From the monthly archives:

February 2013

Wall Street seemingly took a breather today, with stocks reversing their earlier gains in the last minutes of trading to close lower. The Dow rallied earlier in the day, reaching just 20 points shy of its all-time closing high; the rally, however, was short-lived as anemic trading volumes and lack of momentum led blue chips lower. In economic news, a second reading of fourth quarter GDP was revised into positive territory, while initial jobless claims dropped to 344,000 last week. In a separate report, the Institute for Supply management’s Chicago-area purchasing managers’ index came in surprisingly higher for February [Be sure to check out the real estate news, trends, tips and tricks over at Dividend.com].

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As the global markets continue to recover from the waves of recession, some investors are looking to regain their losses as quickly as possible, no matter the risk. The ETF space, with over 1400 different and niche funds, includes a number of offerings that fit this build, including high beta funds. This new breed of ETF is perfect for an investor that wants to make their money and leave, as long as they don’t mind taking a considerable gamble on unpredictable market moves   [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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Wall Street was in for a rough start this week as selling pressures had the S&P breaking below the 1,500 level and the Dow declining more than 200 points on Monday. Sparking the selloff was investors’ heightened concerns over Italy’s parliamentary elections, which produced no clear winner. Given that Italy is the eurozone’s third largest economy, the […]

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It’s pretty darn hard, if not altogether impossible, to read through any sort of financial publication these days without running across some mention of the S&P 500 Index. This revered benchmark has found its way onto the radar screens of countless investors and traders since its inception in 1957. More importantly, the proliferation of ETFs has […]

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Bullish momentum continued today on Wall Street, pushing the Dow within less than 100 points of an all-time closing high. Fueling the rally were a number of upbeat economic reports and further commentary from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. In his second day of testimony, Bernanke stated that unemployment wont reach 6% until 2016, giving further […]

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What’s In My Multi-Asset ETF?

by on February 27, 2013 | Updated April 29, 2013

Over the last several years, issuers have successfully transformed the ETF landscape, pumping out some of the most intriguing and innovative products on the market. Recently, however, a trend of “hyper-targeted” and niche funds have swept across Wall Street, attracting plenty of attention from investors looking to establish tactical tilts in their portfolios. But for many investors, a […]

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International investing has earned its place in portfolio construction, as both academic studies and real-world experience have supported the idea that investing outside the United States can improve returns and actually reduce risk and volatility. Investors have a wealth of choices when it comes to using ETFs for international exposure, as there are over 400 […]

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Equities appear to be resuming their uptrend without much of a struggle, showcasing their resilience when considering last week’s short-lived, but steep, sell-off. The bulls had few reasons to stay on the sidelines on Tuesday amid a sea of better-than-expected economic data on the home front; the Case-Shiller Home Price Index came in at 6.8%, […]

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Equities rebounded today, recovering from yesterday’s worst one-day drop in 2013, as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testified on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report before the Senate Banking Committee. In his testimony, Bernanke signaled that the central bank would continue its stimulus policies, quelling fears that the Fed would wind down or scale back its bond-buying program […]

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As the ETF landscape continues to evolve, investors can now pick from a lineup of over 1,400 products, gaining cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. And while the space has experienced tremendous growth and success over the years, ETFs are still just scratching the surface of their potential. Since the […]

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As the U.S. market slowly wanders towards the road to recovery, many investors who had avoided the short-term effects of the recession are now left looking for a long-term solution for slow American economic growth without risking everything. One option is to look through emerging market bonds, which often offer growth potential unparalleled in the United States […]

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Though the exchange-traded fund landscape now boasts a lineup of nearly 1,500 offerings, allowing investors to gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe, fixed income ETFs are still just scratching the surface of their potential. And while there are some intriguing strategies in the space, including the fast-growing, hyper targeted products, a […]

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