From the monthly archives:

March 2013

After another week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Russia, Retail, and Real Estate.

As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb CategoriesETF screener and the ETF Analyzer.

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S&P 500 Inches To 5-Year Highs

by on March 30, 2013

The tug of war continued on Wall Street this past week as choppy trading proved to be a dominant theme amid a fairly quiet landscape on the news and data front. The bulls ultimately prevailed, as buying pressures on Friday bolstered the coveted S&P 500 Index past recent resistance, hitting the 1,570 level and settling at a five-year high on the week [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

Actionable ETF Trade Ideas

Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted mixed performance results while major equity indexes largely moved sideways for most of the week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios]. [click to continue…]

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One week officially in the books and the Super Sixteen is no more. Some of the matchups ended as many expected, but there were a handful of ETF upsets that surely shook up everyone’s brackets. Below, we breakdown some of the games and certain funds prospered while others fell flat. If you need it, get […]

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The gold ETF space has been steadily growing for the last few years, as investor interest in this precious commodity continues to surge. But while there have been plenty of new entrants and competitors, two funds remain safely atop the list: The SPDR Gold Trust and COMEX Gold Trust . GLD, in fact, is the second […]

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Though investor confidence was somewhat tested this week after the latest developments in the eurozone, bullish sentiment still remains a dominant force on Wall Street, with equity indexes continuing into uncharted territory. With more investors getting in on the action, issuers are lining up to fill the product pipelines. Guinness Atkinson, known for its alternative […]

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With over 1,400 ETFs on the market and new products launching every month, some might find the sheer variety of options intimidating. When looking to diversify overseas the first question that stumps many investors is which approach to take; some prefer the simplicity that is associated with broad-based ETFs, while others may wish to take […]

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U.S. equity markets finished an impressive first quarter on a high note today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average logging in its best quarter in 15 years and the S&P 500 breaking a six-year old high to mark a new all-time new record. Bolstering investor confidence was news of further developments in the euro zone; […]

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US stocks are off to one of their best starts in years. Most indices are up 10% year to date, prompting many investors to ask: “Are we in another bubble?” The answer is no, at least when it comes to equities. Here are three reasons why: Most metrics suggest US stock valuations are at or […]

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Today marks the beginning of our ETF Bracket Madness where we pit the 16 largest exchange-traded funds in the world against each other to see which will come out on top. We will be putting ETFs head-to-head all tournament long to see which will prevail as the champion (read the rules). Below is a link […]

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Wall Street was in for some choppy trading sessions this week, as investors digested the latest developments in Europe and a mixed bag of economic reports. Though Cyprus managed to reach a last-minute deal, investors still remain cautious. Reflecting this sentiment, the European Commission’s economic-sentiment indicator fell in March for the first time since October. On the […]

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The ETF industry continues to democratize asset classes, as mainstream investors can now access more corners of the global market than ever before in an easy, cost-efficient manner. In fact, the ETF landscape has grown so much that investors can now even choose between different approaches when it comes to establishing exposure to foreign markets. For example, someone looking […]

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Equities got off to a rough start this morning as ongoing economic and political concerns over Europe kept major U.S. benchmarks off their all-time highs. Keeping a cap on gains was disappointing data from the European Commission, which reported that its economic-sentiment indicator fell in March for the first time since October. In Italy, retail sails […]

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