From the monthly archives:

November 2012

A slew of disappointing economic reports along with looming concerns surrounding the fiscal cliff discussions had investors pulling back, as many were reluctant to make big bets ahead of the weekend. While investors continued to weigh the probability of Congress coming to a viable solution, U.S. consumer spending came in surprisingly lower, falling 0.2% last month – the first decline since May. Personal incomes, however, were little changed, though analysts had expected a 0.2% increase. Also bucking economist’s expectations of an increase, the core price-consumption-expenditures index came in unchanged [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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This week proven to be riddled with choppy trading as looming “fiscal cliff” woes continue to eat away at investors’ confidence. A sense of optimism has nonetheless returned to Wall Street after comments from President Obama showcased his commitment to hammering out a deal with Congress ahead of the December 31 deadline. Stock markets got another boost yesterday thanks to the latest U.S. GDP report, which showed economic growth of 2.7%, marking a healthy increase from the previous reading of 2.0%. Amid the mixed backdrop, AdvisorShares and ProShares both filled the product development pipeline with intriguing proposals [see 5 Important ETF Lessons In Pictures].

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November was a slow month for ETF growth, starting with the delayed releases of all both Pryxis and RBS funds due to Hurricane Sandy wrecking havoc on the entire Eastern shoreline. These funds did eventually make their way to market, but as the end of the month and Thanksgiving approached, the U.S. markets stayed stable and slow [for […]

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Bullish sentiment permeated Wall Street on Thursday as investors couldn’t help but look past looming “fiscal cliff” woes and focus instead on the positive data at hand. Major stock indexes settled comfortably in green territory as investors expressed their cheer over the latest home sales report and GDP data, both of which beat expectations; pending […]

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Wall Street was in for a wild ride today, as more fiscal cliff commentary sent U.S. equities into a whiplash trading session. In contrast to his rather optimistic statement yesterday, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner stated today that “no substantive progress have been made in the talks between the White House and the House over […]

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In the quickly evolving world of technology, it’s hard to know what the next big thing will be and how to get ahead of the crowd. Forbes writer Eric Savitz recently highlighted research group Garner’s attempt at this guessing game with a list of their Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013, featuring ideas that […]

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Over the past two years, a number of issuers like iShares and JP Morgan have filed for a physical copper ETF; something investors have been wanting for quite some time. At first glance, it seems like a solid idea; after all, GLD and SLV are two of the most popular ETFs in the world, and each […]

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Stocks kicked off yesterday’s trading session with worrisome losses only to come back and stage a massive rebound, ending in bright green territory as the closing bell rang. Optimism over the looming “fiscal cliff” returned to Wall Street as President Obama laid out a timetable to hammer out a deal by Christmas, as opposed to […]

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After a rather sour start, U.S. markets made a comeback late in the day following encouraging comments on fiscal cliff talks and positive signs that the Fed will continue its stimulus package next year. During a White House event, President Obama emphasized that his hope “is to get this agreement done before Christmas.” House of […]

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Through the evolution of the global economy and ETF marketspace, investors now have access to funds and companies that they may have never even known about only five years ago. Perhaps one of the largest leaps for international investors is the opening up of frontier and emerging markets, a high risk and reward strategy many […]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty (though nothing compared to recent years), prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of booming markets is […]

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Profit-taking pressures have returned to Wall Street as policymakers in Washington have shown no progress in striking a deal to avoid the much-feared “fiscal cliff.” Overseas, clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the debt-burdened currency bloc as Greece hangs on by a thread while the latest U.K. GDP report showcases that even economic powerhouses […]

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