain of 68.3% in one year for First Trust NASDAQ® Clean Edge® Green Energy Index Fund (QCLN), to a loss of 52% for iPath Global Carbon ETN (GRN). This loss for GRN is not surprising, since it is pegged to Barclays Capital Global Carbon Index. This index is trading at 10% of what it was five years ago.

On average, alternative energy ETFs have had respectable gains for the past one-month, three-months and 12-months. As with MFs, these gains reflect the solid returns and improving prospects seen in several of the alternative energy sectors.

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