From the monthly archives:

January 2013

After rallying for nearly an entire month, stocks took a breather to finish lower on the last day of trading in January. A mixed bag of economic data and a slew of sour earnings reports weighed heavily on investors, forcing many to come to the realization that perhaps the market is ahead of itself. In today’s economic news, Chicago-area purchasing managers’ index for January rose further into expansion territory, while personal income rose more than expected for the month of December. Also, initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week. In corporate news, social media giant Facebook (FB) topped earnings and revenue estimates, but its operating margin came in lower. Package-delivery company UPS (UPS) also made headlines, as the company reported earnings that fell short of expectations [Be sure to check out the real estate news, trends, tips and tricks over at Dividend.com].

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In the wide world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no corner of the market more popular than energy equities, as this volatile yet often rewarding sector has become a staple in many investors’ portfolios. Taking an equity approach to the most heavily traded segment of the commodities market is appealing to many, as this strategy avoids the nuances and complexities of futures tradings as well as the increased risk inherent in these financial instruments. And with the evolution of the ETF industry, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to a wide array of energy equities through a single ticker [see The Ultimate Guide To Screening Energy ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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Since President Obama’s re-election the prevailing market sentiment on Wall Street has seemingly shifted from one of uncertainty to undeniable euphoria. With fiscal cliff drama off the table and improving manufacturing data from China, investors saw little reason to stick with safe haven assets in the new year. Equity markets have been rallying strong in […]

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Mild selling pressures swept over Wall Street on Wednesday as the bulls found it hard to hold on to profits in the face of disappointing data. Major equity benchmarks slid lower on the day as U.S. GDP missed the mark; quarterly economic growth came in at negative 0.1%, falling short of the 1.0% estimate as a cutback […]

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Today’s Federal Reserve monetary policy announcement and upsetting economic data put selling pressures back on Wall Street, as bearish sentiment quickly swept over recent earnings euphoria. The central bank indicated that it will continue purchasing $85 billion each month of long-term Treasury and mortgage-backed securities, stating that economic activity has “paused in recent months”. To add insult to […]

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As the ETF landscape continues to evolve, investors can now gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From hyper-targeted options to products that cast a much wider net, the over 1,400 funds in the ETF lineup continue to fill the demands and objectives of practically every investor. In recent […]

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Credit Suisse added a new fund to their lineup yesterday: the Gold Shares Covered Call ETN (GLDI). The fund takes a new approach to gold investing, which has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The covered call strategy will make GLDI a one-of-a-kind gold fund that may do well to draw in investors who […]

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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store […]

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Buying pressures continue to reign supreme on Wall Street as equities tallied yet another session in green territory; the S&P 500 Index posted a fresh five-year high yesterday, settling just shy of the 1,510 mark as the closing bell rang. Upbeat earnings from healthcare giants Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co. kept optimism alive and […]

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After yesterday’s pullback, investors welcomed several better-than-expected earnings reports, which helped outweigh sluggish economic data. Oil giant Valero (VLO) topped analysts expectations in their fourth quarter earnings report, posting profits that came in well above estimates. Pharma behemoth Pfizer (PFE) also reported solid earnings, with profits per share coming in at 47 cents. In economic news, the […]

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With the Federal Reserve maintaining record low interest rates, many American investors are looking beyond their borders for new, high growth investment opportunities. While developed European and Asia Pacific economies have received a significant amount of attention, the most popular investment destinations remain the four largest emerging market countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China, collectively known as […]

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Individual emerging market bonds are difficult to purchase and come with significant risk. For this reason, investors are turning to ETFs to gain broad exposure to this market. ETFs don’t remove currency, interest rate, and other risk factors inherent to international bond investing, but the diversification that an ETF offers mitigates these risks and can […]

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